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An air conditioning, heating, and refrigeration technician is trained to design, install, and service air conditioning, heating, and refrigeration equipment in residential and light commercial applications.

Most homes, workplaces, and dining or entertainment spots have heat and air conditioning. Most also have refrigerators, freezers, and ice makers. There is an obvious need for qualified technicians in this field, and the industry is focused on keeping people comfortable, their drinks cold, and their food preserved. The AHR industry is one of the most demanding in that there are several trades involved. You must become proficient in the electrical, sheet metal, and piping trades. In order to accomplish this in the given time frame it takes a dedicated person who is willing to set goals and work hard.


The AHR program is designed to provide students with the basic skills to design, install, and service air conditioning, heating and refrigeration equipment in residential and light commercial applications. Once they graduate, technicians may decide to pursue design work, fabrication, installation, or service work in a residential or commercial setting. Demand is great for qualified individuals in this field.

The program includes:

  • HVACR Electricity and Electrical Equipment
  • HVAC Controls
  • Comfort Cooling Systems
  • Oil, Gas, and Electric Heating Systems
  • Maintenance and Servicing
  • Schematics and Diagrams 

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Programs of Study:

For more information, please contact James Freeman at [email protected].


The industry needs personnel in all areas, including installation, servicing, and sales. According to job market research, there are between 15 and 25 jobs for every qualified technician nationwide. Starting salaries are between $11 and $15 per hour. However, with overtime and performance pay, several past graduates have reported making more than $40,000 their first year. This is a self-paced career, and earnings will rise rapidly with experience and knowledge.

Employment choices among local or nationwide companies will be almost limitless: Johnson Controls, Piedmont Air Conditioning, Encompass, American Residential Services, Service Experts, Southern Piping, Triangle Refrigeration, Greater Raleigh Refrigeration, Johnstone Supply Company, Lincoln Properties, Fowler and Sons Refrigeration, and many many more.


North American Technician Excellence, Inc. (NATE) is the leading non-profit certification program for technicians in the heating, ventilation, air-conditioning, and refrigeration (HVAC/R) industry – and the only one supported by the entire industry. Wake Tech is a NATE-Certified Testing and Training Facility. NATE training is provided as part of the degree program; testing is provided as needed for registered students. For more information about NATE go to


Jimmy Freeman, Instructional Program Director
Office: RE 217 
Phone: 919-866-5168 
Email: [email protected]
Matt Milton, Instructor 
Office: RE 217 
Phone: 919-866-5174 
Email: [email protected]
Steve Polglase, Instructor 
Office: RE 217 
Phone: 919-866-5166 
Email: [email protected]
Bill Timberlake, Instructor 
Office: RE 217 
Phone: 919-866-5155 
Email: [email protected]





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