Air Conditioning, Heating, & Refrigeration Technology (HVAC)

Associate Degree

Program Number: 106011

Credits: 63

Area of Study: Construction, Manufacturing and Maintenance

Delivery Method:
Some Online / Some In Person*

Financial Aid Available

Estimated Program Cost:

Tuition - $8,883.00
Materials/Supplemental Costs
Other Costs
Total Estimated Program Costs*:

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 the Air 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

The Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Technology program is on a career pathway that includes this and other technical certifications. All will prepare you for a good job and advanced training. Learn at your own pace and increase your earning potential with credentials that keep you moving on your career path.

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

Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Technology classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

  • Madison - Truax

​Explore financial aid eligibility for Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Technology.

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 2nd year course fees.


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To Apply

  • Visit MATC to learn more about the Madison College experience including campus tours and program open houses.

After Acceptance

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


Contact the Enrollment Center at or (608) 246-6210.



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 program students (including newly admitted), go directly to your Degree Progress Report (also referred to as an Advising Report or Academic Requirements) to view:

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

If you have questions after reviewing your report, please see Advising Services.


There are currently no Transfer Partnerships for this program. Review our Transfer Opportunities page for information on all Madison College transfer options.


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.


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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