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air conditioning, heating and refrigeration technology


    Video: Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Technology

    Program Number: 10-601-1
    School Year: 2017-2018
    Associate of Applied Science Degree
    Campus: West Bend

    Program Description

    Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC/R) jobs are expected to see higher than average growth for the foreseeable future according to the U.S. Department of Labor. This high job growth creates a need for intensive vocational training in HVAC/R programs, leading students to become skilled technicians in their field.

    Moraine Park Technical College (MPTC) offers an associate of applied science degree program where students learn the principles of air conditioning and heating service and installation, and design of heating and air conditioning systems. This program includes hands-on training in commercial refrigeration, supermarket applications of refrigeration, hot water/steam heating, geothermal heating and air conditioning, building controls, fundamentals of electricity, electric motors and controls, and studies in the movement of air specific to HVAC/R applications. In 2014, a laboratory and simulated construction environment was completed, giving HVAC/R students a state-of-the-art learning experience.

    MPTC also offers training in building automation systems (BAS) and energy management to meet the energy needs of current buildings. BAS is a technology driven component of modern HVAC/R systems where the technician must utilize their training in HVAC/R system operation to program local and web-based control systems. BAS is the fastest growing segment within HVAC/R jobs.

    Statewide Median Salary for Recent Graduates

    • $40,244

    Approximate Costs

    • $132.20 per credit (resident)
    • $198.30 per credit (out-of-state resident)
    • Online students are not charged out-of-state fees.
    • Please refer to the MPTC Student Handbook for additional enrollment fee information.

    Program Outcomes

    • Install residential heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment.
    • Commission (start up) and service residential heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment.
    • Install commercial heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment.
    • Commission (start up) and service commercial heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment.
    • Install commercial refrigeration equipment.
    • Commission (start up) and service commercial refrigeration equipment.

    Career Opportunities

    • Air-Balancing Technician
    • Service Representative
    • Building Automation Specialist
    • Commercial Refrigeration Technician
    • Computer/Web Based Controls (BAS)
    • Facilities Maintenance Technician
    • Employment at an entry level includes: Testing and Balancing of Air and Water Movement; Installation; Energy Auditing; Sales

    Admission Process

    • Submit the college admission application.   
    • Submit the $30 one-time fee.   
    • Submit high school and other official college transcripts.   
    • Take the college assessment test (ACCUPLACER, ACT or other). The ACCUPLACER assessment can be taken at MPTC.   
    • Attend a program orientation with your advisor.   

    Please visit the Admissions page for general information.

    apply now!


    Term 1
    601-107Electricity and Electronics HVAC3
    601-108Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Schematics2
    601-109HVAC/R Code1
    601-120Fundamentals of Refrigeration2
    601-121Refrigeration Service Techniques2
    804-107College Mathematics3
    890-101**College 1012
    Term 2
    103-159**Computer Literacy - Microsoft Office1
    601-122Residential Air Conditioning3
    601-123Residential Heating Systems3
    601-134Commercial Heating and Air Conditioning4
    801-136English Composition 13
    Term 3
    601-116Hydronic Environmental Systems3
    601-118Air Distribution2
    601-127Fundamentals of Building Controls2
    601-129Commercial Food Service Refrigeration3
    801-197Technical Reporting3
    806-122Natural Sciences in Society3
    809-1xxSocial Science Course3
    Term 4
    601-119Geothermal Heat Pumps2
    601-126Residential Energy3
    601-128Building Control Systems Applications3
    601-130Supermarket Refrigeration3
    809-1xxSocial Science Course3
    809-199Psychology of Human Relations3
    Total Program Credits and Institutional Requirements65

    General Education Options

    View the Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Technology General Education Course Options.

    Institutional Requirements

    ** The credits for 103-159 Computer Literacy-Microsoft Office and 890-101 College 101 are Institutional Requirements for graduation.

    Academic Planner

    Current students, please see your Advisor for your academic planner.

    Transfer Opportunities

    Check out the Credit Transfers page for more information.

    Additional Information

    *Enrollment may limit the campus availability or delivery of certain courses.

    For co-curricular activities and opportunities related to this program/certificate, click here.