HVAC Installation Technician

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HVAC Installation Technician

Technical Diploma

27 Credits | 1 Year

Career Pathways | Financial Aid-Eligible


Day and Evening Program Options Available

Career Cluster: Architecture and Construction

The WITC HVAC Installation Technician program and pathway programs operate out of a state-of-the-art facility on the Superior campus. Through partnerships with Trane USA, Snap-On Tools and the National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3), this program will train you on the various installation techniques of electricity, heating equipment, residential air conditioning equipment and sheet metal fabrication. As a student, you can leave with industry credentialing in the areas of safe refrigerant handling, tool usage and control systems. Foundational skills and principles learned in this program prepare you to work in the commercial and residential HVAC/R installation marketplace. 

Program Overview

The HVAC Installation Technician program at WITC will give you the skills to install new heating, cooling, refrigeration and ventilation systems, and inspect current HVAC systems for effectiveness and safety. As a student, you will gain the confidence and skills needed to perform at a high level in both the commercial and residential HVAC industries. 

Program Outcomes

HVAC Installation Technician graduates will be able to:

  • Install residential heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment
  • Commission (start up) and service residential heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment
  • Install commercial heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment
  • Commission (start up) and service heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment
  • Install commercial refrigeration equipment
  • Commission (start up) and service commercial refrigeration equipment
HVACR students working in WITC's state-of-the-art facilities

The HVAC department has industry-driven curriculum from some of the leading manufacturers of HVAC/R equipment. This allows WITC to perform hands-on training and provides you with a great perspective on equipment that is in use across the country today.   

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State-of-the-art facilities.

HVACR students working in WITC's state-of-the-art facilities

Hands-on learning.

HVAC students in the classroom

Industry-leading core instructors.


HVAC Installation Technician is available at the Superior campus. Foundational skills and principles learned in this program prepare you to work in small-scale commercial systems and residential HVAC industry.

Career Pathways

As a student, you can build upon your skills and continue in the two-year HVAC/R technical diploma program. 

Industry Certifications

This program will prepare you to earn an EPA Section 608 Technical Certification (Refrigerant Storage/Handling); Building Automation Systems; HVAC certifications in Residential Variable Speed Motors, Refrigeration Diagnostics, Air-to-Air Heat Pumps and Airflow, Multimeter certification and multiple Building Performance Instrument certifications. 

Experienced Instructors

Core instructors for this program come with a diverse background in the HVAC/R trade with a combined experience of over 65 years. 


You will learn the fundamentals of air conditioning, basic mechanics, refrigeration and AC/DC. Other core courses include Heating Systems, Electrical Controls & Systems and Sheet Metal Fabrication. 

Explore the Curriculum

Featured HVAC Installation Technician Courses

| 2 CR
Topics include introduction to heat principles, temperature measurement, fuels and other sources of heat, combustion, basic heating systems, basic furnace design, gas furnace design and operation, venting of furnaces, chimney or exhaust gases, and system controls. PREREQUISITE: Admission to HVAC/R Plan or HVAC Installation Technician Plan.
| 3 CR
Topics in this course include basic electricity review, control circuits, symbols, diagrams, protection devices, transformers, relays, thermostats, single-phase motors, capacitors, control components, and troubleshooting ACR system wiring diagrams. Electrical experience equivalent to 32601303 Principles of AC/DC is recommended.
| 3 CR
Topics include refrigeration principles and terms, thermodynamic processes, refrigerants, vapor compression cycles, mechanical refrigeration system components, use of electrical controls, refrigeration applications, and refrigeration tools and materials. PREREQUISITE: Admission to HVAC/R Plan, Refrigeration Essentials Plan, or HVAC Installation Technician Plan

HVAC Installation Technician is Part of a Career Pathway

As an HVAC Installation Technician student at WITC, you can earn credentials each step of the way! 

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You could take this first and get a credential.

Technical Diploma
14 Credits/Less Than 1 Year
Potential Careers
Service Technician, Refrigeration Technician
Range of Yearly Salary
$14.00–$18.00 hourly
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Technical Diploma
27 Credits/1 Year
Potential Careers
HVAC Installer, HVAC Mechanic, Service Technician, Systems Mechanic
Range of Yearly Salary
$14.00–$18.00 hourly
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Continue your education to obtain a two-year technical diploma. 

Obtain a bachelor's degree through WITC's transfer opportunities. 

Admissions and Tuition

WITC has a simple admission process that can be completed in one visit. To start the process, simply fill out an application form along with a $30 application fee. After you’ve successfully submitted your application, your next step is to schedule an admissions meeting with a WITC counselor to discuss your goals and expectations. That’s it! 

Tuition and Fees

WITC breaks down the cost of education, so you'll have a good idea of how much your education will cost. 

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available to help you pay for your education. It can come in the form of grants, loans, federal work study, military and veterans benefits, division of vocational rehabilitation benefits and scholarships. 

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Estimated Total Program Costs 2020-21*

HVAC Installation Technician

27 Credits | 1 Year


Additional tools and supplies may also be required.

*Tuition is an estimate and does not include any miscellaneous fees for various courses, tools, books, supplies or uniforms. Program book costs are in addition to tuition and fees and vary depending on course selection and where the books are purchased or rented. 

After the WITC HVAC Installation Technician Program

Upon completion of the program, you will obtain a Refrigeration Essentials technical diploma and an HVAC Installation Technician technical diploma. 

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Transfer Options

Transfer your WITC credits to a four-year college in Wisconsin to obtain your bachelor's degree and beyond.

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Career Outlooks

WITC's graduates experience success. Learn more about the types of careers you can get after graduation.

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800.243.9482 ext. 6243


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