Refrigeration Technicians install, maintain, and repair Freon and Ammonia air conditioning and refrigeration systems and troubleshoot and repair electrical controls. Their knowledge and skills are in demand throughout Alaska in homes, office buildings, restaurants, public buildings, seafood processing, and manufacturing plants and shipping industries.

The Refrigeration program offers a blend of classroom instruction, lab, and live work practice to ensure students learn the necessary skills to become good Refrigeration Technicians. The program is fast-paced and challenging. Students should have good mechanical aptitude, strong mathematics and reading skills, and the ability to manage time productively. Students train on a variety of domestic and commercial refrigeration systems. Students 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.

Typically 50 percent of the training is hands-on, and 50 percent is classroom instruction. Training may include some outdoor activities, so students need appropriate work clothing.

Clock Hours
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday
Start Date
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
Program Costs
Room and Board
Technology Fee
Student Service Fee
Books (Provided by AVTEC)
Supplies (Provided by AVTEC)
Items NOT Provided by AVTEC
Total Cost
  • Strong reading and mathematics skills are essential to achieving top graduation levels and the best paying jobs.
Physical requirements for program

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.

Students who wear prescription glasses are recommended to have prescription safety glasses.

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Clock hours
Basic Refrigeration
Clock Hours
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 oxyacetylene torches; demonstrate knowledge of the theories of heat, refrigeration, matter and energy, and basic thermodynamics; perform heat transfer calculations and identify refrigerant characteristics; complete EPA 608 testing.
Advanced Refrigeration
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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.
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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
Employability Skills
Clock Hours
Participate in school safety orientation, workplace communication skills, job interview training, resume building and job search training/support.