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HVAC Courses in Milwaukee, WI with Program and School Overviews

The Milwaukee, Wisconsin, area has several schools that offer HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) programs. Learn about the degree programs, admission info, and program requirements for three of these schools, all within 40 miles of downtown, and make an informed education decision.

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Milwaukee Schools with HVAC Programs

Prospective students interested in pursuing a career in the field of HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) have three area schools from which to choose, all of which are part of the Wisconsin Technical College System. This article examines those schools, none more than a 50-minute drive from downtown Milwaukee, and the programs they offer, which generally include refrigeration training in addition to HVAC studies. Also included is a table of information that can help prospective students decide which school might be their best option. This table covers data regarding the schools' enrollment, graduation rates and tuition and is displayed in a format that makes comparisons easy.

  • Milwaukee Area Technical College offers a Diploma in Air Conditioning, Refrigeration, and Heating as well as an Associate of Applied Science in Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology. This school is approximately 1.2 miles from the city center.
  • Waukesha County Technical College is around 21 miles from downtown Milwaukee. Its offerings include a technical certificate program in refrigeration service and a technical diploma program in refrigeration, air conditioning and heating service technician.
  • About 37 miles from downtown Milwaukee, Gateway Technical College offers an HVAC apprentice program.

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Comparison of Schools

Students need to consider many factors when choosing a school for their training. The following table presents pertinent information in a concise fashion.

Milwaukee Area Technical College Waukesha County Technical College Gateway Technical College
School Type 2-year, public 2-year, public 2-year, public
Total Enrollment (2014) 16,712* 8,692* 7,410*
Campus Setting Large city Large suburb Midsize suburb
Tuition & Fees (2015-2016) $4,360 in-state; $6,286 out-of-state* $4,250 in-state; $6,078 out-of-state* $4,090 in-state; $6,016 out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2013-2014) 82%* 64%* 68%*
Acceptance Rate (2014) N/A - Open admissions N/A - Open admissions N/A - Open admissions*
Retention Rate (2013-2014) 54% for full-time students; 57% for part-time students* 70% for full-time students; 49% for part-time students* 68% for full-time students; 62% for part-time students *
Graduation Rate (2014) 12%* 34%* 24%*

Source: *NCES, College Navigator

Milwaukee Area Technical College

Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) is one of the Midwest's largest community-based technical colleges, with an enrollment of more than 50,000 students spread across four campus locations in the Milwaukee area. MATC offers two programs in the field of HVAC, including a 2-year A.A.S. degree program and a diploma program.

Diploma in Refrigeration, Air Conditioning, and Heating

The diploma program requires the completion of 31 credits of coursework. Students take classes in basic refrigeration and system operations, gas and oil burner servicing, electrical circuits and controls, and wiring methods. This program offers both day and evening classes with program start dates during the months of January and August.

Associate of Applied Science in Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology

The air conditioning and refrigeration technology Associate of Applied Science degree program provides training focusing on the installation, servicing and maintenance of equipment. Students receive a broad foundation in math, electricity and thermodynamics that is required for understanding the mechanics of HVAC systems.

Students can expect coursework that includes heating systems, welding fundamentals for HVAC and digital energy management systems. A special emphasis is placed on refrigerants and their proper recovery and safe use. Students have the option of attending day or evening classes.

Waukesha County Technical College

Located 21 miles outside of Milwaukee in Pewaukee, WI, Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC) provides a hands-on approach to education that helps students build skills that ready them for immediate employment upon graduation. WCTC offers prospective students a 28-credit technical diploma program in refrigeration, air conditioning and heating service, as well as a 9-credit certificate program for those that want to specialize in refrigeration service.

Technical Certificate - Refrigeration Service

The technical certificate program includes coursework focusing on commercial refrigeration at both the introductory and advanced levels. Training is provided through traditional learning methods, including lectures, and through lab work to develop first-hand skills in refrigeration service techniques and methods.

Technical Diploma - Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heating Service Technician

The technical diploma program requires the completion of 11 courses and can be completed in about a year or less depending on how many courses are taken each term. Students learn about the fundamentals of heating systems, refrigeration applications, geothermal and alternative energy systems and basic mechanics of HVAC systems.

Gateway Technical College

Gateway Technical College is a 2-year public school located about 37 miles from downtown Milwaukee. For prospective applicants seeking an HVAC apprenticeship, the school offers a program that includes paid training in preparation for a career in the field.

HVAC Apprentice Program

This specialized apprentice training program takes five years to complete and includes instruction within the school classroom as well as on-site job training. Candidates study the basics of HVAC, forced-air heating, hydronics, cooling fundamentals, air quality, commercial refrigeration, and more. Program application requirements include passing an aptitude test, having a valid driver's license, and being physically fit.

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