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Technical Certificate

Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Heating Systems Technician (6120)

Heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) may be the most complex part of the construction process. HVAC systems integrate mechanical, electrical, and electronic motors, compressors, pumps, fans, ducts, pipes and thermostats that operate with the flick of a switch or the touch of a panel. Refrigeration systems for the shipping and storage of food, medicine and other perishable items have become an industry vital to international trade and homeland security.

This technical certificate will provide the essential skills and education for an entry-level service position and increase job skills for those already working. The Florida Community College HVAC/R program is the best of its kind. Along with classroom learning, you’ll work in labs. Instead of watching demonstrations, students use state-of-the-art training boards to diagnose and correct system problems. You’ll become skilled in the installation of multiple-fuel systems, and learn to connect fuel and water supply lines, air ducts, vents, pumps, electrical wiring and controls. You’ll master combustion analyzers as well as carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide and oxygen testers that monitor ozone depletion and air quality.

Career Opportunities, Rapid Placement
Florida’s growth is soaring. Jacksonville is a boomtown. And much of the city and state are being built by graduates of our construction programs. The employment rate in all trades is 100%. No Florida Community College student who wants a job goes without a job.

You have the opportunity to network with major contractors and become employed while you’re still in school. Florida Community College’s Building Construction program has a long-standing relationship with this region’s major industry organizations, such as Woods Engineering, C. Young Construction, Superior Construction, Paul Fraser Homes, Stellar Group, C & C Powerlines, Dickey Smith & Company, Miatt Construction and Accubuild Construction.

Members of the Northeast Florida Builders Association serve on our Construction Management Advisory Council and on advisory committees for all trades, as well as provide internships and fund annual scholarships. The advisory committees provide leadership, support and guidance for the program and support such educational activities as constructing residential projects from design to move in.

Annual Salaries
Starting salaries range from $16 to $20 an hour. Overtime, bonuses, rapid advancement and opportunities for self-employment can rapidly increase your income.

All courses are directly applicable to Florida Community College’s Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Heating Systems Technology A.A.S. degree.

Estimated cost of tuition is $1,594 (tuition rated for Florida residents, as of 7/06). Contact the program manager for additional costs (textbooks, materials, fees).

Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Heating Systems Technician (6120)

Professional Courses
BSC 1005 Life in its Biological Environment 3
ACR 1052 Air Conditioning and Refrigeration
Theory I
ACR 1170 Basic Electricity and Schematics 3
ACR 1420 Air Conditioning and Refrigeration
Theory II
ACR 1121 HVAC Controls 3
ACR 1611 Applied Heating I 3
ACR 1616 Applied Heating II 3
ACR 2421 Duct System Design 3
  Total Credit Hours 24

Please see the technical certificate Graduation Requirements.

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