Heating, air conditioning and refrigeration systems consist of many mechanical, electrical and electronic components, including motors, compressors, pumps, fans, ducts, pipes, thermostats and switches. In central heating systems, a furnace heats air that is distributed throughout the building by a system of metal or fiberglass ducts. Technicians must be able to maintain, diagnose and correct problems throughout the entire system. They may adjust system controls to recommended settings and test the performance of the entire system using special tools and test equipment. The work involves installing ductwork, and installing and wiring environmental control systems.
Work is performed both indoors and outdoors in spaces ranging from outside on scaffolding to crawl spaces inside walls. Work requires physical stamina with considerable bending, lifting, carrying, pushing and pulling.
- 5-year training program
- 9,000 hours of on-the-job training
- 560 hours of paid related instruction
- Hours of paid and unpaid related instruction combined shall not be less than 730 hours
- Apprentices must complete Red Cross First Aid Training Course
- Apprentices must in their final year complete the Transition-To-Trainer Course
- Additional related instruction may be required
Courses include blueprint reading, mathematics, electrical code requirements, and safety and first aid practices.
Learn more from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.
HVAC Apprenticeship classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:
- Madison - Commercial Avenue
Curriculum and Experience
Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2022-2023 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 SemesterSecond SemesterThird SemesterFourth SemesterFifth SemesterSixth SemesterSeventh SemesterEighth Semester
How to Apply to HVAC Installer Technician Apprenticeship
You must apply directly to Associated Builders and Contractors (the application does not go through Madison College).
Follow the HVAC apprenticeship application procedure from the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). You also may contact:
All apprenticeships require an employer sponsor. After passing the application process, you will be responsible for finding an employer to sponsor you as an apprentice before you may begin the program.
- Applicants must be at least 17 years of age
- High school diploma or equivalent
- Meet required norms on aptitude test (if required)
- Physically able to perform trade
- Valid driver’s license or reliable transportation
Madison College HVAC Installer Technician Apprenticeship graduates are introduced to:
- Trade mathematics
- Tools of the trade
- Copper and plastic piping practices
- Soldering and brazing
- Ferrous metal piping practices
- Basic electricity
- Introduction to cooling
- Distribution systems
- Chimneys, vents and flues
- Maintenance skills for the service technician
- Alternating current
- Basic electronics
- Electric heating
- Control circuit troubleshooting
- Accessories and optional equipment
- Metering devices
- Heat pumps
Graduate Report Summary Overview
2019 2020 2021 Number of Program Graduates 23 12 15 Number of Surveys Sent Number of Surveys Returned Percent of Surveys Returned Available for Employment 0 0 0 Percent Available for Employment Not in Labor Market 0 0 0 Percent Not in Labor Market Available for Employment
2019 2020 2021 Graduates Employed 0 0 0 Percent of Graduates Employed Employed in Related Occupation 0 0 0 Percent Employed in Related Occupation Employed in Unrelated Occupation 0 0 0 Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation Employed - No Response 0 0 0 Percent Employed - No Response Seeking Employment 0 0 0 Percent Seeking Employment Reaction To Training at Madison College
2019 2020 2021 Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 0 0 0 Number of Satisfaction Responses 0 0 0 Very Satisfied (4) 0 0 0 Percent Very Satisfied Satisfied (3) 0 0 0 Percent Satisfied Unsatisfied (2) 0 0 0 Percent Unsatisfied Very Unsatisfed (1) 0 0 0 Percent Very Unsatisfied Primary Reason for Attending Madison College
2019 2020 2021 Number of Primary Reason Responses 0 0 0 Preparation for Getting a Job 0 0 0 Percent Preparation for Getting a Job Career Change 0 0 0 Percent Career Change Improvement of Existing Skills 0 0 0 Percent Improvement of Existing Skills Preparation for Further Education 0 0 0 Percent Preparation for Further Education Personal Interest 0 0 0 Percent Personal Interest Other 0 0 0 Percent Other When Employment was Obtained
2019 2020 2021 Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 0 0 0 Before Enrollment 0 0 0 Percent Before Enrollment While Attending the College 0 0 0 Percent While Attending the College After Training at the College 0 0 0 Percent After Training at the College Location of Employment (related and unrelated)
2019 2020 2021 Number of Employment Location Responses 0 0 0 In College District 0 0 0 Percent In College District In Wisconsin, Not in District 0 0 0 Percent of In Wisconsin Outside of Wisconsin 0 0 0 Percent Outside Wisconsin Employer Location Unknown 0 0 0 Percent Location Unknown Salary Trend Salary Trend 2019 2020 2021 Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count Average Monthly Wage Average Hourly Wage Average Work Hours per Week Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count Average Hourly Wage Average Work Hours per Week