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
Start Date
Training Times
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday
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
Tuition and Fees Charges

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Refund Policy

AVTEC has a fair and equitable refund policy. For details about the Refund and Repayment Policy, click here.

Admission Policy and Process

Find out the requirements and application process for admission to AVTEC and this program, here.

Academic Requirements

AVTEC requires completion of the TABE Academy, an online course using skill based lessons, to determine individual readiness in math and reading as applied to the greatest success in training.  More information can be found here.

Information Technology

Students will need to be able to demonstrate understanding using the following electronic equipment and functions:

  • Laptop Computers
  • Understand opening, reading, sending and replying to e-mail.
  • Have a valid e-mail address.
  • Have a basic understanding of computer graphic interfaces.
Employment Requirements
  • Clean driving record, with the ability to earn a valid Alaska driver’s license.
  • Will demonstrate the ability to show up on time, rested and dressed for the work day.
  • Safety conscience, situationally aware of surroundings.  Understands and willingly enforces industry safety standards.
Program Specific Requirements
  • Students will be exposed to and should be comfortable with constant physical activity.  Will need to demonstrate the ability to stand, walk, sit, lift, carry, push, pull, twist, turn, bend squat, climb, kneel, crouch, crawl and reach.
  • The following are minimum level of physical requirements expected to be performed.
    • Lift                 75 pounds
    • Carry             50 pounds
    • Push            100 pounds
    • Pull                50 pounds
  • Vision is critical. Proper prescription safety glasses are recommended for student’s with prescription lenses.
  • Student should supply properly fitting work clothes, steel toe or reinforced toe work boots. Student’s should be prepared and dressed appropriately for working in incremental winter weather.
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AVTEC Refrigeration Graduate
EPA 608
Clock hours
Basic Refrigeration
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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
Clock Hours
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.
Clock Hours
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.