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The program offers a blend of classroom instruction, lab, and live work practice to ensure students learn the necessary skills to become good Refrigeration Technicians. In this fast-paced and challenging program students spend 50% with hands-on training and 50% is classroom instruction.  They train on a variety of domestic and commercial refrigeration systems and practice installing, troubleshooting and repairing refrigeration, heat pump, and air conditioning systems, compressors, evaporators, condensers, control devices, control valves, electrical controls and motors, and electrical wiring.
Upon successful completion of the training program, the following certificate levels are assigned based on the student’s demonstrated proficiency of the program’s competencies Refrigeration Technician, Refrigeration Repairer, and Refrigeration Assistant Repairer.

Program Location: 
Swenson Building, 808 Port Avenue, Seward, AK
Training Clock Hours: 
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday
Occupational Levels: 
Refrigeration Technician
Refrigeration Repairer
Refrigeration Assistant Repairer
Industry Certification: 

During the program, students receive training and testing for the following industry certifications:

•10-hour OSHA Construction Safety Certification 

•EPA 608 Refrigeration Technician

•Industry Competency Exam (ICE)

•Industrial First Aid and CPR 


The mission of the Refrigeration program is to provide training through classroom instruction, demonstration, and practical application, methods for installation, maintenance, service, repair, and diagnostics of refrigeration and heat pump systems.

Refrigeration Instructor
Eric Clock


Strong reading and mathematics skills are essential to achieve top graduation levels and the best paying jobs.

TABE tests scores for this program must be:

Reading               550

Combined Math   550

Program Requirements: 

Physical requirements of the occupation are the ability to lift and carry 50 lbs., and stoop, kneel, crawl, and walk continuously. It also requires being able to work from a ladder at heights up to 30 ft. The occupation may also require working outdoors in a variety of weather and climate conditions where physical hazards may exist.
Training may include some outdoor activities, so students need appropriate work clothing. Students should have good mechanical aptitude, strong mathematics and reading skills, and the ability to manage time productively. Students who wear prescription glasses are recommended to have prescription safety glasses.

Program Cost: 
Tuition Books NOT provided by AVTEC Room & Board Student Service Fee Supplies Tech Fee Total
$2,540 $396 $1,600 $4,515 $85 $880 $230 $10,246
Program Courses: 
  • Advanced Refrigeration

    Troubleshoot and repair commercial and marine refrigeration systems; Diagnose and repair domestic refrigerators and freezers; Install and repair room air conditioners. Demonstrate competency in the theory, operation, selection, installation and maintenance of industrial refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump systems.

    Training Clock Hours: 217
  • Basic Refigeration

    Demonstrate competency with general safety; properly utilize common tools, equipment, and materials on maintenance and installation projects; Demonstrate competency in the use of propane and oxy-acetylene torches; Demonstrate knowledge of the theories heat, refrigeration, matter and energy, basic thermodynamics; perform heat transfer calculations and identify refrigerant characteristics; complete EPA 608 testing.

    Training Clock Hours: 217
  • Electricity

    Demonstrate an understanding of basic electrical theory; Demonstrate competency with the proper use of test instruments; Identify, install, troubleshoot, repair and maintain common electrical and electro-mechanical devices and control systems.

    Training Clock Hours: 217
Gainful Employ. Disclosure

Gainful Employment Disclosures – 2019


Program Name: Refrigeration

This program is designed to be completed in 20 weeks. 

This program will cost $4,131 if completed within normal time.  There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but may have changed.  


Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with $ 2,286 of debt.  


The following States do not have licensure requirements for this profession:  Alaska

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Updated: 6/26/2019


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