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HVAC Training

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

Employment of HVAC techs is projected to grow 14% from 2014 to 2024, 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


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.

Electrical Fundamentals

12 Weeks / 15.5 Quarter Credit Hours

The first quarter is designed to provide beginning students with proficiency in fundamentals in electrical skills. Emphasis is placed on basic electrical and refrigeration components and circuits. Students in this course will also be trained in electric theory, components that make up electrical circuits. Students will be able to identify electrical symbols and apply them to electrical schematic wiring diagrams. The students will also gain knowledge of safe usage of electrical instruments to troubleshoot basic electric circuits. In addition, students will become proficient with series, parallel, and combination series-parallel resistive circuits. During this quarter of training, students will also study the concepts of alternating current, how it is generated, and the concepts of phase relationships.

Refrigeration Fundamentals

12 Weeks / 15.5 Quarter Credit Hours

This quarter the students will demonstrate the concept of the refrigeration cycle and process. They will apply this knowledge of the refrigeration cycle to the lab trainers that they use and perform several assigned lab exercises as required. Students will also apply knowledge of safe soldering techniques to different projects performed in the lab. Students will have daily lab work assignments to complete as required. Also during this quarter the students will be preparing to take their Section 608 EPA Exam, which they will take at the conclusion of this course.

Heating Systems

12 Weeks / 15.5 Quarter Credit Hours

This quarter 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 also study and prepare to take the ICE (Industry Competency Exam) Certification.

Air Conditioning Systems

12 Weeks / 15.5 Quarter Credit Hours

During this quarter students will gain knowledge in Indoor Air Quality (IAQ). 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 also have daily lab work assignments to complete as required.

Refrigeration Systems

12 Weeks / 15.5 Quarter Credit Hours

During this quarter of training the students will study and become familiar with the reasons why compressors fail. 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. Students will have daily lab work assignments to complete as required.

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.


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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