Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration

HVAC students doing hands-on work in WITC's state-of-the-art facilities


54 Credits | 2 Years

Technical Diploma | Financial Aid-Eligible


Day and Evening Program Options Available

Career Cluster: Architecture and Construction

People who enjoy new challenges will quickly warm up to a career in Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration. Northwood Tech will give you the knowledge and skills to repair, service and maintain heating and cooling systems both in commercial and residential settings. As emerging technologies hit the marketplace, Northwood Tech's graduates are prepared to install and service them. Through an integrated training process with up to date curriculum, and a state-of-the-art lab setting, Northwood Tech's students enter the work force with the skills needed to succeed in this fast-paced industry.   

Program Overview

The program operates out of Northwood Tech's head-of-the-Great Lakes training center, a state-of-the-art facility on Northwood Tech-Superior's campus. Through partnerships with Trane USA, Snap-on Tools, and the National Coalition of Certification Centers, Northwood Tech will train you in the areas of electricity, heating, residential air conditioning, refrigeration, geothermal, sheet metal fabrication, direct digital controls (DDC) and commercial HVAC applications. You can leave with industry credentialing in the areas of refrigerant handling safety, tool usage, and control systems. Foundational skills and principles learned in this program prepare you to work in the commercial and residential HVAC/R industry. Periodic site visits with active HVAC/R equipment are incorporated throughout the two year program to enhance student learning. Students also attend several local training seminars, and conferences that feature industry experts so they can stay on top of industry trends, and training. Full-time students can complete the program in four semesters.  

Program Outcomes

HVAC/R graduates will be able to:

  • Install HVAC/R components
  • Service HVAC/R systems
  • Troubleshoot HVAC/R systems
  • Evaluate HVAC/R system designs

Through partnerships with Trane USA, Snap-on Tools and the National Coalition of Certification Centers, you'll graduate with industry credentialing in the areas of refrigerant handling safety, tool usage and control systems. You'll also attend training seminars and conferences that feature industry experts so you can stay on top of industry trends and training. The program operates out of the head of the Great Lakes training center, a state-of-the-art facility at the Northwood Tech-Superior campus. 

HVAC/R students using technology and equipment in WITC's HVAC/R lab

Industry connections.

Students using technology used in the HVAC/R industry

Learn by doing. 

Students working hands-on with with equipment used in the HVAC/R industry

State-of-the-art facilities.


HVAC/R is available at the Superior campus. 

Foundational skills and principles learned in this program prepare you to work in the commercial and residential HVAC/R industry. In this program, you will be trained in the areas of electricity, heating, residential air conditioning, refrigeration, geothermal, sheet metal fabrication, direct digital controls (DDC) and commercial HVAC applications. 

Day or Evening Options Available

Students will have the option to enroll in this program full time either day or evening.

100% Employment Rate

According to the recent Graduate Survey Responses, 100 percent of HVAC/R graduates were employed within six months of graduating. 

Industry Certified

This program is certified by the National Coalition of Certifications (NC3). NC3 has developed a comprehensive workforce development program for training and professional certifications. 


This program will prepare students to design, install, service, maintain, and operate HVAC/R systems in residential, public, and small-scale commercial systems.

Explore the Curriculum

Featured HVAC/R Courses

| 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 domestic and commercial refrigeration systems, applications, installation, servicing, troubleshooting, heat loads and piping, controls, and special refrigeration components. PREREQUISITES: 32601300 Air Conditioning Fundamentals, 32601301 Basic Mechanical Fundamentals, and 32601317 Refrigeration Fundamentals.
| 2 CR
A building automation system, or BAS, is an umbrella energy management system that oversees HVAC control systems, heating, and other energy management systems in the building. A BAS itself can combine existing mechanical and electrical systems with microprocessors, and computers. Today's buildings require smarter and better technology and it is up to specially trained technicians to manage them efficiently. Students will gain a working knowledge of computers, networks as well as electrical control systems. PREREQUISITE: 32601305 Electrical Controls and Systems

Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration is Part of a Career Pathway

As a HVAC/R student at Northwood Tech, you can earn credentials each step of the way!

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You could take this first and earn a credential. 

Technical Diploma
14 Credits/Less Than 1 Year
Potential Careers
Service Technician, Refrigeration Technician
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Continue your education and advance your skills. 

Technical Diploma
27 Credits / 1 Year Full Time
Potential Careers
HVAC Installer, HVAC Mechanic, Service Technician, Systems Mechanic
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This is the program you're looking at. 

Technical Diploma
54 Credits / 2 Years Full Time
Potential Careers
Residential HVAC/R Technician, Commercial HVAC/R Technician, Industrial HVAC/R Technician, Mechanical Contractor HVAC/R Technician, Facilities HVAC/R Technician, Wholesale Service Representative
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Obtain your bachelor's degree. 

Admissions and Tuition

Northwood Tech has a simple admission process that can be completed in one visit. Please see the details under the "Requirements and Application" section to get you started.

Requirements and Application

Tuition and Fees

Northwood Tech 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. 

Learn More About Paying for College

Estimated Total Program Costs 2022-23*


54 Credits | 2 Years


$1,050 for tools, supplies and uniforms

*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 HVAC/R Program

Upon completion of the program, you will obtain technical diplomas in Refrigeration Essentials, HVAC Installation Technician, and Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration . 

Career Outlooks

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

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National Coalition of Certification Center

The National Coalition of Certification Centers is a value-driven organization and the future model for Career and Technical Education, creating highly-skilled, job-ready professionals through a growing network of educational partners and global industry leaders.


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New Richmond Admissions Contact

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Superior Admissions Contact

Rachel Lee

Admissions Advisor



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