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Refrigeration, Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning


Students can select to take their technical curriculum of this program at  Erie Institute of Technology in Erie, Pa, or Triangle Tech in Pittsburgh, Erie, Greensburg, DuBois, Sunbury, or Bethlehem, Pa.   The technical curriculum will account for 28 to a maximum of 30 credits. In addition to the technical curriculum, students will complete 35 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.

Today's RHVAC professionals keep us warm in winter and cool in summer. They maintain the equipment that protects our food. You will need to be a highly skilled professional to operate and maintain today's environmental controls and refrigeration systems. You will learn the theory behind these sophisticated systems, and get plenty of hands-on experience.

Employment Opportunities

Graduates are prepared for entry-level employment as RHVAC technicians working in both residential and commercial applications, along with RHVAC engineers, architects, and project managers.

  • 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 2006-2016.

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

    Refrigeration Theory
    Residential Refrigeration
    Electricity and Electronics
    Commercial Refrigeration
    Refrigeration Troubleshooting
    Heating Systems
    Ventilation Systems
    Air Conditioning
    Blueprint Reading
    Pneumatic Controls
    Cost Estimating
    Digital Electronics
    Sheet Metal Fabrication
    Environmental Controls
    Transport Refrigeration
    Environmental Engineering
    Direct Digital Controls  

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