Heating, Ventilation, & Air Conditioning (HVAC)

Technical Diploma
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Why choose Heating, Ventilation, & Air Conditioning (HVAC)?

  • Acquire the hands-on foundation needed for an entry-level position in the HVAC fields.
  • Graduate ready to take the EPA 608 Technician Certification exam for refrigerants.
When nature’s thermostat rises and falls, 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.

Program Locations

Wisconsin Rapids Campus
500 32nd Street North
Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin 54494

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 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.

Estimated Entire Program Cost

Cost based on the 2019/2020 academic calendar year.

  • Tuition & Fees: $3,938.75
  • Books: $420.50
  • Supplies, Uniforms, and/or Exams: $55.00
  • Total Estimated Cost: $4,414.25

Financial Aid Eligibility

This program is eligible for full Financial Aid.

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



Ben holds a master’s degree in environmental science and policy – renewable energy from the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay. He has over 15 years of experience as an installer, site assessor, designer, project manager, and instructor. He is also certified by the NABCEP as a solar heating installer and by the Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) as a solar water heating site assessor and photovoltaic site assessor. In addition to teaching in the Renewable Energy Technician and HVAC programs at Mid-State, Ben is the solar water heating instructor for the MREA. In 2016, he was recognized as the KEEP Energy

Educator of the Year. Ben is also the co-author of the book Solar Water Heating: A Comprehensive Guide to Solar Water and Space Heating Systems.

“I love what I do and am excited to spend each day empowering students to better themselves and to change the world.”


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

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


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