Commercial Refrigeration Technology

Refrigeration and ventilation systems are growing more efficient and more complicated every year. Installing, fixing and maintaining these systems requires specialized, up-to-date knowledge and experience. This program prepares graduates to work as commercial service technicians on refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump systems. Students work in the classroom and on real appliances to get a thorough understanding of electrical and refrigeration theory. They will learn to service, repair, and troubleshoot equipment, and how to safely handle, store, and dispose of refrigerants. They will also gain experience in the brazing and soldering of copper, steel, and aluminum. This program meets Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, Electrical Section standards.

Enrollment Point: Fall, Spring

Certificate of Completion: 
3 Quarters
61 Credits
Associate of Applied Science: 
5 Quarters
91 Credits
AAS - Transfer: 
Bachelor of Applied Science: 

All program lengths are estimates and are not guarantees. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling (425) 235-5840.

Median Salary: 
Projected Growth: 
Annual Job Openings: 

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At Renton Technical College, tuition is affordable and competitive.

Financial Aid

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The RTC Foundation offers scholarships to help pay the costs of attending school.

All costs are estimates and are not guarantees. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling (425) 235-5840.

Monday - Friday

7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Does not reflect Winter 2021 remote learning. Hours vary according to program. For the most current information, see the Class Schedule.

Oleg Vikhnovskiy

Entry Requirements

Admission Requirements

  1. Minimum age: 18 years.
  2. Must take the Accuplacer test.
  3. Physical strength and physical ability to perform job functions as described below:
    • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
    • Finger Dexterity - The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
    • Manual Dexterity - The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
    • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
    • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust in controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
    • Extent Flexibility - The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
    • Multi-limb Coordination - The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
    • Trunk Strength - The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
    • Lifting - The ability to lift 50 lbs. 

Admission Recommendations

  1. Mechanical aptitude is defined as follows:
    • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
    • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
    • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  2. Counselor and instructor interview
  3. Valid Washington State driver's license
  4. Insurable (good driving record) to employer requirements
  5. Criminal background check should be clear for the time specified by the employer’s application
  6. Ability to pass entry and periodic drug testing as required by employers

Course Information

Requirements for Certificate:

Course # Course Title Credits
COL 101 College Success 2
MART 111 Industrial Direct Current (D-C) 3
MART 112 Industrial Alternating Current (A-C) 3
MART 123 Diagnostic Techniques and Test Equipment 5
MART 125 Electric Motors 2
MART 226 Refrigeration Principles 4
MART 228 EPA Regulations and Refrigerant Recovery 1
MART 230 Brazing Principles and Techniques 5
MART 232 Refrigeration Evacuation and Charging 2
MART 237 Commercial Refrigeration 5
MART 238 HVAC and Controls 3
MART 245 Commercial Ice Machines 2
MART 251 Light Commercial Refrigerator Service I 6
MART 252 Light Commercial Refrigerator Service II 6
AMATH 175S Industrial Math for Thermodynamics 2
WTD 109 Safety, Tool and Equipment Certification 3
WTD 168 Trades Math I 4
WTD 175 Communication for Trades 1
WTD 180 Human Relations for Trades 2
  Total 61

Requirements for AAS Degree:

Course # Course Title Credits
  Certificate of Completion 61
MART 236 Advanced Refrigeration 5
MART 239 Advanced HVAC Systems and Controls 5
AMATH 175 Financial Math or  
AMATH 190 Financial Algebra or  
MATH& 107 Math and Society or  
MATH& 146 Introduction to Statistics 5
CMST& 101 Introduction to Communication 5
COMP 100 Applied Composition or  
ENGL& 101 English Composition 5
PSYC& 100 General Psychology 5
  Total 91

Optional Courses:

Course # Course Title Credits
WHFRS 101 Forklift Training (optional) (1)
WHFRS 201 Forklift Recertification (optional) (0)

Program Outcomes

Program Outcomes for Major Appliance and Refrigeration Technology programs:

  • Practice industry safety standards for the installation and operation of all major appliance products
  • Select and properly use appropriate instruments, tools, and equipment
  • Utilize technology to access service and parts information
  • Demonstrate leadership, motivation, and problem-solving skills in diverse and complex work situations
  • Communicate effectively in writing and verbally with customers, co-workers, and supervisors
  • Diagnose and repair malfunctions on major appliance, home, residential and commercial refrigeration products


External accreditation is not applicable to this program.


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