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.
Estimated Program Cost
Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration
This program will cost about $12,000* 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.
- 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
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.
- 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.
- Western uses the Blackboard Learning Management System. Some courses may use Zoom or Microsoft Teams to meet and work virtually. Visit our website for guidance on how to access and use these tools.
- Office 365 (available to download for free once you have a student email)
- Recommended web browsers: Chrome or Firefox
For detailed specifications, please review Technology and Software Recommendations for Most Classes on Western’s IT Knowledgebase.
- Western has several computer labs available. Visit our website to find open hours and locations on the La Crosse campus. Or find information on how to access resources on our Regional Locations web page.
- The Learning Commons has computers, webcams, and microphones available for in-house use. Our librarians recommend checking your local public library for computer access on the weekends. Staff members can also provide information on free, off-campus Wi-Fi spots. Contact them at LearningCommons@westerntc.edu or call 608-785-9198.
- 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).