A/C Refrigeration Technology

The Air Conditioning Refrigeration and Heating Technology program is available at CBT College’s Flagler Campus and Hialeah 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 Flagler Campus and Hialeah 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.

EET1033 Fundamentals of DC/AC

(3 Semester Credits Hours)

This course offers a general introduction to the electrical concepts used in ohms and Kirchhoff’s voltage and current laws applied to dc series, parallel and series-parallel circuits. Also it includes atomic theory, electromotive force, resistance and electrical power equations. Also, the course provides an introduction to ac theory, circuits and components including inductors, capacitors, transformers, principles of electronics and semiconductors components, and its applications as well as the principles of operation of different devices and its appropriate selection.

EET1516 Electric Motors Application

(3 Semester Credits Hours)

This course is focused on the characteristics, operation, control, selection, installation and applications of different electric motors. Electric motors such as: single phase, three phases, hermetic compressors, multi-speed and variable and electronically commutated are studied. Activities in the labs are planned in order to connect, wiring starting methods, interpret connection diagrams and verify technical conditions of parts and troubleshooting. in addition electrical and safety codes also will be emphasized.

ACR 1052 Fundamentals of Refrigeration

(3 Semester Credit Hours)

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. The course will be focused on 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. This course is also taught in the Spanish Language.

ACR1113 Principles & Applications of Electricity

(3 Semester Credit Hours)

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. 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 electrical and safety codes on the most significant topics related to the subject. This course is also taught in the Spanish Language.

ACR1215 Refrigeration Systems

(3 Semester Credit Hours)

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. 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 systems, as well as studying the mechanical and safety codes on the most significant topics related to the subject. This course is also taught in the Spanish Language.

ACR1500 Air Conditioning Systems

(3 Semester Credit Hours)

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. 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. This course is also taught in the Spanish Language.

ACR2420 Air Distributions and Balance

(3 Semester Credit Hours)

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. 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 HVAC systems, as well as studying the mechanical and safety codes on the most significant topics related to the subject. This course is also taught in the Spanish Language.

ACR2031 Blue Prints and Design Code

(3 Semester Credit Hours)

Blueprint Reading is an entry level course; primarily delivered through lecture and practical exercises. The study of the principals 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. Topics include concepts of geometric figures and formulas, conversion tables, common abbreviations, symbols, drawing, sketching, views, plans, schedules, and technical specifications. The students also work with the Florida Building Mechanical Code to obtain a better understanding of the principles, regulations and organization of the different topic of the course. This course is also taught in the Spanish Language.

ACR2310 Advanced Automatic Controls

(3 Semester Credit Hours)

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. In additions students will study the mechanical, electrical and safety codes on the most significant topics related to the subject. This course is also taught in the Spanish Language.

ACR2611 Heating Systems

(3 Semester Credit Hours)

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. This course is also taught in the Spanish Language.

ACR2167 Air Conditioning Calculations

(3 Semester Credit Hours)

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. Selection of air conditioning and refrigeration equipment. Special attention to new technologies and building materials as well as new insulation systems used in air conditioning and refrigeration equipment and high efficiency equipment. Also study the mechanical and safety codes most significant topics relevant to the subject. This course is also taught in the Spanish Language.

ACR2770 Chilled-Water Air Conditioning Systems

(3 Semester Credit Hours)

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. 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. This course is also taught in the Spanish Language.

ACR2762 Introduction to Sustainable HVAC Practices

(3 Semester Credit Hours)

This course will describe the different energy efficiency systems hvacr professionals may use for different applications. The course will illustrate how hvacr systems contribute to the overall efficiency of the building, the importance of operation, maintenance and installation relate with the energy saving and the environmental impact. it will show how different climates play vital role in determining which system can be the most beneficial.

ETC1207Construction Estimating

(3 Semester Credit Hours)

This course is an introduction to the arts of estimating in hvacr and electrical projects. This course describes concepts, principles, and techniques used to estimate electrical and hvacr projects. It covers topics like the estimating process, types of estimates, the quantity take off, directs and indirect cost, bidding strategies, examples of estimating projects and a project estimating using excel.

ACR2760 Alternative energy Applied to HVAC

(3 Semester Credit Hours)

This course will describe the different alternative energy systems. it covers topics like fossil energy, nuclear energy, solar energy, wind energy, ocean energy, geothermal energy and plus. The course illustrates how hvacr systems have being using alternative energy. it also studies the efficiency of the compression cycle and absorption refrigeration cycle combined with different energy generation systems.

ENC1100 English Composition (General Education Component)

(3 Semester Credit Hours)

This course is the first college level English course for students. This course emphasizes the skills necessary to prepare you for college level writing. In this course students will develop an understanding of good, college level writing with an emphasis on exposition and the research essay. Oral and written communications of impressions and judgments concerning assigned readings in the essay and allied genre are required. Stress on the building of an active vocabulary and on correct sentence and paragraph structure are also covered.

ENC1106 English Composition II (General Education Component)

(3 Semester Credit Hours)

This course is the second required English core course for students pursuing an Associate’s degree. It is a course in reading, writing and critical thinking which emphasizes composing essays, producing a documented paper based on research, and reading and writing. The class will be conducted partly through lecture/discussion, and through small work groups that allow the student maximum practice in developing critical thinking, reading and writing skills.

DEP2004 Developmental Psychology

(3 Semester Credit Hours)

Developmental psychology is the study of how and why people change over time as well as how and why they remain the same from conception through the aging process. This course is described three perspectives: physical, cognitive and psychological. Emphasis will be on the major transitions from fetal development through death. The impact of ethnic, gender and cultural factors on development will also be examines.

SPC1013 Speech (General Education Component)

(3 Semester Credit Hours)

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. This course is also taught in the Spanish Language.

MAC1100 Principles of College Algebra (General Education Component)

(3 Semester Credit Hours)

The students will be introduced to the concepts necessary to the for the operations of algebra, demonstrating an understanding of the real number system, polynomials, graphing of linear equations, equalities, and inequalities. The subject will be an application driven course using real data to solve real world problems. This course is also taught in Spanish.

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.

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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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