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Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technician (HVACR)


Employment of HVAC techs is projected to grow 15% from 2016 to 2026, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, faster than the national average for all occupations. And as buildings become more energy efficient, the demand for qualified HVAC/R technicians will only continue to increase!

WTI’s HVAC/R program gives students the training they need to begin successful careers in the HVAC/R field. After completing your Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Technology program from WTI, you’ll be prepared for a career as a:

  • Installer
  • HVAC Technician
  • Appliance Repair Technician
  • Refrigeration Technician
  • Maintenance Technician
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Program Objective

Courses available at Wichita Main, Topeka, Joplin and Tulsa campuses only.


This program prepares graduates to become employable in an entry-level position as a Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technician.

Students will understand electronic theory and refrigeration cycle principles as it applies to installing and troubleshooting basic problems. The course is taught using a combination of theory and practical applications in a laboratory environment.

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Electrical Fundamentals4 Weeks5 QCH

The first course is designed to provide beginning students with fundamentals in electrical skills. Emphasis is placed on basic electrical safety and electrical circuits. Students in this course will also be trained in electric theory and components that make up electrical circuits. Students will be able to identify electrical symbols and apply them to electrical wiring diagrams. The students will also gain knowledge of safe usage of electrical testing instruments to troubleshoot basic electric circuits. In addition, students will work with series circuits, parallel circuits and study the concepts of alternating current.

Refrigeration Fundamentals4 Weeks5 QCH

This course is designed to provide students with knowledge of safe brazing techniques to different projects performed in the lab. Students will study basic refrigeration principals and the basic refrigeration cycle that is contained in all cooling systems, heat pumps and refrigeration equipment. Students will have daily lab work assignments to complete as required.

EPA Training and Research Project4 Weeks5 QCH

This course is designed to refine the skills of the student for servicing HVAC/R systems in testing, evacuating, charging and adjusting the refrigerant charge. Quarterly project information will be specified in the first week of “Electrical Fundamentals”. The students will prepare to take their Section 608 EPA Exam, which they will take at the conclusion of this course.

Introduction to Heating Systems4 Weeks5 QCH

This course is designed to introduce the student to different types of electrical heating controls systems. Study of the principals of combustion with an emphasis placed on the safety aspect of furnace operations. Students will study the installation of and sequence of events for gas furnace operation. Students will have daily lab work assignments to complete as required. Students will study and take the CSST piping Certification, also study and prepare to take the ICE (Industry Competency Exam) and (BSP) Building Science Principals Certifications.

Heating Systems Installation & Troubleshooting4 Weeks5 QCH

This course is designed to provide students with a degree of proficiency in troubleshooting different types of heating systems. Emphasis is placed on the safety aspect of furnace operations. Students will have daily lab work assignments to complete as required. Students will continue to study and prepare to take the ICE and BSP Certifications.

Heat Pump Systems, Preventative Maintenance & Research Project4 Weeks5 QCH

This course is designed to provide students with a degree of proficiency in troubleshooting different types of heating and heat pump controls systems. Emphasis is placed on the safety aspect of furnace operations. Students will have daily lab work assignments to complete as required. Students will also study and prepare to take the ICE (Industry Competency Exam) Certification.

Introduction to Air Conditioning4 Weeks5 QCH

During this quarter, students will study the controls systems for cooling systems and will gain knowledge in psychometrics and airflow. They will learn about the different types of air purification systems, ventilation and dehumidification. This quarter is designed to properly understand the complete air conditioning system, duct design, testing and balance. Students will have daily lab work assignments to complete as required.

Building Construction & Building Science Principals4 Weeks5 QCH

During this course, students will gain knowledge in duct design, testing and balancing of airflow, fans and air handling equipment. They will learn about the different types of air purification systems used to achieve a high level of air quality. This quarter is designed to properly understand the complete air conditioning system installation, starting with building load calculation to insure proper equipment sizing for optimum system efficiency. In addition, students perform hands-on projects covering sheet metal ductwork sizing, layout, and fabrication. Students will have daily lab work assignments to complete as required. BSP Certification.

AC Installation, Troubleshooting & Research Project4 Weeks5 QCH

During this course students will gain knowledge in geothermal and air to air heat pump systems. This quarter is designed to properly understand the complete heat pump system installation, Students will also learn about the refrigeration system clean up and troubleshooting. Students will have daily lab work assignments to complete as required.

Introduction to Refrigeration Systems4 Weeks5 QCH

During this quarter of training the students will review general refrigeration basics and become familiar with retrofitting CFC systems, refrigerant recovery procedures, evacuation, system charging and start up. Commercial refrigeration will be the focus throughout this phase. Students will have daily lab work assignments to complete as required.

Refrigeration Controls & Troubleshooting4 Weeks5 QCH

During this quarter of training the students will study typical operating pressures and temperatures. They will be trained to find and correct refrigeration system problems. As some compressor problems stem from defrost problems, the students will understand defrost controls and their operations. Commercial refrigeration will be the focus throughout this phase. OSHA 10 hour General Industry Test. Students will have daily lab work assignments to complete as required.

Commercial Refrigeration Systems & Research Project4 Weeks5 QCH

During this course of training the students will discuss remote condensers, walk-in refrigeration applications. They will also study commercial ice machines, water quality, cleaning sanitizing and water filtration. Commercial refrigeration will be the focus throughout this phase. Students will have daily lab work assignments to complete as required.

Total48 Weeks60 QCH

Characteristics of Successful HVAC Technicians


Heating, air conditioning and refrigeration technicians install, maintain and repair systems that control the air quality in commercial, industrial and residential buildings. Also known as HVAC technicians, these highly-trained professionals must learn how to work with a wide variety of systems. Demand for HVAC techs is expected to increase 14% from 2014 to 2024, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Wichita Technical Institute’s HVAC program prepares students to sit for Section 608 Environmental Protection Agency Exam (which you must pass to handle refrigerants), and the Industry Competency Exam Certification. For HVAC technicians, mechanics and installers, it helps to have specific characteristics to help them enjoy their career.

Mechanical Aptitude

It definitely helps to have a curiosity about how things work. HVAC mechanics work on many complicated systems day in and day out. It’s beneficial to have an understanding of components, systems, testers and tools.

Troubleshooting Skills

It is essential that technicians can inspect a system and quickly determine the cause of problems.

Patience

Trying to determine a problem can be frustrating, but nothing is impossible. HVAC techs must maintain their composure, and work to find a solution.

Attention to Detail

Little things can have big effects. Whether they work with commercial or residential systems, a professional HVAC technician does the little things right that can mean the difference between doing the job and doing the job well.

Customer Service Skills

Going above and beyond is always appreciated. It builds trust and loyalty. Communicating with customers, taking the time to explain how systems work or what kinds of repairs are needed, help you meet their expectations.

Safe Work Habits

HVAC technicians work with electricity and water, a dangerous combination. It is essential that technicians learn safety regulations and are diligent in order to prevent accidents.


Do you have what it takes to be an HVAC technician?

If you would like to get HVAC training, we’d love to hear from you. For more information about the HVAC/R program at WTI, please contact us or call (888) 885-6661

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