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Career-Specific Program Overview

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Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Technology

The Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Technology (HVAC) program includes courses in electricity, motors, residential and commercial refrigeration, heating, and air conditioning. Students will learn to install, service, and repair air conditioning and heating units in homes, schools, and commercial and industrial businesses.

Air conditioning, heating, and refrigeration systems consist of many mechanical, electrical, and electronic components, including motors, compressors, pumps, fans, ducts, pipes, thermostats, and switches. Our HVAC graduates will be able to maintain, diagnose, and correct problems throughout an entire system, including modern industry challenges such as energy audits, green principles, and energy efficiency. Students follow blueprints, design specifications, and manufacturer’s instructions to install motors, compressors, condensing units, evaporators, piping, and other components all while using the newest technology.

Students receive extensive hands-on experience, including servicing more than 100 units on campus.

Career Opportunities

  • Residential repair technician
  • Commercial refrigeration technician
  • Energy auditor
  • Controller
  • Refrigeration and maintenance technician in manufacturing or industrial plants and hospitals

Degree/Certificate Requirements

Institutional Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the Certificate of Proficiency in Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Technology will be able to:

  • Service basic HVAC/R systems using a schematic diagram.
  • Properly recover and dispose of refrigerants.
  • Troubleshoot and service different types of heating systems.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the Technical Certificate in Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Technology will be able to:

  • Troubleshoot and service basic HVAC/R systems using a schematic diagram.
  • Properly wire HVAC components.
  • Vacuum using a micron gauge and charge and adjust a system.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the Associate of Applied Science degree in Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Technology will be able to:

  • Troubleshoot and service different freezers, coolers, and ice machines.
  • Measure a structure to calculate the correct load and system structure needed.
  • Complete service paper work and billing for service performed.
  • Perform a whole house audit and make adjustments to improve efficiency.

Certifications

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608 EPA Certification

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CPR Certification

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Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Logo with large OSHA letters.

OSHA 10 For General Industry

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504 Multi-Meter Certification, 575 Digital Clamp-On Meter Certification

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Basic Equipment Installation and Diagnostics, Flue Gas Analysis, Leak Detection and Vacuum (refrigeration), Indoor Air Quality, Fluid Integrity, RPM and Vibration Testing