HVAC/R Technician

A combination of classroom and shop learning experiences are used in the air conditioning and refrigeration program, which includes mechanical theory application, operation, and maintenance of basic and advanced air conditioning/refrigeration systems.

In addition, students learn about the different heating, gas, oil, electric, solar, and heat pump systems. Graduates find career opportunities as air conditioning/refrigeration technicians; sales, retail, and wholesale representatives; installers; maintenance and service; engineer helper; or operator. Full-time day and evening courses are available on the main campus.

Employment Stats

  • Program Length 1 year (Diploma)
  • Job Placement 88%
  • Average Earnings $43,880 / yr
  • Cost $4705
Gainful Employment Details

About Program

Air conditioning and refrigeration systems are highly complex, operating with more than a single machine. They are sophisticated systems of interacting machines that produce cooling or heating. For example, air conditioning systems require fans, compressors, condensers, and evaporators to cool and dehumidify the air. Distribution of the treated air through the conditioned space is accomplished by using metal or fiberglass duct work or special piping. Technicians specializing in this field must be able to work with the complete system to be able to install and repair residential and commercial air conditioning and refrigeration equipment.

Classroom and shop learning experiences are concerned with the residential, commercial, and industrial air conditioning and refrigeration systems. The students also learn about the different heating systems including gas, oil, and electric furnaces.

Job Expectations

Technicians may work outside in all types of weather, in or on extremely hot and cold attics or roof tops, and in dark wet crawl spaces. In addition, technicians might work in awkward or cramped positions, and they are sometimes required to work in high places. Hazards include electrical shock, burns, muscle strains, and other injuries from handling heavy equipment. Appropriate safety equipment is necessary when handling refrigerants because contact can cause skin damage, frostbite, or blindness. When working in tight unventilated spaces, inhalation of refrigerant is a possible hazard.

Expected Earnings

Earnings as reported by the U.S. Department of Labor 2010-2011 Occupational Outlook Handbook are as follows: Median hourly wages of heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers were $19.08. The middle 50% earned between $14.94 and $24.84 an hour.  The lowest 10% eared less than $12.19 and the top 10% earned more than $30.59.

Course Schedule

Students may enroll during the fall, spring or summer term provided space is available.  Students who are eligible to enroll will be given an opportunity to register for one of the open seats during the enrollment period for each term.

  • Full-time classes
  • Day and Evening classes
  • Enrollment is limited to 24 students in each class
Full-Time Program Schedule for (semester) (Hours)
Semester Day Class Evening Class Days
Fall (450 hours) 7:45am – 2:30pm 4:00pm – 10:45pm Monday - Friday
Spring (450 hours) 7:45am – 2:30pm 4:00pm – 10:45pm Monday - Friday
Summer (390 hours) 7:45am – 2:45pm 4:00pm – 11:00pm Monday - Friday

Tools

NOTE: Tools must be professional grade. (Examples: Snap-on, Mac, Matco, or equivalent)
Quantity Description Link
1 Safety Glasses http://www.grainger.com/product/CONDOR-Safety-Glasses-4EY97?cm_sp=EN-_-L...
1 FLUKE 116 MULTI METER AND FLUKE 323 CLAMP AROUND AMP METER. http://www.tooldiscounter.com/ItemDisplay.cfm?lookup=FLU116/322&source=f...
1 20 ALLIGATOR CLIP TEST LEADS (JUMPERS) 24” CLIPS ON BOTH ENDS. http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2062661&clickid=pr...
1 SCREW DRIVERS,AT LEAST 2 FLAT HEAD AND 2 PHILLIPS HEAD. http://www.amazon.com/Klein-Tools-85076-Cushion-Grip-Screwdriver/dp/B000...
1 NEEDLE NOSE PLIERS-8”. http://www.lowes.com/ProductDisplay?partNumber=16416-16878-50504&langId=...
1 WIRE STRIPPERS 10 TO 20 GAUGE. http://www.amazon.com/Klein-11055-Klein-Kurve-Stripper-Cutter/dp/B00080D...
1 CRIMPING PLIERS 10”. http://www.homedepot.com/p/DEWALT-10-in-Crimping-Pliers-DWHT70272/202723430
1 DIAGONAL PLIERS-8”. http://www.milwaukeetool.com/hand-tools/pliers/48-22-4108
1 NUT DRIVER SET, ¼” TO ½”, 7”LENGTH WITH HOLLOW MAGNETIC SHAFTS. http://www.amazon.com/Klein-631-7-Piece-Cushion-Grip-Nut-Driver/dp/B0000...
1 ELECTRICIANS TOTE BAG. http://www.discountsafetygear.com/dewalt-tool-carrier-electrical-mainten...
1 ADJUSTABLE WRENCHES 6” and 10”. http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200623790_200623790
1 ALLEN WRENCHES: Ball driver hex key wrench set. Includes sizes 5/16", 1/4", 7/32", 3/16", 5/32", 9/64" , 1/8", 7/64", 3/32", 5/64", & 1/16" http://www.hardwarestore.com/ball-driver-l-wrench-set-255513.aspx
1 2 (SHORT) TUBE CUTTERS, 1 TO CUT 1/8” TO 5/8” OD AND 1 TO CUT ¼” TO 1 1/8” OD TUBE. http://www.rakuten.com/prod/lenox-433-21008-tc5-8-tube-cutter-1-8-5-8-tu...
1 REFRIGERATION RATCHET WRENCH (SERVICE WRENCH) http://www.rakuten.com/prod/yellow-jacket-60613-ratcheting-refrigeration...
1 MANIFOLD GAUGE SET WITH 60” HOSES.(Hoses must have manual shut offs) http://www.rakuten.com/prod/jb-industries-m25410a-jb-r22410404-manifold-....

Cost

3 semesters – 1,290 clock hours - *Tuition will increase every fall semester
*Fall (450 hours) $1,235.00
Spring (450 hours) $1,235.00
Summer (390 hours) $1,235.00
Tools (estimate) $800.00
Books (estimate) $400.00

Special Fees Charged in Addition to Maintenance and Tuition

  • Credit by Examination Fee - The regular course fee is charged for each special examination and must be paid prior to taking the examination. Non-refundable. (See Academic Regulations.)
  • Credit for Life Experience Fees - Assessment Fee for Experiential Learning $45.00.  Experiential Learning Credit $15.00 per credit hour in excess of 3.0 credit hours. $90.00 maximum.
  • GED Testing Fee - $65.00.
  • Placement Test Fees - ACT - $45.00. (Refer to Admissions Policy.)
  • Under extenuating circumstances, the Vice President for Academic Affairs, at his/her discretion, may grant an exception to these fees.

Books

Text List
Name Link
Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technology 7th Ed., Tomczyk, Delmar Thomason Learning: SEVENTH EDITION + Course Mate ISBN 9781133804192 http://www.rakuten.com/prod/refrigeration-air-conditioning-technology/22... Johnson
Electricity, Electronics and Wiring Diagrams for HVAC/R 3rd Edition Edward F. Mahoney. Publisher (Pearson): ISBN 9780131391734 http://www.amazon.com/Electricity-Electronics-Wiring-Diagrams-Edition/dp...
Practical Problems in Mathematics for Heating and Cooling Technicians 6th Edition Russell DeVore. Publisher (Delmar Cengage Learning): ISBN 9781111541354 http://www.amazon.com/Practical-Problems-Mathematics-Heating-Technicians...

Curriculum

Semester 1

  • Orientation, Safety & Shop Practices
  • Refrigeration Fundamentals
  • Tools and Equipment
  • Electricity and Controls
  • Basic Automatic Controls
  • Electric Motors
  • Recover-Recycle-Reclaim
  • EPA-608 certification

Semester 2

  • General Safety
  • Refrigeration Cycle and Components
  • Domestic Appliances
  • Application of Refrigeration
  • Heating Units - HVAC Excellence Gas Certification
  • Laboratory and Clinic practice

Semester 3

  • General Safety
  • Air Conditioning-air quality
  • Air Conditioning- cooling
  • All Weather Systems
  • Public Relations & Communications - HVAC Excellence Heat Pump Certification

Career Opportunities

Air Conditioning/Refrigeration Industrial Maintenance Technician
Air Conditioning/ Refrigeration Commercial Service Technician
Air Conditioning/Refrigeration Residential Service Technician
Air Conditioning/Refrigeration Technicians Helper