HVAC/R Mechanics


The certificate in Heating/Ventilation/Air Conditioning/Refrigeration is composed of the first-year technical courses of the Associate Degree in Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning Technology. It provides the graduate with the basic technical skills needed to enter the service industry.

The Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning/Refrigeration program at Midlands Technical College is designed to train entry-level technicians. Hands-on experience is combined with theory to provide students with well-balanced preparation for careers. Students will be able to plan, install, operate, and maintain a wide variety of residential and light commercial air conditioning, refrigeration and heating equipment.

Special Requirements 

Students are required to purchase hand tools and personal safety equipment at an approximate cost of $1050.

How to Enroll

To pursue this degree, you must apply to MTC using our online application.

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Sample Program Plan and Costs

On-Campus Traditional. Classes meet on campus.
Virtual 100% online. Meets with a live instructor and classmates on specific days, at specific times. Uses web conferencing software, like Zoom.
Hybrid Some classes on campus. Some classes online or virtual.
Online 100% online. Due dates for projects and assignments. Self-paced work on your time.
Semester Course ID Course Title Classroom Online Hybrid Virtual Credits
Semester 1
(12 Credit Hours)
ACR-101 Fundamentals of Refrigeration

Fundamentals of Refrigeration

ID: ACR-101

Credit Hours: 5

This course covers the refrigeration cycle, refrigerants, pressure temperature relationship, and system components.

ACR-102 Tools and Service Techniques

Tools and Service Techniques

ID: ACR-102

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a basic study of the uses of tools and service equipment used in the installation and repair of HVAC equipment.

ACR-106 Basic Elec for HVAC/R

Basic Elec for HVAC/R

ID: ACR-106

Credit Hours: 4

This course includes a basic study of electricity, including Ohm's law and series and parallel circuits as they relate to heating, ventilating, air conditioning and/or refrigeration systems.

Semester 2
(15 Credit Hours)
ACR-110 Heating Fundamentals

Heating Fundamentals

ID: ACR-110

Credit Hours: 4

This course covers the basic concepts of oil, gas, and electric heat, their components and operation.

ACR-120 Basic Air Conditioning

Basic Air Conditioning

ID: ACR-120

Credit Hours: 4

This course is a study of various types of air conditioning equipment including electrical components, schematics and service to the refrigerant circuit.

ACR-210 Heat Pumps

Heat Pumps

ID: ACR-210

Credit Hours: 4

This course is a study of theory and operational principles of the heat pump.

ACR-250 Duct Fabrication

Duct Fabrication

ID: ACR-250

Credit Hours: 3

This course covers the design, fabrication, and installation of air duct systems.

Semester 3
(8 Credit Hours)
ACR-130 Domestic Refrigeration

Domestic Refrigeration

ID: ACR-130

Credit Hours: 4

This course is a study of domestic refrigeration equipment.

ACR-131 Commercial Refrigeration

Commercial Refrigeration

ID: ACR-131

Credit Hours: 4

This course is a study of maintenance and repair of commercial refrigeration systems.

  Total Credit Hours 35
  Estimated Cost
Financial Aid
Not including fees and equipment


HVAC/R Installation Technician

HVAC/R installation technicians are responsible for installing heating, ventilation, and air conditioning equipment in customers’ homes following manufacturer specifications, industry codes and standards, and company requirements.

Projected Job Growth


Average Annual Salary

According to EMSI data as of 2022

Where Can I Work?

  • HVAC Unit Installation and Repair Corporations
  • Refrigeration Installation and Repair Companies


Apartment Maintenance Technician

Apartment maintenance technicians are responsible for maintaining, servicing, and sometimes renovating a wide range of equipment found in commercial residential facilities. This may include carpentry, plumbing, and electrical systems as well. A good background in HVAC/R is the most valuable asset one can have in seeking this type of position.

Projected Job Growth


Average Annual Salary

According to EMSI data as of 2022

Where Can I Work?

  • Apartment Complexes


Residential Service Technician

Residential Service Technicians maintain, troubleshoot, and repair residential heating and air conditioning systems. Consulting as home comfort specialists also provide the opportunity for sales incentives as well.

Projected Job Growth


Average Annual Salary

According to EMSI data as of 2022

Where Can I Work?

  • HVAC Unit Installation and Repair Corporations
  • Refrigeration Installation and Repair Companies

What’s next after I complete this program?

Further Your Education

Two schools in the US offer 4-year degrees in HVACR leading to senior-level careers in HVACR service and engineering:

Penn College of Technology

Ferris State University 

The current average starting salary for HVAC graduates of Ferris State University is $58,000 per year. MTC has an articulation agreement with Ferris State University which streamlines the transfer/admissions process.

HVACR Installation or Service Technician

Immediate employment awaits for graduates of HVACR at Midlands Tech. Our near-perfect employment rate for graduates speaks for itself. Willing graduates can find immediate employment, usually in residential HVAC, leading to a career in commercial HVACR or any one of several career options if desired. The career opportunities can best be perused by looking at this HVAC career map.

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Academic programs count as academic credit for a certificate, diploma or degree and may transfer toward future academic endeavors at four-year colleges and universities.
Training programs can be completed in a matter of weeks or months, are focused on career training, and provide credentials and certificates needed in the specific fields of study. Coursework does not transfer.
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