Refrigeration, Air Conditioning & Heating Service Technician | Western Technical College

Refrigeration, Air Conditioning & Heating Service Technician

Technical Diploma

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There will always be a need for technicians skilled in the installation, maintenance, and repair of heating and cooling appliances and refrigeration equipment. With new emphasis on energy conservation, a concern for air quality, and the environmental impact of cooling agents, demand has grown for personnel trained in the latest technology.

With this training, you’ll be ready for an entry-level position working on residential and commercial units. Opportunities can be found as a service tech for a dealer of air conditioning, refrigeration, and heating systems, in building maintenance, or in manufacturing. The program includes a job shadowing experience.

To view the Refrigeration, Air Conditioning & Heating Service Technician program’s required disclosure on professional licensure, please click here.

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Estimated Program Costs

Estimated Program Cost

Refrigeration, Air Conditioning & Heating Service Technician

This program will cost about $7,600* 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

Refrigeration, Air Conditioning & Heating Service Technician 2019-2020 Graduation Employment Stats

Graduates Responding4
Employed in Related Occupation1
Employed in Non-related Occupations0
Seeking Employment0
Continuing Education3
Not in Labor Market3

Salary Data - Related Employment

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Respondents in Related Occupations

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Career Opportunities

HVAC Technician
HVAC Service Technician
Maintenance Technician
Refrigeration Installation Repairer
Commercial HVAC Service Technician
Building Maintenance Technician

Program Outcomes

  • Living responsibly
  • Refining professionalism
  • Cultivating passion
  • Install HVACR systems
  • Service HVACR systems
  • Troubleshoot HVACR systems
  • Repair HVACR equipment
  • Analyze HVACR systems

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.

Software and Technology

Most of Western’s classes require the use of a personal computer or laptop, standard software, internet access, and other technology-related items.

If you do not have a personal computer or laptop, or if the one you have does not meet the following criteria, resources may be available. Submit a Student Resource Request using our online form.

Computer/Laptop Hardware

  • Smartphones are not recommended for completing assignments.
  • Chromebooks are not recommended due to issues with installing software that is needed for classes, such as Office 365.
  • Web camera with microphone (usually built into newer laptops or can be purchased separately) is necessary for online participation.

Software Needs

For detailed specifications, please review Technology and Software Recommendations for Most Classes on Western’s IT Knowledgebase.

Campus Resources

Need Assistance?

  • Contact the Learning Commons! The staff are happy to answer questions, provide individualized assistance, and direct you to other supports as needed.

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