The Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration (HVAC/R) Diploma Program prepares 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 skills, to perform installation tasks, service, and repairs for commercial and residential heating, refrigeration, and air conditioning equipment.
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.
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- HVAC Repair Specialist
- HVAC Assistant Installer
- HVAC Technician Apprentice
- EPA 608 Universal
- OSHA 10
“I finished 2 programs at FTC. HVAC and Electrical. Staff is helpful and gave me the training I needed to be successful. Nothing is easy in life and I did go through some tough patches along the way. But I did it! You can do anything if you work hard. Thanks for believing in me!”
Electrical Diploma & HVAC/R with PLC Diploma │ Kissimmee campus
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“…I moved back to Florida came to finish my career in the HVAC Field and I am glad that I did, thanks to Florida Technical College and Yesenia my Admissions Representative she helped me get back on track who believed in me and gave me the opportunity to come back, also I want to thank my professors and Mr. Garces the Director of the school to push me to my limits and encourage me to believe in myself. Now I am a Manager in a Hotel leading a team of 40 associates, I still have a long-term goal and it’s to open my own business in the HVAC Field.”
HVAC/R with PLC Diploma │ Kissimmee campus
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This course encompasses classroom and lab work study of introductory safety and craft skills. Areas of study include basic safety, construction math, hand and power tools, basics of construction drawings, rigging, communication skills, employability skills, and material handling. Department of Labor and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations applicable to general industry are also covered.
This course covers basic mathematical operations, such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of whole numbers, decimals, and fractions. Students will learn basic algebra, geometry, and trigonometry concepts as they relate to refrigeration and air conditioning.
This course provides students the basic concepts of electricity necessary to operate instruments and equipment related to air conditioning and refrigeration. Students will learn about direct current (DC) circuit theories, parameters, and devices. Students will also study alternating current (AC) circuit theories related to capacitors, contactors, relays, and transformers. Finally, they will review the concept of inductance and its effects on alternating current sources.
In this course, students will learn about the basic refrigeration and air conditioning cycles, thermodynamics, pressure-enthalpy diagrams, and major refrigeration and air conditioning components and systems. This course focuses on refrigerant properties, refrigerant transferring, refrigerant evacuation and recycling, refrigerant pressure, vacuum pumps, the effects of heat on refrigerants, environmental heat measurements, heat transfer, sensible heat and latent heat, states of matter, and gas laws. It also covers the pressure-temperature relationship of liquids and vapors, the pressure-temperature relationship of refrigerants, compressor construction, condensers, evaporators, refrigerant metering devices, refrigerant characteristics, and lubrication.
In this course, students will learn about the residential refrigeration and air conditioning cycles. The topic of refrigeration will include domestic refrigerators and freezers, defrost methods, and frost-free systems. This course also covers different types of A/C units, compressor types and operation, hot gas and electric heat defrost, condensate disposal, room air-conditioner cycle, and the operating characteristics of air conditioning units. Finally, students will examine psychometrics, how to measure relative humidity, and how to use psychometric charts.
In this course, students will learn about the commercial refrigeration and air conditioning cycles. The topics covered include air conditioning and refrigeration equipment sizing and selection, flow controls, pump down systems, defrost cycles (hot gas and electric), and head pressure controllers. Students will also select and install high, medium, and low temperature refrigeration systems.
In this course, 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.
This course is designed to apply the circuit theories discussed in the Introduction to Electricity course. Students will use measuring instruments to tests the theories and properties of electrical (AC and DC) circuits. The course will focus on diagnosing and troubleshooting breakers, fuses, and safety switches. Finally, students will troubleshoot contactors, relays, capacitors, transformers, and other electrical devices.
This course will teach students the basic principles of mechanical refrigeration and air conditioning equipment. 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.
In this course, students will diagnose, maintain, install, and repair residential air conditioning and refrigeration systems. Students will learn safety procedures, how to install gauges, how to take temperature and pressure measurements, how to read and measure relative humidity, and how to test for refrigerant leaks. Finally, students will troubleshoot mechanical and electrical problems in air conditioning and refrigeration systems.
In this course, students will learn how to test, maintain, install, and repair commercial refrigeration and air conditioning systems. This includes electrical and mechanical troubleshooting of high, medium, and low temperature refrigeration systems, such as ice machines, walk in coolers, and display cases, coolers, and freezers.
In this course, students will learn about the laws and regulations applicable to the use and handling of refrigerants. In addition, they will study Florida laws, OSHA laws and regulations, HVAC licensing requirements, and federal and state laws applicable to refrigeration and air conditioning. Finally, the course will prepare students to take the 608 EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) certification exam.
- HVAC/R with PCL Kissimmee Campus
High school diploma or a recognized equivalent.
- 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.