Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration | Western Technical College

Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration

Associate Degree

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The job market is strong for technicians in the areas of air conditioning, heating, and refrigeration (also known as HVAC). This could be your area if you have mechanical skills as well as an interest in technology. Technicians are involved in a number of areas including design, sales, installation, maintenance, and service of commercial heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration equipment.

In today’s environment, special attention is also paid to air quality issues, energy conservation, and computerized temperature control. You will learn how to determine the best heating and cooling system for a particular environment, how to gain maximum efficiency from that system, and troubleshooting. In addition to classroom instruction, learning will take place in Western’s heating, air conditioning, refrigeration, electrical, and installation labs. You will shadow a technician and may also intern at a local business for valuable real-world experience.

To view the Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration program’s required disclosure on professional licensure, please click here.

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Estimated Program Costs

Estimated Program Cost

Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration

This program will cost about $12,200* based on tuition and basic program fees. There may be additional fees for books, materials, and testing. For more information on tuition costs, visit the Tuition Page.

* Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Graduation Employment Stats

Graduation Employment Stats

Western conducts a follow-up survey of all grads six months after graduation to find out if they are employed in a job related to their program, how much they are making, and where they are employed.

Survey information is not currently available for this program. Please contact an Admissions Coach or call 606-785-9200 for more information.

Career Opportunities

Facilities Specialist
HVAC Engineer
HVAC Estimator
HVAC/Refrigeration Specialist
HVAC Service Technician
HVAC Repair/Installation Technician
Maintenance/ Service Technician

Program Outcomes

  • Living responsibly
  • Refining professionalism
  • Cultivating passion
  • Install HVACR systems
  • Service HVACR systems
  • Repair HVACR equipment
  • Troubleshoot HVACR systems
  • Analyze HVACR systems
  • Evaluate HVACR system designs
  • Design HVACR systems

Admission Requirements

College Requirements

$30 Application Fee

Software and Technology

Most of Western’s classes require the use of a personal computer or laptop, standard software, internet access, and other technology-related items.

If you do not have a personal computer or laptop, or if the one you have does not meet the following criteria, resources may be available. Submit a Student Resource Request using our online form.

Computer/Laptop Hardware

  • Smartphones are not recommended for completing assignments.
  • Chromebooks are not recommended due to issues with installing software that is needed for classes, such as Office 365.
  • Web camera with microphone (usually built into newer laptops or can be purchased separately) is necessary for online participation.

Software Needs

For detailed specifications, please review Technology and Software Recommendations for Most Classes on Western’s IT Knowledgebase.

Campus Resources

Need Assistance?

  • Contact the Learning Commons! The staff are happy to answer questions, provide individualized assistance, and direct you to other supports as needed.


The Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration program is accredited by the Partnership for Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration Accreditation (PAHRA).

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