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Air Conditioning, Heating, & Refrigeration Technology (HVAC)
Program Number: 106011
Your Degree:
Associate Degree
Area of Study:
Construction, Manufacturing and Maintenance
Delivery Method:
Some Online / Some In Person
Estimated Time to Complete:
63 Credits | Finish in 2 years (full-time attendance)
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$8,883.00 Tuition
$4,293.28 Materials/Supplemental Costs
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  • Program Overview

    Heating, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC/R) equipment is essential in all aspects of modern society from your home to businesses like retail stores, restaurants, grocery stores, hospitals, and HVAC/R equipment is critical in the industrial manufacturing process. Knowing how to build, install, maintain and fix them is a critical skill that is in great demand by employers. As a student in theAir Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Technology program, you will:

    • Learn skills necessary to program, assemble, install, troubleshoot, repair and modify machinery.
    • Receive hands-on training on residential and commercial Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning/Refrigeration (HVAC/R) systems.
    • Training in Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC).
    • Size and design HVAC/R systems used in residential and commercial applications.
    • Understand the applications of building automation systems.
    • Use a variety of computer and electronically controlled systems in both manufacturing and facilities environments.
    • Enhance your career skills vital in today’s manufacturing environment.

    Program Details

    Students in the Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Technology program can attend full or part time.

    Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Technology classes are offered at our Madison Truax campus.

    ​As an Air Conditioning Heating and Refrigeration Technology student in the Associate Degree in Applied Science program, you will receive a required tool kit in the second year of the program that includes all equipment and supplies needed to complete this program. The kits will be covered by the second year course fees.

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    Earning your two-year Associate Degree in Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Technology at Madison College prepares you for valuable work as:

    • HVAC/R Service Technician
    • HVAC/R Systems Designer
    • HVAC/R Systems Installer
    • Building Automation / Controls Technician
    • Building Automations System Designer
    • Building Automations System Installer
    • Lead Facilities Mechanic

    With additional education and/or work experience, graduates may find employment as:

    • Facilities / Maintenance Manager
    • Mechanical Systems Engineer
    • HVAC/R Project Coordinator

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    Technology is changing and employers need skilled HVAC workers today.
  • Curriculum and Experience

    Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2021-2022 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.

    Current and newly admitted program students, go directly to your Degree Progress Report to view:

    • Progress toward your specific requirements
    • Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements

    If you have questions after reviewing your degree progress report (advisement report), please see Advising Services.

    First Semester
    1 credit
    1 credit
    1 credit
    1 credit
    2 credits
    1 credit
    2 credits
    One of the following math courses (or higher-level courses that can be found on your degree progress report):
    3 credits
    3 credits
    Second Semester
    2 credits
    1 credit
    2 credits
    3 credits
    Third Semester
    3 credits
    1 credit
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    Fourth Semester
    2 credits
    2 credits
    3 credits
    4 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
  • Admission

    To Apply

    Earning a degree is a great way to advance your career development opportunities, so apply today!

    International students who wish to apply for, maintain, or transfer their F-1 student visa status to Madison College are required to complete the International Admission Process.

    Fall 2022 Application Dates

    • Application open
    • Application completion deadline is August 31, 2022

    1. Admission Application

    The online application allows you to save your work as you complete it and ensures fast, secure delivery to our office.

    2. Education Completion
    Graduation from high school, completion of GED/HSED/GED02, or completion of an associate degree or higher is required; submit official transcripts for one of the following:

    • High school or charter school transcript (current high school seniors may submit an in-progress transcript) or GED02 transcript
    • GED/HSED score report
    • College transcript showing an associate degree or higher

    3. Residency Requirements
    Based on historical trends at Madison College a waitlist is not expected to form for this program. Therefore all applicants, regardless of residency status, are eligible for application review.

    Learn more about residency determination and program availability.

    Additional Notes

    Course prerequisites differ from admission requirements; admission into a program does not guarantee eligibility to enroll in courses or success in the program. Refer to program curriculum for details.

    After Acceptance

    Once you are admitted into your program, review the Start of Semester Checklist to prepare for your first day of classes at Madison College. 


    Contact the Enrollment Center at EnrollmentServices@madisoncollege.edu or 608.246.6210.

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  • Career Outcomes

    Madison College Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Technology program graduates are prepared with the following skills:  

    Life Long Learning
    Assume responsibility for continuing education in order to maintain skills and enhance professional growth.

    Technical Skills
    Assemble, install, troubleshoot, diagnose and repair plumbing, HVAC/Refrigeration, building structures, mechanical equipment, electrical, electronic controlled building automation systems. Diagnose complex problems using interdisciplinary technical skills.

    Demonstrate work ethics and reliable behavior including, but not limited to, assuming responsibility for decisions and actions, utilizing time and stress management skills, displaying initiative, creativity and logical thinking.

    Safety and Regulations
    Demonstrate competent application of safety and regulation code compliance.

    Communicate clearly and professionally in both written and verbal communications to customers, coworkers, and supervisors, using positive interpersonal skills including, but not limited to, respect, integrity and professionalism.

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