Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration (HVAC/R) Diploma

Diploma
Residential
Hybrid
English

Program Description

The Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration (HVAC/R) Diploma Program prepares Florida Technical College students with the knowledge and necessary skills to develop efficient and safety-minded technicians that will be able to fill an entry level position in the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning field.  In addition, they will acquire the necessary training and skills, to perform installation tasks, service, and repairs for commercial and residential heating, refrigeration, and air conditioning equipment. This program is designed to prepare graduates to take the certifications from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Possible Employment Opportunities *

  • HVAC Repair Specialist
  • HVAC Assistant Installer
  • HVAC Technician Apprentice

Credential Earned

HVAC/R Diploma

Related Certifications

  • EPA 608 Universal
  • OSHA 10

Duration of the Program

12 Months | 74 Quarter Credits
Total Contact Hours: 960
Lecture Hours: 520
Lab Hours: 440

Core Courses

Safety and Craft Skills

In this HVAC/R course, students will examine the basics of jobsite safety for construction trades. Moreover, they will explore safety standards and regulations covered in National Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER) certification assessments and performance tasks and enforced by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Students will also analyze common equipment and tools used in the construction industry. Additionally, they will evaluate the importance of communication skills and employability skills. Likewise, students will practice construction math and drawings.

Applied Math for HVAC Technicians

In this HVAC/R course, students will analyze basic mathematical operations applied to the refrigeration and air conditioning field, including addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of whole numbers, decimals, and fractions. In addition, they will calculate algebra, geometry, and trigonometry related to the functions of a Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC/R) technician. The students will evaluate problems regarding Ohm’s law in electrical circuitry and load problems for heating and cooling for HVAC/R technicians.

 

Introduction to Electricity (DC-AC)

In this HVAC/R course, students will analyze the basic concepts of electricity with important laws, formulas, and units of measurement to understand how the electricity is used to run and control air-conditioning and refrigeration systems. They will evaluate types of automatic control devices for temperature, pressure, and volume to help develop and implement troubleshooting procedures for basic and complex circuits. They will apply examples of typical service calls for air conditioning and refrigeration in realistic settings. Furthermore, Florida Technical College students will practice acquired skills by completing practical lab exercises.

Introduction to Refrigeration and A/C

In this HVAC/R course, students will explain the basics of refrigeration and air conditioning, as well as the refrigeration cycle and its components. They will identify the properties and principles of heat, temperature scales, gas laws, and pressure readings. Additionally, students will describe matter, types of energy, power, and units of measurement. Moreover, they will compare refrigerant types and the pressure-temperature relationship in different substances. Students will also practice acquired skills by completing practical lab exercises.

Refrigeration and A/C: Residential

In this  HVAC/R course, students will analyze the operation, functionality, maintenance, and troubleshooting of equipment used for domestic refrigeration. They will examine the different types, physical characteristics, and typical locations of evaporators, condensers, compressors, and metering devices used on modern applications.  Florida Technical College students will also explain the defrosting systems and condensation elimination processes for ice makers. They will differentiate between the diverse types of room air conditioners, such as window and through-the-wall units. In addition, students will evaluate the major components, functions, electrical requirements, and maintenance of cooling-only and cooling-heating single units. Furthermore, students will practice acquired skills by completing practical lab exercises.

Refrigeration and A/C: Commercial

In this HVAC/R course, students will analyze advanced refrigeration systems in use in the commercial and industrial field, focusing the learning process in the chilled water air-conditioning systems and the different applications of the refrigeration cycle. They will examine the topics of high-pressure, low-pressure, and absorption chilled water systems. They will compare and contrast cooling towers and pumps, as well as operation and maintenance. In addition, they will evaluate the troubleshooting process for chilled water air-conditioning systems, commercial packaged rooftop units (RTU), variable refrigerant flow (VRF), and variable air volume (VAV). Furthermore, students will practice acquired skills by completing practical lab exercises.

Heat Pumps and Related Systems

In this HVAC/R course, Florida Technical College students will apply methods used by residential air-to-air heat pumps to make air conditioning in summer and heating in winter through the same refrigeration system. They will also compare the efficiency of different types of equipment and sources of heat. Furthermore, they will examine residential split heat pump problems in realistic settings.

Electrical Instrumentation: Lab

In this HVAC/R course, students will analyze different types of electric circuits and schematic diagrams of circuits in the electric field. In addition, they will evaluate the properties of electrical circuits such as alternating and direct current in the electric motors and control devices. Lastly, Florida Technical College students will perform contactors, relays, capacitors, transformers, breakers, fuses, safety switches, and modern electrical refrigeration equipment troubleshooting.

Course Prerequisite: HVA1401

Mechanical Instrumentation: Lab

In this course, students will evaluate the tools, equipment, and techniques concerning the heating, ventilation air-conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC/R) industry. Likewise, they will examine brazing and soldering techniques regarding the HVAC/R industry. They will describe different methods for refrigerant leak detection, system clean-up, and system evacuation. In addition, Florida Technical College students will analyze the different methods for charging HVAC/R equipment refrigerant.

Course Prerequisite: HVA1501

Residential Equipment: Lab

In this HVAC/R course, students will analyze topics related to residential air-conditioning and refrigeration systems, including components, refrigeration and defrost cycles, safety procedures, and electric circuits. They will also examine gauges, leaks, evacuation processes, and charging as they relate to residential air-conditioning and refrigeration equipment. Moreover, Florida Technical College students will evaluate specific components and devices, such as evaporators, condensers, compressors, and expansion devices. Additionally, they will perform diagnosis, troubleshooting, and repair procedures of domestic appliances.

Course Prerequisite: HVA1601

Commercial A/C Equipment: Lab

In this HVAC/R course, students will analyze the installation and maintenance of commercial refrigeration and air conditioning systems. They will also examine electrical and mechanical troubleshooting procedures related to high, medium, and low temperature refrigeration systems. They will distinguish the components and functions of specialized refrigeration applications and rooftop air conditioning systems. Furthermore, students will practice acquired skills by completing practical lab exercises.

Course Prerequisite: HVA1701

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Laws and Regulations

In this HVAC/R  course, students will evaluate the general knowledge applicable to the use and handling of regulated refrigerants. In addition, students will analyze the overview and introduction CORE section of the manual. Finally, students will apply their knowledge acquired to achieve Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Section 608 of Clean Air Act Certification Examination.

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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. Program availability varies by campus.

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