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 in this field are involved in a number of areas, such as design, sales, installation, maintenance, and servicing of commercial heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration equipment.

In today's environment, Western's program places special emphasis on air quality, energy conservation, and computerized temperature control. You'll gain expertise in selecting the most suitable heating and cooling systems for specific environments, optimizing system efficiency, and troubleshooting issues. Your training will include both classroom instruction and hands-on experience in Western's heating, air conditioning, refrigeration, electrical, and installation labs. Additionally, you'll have the valuable opportunity to shadow a technician at a local business, further enhancing your industry knowledge and skills.

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 $10,013* based on tuition and basic program fees. There may be additional fees for books, materials, and testing. For more information on tuition costs, view the Tuition page or Cost of Attendance document.

* 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
  • Troubleshoot HVACR systems
  • Evaluate HVACR system designs
  • Repair HVACR equipment
  • Analyze HVACR systems
  • 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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