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RHVAC Technology

Erie Institute of Technology in Erie, Pa. The technical curriculum will account for 28 to a maximum of 30 credits. In addition to the technical curriculum, students will complete 32 credits of core curriculum courses to complete the requirements of the Associate of Applied Science degree from Clarion University.

During your technical training, you will learn how to install, adjust, troubleshoot, maintain, and repair residential and commercial refrigeration, heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment for proper operation and efficiency.  You will gain skills in installing RHVAC units, including electronic and mechanical components; ductwork installation, including flexible tubing and sheet metal; installation and repair of fuel and water supply lines; installation and recycling of refrigerants; installation and repair of electrical connections to RHVAC components; and the installation and repair of RHVAC system automation components.

Employment Opportunities

  • HVAC Contractors

  • Service & Repair Centers

  • Independent Contractors

Job Outlook

The following job prospect information is provided by the Bureau of Labor & Statistics. This information reflects national projections made for 2008-2018.

Employment of heating, air-conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers is projected to increase 28 percent during the 2008-18 decade, much faster than the average for all occupations. As the population and stock of buildings grows, so does the demand for residential, commercial, and industrial climate-control systems. Residential HVACR systems generally need replacement after 10 to 15 years; the large number of homes built in recent years will enter this replacement timeframe by 2018. The increased complexity of HVACR systems, which increases the possibility that equipment may malfunction, also will create opportunities for service technicians. A growing focus on improving indoor air quality and the increasing use of refrigerated equipment by a rising number of stores and gasoline stations that sell food should also create more jobs for heating, air-conditioning, and refrigeration technicians.

Curriculum Highlights

  • Electricity & Electronics

  • Blueprint Reading

  • Computer Essentials

  • Estimating

  • Customer Service

  • Business Communication

  • Professional Development

  • Commercial Refrigeration

  • Heating/Ventilation & AC

  • Sheet Metal Fabrication

  • Heat Pumps

  • Environmental Control Systems

  • Transportation Refrigeration

  • Pneumatic Controls

  • Environmental Engineering