Technicians from this program are prepared for careers in residential and commercial air conditioning, refrigeration, and heating equipment installation and maintenance. These programs offer hands-on training as well as classroom instruction, fully preparing the student for any HVAC career.

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 that encompass the planning, installation, operation, and maintenance of a wide variety of residential and light commercial air conditioning, refrigeration, and heating equipment.

Day classes begin in the fall and spring semesters. Night classes begin in the fall semester only. Only the certificate or diploma courses are offered at night.

Learning experiences for students in the Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Technology program are held in classrooms and workspace in Granby Hall on the Airport Campus.

Students are required to purchase hand tools and personal safety equipment at an approximate cost of $1,050.

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

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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
(13 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.

COL-101 College Orientation

College Orientation

ID: COL-101

Credit Hours: 1

This course may include selected topics such as career planning, study skills, stress management, tutoring, group guidance, and other subjects to facilitate student success.

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
(14 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.

MAT-155 Contemporary Mathematics

Contemporary Mathematics

ID: MAT-155

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes techniques and applications of the following topics: elementary number theory; algebra; geometry; measurement; graph sketching and interpretations; and descriptive statistics.

ENG-160 Technical Communications

Technical Communications

ID: ENG-160

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of various technical communications such as definitions, processes, instructions, descriptions, and technical reports.

Semester 4
(13 Credit Hours)
ACR-206 Advanced Electricity for Hvac/R

Advanced Electricity for Hvac/R

ID: ACR-206

Credit Hours: 2

This course includes a practical application of electrical and electronic components and circuits used to control HVAC and/or refrigeration systems.

ACR-220 Advanced Air Conditioning

Advanced Air Conditioning

ID: ACR-220

Credit Hours: 4

This course is an advanced study of air conditioning systems.

ACR-221 Residential Load Calculations

Residential Load Calculations

ID: ACR-221

Credit Hours: 2

This course is a study of heat losses/gains in residential structures.

ACR-224 Codes and Ordinances

Codes and Ordinances

ID: ACR-224

Credit Hours: 2

This course covers instruction on how to reference appropriate building codes and ordinances where they apply to installation of heating and air conditioning equipment.

HIS-202 American History: 1877 to Present

American History: 1877 to Present

ID: HIS-202

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a survey of u.s. history from 1877 to the present. This course includes political, social, economic, and intellectual developments during this period.

Semester 5
(16 Credit Hours)
ACR-207 Advanced Refrigeration Electricity

Advanced Refrigeration Electricity

ID: ACR-207

Credit Hours: 3

This course covers the theory and application of electrical circuits and starting components in commercial and industrial refrigeration.

ACR-231 Advanced Refrigeration

Advanced Refrigeration

ID: ACR-231

Credit Hours: 4

This course is an in-depth study of commercial and industrial refrigeration equipment.

ACR-232 Refrig, Calculation & Equip Selection

Refrig, Calculation & Equip Selection

ID: ACR-232

Credit Hours: 3

This course involves a study of load calculations and selection of refrigeration equipment and components.

PSY-201 General Psychology

General Psychology

ID: PSY-201

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes the following topics and concepts in the science of behavior: scientific method, biological bases for behavior, perception, motivation, learning memory, development, personality, abnormal behavior, therapeutic techniques, and social psychology.

CPT-101 Introduction to Computers

Introduction to Computers

ID: CPT-101

Credit Hours: 3

This course covers basic computer history, theory and applications, including word processing, spreadsheets, data bases, and the operating system.

  Total Credit Hours 71
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Commercial Refrigeration Technician

Commercial refrigeration service technicians maintain, troubleshoot, and repair a wide variety of critical refrigeration equipment from display coolers to large commercial systems found in grocery stores and manufacturing plants. Often, the financial implications of unscheduled equipment downtime are substantial, leading to well-paying careers.

Average Annual Salary

According to EMSI data as of 2022

Where Can I Work?

  • Refrigeration Installation and Repair Companies
  • Food Preparation Organizations


Commercial Air Conditioning Technician

Commercial air conditioning service technicians maintain, troubleshoot, and repair a wide variety of AC and Heating equipment found in commercial properties including strip malls, schools, office buildings, and physical plant operations. A wide variety of critical equipment types are serviced and maintained.

Average Annual Salary

According to EMSI data as of 2022

Where Can I Work?

  • Mechanical Contracting Firms
  • HVAC Unit Installation and Repair Corporations


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.

Average Annual Salary

According to EMSI data as of 2022

Where Can I Work?

  • HVAC Unit Installation and Repair Corporations

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.

Enter the Workforce

Immediate employment awaits for graduates of HVACR at MTC. 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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