Our students develop the skills to pay the bills. This program is designed to prepare air conditioning and refrigeration mechanics and apprentices for entry-level employment in a wide range of construction, maintenance, and service positions in business and industry. The program prepares students to install, service, and repair refrigeration and air conditioning systems. The program provides instruction in residential air conditioning, commercial air conditioning, heating systems, and commercial refrigeration. Students will be EPA 608 certified.
This program aligns with the Kansas Board of Regents Curriculum
Goal # 1
- Diagnose and repair electrical and mechanical problems in heating and cooling systems.
- Design residential heating and air conditioning systems.
- Operate heating and air conditioning equipment properly.
Goal # 2
- Maintain a professional appearance in the workplace.
- Demonstrate interpersonal skills in greeting customers, explaining repairs, and discussing the approximate cost of the service.
Goal # 2
- Inspect work areas and correct safety hazards.
- Work cautiously and safely.
- Demonstrate safe removal procedures from electrical and mechanical components
- Technical Certificate
- EPA Refrigerant Handling Certification
- National Occupational Competency Testing Institute Certification
- Air Conditioning Technician
- Refrigeration Technician
- Heating Technician
- General Maintenance Technician
The salary range for the Air Conditioning & Refrigeration graduates was $8.00-$16.00 per hour. Wages and benefits vary depending on location of employment. The Air Conditioning & Refrigeration program had a 95% placement rate for the 2009-2010 graduates.
Outlook for employment in field in Kansas
The Heating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Mechanics & Installers occupations had an average annual employment of 2,386 in 2006 and a projection of 2,760 in 2016. That represents an increase of 374 (15.7%) jobs. In addition, there will be an additional 418 employees needed to serve as replacements for those who leave the field.
Outlook for employment in field nationwide
Job prospects for heating, air-conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers are expected to be excellent, particularly for those who have completed training from an accredited technical school or a formal apprenticeship. A growing number of retirements of highly skilled technicians are expected to generate many more job openings. Many contractors have reported problems finding enough workers to meet the demand for service and installation of HVACR systems.
Technicians who specialize in installation work may experience periods of unemployment when the level of new construction activity declines, but maintenance and repair work usually remains relatively stable. People and businesses depend on their climate-control or refrigeration systems and must keep them in good working order, regardless of economic conditions.
In light of the complexity of new computer-controlled HVACR systems in modern high-rise buildings, prospects should be best for those who can acquire and demonstrate computer competency. Training in new techniques that improve energy efficiency will also make it much easier to enter the occupation.