Kevin Smallwood - Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Heating Technology
About the Program
The Air Conditioning program is a certificate program designed to give the student the necessary skills to become an entry level technician. This is accomplished by the student through a multi-visited approach requiring the student to study the text book, watch the related video, listen to lectures and do hands-on training in the laboratory.
Every effort is made to keep the program fresh and up to date in the latest technology related to the H.V.A.C.R. (heating, Venting, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration) trade. Technical materials and laboratory equipment are continually being updated and replaced to provide the student with realistic training on some of the various types of equipment they will be working on in the field.
An advisory committee made up of contractors, suppliers and manufacturers from the local H.V.A.C.R. industry is used to provide feedback and recommendations to the course instructors so that the students will be kept informed of what will be expected of them when they are hired.
The course is four semesters long with the last semester being a job co-op where the student will be required to find a job in the related trade. While working on the job, the student will earn class credit as long as they continue to fill the requirements of the course.
The course instructor is a registered test proctor with the Environmental Protection Agency and the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute so that the necessary training can be provided to prepare the student for the refrigerant recovery exam which is included in the course and given at the end of the fall semester.
Students are graded on their academic skills, job skills and employability skills. It is important that the student shows up for class every day and try to be on time (you can not learn this trade without attending class) and completes all classroom assignments on time. The student must be actively involved in all shop projects. The student will demonstrate employability skills by doing such things as showing respect for tools, equipment, other peoples property, fellow employees, people in positions of authority.
Building #13, Room 105A
(352) 854-2322, ext.1269