A/C Refrigeration Technician (HVAC)

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When you enroll in the A/C Refrigeration Technician program at CBT College, you could receive the training necessary to begin working in an entry-level position. You do not have to spend years and years training to receive the industry experience that is necessary to begin finding employment; instead, you will spend eight months in this program, which is available in both English and Spanish languages. The hands-on training, and courses that you take while enrolled in an A/C & Refrigeration Technician program on our Flagler or Hialeah campuses will help you learn how to understand, develop, repair, and maintain a variety of equipment. The courses that you take will cover various areas, including:
  • Basic Design
  • Repair of Residential and Commercial Equipment
  • Air Conditioning Repair
  • Heating Equipment Repair
  • Installation
  • Refrigeration Maintenance
  • and more…
The A/C & Refrigeration Technician program will teach you how to follow industrial blueprints as well.

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Once you have successfully completed the A/C & Refrigeration Technician diploma program at our Hialeah or Flagler campuses, you will be able to install, maintain, and repair refrigeration, heating, and air conditioning systems of all types. Once you have finished the A/C & Refrigeration Technician diploma program, you could transfer your credits into the Associate Degree in Air Conditioning & Refrigeration program available at CBT College. You will need to be certified once you have completed this diploma program.

Fundamentals of Refrigeration

ACR1052 ›

This course is an introduction to basic concepts related to heat and air conditioning cooling, the study of the physical laws relating to refrigerants and basic components of a mechanical refrigeration system for vapor compression. It Includes topics such as: Types and functions of compressors, condensers, evaporators and expansion, types of refrigerants, the ozone layer, the rules of the Environmental Protection Agency, how to solder copper pipes, description of how a vacuum is done, how to charge a refrigeration system with refrigerant and the use of the recovery machine.

Fundamentals of Electricity

ACR1101 ›

The course is an introduction to basic concepts of electricity and magnetism. It includes topics such as: atomic structure of matter, sources of electricity, simple circuits, Ohm’s Law and its use in solving loads in series and parallel circuits. It also includes alternating and direct currents, determination of circuit problems, concepts of inductance, capacitance, resistance, impedance, power factor and electricity and the environment, as well as describing how to calculate the electrical power, electrical cable sizing and electrical protection and the use of the multimeter hooked.

Principles & Applications of Electricity

ACR1113 ›

A study of electrical circuits applied to air conditioning and heating. Topics include: electrical symbols, schematics real circuits, diagnostics of the most common electrical problems in the compressors’ electric motor, and forms or methods used to start a compressor. Other topics include electrical connections and air conditioning system protective controls, as well as explaining and making electrical connections of low voltage components. The course content will be taught through theory and practice.

Air Conditioning Systems

ACR1500 ›

This course discusses the installation and operation of different types of air conditioning systems used today. Topics include: basic concepts of air conditioning systems, comfort conditions, AC load estimation, the use of diagrams, mechanical components of the system, and types of equipment including basics of heating systems. In workshops, students will acquire skills in handling tools and measurement instruments in the repair and installation of the units and components.

Electric Motors & Solid State Devices

ACR1152 ›

This course is a study of the general principles of operation of electric motors. The course includes topics such as: types of engines, applications, starting methods, starting and running capacitors, electric motors for compressors and fans, variable speed motors, multi- speed motors. Other topics include electric motors diagrams, safety measures, connecting motors to the power source and testing the electrical measurements. In the workshop the students are faced with different problems and practice how to solve them.

Refrigeration Systems

ACR1215 ›

This course discusses equipment and commercial refrigeration components, covering the operation and construction features of each of them. Topics include: compressors, evaporators, condensers, refrigerant flow regulators, auxiliary components, receivers, heat exchangers, accumulators, filters, eye visor, protective devices and control, thermostat, pressure controls, timers. In workshops, students will acquire skills in handling tools and measurement instruments in the service of cooling systems.

Applications of Refrigeration and Air Conditioning

ACR1023 ›

This course, with a practical approach, will analyze technologies and procedures that are used in refrigeration and air conditioning systems. Students will analyze window/wall air conditioning units and refrigerators and freezers. Topics include: the electrical system, electrical schematics, cleaning methods, the air distribution system of a refrigerator, defrost methods and components, solution to common problems and cleaning methods. On the other hand the students will develop lab practices related with ductworks that are used in the air distribution systems.

The average salary for an A/C & Refrigeration Technicians was $40,630. Your salary will depend on various factors, including certifications, location, and the level of experience that you have.
Within the next decade, this industry is expected to grow by 9 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The majority of homes and buildings being built today will have centralized cooling and heating systems, which will keep the need for A/C & Refrigeration Technicians in demand.

Available Campuses

CBT College has five (5) convenient locations in Miami-Dade. All CBT locations are nationally accredited by ACICS, and offer a full time Career Services Department to help student and graduates in their Job Search.

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CBT College is fully accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS). Credits may be transferable to other colleges and Universities using the Florida State Course Numbering System at the discretion of the receiving institution.

1 CBT College’s programs are designed to prepare students for employment in their selected field of study or in related fields. CBT College does not guarantee that graduates will be placed in any particular job, be eligible for job advancement opportunities or be employed at all. Additional training or certifications may be required to compete in current job market conditions.

2 Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oco/ National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.

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