Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology

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Program Information

  • Location: Oak Creek Campus
  • Pathway: Manufacturing, Construction & Transportation
  • Program Code: 10-601-1
  • Offering: In-class
  • Degree Type: 2-Year Degree (Associate)
  • Start Dates: August/January

About the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology Degree


Ensure comfortable environments in homes and businesses. Students attain a background in mathematics, drafting, electricity and thermodynamics. Co-op credit may be available for appropriate employment opportunities.

There is a steady demand for trained air conditioning and refrigeration technicians.

The Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heating Service Technician technical diploma ladders into this associate degree. Contact an MATC advisor for information.

Additional program details: You may take portions of the technical course HVAC2-116 Refrigeration 2 off campus for co-op credit if employment opportunities arise and the employer and instructor agree.



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Detailed Program Information

2024-25 Curriculum

Course Course Name Credits
ENG-195 Written Communication ‡
(or) ENG-201 English 1 ‡
HVAC2-109 Introduction to the HVAC Industry 1
HVAC2-110 Air Conditioning Fundamentals 3
HVAC2-113 Electrical Fundamentals 3
HVAC2-132 Architectural and Mechanical Fundamentals 4
ENG-197 Technical Reporting ‡
(or) Any 200-level ENG course
HVAC2-114 Electrical Controls and Systems ‡ 4
HVAC2-115 Refrigeration 1 ‡ 4
HVAC2-120 Heating Systems 1 ‡ 4
HVAC2-116 Refrigeration 2 ‡ 4
HVAC2-121 Heating Systems 2 ‡ 4
HVAC2-146 Digital Energy Management Systems ‡ 2
HVAC2-148 Heat Pumps ‡ 3
MATH-107 College Mathematics ‡
(or) Any 200-level MATH course
HVAC2-125 Control Application and Circuits ‡ 4
HVAC2-126 Air Conditioning Systems ‡ 3
HVAC2-144 Servicing and Troubleshooting Refrigeration
and Air Conditioning ‡
HVAC2-150 Wiring Diagram Interpretation **  2
PSYCH-199 Psychology of Human Relations
(or) Any 200-level PSYCH course
SOCSCI-197 Contemporary American Society
(or) Any 200-level SOCSCI or HIST course
ELECTIVE One credit course 1

‡ Prerequisite required.

Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.

This Associate in Applied Science program will transfer to one or more four-year institutions.

Official Wisconsin Technical College System program title: Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Technology.

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

To see course descriptions, class times and locations, visit the full course catalog (link).

Already a student? You can visit Self-Service (link) and choose Student Planning to register for classes.


Important Dates

Deadlines and important dates can be found on:
Cost & Aid Deadlines

Also, you can find dates and deadlines on the MATC Events Calendar

Program Outcomes

  • Install HVAC/R components
  • Service HVAC/R systems
  • Troubleshoot HVAC/R systems
  • Evaluate HVAC/R system designs

Career Outlook

There is a constant demand for comfort systems, and trained air conditioning and refrigeration technicians are sought to operate and maintain these systems. As a graduate of this program, you may wish to pursue a four-year degree in HVAC engineering, or become an apprentice in the refrigeration or HVAC fields.

Possible Careers

Air Conditioning Technician
Refrigeration Technician
Sales Representative
System Design Technician
System Designer
System Supervisor

Admission Requirements

One year of high school-level algebra.



HVAC Excellence, P.O. Box 521, Mt. Prospect, IL 60056;


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Last updated: 03/25/2024