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Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Programs

HVAC Technician Or Refrigeration Technician

As an HVAC or refrigeration technician, you’ll have the chance to maintain a comfortable environment for spaces in which people live, work, and play. Take pride in applying your skills building comfortable spaces in your community.

HVAC Programs Information

Our HVAC technician and refrigeration programs are designed to make balancing life and school manageable. Both 9-month blended programs feature a flexible schedule of 3 days per week of campus training and additional online coursework per class.

Skills to Build Your Career

Begin your training by taking core classes designed to help you apply basic principles of refrigeration and heat transfer to the installation and repair of heating and cooling systems. We’ll then help you choose one of two areas of specialty, which allows you to become a certified HVAC technician or refrigeration technician.

Build skills in one of these specialties:

Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Technician

  • Residential HVAC systems
  • Energy conservation equipment
  • Duct layout and fabrication

Refrigeration Technician (currently only available at Norcross)

  • Commercial equipment
  • Hydronic systems (boilers and chillers)
  • Supermarket and retail refrigerated display cases

Prep and Testing for Professional Credentials Included

Our HVAC and Refrigeration technician programs prepare you to earn professional credentials, which can help improve your employability and your earnings potential.

Preparation and testing are included in the program at no extra cost for the following credentials:

  • OSHA 10 hour Basic Safety Orientation
  • NCCER Credentials
  • EPA 608 Universal
  • Universal R410A

Career ready in as few as 9 months

  • Hands-On Training
  • Certificate Preparation
  • Career Guidance

Career Outlook

HVAC technician entry level jobs include:

  • HVAC Mechanic
  • HVAC Installer
  • Systems Mechanic
  • HVAC Service Technician

Refrigeration technician entry level jobs include:

  • Refrigeration Technician
  • Refrigeration Operator
  • Refrigeration Mechanic
  • Transportation Refrigeration Tech


2017 annual salary for HVAC and Refrigeration technicians*

Median: $47,080
Lowest 10%: $29,120 or less

Job Growth

2016-26 projected growth*

48,800 New Jobs

* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/installation-maintenance-and-repair/heating-air-conditioning-and-refrigeration-mechanics-andinstallers.htm (visited October 11, 2018).

HVAC Technician Classes

Here’s a sample of the classes you’ll take to gain vital skills for a career in the field of residential heating and air conditioning or commercial refrigeration service and repair.

Basic Construction

Introduction to the construction field. Learn basic job safety concepts and regulatory requirements, basic math used in the construction trades, the use of common hand and power tools, and an introduction to blueprint reading, material handling, communication, and employability skills. Learn techniques for studying and test-taking.

Craft Skills

Learn the basic skills used for installing copper, plastic, and steel piping as well as reading construction drawings and selecting the correct hardware and fasteners for an installation.

Basic Air Conditioning

Learn the fundamental concepts and technology at the core of every air-conditioning system. Study the process, the refrigeration cycle, components of an air-conditioning system, and modern refrigerants. In addition, learn to use manifold gauges and other testing equipment to measure system operation.

Electricity for HVAC/R Technicians

This course covers basic electrical theory and calculations, using electrical meters, reading schematic diagrams, and basic controls used on HVAC/R systems.

HVAC/R System Service and Maintenance

Learn the proper procedures for removing and installing refrigerant in cooling systems, finding leaks, and performing basic maintenance functions. Additional topics include a review of EPA608 requirements for handling refrigerant and techniques for ensuring excellent customer service.

Basic Heating Systems

Learn about the installation and maintenance of heating systems. Review principles of heat transfer, combustion, safety, and the typical fuels and equipment used to heat homes and businesses. Additional topics include requirements for venting and exhausting of fuel-burning appliances and troubleshooting.

Advanced Heating Systems

Learn about efficient ways to heat and cool homes and businesses beyond fossil fuel use. This course covers the installation, operation, and maintenance of heat pumps. Learn to survey alternative heating and cooling systems. Learn about solar heating, pellet stoves, evaporative coolers, spot cooling, and computer room units.

Air Distribution

Learn about installing and maintaining the ductwork and air-handling units in residential and commercial buildings. This course covers the installation requirements for various types of ductwork including basic techniques used to fabricate ductwork on the job. Additional course topics include commercial airside units, variable air volume (VAV) and variable volume, variable temperature (VVT) systems, and maintaining air quality within buildings.

Energy Conservation Methods

Review the various strategies used in the design of energy efficient heating and cooling systems that include calculating heating and cooling loads, laying out and sizing ductwork, and equipment selection.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid Available for Those Who Qualify

You can reach your educational goals and reduce student loan debt in a number of ways including institutional grants and scholarships. You are encouraged to use our resources as often as needed. These services are available at no additional cost and include:

Scholarships and Grants

The Zenith Student Grant is a multimillion-dollar institutional grant program awarded to students of Altierus and WyoTech schools owned by Zenith Education Group who demonstrate financial need.

This and other financial aid is available for those who qualify. Contact a representative by phone at (888) 223-8556 to learn more.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I choose Altierus?

Altierus is here to support you at every step so that you can pursue a new career. That’s why here, you’ll be welcomed into a community that knows your name and cares about who you are. And more importantly, knows how far you can go.

Can Altierus help me find employment?

Your experience includes preparation for life after graduation. Receive opportunities for mentorships and job shadowing with our industry partners, as well as resume advising and interview preparation from our career service representatives.

Is financial assistance available?

Yes, financial aid is available for those who qualify. Learn more about our financial aid options by contacting an Altierus financial aid representative today. Scholarships and grants may also available to help cover the cost of tuition.

Is certification necessary to practice the profession?

While certification may not be required to practice the profession, certification gives you a competitive edge among other job applicants. We aim to provide students with the tools they need to reach their full potential which is why we include certification exam preparation and fees at no additional cost to you.

Welcome to Altierus

As a non-profit career college, we reinvest in the student experience. Since 2015, we've invested millions of dollars in grants, scholarships, and facility enhancements.

Benefits include:

* Employment is not guaranteed. Your own hard work, professionalism, attitude, and other factors impact your employment opportunities and pay.
**Financial aid is available for those who qualify.

Important Consumer Information and Disclosures

FL - Tampa

For information on graduation rates, the median debt of students who complete this program and more, please view the Tampa Program Disclosures.

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GA - Norcross

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TX - Houston Bissonnet

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