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    air conditioning, heating and refrigeration technology


      Video: Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Technology

      Program Number: 10-601-1
      School Year: 2019-2020
      Associate of Applied Science Degree
      Campus: West Bend
      This program is eligible for financial aid

      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

      • $42,246

      Approximate Costs

      • $134.20 per credit (resident)
      • $201.30 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

      Visit the Admissions Page for details


      Semester 1
      601-107Electricity and Electronics HVAC3
      601-108Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Schematics2
      601-109***HVAC/R Code1
      601-120Fundamentals of Refrigeration3
      601-121Refrigeration Service Techniques2
      804-107College Mathematics3
      890-101**College 1012
      Semester 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
      Semester 3
      601-116Hydronic Environmental Systems3
      601-118Air Distribution2
      601-127Fundamentals of Building Controls2
      601-129Commercial Food Service Refrigeration3
      801-197Technical Reporting3
      804-1xxMathematics Course3
       - OR - 
      806-1xxScience Course3
      Semester 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 Requirements63

      Institutional Requirements

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

      Program Guide

      For additional information on program curriculum, prerequisites and general education course options, please contact your advisor.

      Transfer Opportunities

      Check out the Credit Transfers page for more information.

      Additional Information

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

      ***Students will obtain OSHA 10 certification thru completion of the HVAC/R Code course (601-109).  

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