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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

    • $136.50 per credit (resident)
    • $204.75 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


    Number Title Crs
    Semester 1
    601-107 Electricity and Electronics HVAC 3
    601-108 Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Schematics 2
    601-109 ***HVAC/R Code 1
    601-120 Fundamentals of Refrigeration 3
    601-121 Refrigeration Service Techniques 2
    804-107 College Mathematics 3
    890-101 **College 101 2
    Total 16
    Semester 2
    103-159 **Computer Literacy - Microsoft Office 1
    601-122 Residential Air Conditioning 3
    601-123 Residential Heating Systems 3
    601-134 Commercial Heating and Air Conditioning 4
    801-136 English Composition 1 3
    Total 14
    Semester 3
    601-116 Hydronic Environmental Systems 3
    601-118 Air Distribution 2
    601-127 Fundamentals of Building Controls 2
    601-129 Commercial Food Service Refrigeration 3
    801-197 Technical Reporting 3
    804-1xx Mathematics Course 3
     - OR - 
    806-1xx Science Course 3
    Total 16
    Semester 4
    601-119 Geothermal Heat Pumps 2
    601-126 Residential Energy 3
    601-128 Building Control Systems Applications 3
    601-130 Supermarket Refrigeration 3
    809-1xx Social Science Course 3
    809-199 Psychology of Human Relations 3
    Total 17
    Total Program Credits and Institutional Requirements 63

    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.