This is a program and career area that draws on your mechanical ability and analytical skills and offers excellent employment opportunities - including career advancements in many HVAC/R- and energy-related occupations. The Air Conditioning, Heating, & Refrigeration Technology (ACHR) Program prepares you for careers designing, installing, and maintaining air conditioning, heating, and refrigeration equipment. You'll also learn how to work with geothermal, solar, and other renewable energy equipment.
The first semester of instruction serves as an introduction to the industry:
- Gas, oil, and electric furnaces
- Basic refrigeration and air conditioning systems
- Principles of ACHR electricity
The rest of your program will focus on specific applications:
- Geothermal systems
- Solar heating
- Print reading
- Load calculations
- Solving technical problems
- Air handling system design and installation
- Advanced temperature controls
- HVAC systems design and drafting
After you graduate, you will be prepared to take the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Certification Exam for safe handling of refrigerants. The Industry Competency Exam (ICE) sponsored by the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute for HVAC/R technicians is a requirement for all students.
Nationally there is a shortage of design, installation, and maintenance technicians, and an increasing need for technicians trained to work with alternative energy systems. This could be the program you need to launch your career!