• Commercial Refrigeration

    The Commercial Refrigeration diploma program provides technicians with the advanced training that will qualify them for specialized work with commercial refrigeration equipment and systems.

Commercial Refrigeration

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Commercial Refrigeration

As a student in the Commercial Refrigeration program, you will gain the skills and knowledge needed to service and maintain commercial refrigeration equipment, including walk-in coolers and freezers, supermarket refrigeration systems and ice makers. This 35-credit diploma is offered on M State's Moorhead campus.

Admission to the Commercial Refrigeration program requires completion of M State's Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning/Refrigeration diploma program or previous experience in the commercial refrigeration industry with the permission of the instructor.

The comprehensive training - which includes essential skills in designing, installing and maintaining today's energy efficient refrigeration equipment - will prepare you for advancement in an expanding industry with a broad range of employment opportunities.


Commercial Refrigeration awarded 'Shark Tank' funding

June 19, 2017

M State Commercial Refrigeration instructor Travis DeJong was awarded $22,700 in Shark Tank Innovation Funds that will be used to install a state-of-the-art rack system in the program's lab on the Moorhead campus, giving students experience with cutting-edge industry technology. Read more on the college's News site.


Here’s what you’ll learn

  • Industry safety practices and procedures
  • Troubleshoot and repair residential and commercial refrigeration appliances
  • Qualify for refrigeration recovery, recycling and retrofitting certification
  • Install residential and commercial refrigeration and air conditioning systems
  • Design and interpret electrical schematics and wiring diagrams


Why M State

  • Exceptional educational value
  • Hands-on instruction
  • Small class sizes
  • Scholarships/sponsorships available
  • Each of our instructors has more than 25 years of field experience in the industry
  • Strong industry support for the Commercial Refrigeration program


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Commercial Refrigeration Diploma
Locations: Moorhead

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Meet the faculty

Travis DeJong

Commercial Refrigeration Instructor
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Air Conditioning Mechanic and Installer regional wage

Air Conditioning Mechanic and Installer regional wage


Career opportunities

There's a strong demand nationwide for skilled commercial refrigeration technicians. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the career field will experience growth of 34 percent between 2010 and 2020, spurred in large part by new technologies and the growing consumer focus on energy efficiency.

The rapid expansion in this industry provides both new job openings and opportunities for advancement. As a graduate, you'll find employment opportunities as refrigeration mechanic and installer, heating and air conditioning mechanic and installer, and cooling and freezing equipment operator and tender.

Description: Install, service, or repair heating and air conditioning systems in residences or commercial establishments.

Typical education level:Vocational Certificate

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The wage & employment data displayed on this page is taken from Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers(SOC 49-9021).

All career data is set to your current geographical area: up to 100 miles away from Moorhead


Heating and Air Conditioning Mechanic and Installer employment

720 Employed in your area

32 Estimated annual job openings

93 Approaching retirement age

The average retirement age in the U.S. is 65 years old. Heating and Air Conditioning Mechanics and Installers in the 55-64 and the 65+ categories are 1-10 years away from retirement. When older workers retire, there will likely be a demand for new workers.

Age Group # of Workers % of Workers*
under 25 90 13%
25-34 228 32%
35-44 163 23%
45-54 146 20%
55-64 76 11%
65+ 17 2%

* Based on county-level occupational demographics


Required Commercial Refrigeration courses

  • Commercial Electrical Lab
  • Commercial Electrical Principles
  • Commercial Refrigeration and Air Conditioning
  • Principles and Lab
  • Refrigeration Internship
  • Advanced Electrical Applications
  • Commercial Grocery Store Principles
  • Advanced Refrigeration Lab
  • Advanced Electrical Theory
  • Advanced Refrigeration Principles

Last modified: May 22nd, 2018 at 12:49pm