Refrigeration Essentials

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Refrigeration Essentials

Technical Diploma

14 Credits | Less than 1 Year

Superior

Career Cluster: Architecture and Construction

The WITC HVAC/R program and pathway programs operate out of a state-of-the-art facility on our Superior campus. Through partnerships with Trande USA, Snap-On Tools and the National Coalition of Certification Centers, WITC trains students to work with light commercial and residential refrigeration and air conditioning systems. As a student, you can leave with credentials in multiple National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3) certifications and EPA Section 608 Technical certification. 

Program Overview

The Refrigeration Essentials program will allow you to complete coursework in Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Basic Mechanical Fundamentals, along with Principles of AC/DC and Applied Technical Math 1. This program can be completed in one semester (16 weeks). Upon successful completion, you will be prepared to test for the EPA Section 608 Technical Certificate and NC3 certifications. 

Program Outcomes

Refrigeration Essentials graduates will be able to:

  • Perform limited service on refrigeration and air conditioning systems
  • Perform limited installation on refrigeration and air conditioning systems
  • Demonstrate ability to solder, braze and flare copper piping
  • Demonstrate ability to troubleshoot electrical systems on refrigeration and air conditioning systems
HVACR students working in WITC's state-of-the-art facilities

WITC's new state-of-the-art facilities was completed in spring of 2017 under the guidance of Trane USA, Snap-On Tools and the National Coalition of Certification Centers. The facility provides multiple work stations with individual power and gas supplies. Modern LED lighting and an environmental comfort system make the labs and classroom a comfortable learning experience.  

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State-of-the-art facilities.

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

Hands-on learning.

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Industry-leading core instructors.


Academics

Refrigeration Essentials is available at the Superior campus. Foundational skills and principles learned in this program prepare you to work in the light commercial and residential refrigeration and air conditioning industry.

Career Pathways

As a student, you can build upon your skills and continue in the HVAC Installation Technician or HVAC/R technical diploma programs. 

Industry Certifications

This program will prepare you to earn an EPA Section 608 Technical Certification (Refrigerant Storage/Handling) and an NC3 Certification. NC3 certification exams administered include: Indoor Air Quality, Building Performance Instruments (BPI) - Leak Detection, Air to Air Heat Pumps and Conditioners and 575 Multi-Meter Certification. 

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. 


Curriculum

You will learn the fundamentals of air conditioning, basic mechanics, refrigeration and AC/DC.

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Featured Refrigeration Essentials Courses

32601300
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UGRD
| 2 CR
Topics covered include air conditioning principles and terms, physical principles of air movement and humidity, methods of conditioning air for comfort and health, the proper use of psychrometers, dry bulb thermometers, hygrometers, pitot tubes, recorders, manometers and barometers, and the reading and interpretation of psychrometric charts and scales. PREREQUISITE: Admission to HVAC/R Plan, Refrigeration Essentials Plan, or HVAC Installation Technician Plan
32601301
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UGRD
| 3 CR
This course is designed to introduce the learner to the basic fundamental skills necessary to work in the HVAC/R Industry. Instruction will be given in learning the various types of piping and tubing used in air conditioning, heating, and refrigeration; types of fittings, bending, brazing, soft soldering tubing, black iron pipe work, using hand tools, and the recognition and practice of safety procedures while working on heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems. PREREQUISITE: Admission to HVAC/R Plan, Refrigeration Essentials Plan, or HVAC Installation Technician Plan.
32601317
|
UGRD
| 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

Refrigeration Essentials is Part of a Career Pathway

As a Refrigeration Essentials student at WITC, you can earn credentials each step of the way! 

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Refrigeration Essentials

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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HVAC Installation Technician

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 two steps. Simply fill out an application form and complete the Functional Abilities Disclosure

Tuition and Fees

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

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2019-20 Estimated Total Program Costs*

Refrigeration Essentials

14 Credits | Less than 1 Year

$2,072

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 Refrigeration Essentials Program

Upon completion of the program, you will obtain a Refrigeration Essentials 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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