Air Conditioning (A/C), Refrigeration & Heating Technology - 1350 hours:
Estimated Cost: $4,600 (finacial aid available to those who qualify)
No high school diploma or GED required for entry into this program.
Salary – approximately $12-14 per hour (entry level)
The Air Conditioning, Refrigeration, and Heating Technology program prepares students for employment as heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics or air conditioning installer-services.
Specialized instruction for the Air Conditioning, Refrigeration, and Heating Technology program includes:
• Planning, installing, testing and servicing of A/C
• Heating systems and components
• Servicing, installing, and troubleshooting electrical and mechanical components
• Testing, diagramming, and solving problems in A/C, refrigeration, and heating equipment
• Brazing and soldering tubing and piping
• Installing and servicing controls and components
• Electrical wiring
• Troubleshooting of electrical and mechanical systems
• Routine maintenance and service
• Use of specialized tools and equipment
• Job estimating and code compliance
• Employability skills; and entrepreneurship.
Technicians- often specialize in installation or maintenance/service and repair although they are most often trained in both.
Installers - responsible for the proper placement and installation of the equipment, equipment piping, and limited electrical installation.
Maintenance / service and repair technicians – responsible for the proper maintenance and up-keep of the equipment. This includes, but is not limited to, changing air filters, changing fan belts, checking refrigerant charge, system diagnosis and system repair.
Employment, US Department Of Labor, April 2006:
Heating, air-conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers held about 270,000 jobs in 2004; almost half worked for plumbing, heating, and air conditioning contractors. The remainder was employed in a variety of industries throughout the country, reflecting a widespread dependence on climate-control systems.
Job prospects for heating, air-conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers are expected to be excellent, particularly for those with training from an accredited technical school or with formal apprenticeship training, and especially in the fastest growing areas of the country.
A growing number of retirements of highly skilled technicians are expected to generate many job openings. In addition, employment of heating, air-conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers is projected to increase faster than average for all occupations through the year 2014. (www.bls.gov)
This program also offers Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certification, comprehensive recovery and recycling; and a degree program articulated with Broward College (BC).
: 6 hours per day
: Monday through Friday, 5 days per week
How Long: 30 hours per week – 1 year
Face to face:
Full time - Monday through Friday, 7am to 1:45pm
Full time Monday through Friday 10:45 am – 5:30 pm
Online: Full time - Monday and Wednesday on campus from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
All other days online
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Sheridan Technical Center