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Refrigeration, Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning

The technical curriculum of this program will take place at 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 32 credits of core curriculum courses to complete the requirements of the Associate of Applied Science degree from Clarion University.

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.

Job Outlook

The following job prospect information is provided by the Bureau of Labor & Statistics. This information reflects national projections made for 2006-2016.

Heating, air-conditioning, refrigeration mechanics and installers held about 292,000 jobs in 2006; about 55 percent worked for plumbing, heating, and air-conditioning contractors. The rest were employed in a variety of industries throughout the country, reflecting a widespread dependence on climate-control systems. Some worked for fuel oil dealers, refrigeration and air-conditioning service and repair shops, schools, and stores that sell heating and air-conditioning systems. Local governments, the federal government, hospitals, office buildings, and other organizations that operate large air-conditioning, refrigeration, or heating systems also employed these workers. About 13 percent of these workers were self-employed.

Employment of heating, air-conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers is projected to increase 9 percent during the 2006-16 decade. With average job growth and numerous expected retirements, heating, air-conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers should have excellent employment opportunities, particularly for those who have completed training from an accredited technical school.

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