Heating, Ventilation, & Air Conditioning (HVAC)

Heating, Ventilation, & Air Conditioning (HVAC)

Technical Diploma

When nature’s thermostat rises and falls, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) technicians are there to provide thermal comfort throughout our day and respond when our AC unit or furnace decides to act up. Besides offering temperature control, their work to monitor air quality and provide us with fresh air ensures we can breathe easier.

A Closer Look

HVAC technicians work directly with customers and in all types of residential and commercial environments to ensure that air conditioning and heating equipment are working properly. They have a wide range of duties, such as maintaining, replacing, and installing new units, which often require the use of blueprints and schematics.

HVAC technicians are busy repairing and troubleshooting, but each day offers variety and a different problem to solve. Their strong problem-solving and communications skills ensure excellent service and customer satisfaction.

What You'll Learn

Mid-State’s Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning program provides the hands-on foundation needed for an entry-level position in the heating, ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC) fields. Graduates will understand the various components of heating, ventilation, air-conditioning, and refrigeration systems, including furnaces, ductwork, boilers, hydronic piping, HRVs (heat recovery ventilators), evaporators, condensers, circuits, and controls.

Students will also explore geothermal, biomass, and solar heating systems. Through hands-on classroom lab activities, students will join various piping types, design and construct ductwork, and install a complete residential HVAC system. They will also learn the electrical skills necessary to read wiring diagrams and troubleshoot mechanical control systems. Graduates are prepared to take the EPA 608 Technician Certification exam for refrigerants.


  • Building Controls Technician
  • Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Installer
  • Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Service Technician
  • Heating and Air Conditioning Mechanic

Your Instructors


Benjamin earned his bachelor’s degree from University of Minnesota - Twin Cities and has over 10 years of experience installing and designing mechanical, hydronic, heating, and renewable energy systems. He co-authored the book Solar Water Heating: A Comprehensive Guide to Solar Water and Space Heating Systems. Benjamin lives in a high-efficiency, solar-heated and -powered home he built himself.

"Our students are the future, and we have the ability to give them the tools to succeed."

Program Information Guide

See the printable Program Information Guide to learn about career pathways, transfer opportunities, program outcomes, and more. If you are unable to access this document, please contact a new student specialist by calling 888.575.6782.

Costs and Financial Aid Eligibility

Expected Program Costs

Cost based on the 2018/2019 academic calendar year.

  • Tuition & Fees: $3,788.25
  • Books: $377.60
  • Supplies, Uniforms, and/or Exams: $55.00
  • Total Estimated Cost: $4,220.85

Financial Aid Eligibility

This program is eligible for full Financial Aid.


Catalog# Title Credits
Term: 1
10442100 Intro to Welding 1.00
10482107 Construction Fundamentals 2.00
10483121 Piping Applications 3.00
10601110 HVAC Heating Fundamentals 2.00
10601130 Blueprint Reading for Construction Trades 2.00
10601140 Electricity for the Construction Trades 2.00
(12 Credits)
Term: 2
10483110 Sustainable Heating System Design & Installation 3.00
10483115 Energy Load Estimation and Modeling 3.00
10483130 Electrical Controls & Systems for Buildings 3.00
10601120 HVAC Air Conditioning Fundamentals 2.00
10601121 Intro to HVAC Installation 2.00
(13 Credits)
Total Credits: 25