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PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Our HVAC Service Technician program is designed to train students for an entry-level position in the air conditioning / refrigeration industry. The program includes a theoretical and a hands-on course in the installation, basic, design, maintenance, and repair of residential and commercial refrigeration, air condition, and heating equipment.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

The student will have general theory & practice to recognize the components that constitute Residential and Commercial Air Conditioning and Refrigeration systems. Perform Maintenance and Repair on complex Air Conditioning and Refrigeration systems. 2. Critical Thinking Skills Competence in analyzing, maintaining, servicing and commissioning Air Conditioning and Refrigeration systems. Problem solve and troubleshoot complex Air Conditioning and Refrigeration systems using analytical and methodical practices. 3. Communication Ability to interpret and process Wiring Diagrams and Pipe Diagrams. Demonstrate proficiency in writing service reports in both hard and soft copy. 4. Technology Competence and skill in maintaining energy efficient Air Conditioning and Refrigeration equipment. Recognize and can implement modern technologies to maintain proper and efficient functionality of Air Conditioning and Refrigeration systems 5. Global Awareness and Social Awareness Demonstrate the ability to work as an individual and in groups of all social and economic backgrounds. Demonstrate awareness of Global Warming, Green House Gases Effect and Ozone Depletion as related to use of common Refrigerants. 6. Personal Responsibility, Ethics and Responsibility Demonstrate honesty and integrity when dealing with customers and employers. Exercise professional courtesy in the workplace. 7. Aesthetics and Creativity Recognize proper attire and etiquettes expected of Professional Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Service Technicians. Perform Mechanical and Electrical installations of Air Conditioning and Refrigeration systems that are both safe and aesthetically pleasing.
ACADEMIC INSTRUCTION 432 Hours 12 Weeks FT/16-30 Weeks PT*
PROGRAM BREAKDOWN BY COURSECLOCK HOURSWeeks
ACR 001 Principles of Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Application Conditioning I483
ACR 002 Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Application 483
EST 100 Introduction to Electricity483
ACR 101 Applied Electricity to Refrigeration & Air Conditioning I483
ACR 102 Applied Electricity to Refrigeration & Air Conditioning II483
ACR 420 Principles of Thermodynamics 483
ACR 009 Air Conditioning Installation483
ACR 008 Refrigeration Installation483
ACR 067 Heat load & Air Distribution483
Total Program Clock Hours and Weeks43227
*In-class attendance for this program is 20 hours per week for Full-time status and & 8-13 hours per week for part-time status. Part time sessions will result in longer completion time.

HVAC Service Technician ( Diploma )

ACR 001 Principles of Refrigeration & Air Conditioning I (48 clock hours)

The course covers the fundamental principles of refrigeration and air conditioning. What is the compression refrigeration cycle, explaining in detail the function and location within the system of each of its fundamental components. The diverse types of compressors, condensers, evaporators, metering devices and accessories used in refrigeration and air conditioning are also studied. The technical services to be performed in an installation are explained and the types of refrigerants are mentioned, their characteristics and their safe handling.

ACR 002 Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Application II (48 clock hours)

This course studies the residential and commercial air conditioning systems and begins with an analysis of what is the air conditions and comfort, the properties of the air and its treatment in the cooler. Topics related to the typical working temperatures of an air conditioner are included and a detailed study is made of the different air conditioning systems, such as; central and local air conditioners including split systems (splits), mini split, compact systems, heat pumps water chillers (chillers) and window air as well as its efficiency, advantages and disadvantages of each of them.

EST 100 Introduction to Electricity (48 clock hours)

This course is an introduction to the fundamental principles of electricity and magnetism. These topics cover the concepts and basic laws related to the matter and the electronic structure of the atom, electric current, electromotive force, electrical resistance, Ohm's Law, fundamental parts of a circuit, direct and alternating current, single-phase and three-phase current, magnetism and electromagnetism, inductance, capacitance, electric power. In addition, serial, parallel and mixed connections of resistive, inductive, capacitive and composite electrical circuits are taught, as well as the characteristics of each one. Other subjects dealt with are the inductors, where a study is made of the relays, transformers and electric motors, explaining the types that exist, the characteristics, principles of operation and application of each of them.

ACR 101 Applied Electricity to Refrigeration & Air Conditioning I (48 clock hours)

The first part of this course will cover electrical system of residential air conditioning and heating equipment. The second is the theoretical part it is divided into several parts: The first section covers in detail the traditional single-phase electric motors used in compressors, fans, condensing unit and its components.

ACR 102 Applied Electricity to Refrigeration & Air Conditioning II (48 clock hours)

The third part covers the control circuit and its components. The fourth part covers the air handler and its components. Each section covers topics related to the operation principle, the function, the location and the connection of each of these components within the system. You will learn to interpret electrical diagrams and plans related to these circuits, as well as to use electrical codes.

ACR 420 Principles of Thermodynamics (48 clock hours)

The course offers in a straightforward way the basic principles of thermodynamics closely related to refrigeration, such as: internal energy, heat, work, temperature, pressure, volume, weight, specific gravity, mass density, volumetric flow and the different states matter, with its phase changes. This course also will cover, what is called enthalpy and entropy is mentioned and the laws of thermodynamics and the laws of gases are covered in a simple and effortless way. The different thermodynamic processes and their characteristics are described.

ACR 009 Air Conditioning Installation (48clock hours)

This course covers the residential and commercial air conditioning systems and begins with an analysis of what is the air conditions and comfort, the properties of the air and its treatment in the cooler. Topics related to the typical working temperatures of an air conditioner are included and a detailed study is made of the different air conditioning systems, such as; central and local air conditioners including split systems (splits), mini-splits, compact systems, heat pumps water chillers (chillers) and window air as well as its efficiency, advantages and disadvantages of each of them.

ACR 008 Refrigeration Installation (48 clock hours)

This course covers the field of commercial refrigeration and even some of the industrial, mentioning the different refrigeration systems according to their destination, according to their working temperatures, according to other aspects. Here the way of operation of rooms and cold cabinets is analyzed, as well as the systems of high, medium and low temperature, learning the different methods of defrosting in designated spaces, both for freezing and for the conservation of products. . Specific accessories for refrigeration, such as refrigerant and oil pressure controls, and others are also studied specifically. Domestic refrigeration, industrial refrigeration systems of two stages of compression, cooling tunnels and systems in cascade, mode of exploitation of compressor systems, most common faults in these systems and ways of solving them are taught.

ACR 067 Heat load & Air Distribution (48 clock hours)

This course consists in mentioning and describing the different methods to find heat load in the air conditioning and refrigeration systems according to their size and destination. The calculation of thermal load according to the square footage in residential systems is carried out to be able to make the appropriate selection of equipment according to its capacity. Also, here you learn to calculate conduits by several methods. They study different duct systems, their materials and their application, as well as dampers, exit grids and other accessories. The ways of placing the equipment for its better air distribution are mentioned.

Additional Admission Requirements: None