Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Technology

Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Technology video

Program Number: 10-601-1
School Year: 2015-2016
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

  • $33,706

Approximate Costs

  • $128.40 per credit (resident)
  • $192.60 per credit (out-of-state resident)
  • *Online students are not charged out-of-state fees.

Program Outcomes

  • Install residential heating, ventilation and air conditiong 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.   
  • Check with Admissions if any additional steps are required.   

Please visit the Admissions page for general information.

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Number Title Crs
Term 1
103-159 **Computer Literacy - Microsoft Office 1
601-107 Electricity and Electronics HVAC 3
601-118 Air Distribution 2
601-120 Fundamentals of Refrigeration 2
601-121 Refrigeration Service Techniques 2
801-136 English Composition 1 3
804-107 College Mathematics 3
 - OR - 
804-113 College Technical Mathematics 1A 3
890-101 **College 101 2
Total 18
Term 2
601-108 Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Schematics 2
601-119 Geothermal Heat Pumps 2
601-122 Residential Air Conditioning 3
601-126 Residential Energy 3
601-127 Fundamentals of Building Controls 2
809-196 Introduction to Sociology 3
Total 15
Term 3
601-109 HVAC/R Code 1
601-123 Residential Heating Systems 3
601-128 Building Control Systems Applications 3
601-129 Commercial Food Service Refrigeration 3
801-196 Oral and Interpersonal Communication 3
809-195 Economics 3
Total 16
Term 4
601-116 Hydronic Environmental Systems 3
601-130 Supermarket Refrigeration 3
601-134 Commercial Heating and Air Conditioning 4
809-166 Introduction to Ethics: Theory and Application 3
809-199 Psychology of Human Relations 3
Total 16
Required Elective Credits 3
Total Program Credits and Institutional Requirements 68

Exit Assessment

Capstone Projects or Troubleshooting Hands-on Application Investigations are an exit assessment graduation requirement for the program.

Institutional Requirements

** The credits for 103-159 Computer Literacy-Microsoft Office and 890-101 College 101 are Institutional Requirements for graduation. Consequently, they are not part of the program credit requirements.

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Transfer Opportunities

Check out the Credit Transfers page for more information.

Additional Information

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

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