Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heating Service Technician

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Program Information

  • Location: Oak Creek Campus
  • Pathway: Manufacturing, Construction & Transportation
  • Program Code: 31-401-1
  • Offering: In-class
  • Degree Type: Technical Diploma
  • Start Dates: August/January

About the Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heating Service Technician Diploma


Enter a career that emphasizes working with HVAC/R equipment. You will learn to service and install air conditioning, refrigeration and heating equipment.

There is an ongoing need for technicians who have current training in the installing, troubleshooting and repair of HVAC/R units.

This technical diploma ladders into the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology associate degree. Contact an MATC advisor for details.

Additional program details: 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 also are taught.

Important attributes include having high mechanical aptitude and manual dexterity, good communication skills and the ability to work effectively with others. After completing this program, you may wish to consider pursuing an associate degree, or applying for an apprenticeship in steamfitting, refrigeration or environmental services.

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Detailed Program Information

2020-21 Curriculum

Semester Course Course Name Credits
(1) ELECTY-398 Electrical Circuits and Controls for HVAC/R 3
(1) ENG-195 Written Communication 3
(1) HVAC1-300 Basic Refrigeration and System Operations 4
(1) HVAC1-325 Oil Furnace Service and Maintenance 3
(1) HVAC1-332 Math for HVAC Service Technicians 2
(1) HVAC1-350 Air Conditioning Principles 2
(2) ELECTY-396 HVAC/R Electrical Systems ‡ 2
(2) ELECTY-397 Electrical Wiring Methods for Air Conditioning and Refrigeration 1
(2) HVAC1-301 Introduction to Refrigeration Servicing and Application ‡ 4
(2) HVAC1-326 Gas Furnace Servicing and Maintenance ‡ 3
(2) HVAC2-148 Heat Pumps ‡ 3

( ) Semester order for full-time students.
‡ Prerequisite required.

Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.

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

To see course descriptions, class times, locations or to register online:
Students already enrolled in an MATC program can visit Self Service Student Planning.
All others can access this information through INFOnline.

2020-2021 Program Card

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Important Dates

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

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

Program Outcomes

  • Install HVAC/R components
  • Service HVAC/R systems
  • Troubleshoot HVAC/R systems

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. 

Possible Careers

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


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Manufacturing, Construction & Transportation Academic & Career Pathway

Downtown Milwaukee Campus, T Building, Room T200
Mequon Campus, Room A108-110
Oak Creek Campus, Room A121
West Allis Campus, Room 103

Last updated: 08/28/2020