Wednesday – January 16, 2019

Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heating Service Technician (2017-2018)

Technical Diploma
School of Technology and Applied Sciences / Architecture & Construction

Oak Creek Campus
Program Code: 31-401-1


For Information: 414-297-6315
Oak Creek Campus, 414-571-4500

Overview — Prepare for employment opportunities that require skills in servicing and installing air conditioning, refrigeration and heating equipment.

The curriculum provides instruction in all types of air conditioning and refrigeration equipment, including room air conditioners, ice cube makers, and display freezer and refrigeration units. The operation, repair and installation of gas- and oil-fired heating units are also taught.

Students should possess a high mechanical aptitude, as well as good people skills and manual dexterity. After completing this program, you may wish to consider pursuing an associate degree, or applying for an apprenticeship in steamfitting, refrigeration or environmental services.

Career Pathway — This technical diploma ladders into the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology associate degree program. Contact an MATC advisor for information.

Career Outlook — Due to concerns for both comfort and energy conservation, there is a need for technicians who have current training in the installation, troubleshooting and repair of HVAC/R units. People who complete this program often find employment in such entry-level positions as service apprentices, service people, steamfitter apprentices, sheet metal worker apprentices and environmental service technicians.

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Program Learning Outcomes — Employers will expect program graduates to:

  • Read schematic drawings
  • Understand operations of cooling systems
  • Understand operations of heating systems
  • Use refrigeration diagnostic equipment
  • Diagnose and repair electrical problems

Admission Requirements  — The following is required for admission to the program:

  • Demonstration of proficiency in basic skills through admissions assessment

A high school diploma or GED is recommended.


Possible Careers
Service Technician
Environmental Service Technician
Service Apprentice
Steamfitter Apprentice
Sheet Metal Worker Apprentice


Related Programs
Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology
Appliance Technician


Start Dates: August/January

Curriculum effective 2017-18. 

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements. 
( ) = Semester Order for Full-Time Students.




(1)  ELECTY-398

Electrical Circuits and Controls for HVAC/R



(1)  HVAC1-350

Air Conditioning Principles



(1)  HVAC1-300

Basic Refrigeration and System Operations



(1)  HVAC1-325

Oil Furnace Service and Maintenance



(1)  HVAC1-332

Math for HVAC Service Technicians


(2)  ENG-151 Communication Skills 1‡ 3

(2)  HVAC1-301

Introduction to Refrigeration Servicing and Application ‡



(2)  HVAC1-326

Gas Furnace Servicing and Maintenance ‡



(2)  ELECTY-397

Electrical Wiring Methods for Air Conditioning and Refrigeration



(2)  HVAC2-148

Heat Pumps ‡



(2)  ELECTY-396

HVAC/R Electrical Systems ‡




‡ Prerequisite required.

Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.

For class times and locations or to register online, visit INFOnline.

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements.

Page updated October 2017.