A/C Refrigeration Technology

The Air Conditioning Refrigeration and Heating Technology program is available at CBT College’s Cutler Bay campus. This is a 24 month program that is available in both English and Spanish languages. This program is designed to help prepare students who want to begin working in a mid-level position within the air conditioning, heating, and refrigeration industry. The Air Conditioning Refrigeration and Heating Technology program at CBT College provides you with high-quality classroom instruction, in addition to hands-on training with the repair, maintenance, and installation of both residential and commercial equipment, such as:

  • Heating
  • Air Conditioning
  • Refrigeration

To learn more about the Air Conditioning Refrigeration and Heating Technology degree program available on the Cutler Bay campus at CBT College, contact us today. Taking this step could put you closer to fulfilling your educational journey!

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When you want to work in a stable industry, and you have a love for maintaining or repairing air conditioning and refrigeration equipment, you should consider a position as an air conditioning, refrigeration and heating technician, also known as an HVAC technician. HVAC technicians can specialize in one specific area, or they can learn how to install and repair a variety of commercial and residential equipment.

Before you can begin searching for job opportunities, you will need to receive the proper training, and CBT College can help. We have an Air Conditioning Refrigeration and Heating Technology degree program that you could enroll in to receive the classroom and hands-on instruction necessary to have a successful HVAC career.

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Once you have successfully completed the HVAC program, you could begin applying for job opportunities within various settings, including:

  • Residential Homes
  • Hospitals
  • Office Buildings
  • Stores
  • Factories
  • and more…

Some HVAC technicians will work inside, while other technicians work outdoors. Some of the work that a technician will need to do outside includes the repair and maintenance of heat pumps. When you successfully complete your Air Conditioning Refrigeration and Heating Technology degree program at CBT College, you should know how to perform these tasks.

The schedule for a HVAC technician will vary, depending on the season. Some technicians work full-time, including holidays and weekends. During the peak heating and cooling seasons, you could expect to work irregular hours because of the high demand for an Air Conditioning, Refrigeration, and Heating technician.

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.

Air Distributions and Balance

ACR2420 ›

This course is an introduction to the basic principles of air distribution and ventilation in AC systems. Topics include: indoor air quality, methods for controlling pollution sources, ventilation and the use of means for cleaning the air, Concepts of MERV and Naima, Psychometric, humidification, humidifiers, sizing, installation and servicing, troubleshooting and preventive maintenance, and ASHRAE 62.1 2007, Standards of acceptable indoor air quality. Other topics include: duct system design, fundamentals of air flow, analysis of balance or equilibrium in supply and return ducts, DOAS systems, duct works, and insulation measurements.

Advanced Automatic Controls

ACR2310 ›

An introduction to the different types of automatic controls used in air conditioning and refrigeration systems. Topics of study will include: automatic controls, automatic control components and applications, troubleshooting basic controls, as well as electronic and programmable controls aimed at saving energy and preserving the environment by using green technologies with special attention to new technologies and advances in advanced automatic control systems applied to high efficiency HVACR systems.

Heating Systems

ACR2611 ›

This course discusses the different heating systems for heating the air. Topics include: basic concepts and mechanical components, types of heating systems: heat pump systems, electric heating, and gas heating systems, heating systems and heating oil hydrodynamics. The course will be focused at saving energy and preserving the environment by using green technologies with special attention to new technologies applied to high efficiency HVACR systems, as well as studying the mechanical and safety codes on the most significant topics related to the subject.

Blue Prints and Design Code

ACR2031 ›

Blueprint Reading is an entry level course; primarily delivered through lecture and practical exercises. The study of the principles involved in the use and interpretation of the drawings and specifications commonly used in construction. Plan views, elevations, sections and schedules are examined in depth. Use of various lines and symbols are explained. Students will practice visualizing the three-dimensional building from two dimensional drawings in a heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning (HVAC/R) field.

Principles of College Algebra

MAC1100 ›

The student will demonstrate: an understanding of the general concepts of relation and function and specifically of polynomial, exponential, and logarithmic functions; the ability to solve system of equations by utilizing matrices and determinants; and the ability to solve practical problems using algebra.

Air Conditioning Calculations

ACR2167 ›

This course provides the procedures for calculating heat load for air conditioning in residential, commercial and industrial buildings and heat load for commercial refrigeration systems. Topics include: the exterior and interior design conditions, evaluation of external heat loads, gains and solar radiation structures, evaluation of internal charges: occupants, lights, motors, equipment, technological processes, the evaluation of the loads infiltration and ventilation, breathing product. The psychometric chart and the representation of air treatment processes.

US History

AMH2022 ›

This course will examine significant events, movements, and patterns that have helped shape the modern world. While our emphasis will be on the19th and 20th Centuries, we will delve deeper into history to connect modern forms of democracy, culture, and conflict to their historical roots.

Principles of Economics

ECO2000 ›

This course is an integrated introduction to the basic principles of economics, exploration of the nature of economics, production, distribution and price determination and the analysis of individual firms and markets, as well as aggregate economic variables. These include inflation, unemployment and economic growth, with a focus on the state’s role in attempts to regulate the economy. Thus, we will focus our efforts on learning how societies use scarce resources to produce and distribute commodities among its various people.

Chilled- Water Air Conditioning Systems

ACR2770 ›

This course discusses the different types of chillers: high pressure, low pressure and absorption that are currently used in air conditioning systems. In addition it also discusses the types of Cooling Tower. Topics include: basic mechanical components of the system: compressor, direct expansion evaporator and flooded, air-cooled condensers and water, expansion devices of systems of high and low pressure, the equipment components of absorption systems, startup, commissioning and maintenance of all types of water chillers.

Speech

SPC1013 ›

The course includes theories and practices in oral communication and speech writing, and the process of oral communication in all types of organizations. Students will learn the fundamentals of effective oral communication, with an emphasis on delivering effective presentations. This course will cover skills and techniques for planning and delivering a presentation, overcoming anxiety, and working with various audiences. Students will also use Microsoft PowerPoint to create and present an automated slide show presentation.

After you have completed the Air Conditioning Refrigeration and Heating Technology degree program, you will be able to repair, install, develop, and maintain a variety of heating, cooling, and refrigeration systems. You will need to become certified to show the specific competencies that you possess. The average salary for an HVAC technician will vary; however, the median annual range for an air conditioning, refrigeration and heating technician is $43,640.
The job outlook for an HVAC technician is expected to grow by 21 percent over the next few years. The increase of residential and commercial building construction will continue to drive the employment opportunities for technicians up.

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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