School of Applied Science, Engineering and Technology

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1701 Wright Street
Madison WI 53704

CALL: (608) 246-6800
or (800) 322-6282 ext. 6800

2125 Commercial Avenue
Madison WI 53704

CALL: (608) 243-4169
or (800) 322-6282 ext. 4169


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HVAC Apprentice (ABC)

Apprenticeship Completion

Program number: 504019


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.


  • 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

Explore financial aid eligibility HVAC Apprentice (ABC).

All courses for this program are offered only in person.


How to Apply to HVAC Installer Technician ApprenticeshipHVAC 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

Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2018-2019 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.

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Eighth Semester


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