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Industrial Mechanic - HVAC
Program Number: 314623
Your Degree:
Technical Diploma
Area of Study:
Construction, Manufacturing and Maintenance
Delivery Method:
Some Online/Some In Person
Estimated Time to Complete:
31 Credits | Finish diploma in 1 year
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  • Program Overview

    As a student in the Industrial Mechanic HVAC program at Madison College, you will:

    • Learn skills necessary to install, troubleshoot and repair a variety of residential, commercial and industrial HVAC and refrigeration equipment.
    • Develop residential and commercial processing applications.
    • Earn refrigerant 410A safety and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certifications.
    • Understand HVAC retrofit requirements, the use of alternative refrigerants and associated oils.
    • Build automation systems using computer and electronic controls.
    • Combine management strategies and programmable control applications to cut energy costs and increase efficiency. 
    • Train on specialized diagnostic equipment and tools used in the HVAC refrigeration industry.

    Program Details

    Students in the Industrial Mechanic - HVAC program can attend full or part time.

    Industrial Mechanic - HVAC classes are offered at the Madison Truax campus.


    Earning your one-year technical diploma in the Industrial Mechanic - HVAC program at Madison Area Technical College prepares you for valuable work in:

    • Facility Maintenance
    • Residential, Commercial or Industrial HVAC/Refrigeration service Technician
    • Building Automated controls Service Technician
    • Building Automated controls Programmer
    • HVAC/Refrigeration Installer to include: sheet metal worker, pipe fitter and controls specialist

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

    • Journeyman Pipe Fitter
    • Journeyman Sheet Metal Worker
    • Facilities Maintenance Manager
    • HVAC/Refrigeration or Controls Service Manager
    • Controls Installation Foreman
    • HVAC/Refrigeration Construction Site Foreman
    • Construction Project Manager
    • Owner HVAC/Refrigeration Service Company 
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  • Curriculum and Experience

    Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2024-2025 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
    2 credits
    1 credit
    2 credits
    1 credit
    2 credits
    2 credits
    1 credit
    3 credits
    Second Semester
    1 credit
    2 credits
    1 credit
    1 credit
    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.

    Application Dates

    Fall 2024

    • Application open
    • Application completion deadline is August 31, 2024

    Spring 2025

    • Application open
    • Application completion deadline is January 15, 2025

    Admission Requirements

    All materials must be submitted by the application deadline.

    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
    Official transcripts must be sent from the institutions you attended and indicate one of the following:

    • High school transcript (current high school seniors may submit an in-progress transcript)
    • GED/HSED transcript
    • College transcript(s) showing:
      • Completion of an associate degree or higher, or
      • At least 30 credits completed with a minimum GPA of 2.0 on a 4-point scale
        • The credits must be completed at a single college and cannot be combined with other transcripts
        • Any transfer credit listed on a transcript does not count toward the 30-credit minimum

    All high school and/or college transcripts are recommended to be submitted for Credit for Prior Learning evaluation.

    Additional Notes

    • Class capacity is limited and is available on a first come, first served basis.
    • 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 Industrial Mechanic - HVAC program graduates are prepared to do the following:  

    Lifelong learning: Develop philosophy rutted in continuing education focused on enhancing professional growth.

    Technical Skills: Install, trouble shoot, diagnose and repair HVAC/Refrigeration mechanical equipment as well as electronic, pneumatic and automated control systems. Exposure to Facility management strategies and processes that are used to streamline efficiency and cut energy consumption costs.

    Employability: Demonstrate good work ethics and reliable behavior highly valued by our industry including:

    • Assuming responsibility for decisions and actions
    • Utilizing time and stress management
    • Display hard work and initiative
    • Creativity and logical thinking
    • Flexibility and teamwork
    • Conscious effort to apply all safety measures as well as follow regulatory codes and established operating procedures.
    • Ability to communicate clearly and professionally in both written and verbal communications to customers, coworkers, and supervisors using positive interpersonal skills such as respect, integrity and professionalism.
    • Graduate Summary

      Graduate Report Summary Overview

      Number of Program Graduates91316
      Number of Surveys Sent81316
      Number of Surveys Returned5910
      Percent of Surveys Returned
      Available for Employment576
      Percent Available for Employment100.00%100.00%75.00%
      Not in Labor Market
      Percent Not in Labor Market0.00%28.60%37.50%
      Available for Employment

      Graduates Employed475
      Percent of Graduates Employed80.00%100.00%83.30%
      Employed in Related Occupation265
      Percent Employed in Related Occupation50.00%85.70%100.00%
      Employed in Unrelated Occupation210
      Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation50.00%14.30%0.00%
      Employed - No Response000
      Percent Employed - No Response0.00%0.00%0.00%
      Seeking Employment101
      Percent Seeking Employment20.00%0.00%16.70%
      Reaction To Training at Madison College

      Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4)33.43.7
      Number of Satisfaction Responses576
      Very Satisfied (4)134
      Percent Very Satisfied20.00%42.90%66.70%
      Satisfied (3)342
      Percent Satisfied60.00%57.10%33.30%
      Unsatisfied (2)100
      Percent Unsatisfied20.00%0.00%0.00%
      Very Unsatisfed (1)000
      Percent Very Unsatisfied0.00%0.00%0.00%
      Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

      Number of Primary Reason Responses599
      Preparation for Getting a Job225
      Percent Preparation for Getting a Job40.00%22.20%55.60%
      Career Change321
      Percent Career Change60.00%22.20%11.10%
      Improvement of Existing Skills030
      Percent Improvement of Existing Skills0.00%33.30%0.00%
      Preparation for Further Education023
      Percent Preparation for Further Education0.00%22.20%33.30%
      Personal Interest000
      Percent Personal Interest0.00%0.00%0.00%
      Percent Other0.00%0.00%0.00%
      When Employment was Obtained

      Number of When Employment Obtained Responses475
      Before Enrollment110
      Percent Before Enrollment25.00%14.30%0.00%
      While Attending the College355
      Percent While Attending the College75.00%71.40%100.00%
      After Training at the College010
      Percent After Training at the College0.00%14.30%0.00%
      Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

      Number of Employment Location Responses256
      In College District255
      Percent In College District100.00%100.00%83.30%
      In Wisconsin, Not in District000
      Percent of In Wisconsin0.00%0.00%0.00%
      Outside of Wisconsin000
      Percent Outside Wisconsin0.00%0.00%0.00%
      Employer Location Unknown001
      Percent Location Unknown0.00%0.00%16.70%
      Salary Trend
      Salary Trend202020212022
      Full Time Employment (Related Job)Full Time Salary Count255
      Average Monthly Wage$4,091$4,780$3,797
      Average Hourly Wage$23.78$27.79$22.08
      Average Work Hours per Week414143
      Part Time Employment (Related Job)Part Time Salary Count1
      Average Hourly Wage$18.50
      Average Work Hours per Week28
    • Graduate Employers

      Graduate Employers for academic year: 2022
      Employer(s)Job TitleCity*State**Positions
      608 MechanicalService TechnicianPoynette
      Bleich HeatingService TechnicianRio
      Dave Jones Plumbing & Heating, IncHVAC Service Technician/InternMonona
      Edgewater HotelEngineer
      Madigan RefrigerationRefrigeration Technician

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      ** - Only states outside of Wisconsin will display.

      *** - If you have a position to post, please contact Career and Employment Services at jobpostings@madisoncollege.edu

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