HEATING, VENTILATION AND AIR CONDITIONING AND REFRIGERATION
About the program
The Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC/R) program at Florida Education Institute is lab-based with almost every class meeting having a hands-on (learning-by-doing) approach where students train and work on actual air conditioning and refrigeration equipment. This lab allows students to gain experience in equipment installation, maintaining air conditioning units, troubleshooting equipment failures and refrigeration systems.
The HVAC/R program covers both
What do HVAC/R Technicians do?
- Install, maintain, and repair heating, cooling, and refrigeration systems
- Repair or replace defective air conditioning and refrigeration equipment
- Repair or replace worn or defective parts
- Repair and replace equipment’s components and wiring
- Use blueprints or design specifications to install or repair HVAC/R systems
- Install electrical wiring and controls and test for their proper operation
- Inspect and maintain customers’ HVAC/R systems
- Test individual components to determine necessary repairs
- Determine HVAC/R systems’ energy use and make recommendations to improve their efficiency
- Connect systems to fuel and water supply lines, air ducts, and other components
Is this career for you?
Successful HVAC/R students can be described as
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers is projected to grow 14% from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. Candidates familiar with computers and electronics and those with good troubleshooting skills will have the best job opportunities as employers continue to have difficulty finding qualified technicians to install, maintain, and repair complex new systems.
Graduates of our Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC/R) program may qualify for careers with the following employers:
- Air conditioning companies
- Refrigeration companies
- Repair and maintenance companies
- Selling and installation companies
- Major companies with maintenance departments (i.e., Hotels, Hospitals)
- Self-Employment, Business Owner (for experienced technicians)