A/C Refrigeration Technician Diploma

CBT’s 8-month program quickly gives you the HVAC training necessary to begin working in an entry-level position.

Our hands-on instruction, available in both English and Spanish, will teach you how to understand, develop, repair, and maintain a variety of A/C equipment, expanding your employment opportunities, as well as providing a basis from which to pursue your A.S. in A/C Refrigeration Technology.

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CBT’s 8-month program quickly gives you the HVAC training necessary to begin working in an entry-level position. You will receive hands-on training available in both English and Spanish. Get the knowledge you need to understand, develop, repair, and maintain a variety of A/C & refrigeration equipment (HVAC), expanding your employment opportunities in the local job market. After completion of the diploma program, you will be able to install, maintain, and repair refrigeration, heating, and air conditioning systems of all types.

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People in the United States, and especially here in South Florida, rely on their cooling and heating systems to get them through their daily tasks. This reliance creates a job opportunity for anyone with HVAC training. There is a high demand for qualified technicians to handle A/C equipment. Our 8-month program will teach you how to install, repair, and maintain a variety of equipment in various settings, so that you have the chance to discover which area may best suit your abilities. You could be employed in a residential, commercial, or industrial setting, depending on which area most interests you. You will learn to read and follow industrial blueprints, how to repair both air conditioning and heating equipment for residential and commercial buildings, and how to maintain refrigeration equipment.

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 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. 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.

After eight months of HVAC training, you will be ready for an entry-level position in the A/C Refrigeration industry. You will also have the opportunity to continue your coursework at CBT toward an A.S. in A/C Refrigeration Technology, giving you even better employment options. 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.

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CBT College has Three (3) conveniently located campuses throughout Miami-Dade County. All locations are national accredited by ACICS.

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 https://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.