Do you enjoy working with your hands to solve mechanical problems? If you are looking for a career that will let your problem-solving skills win the day then consider enrollment in our Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration (ACHR) training. Our ACHR program provides you with hands-on training from instructors with real-world experience. You can develop the skills you need to become a professional in the field of heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration.
As a student in the ACHR program you will learn:
- Installation, maintenance, and repair of various systems
- The theory of cooling and heating that supports the systems’ operations
- Customer service skills
Our ACHR training focuses on installation, maintenance, and repair of a variety of systems, including heating & air conditioning systems, coolers, chillers, ice makers, and more. You’ll also learn the theory of cooling and heating that supports all of these systems’ operations.
With small class sizes that provide individual attention to each student, convenient class schedules, industry-experienced instructors, and career services to help you secure a new job, Platt College is ready to help you gain the skills needed to start a new career in HVAC.
Training to Become an HVAC & Refrigeration Technician
Our Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration program can prepare you for an entry-level job as an installer, repairer or service technician in the HVAC & Refrigeration industry. Some of the types of classes that you can expect to take in our air conditioning courses include:
- Introduction to Climate Control & Safety
- Basic Electricity
- Air Conditioning Systems
- Heating Systems and Controls
- Technical Customer Service
During your classroom lessons, you can learn how to use, and the proper care of, tools and equipment used in the HVAC field. Some of the equipment you may handle include:
- Hammers, screwdrivers, pliers, tape measures, wire strippers and pipe wrenches
- Multimeters, thermometers and manifold gauges
- Cordless drills, reciprocating saws (Sawzall), staple gun and extension cords
- Tubing cutters, tin snips, hand seamers, crimpers and awls
- Step stools and ladders
Our ACHR program is not only designed to give you the skills to prepare you to enter the HVAC & Refrigeration job market, but also assist you in marketing yourself for the right career opportunity through the assistance of our Career Services team.
What Does an HVAC & Refrigeration Technician do?
You can use the skills you have learned in the Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration program to install, maintain, and repair heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems. In order to become an ACHR Technician, you must develop industry-specific skills, have knowledge of piping, wiring, troubleshooting, and be comfortable using power tools.
As an HVAC & Refrigeration Technician, your typical duties can be broken into three categories – installation duties, maintenance and troubleshooting duties, and customer service.
- Install and maintain a wide array of HVAC systems
- Use blueprints to lay out wires and pipes in preparation for and during installation
- Run conduit for HVAC systems
- Calibrate thermostats and other system controls
- Ensure all installations are done according to current set standards
Maintenance & Troubleshooting Duties
- Perform general and preventative maintenance on different HVAC systems
- Check motors, belts, wiring, and lubrication on all systems
- Change any parts of the units that have been worn out including motors, belts, filters, and more
- Double check all chemicals used in the equipment to ensure they are at adequate levels
- Maintain all tools and equipment used on the job
- Respond to any emergency calls to resolve issues as fast as possible
- Order all the supplies and equipment needed for maintenance or installation
- Ensure all parts for a job are available when needed
- Fabricate parts if not readily available
- Determine if an HVAC system needs upgrading and present options to the customer
As an HVAC technician, you will need to understand basic electricity and how to read a blueprint in order to install systems. Additionally, you need to be familiar with current standards, including EPA standards, to ensure every installation is in compliance. When combined, all of the skills you can learn in the Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration program can lead you to a rewarding career in the heating and air conditioning industry.
Professional HVAC & Refrigeration Technician Requirements
In order to enroll in the Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration program at Platt College, you need to have obtained your high school diploma or GED. Basic skills in math and science are a plus. Once you have completed the program and training and earned your diploma, you may need to get an HVAC license from the state of Oklahoma before you can begin work. If you know that you will be working with refrigerant in your new job, you will need to be certified by the EPA.
Is HVAC & Refrigeration Technician a Good Career For Me?
How do you know if a career as an HVAC & Refrigeration Technician is good for you? Here are some things to consider:
- You love working with your hands and solving problems
- You like the idea of working on various systems, giving your variety in your work life
- You enjoy having your skills being in demand
- You have the opportunity to learn new systems as they are developed
If this sounds like you, then training in Heating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration is a good career choice.
How Much Money Do HVAC & Refrigeration Technicians Make?
According to the latest U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics survey, HVAC & Refrigeration Technicians currently earn a median salary of $47,610 per year or $22.89 per hour. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $29,460, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $76,230*. These wages can vary based on your position.
The Platt College Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration program prepares you for an entry-level position. Additionally, you might be eligible for a variety of benefits, such as vacation or sick time, flexible working hours, insurance, and a stable work/life balance. Each HVAC position is different so it is a good idea to weigh all your options when presented with a position so that you accept an offer in a setting you will be successful in.
HVAC & Refrigeration Technician Career Outlook
HVAC & Refrigeration is a fast growing field and according to the latest U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics survey, expected growth in the field is 15% between 2016 and 2026*. This growth is much faster than average for all occupations.
Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration training will let you embark on a career in a fast-growing field. With commercial and residential construction expected to drive employment growth, and people becoming more focused on having units that are more energy efficient while reducing pollution, the demand for HVAC & Refrigeration Technicians is likely to increase.
Where Can an HVAC & Refrigeration Technician Work?
With an Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration diploma, you have the ability to work anywhere in the country and even around the world. Most technicians work alongside an experienced technician when they first start out. You can find work as an installer, repairer or service technician in:
- Residential and commercial HVAC businesses
- Schools and office buildings
- Hospitals and other long-term care facilities
- Outdoor environments
- Hardware, plumbing and equipment wholesalers
- Self-employed HVAC business
Oklahoma Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration Program Locations at Platt College
Are you ready to enroll in our Oklahoma Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration program? You can find classes at:
Get Started Today!
Turn your passion for helping people into a career with our Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration program. Our small classes, industry-experienced instructors, and externships make it easy for you to gain the skills you need to be successful in this growing field. To get started, call us at 877-392-6616 or request information to speak with an Admissions Representative, who can answer your questions about our ACHR program.
Programs vary by location.
High school diploma, GED or equivalent required.
See school catalog for specific programmatic admissions requirements.
*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/installation-maintenance-and-repair/heating-air-conditioning-and-refrigeration-mechanics-and-installers.htm