Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration | Western Technical College

Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration

Associate of Applied Science

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Financial Aid Eligible

The job market is strong for technicians in the areas of air conditioning, heating, and refrigeration (also known as HVAC). This could be your area if you have mechanical skills as well as an interest in technology. Technicians are involved in a number of areas including design, sales, installation, maintenance, and service of commercial heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration equipment.

In today’s environment, special attention is also paid to air quality issues, energy conservation, and computerized temperature control. You will learn how to determine the best heating and cooling system for a particular environment, how to gain maximum efficiency from that system, and troubleshooting. In addition to classroom instruction, learning will take place in Western’s heating, air conditioning, refrigeration, electrical, and installation labs. You will shadow a technician and may also intern at a local business for valuable real-world experience.

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Estimated Program Costs

Estimated Program Cost

Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration

This program will cost about $11,200* based on tuition and basic program fees. There may be additional fees for books, materials, and testing. For more information on tuition costs, visit the Tuition Page.

* Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Graduation Employment Stats

Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration 2016-2017 Graduation Employment Stats

Graduates Responding5
Employed in Related Occupation4
Employed in Non-related Occupations0
Seeking Employment0
Continuing Education1
Not in Labor Market0

Salary Data - Related Employment

Part TimeFull Time
Average Hours Per Week40
Median Hourly Wage$19.81
Hourly Wage Range$16.50 - $21.00
Median Annual Salary$41,200

Respondents in Related Occupations

  • Ammonia Refrigeration Technician; Bassett Mechanical, Kaukauna, WI
  • Commercial Refrigeration Technician; Multi Stack, Sparta, WI
  • HVAC Lab Technician; Trane Company, La Crosse, WI

Career Opportunities

Facilities Specialist
HVAC Engineer
HVAC Estimator
HVAC/Refrigeration Specialist
HVAC Service Technician
HVAC Repair/Installation Technician
Maintenance/ Service Technician

Program Outcomes

  • Use effective communication skills
  • Apply mathematical concepts
  • Transfer social and natural science theories into practical applications
  • Demonstrate ability to think critically
  • Demonstrate ability to value self and work ethically with others in a diverse population
  • Use technology effectively
  • Make decisions that incorporate the importance of sustainability

Admission Requirements

College Requirements

$30 Application Fee
High School Transcript or GED/HSED

Program Requirements

Western Technical College uses ACCUPLACER, a computer-based, online assessment that measures your abilities in reading, sentence skills, and arithmetic. This information will be used to place you in courses that best fit your academic goals. Based on your scores, you may need to take additional general studies course(s) along with the general studies courses required for your program.

Several options for waiving the ACCUPLACER test are available; view the waivers here.

Learn more about placement tests and how they are used at Western: Placement Testing.


The Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration program is accredited by the Partnership for Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration Accreditation (PAHRA).

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