HVACR Training Programs
As mentioned in the introduction, many of the community college or vocational school programs offering refrigeration training do so along with heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) instruction, through what is known as HVACR. So in addition to learning about HVAC in one of these certificate or associate degree programs, here is a sampling of typical refrigeration courses:
- Basic refrigeration
- Commercial refrigeration
- Refrigerator applications
- Advanced air conditioning, refrigeration and heating
- Refrigeration principles
- Commercial refrigeration startup
- Domestic refrigeration appliances
- Refrigeration fundamentals
Depending on the length and scope of the program, students may need to complete an externship, do lab work, or undergo other hands-on training experiences. Before digging into the refrigeration-specific programs, here are some brief descriptions of featured HVACR schools across the US:
- Ferris State University, in Big Rapids, Mich., offers an HVACR program that can be completed either an as associate or bachelor’s degree, the latter which requires more time for completion. Basic refrigeration is a component of both programs as is generalized HVAC education.
- Tarrant County College, in Fort Worth, Texas, provides an associate of applied science (AAS) degree with three specialization areas, including one in HVAC refrigeration tech. The degree includes six technical classes essential to completing the program.
- Kirtland Community College, located in Roscommon, Mich., offers HVACR training that can lead to an associate degree. Because the school has a flexible learning environment, students can complete their coursework at their own pace, which is especially convenient for students with full-time jobs or parenting responsibilities.
- Virginia College, with locations mainly in the eastern US, offers students HVACR training that can lead to an associate degree. The program is designed to take 88 weeks to complete and includes an externship, giving students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience.
- Grand Rapids Community College, in Grand Rapids, Mich., is another school offering HVACR training. Students have the option of completing either a certificate or an associate degree.