Program Description

The HVAC/R with PLC Diploma Program offers the student the technical and practical knowledge and skills to perform installation tasks, and service and repairs in heating, refrigeration, and air conditioning situations. Our HVAC school program also incorporates a computer component, programmable logic controller (PLC.) Graduates from this program will be able to fill positions such as refrigeration technician in manufacturing, construction firms, and refrigeration and air conditioning companies, as well as own their own business.

Possible Employment Opportunities *

  • HVAC Mechanic
  • A/C Tech
  • HVAC Installer
  • HVAC Service Technician
  • Systems maintenance mechanic

Credential Earned

HVAC/R with PLC Diploma Program

Related Certifications

  • EPA 608 Universal
  • OSHA 10

Duration of the Program

17 Months | 85.5 Quarter Credits
Total Contact Hours: 1,028
Lecture Hours: 696
Lab Hours: 332

Core Courses

Industrial Safety

This course emphasizes the fundamental concepts related to safety and health in the industrial, manufacturing, and servicing industries. Prevention and remedial measures to face accidents caused by electric shocks and toxic gas inhalations are discussed. Regulation of the Department of Labor and OSHA applicable to these industries is also covered.

Applied Mathematics

The basic operations of mathematics, such as sum, subtraction, multiplication and division of whole numbers, decimals, and fractions are reviewed. The application of the basic concepts of algebra, geometry, trigonometry, the graphs and solution of numerical problems applied to the technology are then developed.

Basic Electricity (DC-AC)

This course is for technical program students needing to apply the basic concepts of electricity in order to operate instruments and equipment to carry out occupational projects. In the first portion, Direct Current Circuits (DC), the students will get acquainted the theories, parameters, and devices which are necessary to design, modify, and built direct current electric circuits. In the second portion, Alternate Current Circuits, the students will study the theories related with generators, transformers, the concept of inductance and its effect in AC circuits, alternate current sources identification, sinusoidal signals, capacitance, filters, and impedance.

Electrical Instumentation I-Lab

This course is designed to apply the theories discussed in the course below, by means of the construction of circuits of current direct and it alternates. The suitable use of measuring instruments and tests is emphasized. It is verified by means of measurements, the theories and properties of electrical circuits of direct current. The relations will settle down between energy, the electrical charges, the voltage, current, resistance and power. In the part of application of theories and properties of the alternating circuit emphasis will occur in the use of oscilloscope, power plants, generators of signals and others. In addition, students will use inducers, transformers, and other electrical devices.

Digital Electronics

Students are introduced to various digital subsystems (logic assemblies) and their use in digital computing and control systems, and are provided with the analytical tools necessary to perform analyses and problem diagnosis. Topics include multi-vibrators, flip flops, counters and shift register, systems and applications, digital subsystems using integrated circuit logic chips, encoding/decoding techniques, and memory systems.

Refrigeration and A/C Principles

In this course, student are introduced to the basic refrigeration cycle, thermodynamics, application of pressure-enthalpy diagrams and major refrigeration components and systems. They will also learn about refrigerant properties, transferring, evacuation and system recycling, pressure, vacuum, heat, heat measurement, heat transfer, specific, sensible latent heat, states of matter, gas laws, pressure-temperature relationship of liquids and vapors, pressure-temperature relationship of refrigerants, compressor construction, condensers evaporators, refrigerant mastering devices, refrigerant characteristics and lubrication.

Domestic Refrigeration and A/C

In this course, students study the residential refrigeration cycle. This includes, compressor types and operation, defrost methods, frost-free systems, hot gas and electric heat defrost, condensate disposal, room air-conditioner cycle and operating characteristics. Psychometric measuring of relative humidity is covered. Use of psychometric charts is also introduced.

Commercial Refrigeration and A/C

In this course, students study the commercial refrigeration cycle. This includes sizing and selection of air conditioning and refrigeration equipment, familiarization of flow controls, pump down systems, defrost cycles (hot gas and electric), head pressure controllers, and selection and installation of high, medium, and low temperature systems.

Mechanical Instrumentation - Lab

This is a laboratory course to acquaint students with the basic principles of the mechanical system of refrigeration and air conditioning equipment, as well as the tools, instrumentation, and techniques used today in the industry. This includes general security procedures, and basic techniques for equipment conservation are also discussed.

Heat Pumps and Related Systems

Theory, diagnostics, and repair procedures for heat pumps and other related systems are discussed and practiced.

Codes and Regulations

The national refrigeration, heating, and air conditioning codes and the corresponding supplements for the state of Florida are covered in detail. This course prepares the student for the refrigeration, heating, and AC board examinations of the state where the college is located.

Domestic Equipment - Lab

This is a laboratory course in which students are instructed in diagnosis, maintenance, installation and repair of residential air conditioning systems and refrigerators. Students will learn safety procedures, installation of gauges, temperature and pressure measurements, the using of sling psychomotor to measure relative humidity, test for refrigerant leaks, and to troubleshoot air conditioning and refrigeration systems mechanically.

Commercial A/C Equipment - Lab

This is a laboratory course in which students are instructed in testing, maintenance, installation, and repair of commercial refrigeration and air conditioning systems. This includes electrical and mechanical familiarization of high, medium, and low temperature systems such as ice cubers, ice fleers, thermobank, display cases, dual temperature systems, grocery cabinets, and water towers.

Programmable Logic Controller (PLC)

This course is designed to study the theory and programming of programmable logic controller (PLC). It establishes the programming using logic circuits, diagrams of stairs, and its conversion to mnemonics of the PLC language.

Programmable Logic Controller Units - Lab

This is a laboratory where the student will put in practice the theory described in class PLC described above. The programs will settle using “handheld” and computer. Diverse connections will settle down and faults will be identified and corresponding adjustments.

Related Programs

Campuses Available

Admission Requirements

High school diploma or a recognized equivalent.

Possible Employment Opportunities *

  • HVAC Mechanic
  • A/C Tech
  • HVAC Installer
  • HVAC Service Technician
  • Systems maintenance mechanic

* These examples are intended to serve only as a general guide of possible employment opportunities. There are many factors that determine the job an individual may obtain and Florida Technical College cannot guarantee its graduates any particular job. Some positions may require a license or other certifications. We encourage you to research the requirements for the particular position you desire.

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