Refrigeration, Air Conditioning & Heating Service Technician

Refrigeration, Air Conditioning & Heating Service Technician

Degree Type

28-credit Technical Diploma

Program Code


Time to Degree

1 year

Start Date

August / January

How You'll Learn

On Campus

8-Week Courses



Heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems are critical in residential, commercial and industrial settings, and this field is one of the fastest-growing skilled trades. In this program, learn to safely install, maintain and service HVAC equipment.

Deadlines To Know*

Fall 2024 Start

  • Application Opens: September 1, 2023
  • Application Deadline: August 5, 2024

Spring 2024 Start

  • Application Opens: April 1, 2023
  • Application Deadline: January 8, 2024

Summer 2024 Start

  • This program cannot be started in summer.

* Submit all checklist items by the application deadline. Apply early; deadlines are subject to change based on program demand.

Tuition Costs

The cost of your degree depends on a number of factors, including where you live, how your program is delivered, how long it takes to finish your program and the financial aid you receive. Explore current tuition and fees.

Additional Estimated Costs

  • Safety equipment (shoes/glasses): $100
  • Any computer or tablet within five years or newer

How To Apply

Questions on the application process? Visit the Admissions page or contact an Enrollment Counselor.


Program Details

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Those working in HVAC are troubleshooting masters. They often receive calls about heating/cooling issues and, based on limited information, try to determine what the problem may be in advance of checking out the system. If you possess strong mechanical and problem-solving skills, this may be a career for you.

  • HVAC Service Technician
  • HVAC Service Mechanic
  • Install Service Technician
  • Air Conditioning Technician
  • Refrigeration Technician

This program is open to qualified high school applicants. Learn more >

$48,400 – $78,000 annually

Salary range estimates based on wages for related occupations in Waukesha County as reported by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI). Individual wages may vary based on experience, industry, location and specific job requirements.

Check the WCTC Graduate Success Report to view our graduates’ entry wages.

As a program student, you are eligible to receive:

  • Financial aid loans
  • Scholarships
  • Other forms of assistance

Learn more about financial aid.

What Makes This Program Unique?


As a program student, you will have the opportunity to earn the EPA 608 Refrigeration Certificate.


Two-thirds of this program is dedicated to hands-on lab work, while one-third features classroom learning.


Job placement rates are high for program graduates; many opportunities exist for careers in residential and commercial settings.

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