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HVAC Apprentice (ABC)
Program Number: 504019
Your Degree:
Apprenticeship
Area of Study:
Construction, Manufacturing and Maintenance
Delivery Method:
Some Online / Some In Person
Estimated Time to Complete:
16 Credits | Finish paid training and class time in as little as 1 year (programs vary)
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$2,452.00

$2,256.00 Tuition
$196.00 Materials/Supplemental Costs
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  • Program Overview

    Work Description

    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.

    Working Conditions

    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.

    Training

    • 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.

    Program Details

    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 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.

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    Fourth Semester
    Fifth Semester
    Sixth Semester
    Seventh Semester
    Eighth Semester
  • Admission

    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:

    Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC)
    5330 Wall St.
    Madison, WI 53718
    800.829.9926
    608.244.6056

    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.

    Application Requirements

    • 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
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  • Career Outcomes

    Madison College HVAC Installer Technician Apprenticeship graduates are introduced to:  

    • HVAC
    • 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
    • Compressors
    • Heat pumps
    • Graduate Summary

      Graduate Report Summary Overview

      2018 2019 2020
      Number of Program Graduates 14 23 12
      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

      2018 2019 2020
      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

      2018 2019 2020
      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

      2018 2019 2020
      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

      2018 2019 2020
      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)

      2018 2019 2020
      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 2018 2019 2020
      Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count
      Average Monthly Wage
      Average Hourly Wage
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      Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count
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Hours

In-Person Service Hours

  • Monday – Thursday: 8 am - 4:30 pm

Virtual Service Hours

  • Friday: 8 am - 4:30 pm