HVAC/R with PLC

Diploma
Residential
Hybrid
English

Program Description

The HVAC/R with PLC Diploma Program offers students the technical and practical knowledge and skills to perform heating, refrigeration, and air conditioning maintenance, installations, and repairs. Students will also learn basic skills related to the programmable logic controllers (PLCs). Graduates from this HVAC/R training program will be able to fill positions at construction firms, as well as residential and commercial refrigeration and air conditioning companies

DISCLAIMER: In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19), this program is temporarily delivered 100% online. When the Florida Commission for Independent Education’s approval for temporary distance education ends, the remainder of the program will revert to in-person teaching on campus.
For more information, please see the catalog or speak with a school representative.

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

15 Months | 71 Quarter Credits
Total Contact Hours: 920
Lecture Hours: 500
Lab Hours: 420

Core Courses

Safety and Craft Skills

In this 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. Furthermore, they will practice acquired skills by completing practical lab exercises.

Applied Math for HVAC Technicians

This HVAC/R course covers basic mathematical operations, such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of whole numbers, decimals, and fractions. Florida Technical College students will learn basic algebra, geometry, and trigonometry concepts as they relate to refrigeration and air conditioning.

 

Introduction to Electricity (DC-AC)

In this 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 120 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, students will practice acquired skills by completing practical lab exercises.

Introduction to Refrigeration and A/C

In this 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 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. 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 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 discuss heat pump theory, diagnostics, and repair procedures, as well as other related systems. Students will also examine the differences between heat pumps and straight cooling units. In addition, they will calculate the British thermal units (BTUs) for heat pump systems. Finally, they will learn how to diagnose and install four-way reversing valves and defrost control boards.

Course Prerequisite: HVA1400, HVA1500

Electrical Instrumentation: Lab

In this 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, students will perform contactors, relays, capacitors, transformers, breakers, fuses, safety switches, and modern electrical refrigeration equipment troubleshooting.

Course Prerequisite: HVA1400

Mechanical Instrumentation: Lab

This HVAC/R course will teach students the basic principles of mechanical refrigeration and air conditioning equipment. Florida Technical College students will also learn about the tools, equipment, and techniques used in the refrigeration and air conditioning industry. In addition, students will discuss general security procedures and different equipment and tool conservation techniques.

Course Prerequisite: HVA1500

Residential Equipment: Lab

In this 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, 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: HVA1600

Commercial A/C Equipment: Lab

In this 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: HVA1700

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Laws and Regulations

In this 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.

Digital Electronics

In this HVAC/R course, Florida Technical College students will learn about various digital subsystems (logic assemblies) and their use in digital computing and control systems. Students will review basic electronic concepts applicable to HVAC systems, focusing on performing analyses and problem diagnosis. Finally, they will troubleshoot electrical boards inside HVAC systems, as well as low pressure and high-pressure switches.

Programmable Logic Controller (PLC)

In this course, students will analyze the theoretical aspects and programming of the programmable logic controller (PLC). They will evaluate concepts related to programmable logic controls in different systems. Additionally, they will implement the programming and operating processes of a PLC focusing on the software, programming language, and ladder diagrams.

Programmable Logic Controller Units: Lab

In this HVAC/R course, Florida Technical College students will learn how to program and operate a PLC, focusing on wiring diagrams and ladder logic diagrams. In addition, they will learn to successfully troubleshoot a PLC to ensure the operation runs smoothly.

Course Prerequisite: PLC3000

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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. 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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