Philadelphia Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Heating School
Hands-On Training for a Career in HVAC
Learn by doing! At Orleans Technical College, you can earn your Trades Diploma in just 6 or 13 months and take the first step toward an exciting career in Air Conditioning, Refrigeration & Heating. Our career training course is hands-on so that you gain the skills that employers are looking for!
You can become a technician or mechanic and manage everyday problems and implement solutions for climate control and energy efficiency. Orleans graduates are employable in a variety of vital positions to install, diagnose, service, and repair air conditioning, refrigeration, and heating equipment—from small units to entire systems.
Orleans Technical College’s Air Conditioning, Refrigeration & Heating program teaches the skills required to diagnose, maintain, and repair residential air conditioning and commercial air conditioning, heating, and refrigeration equipment. Students learn refrigeration through work with freezers, cold rooms, and ice machines. Federal environmental reclamation and recycling standards are taught. In the air conditioning and heating portion of the course, students are taught current technology relating to central air conditioning and window units, heat pumps, gas and oil-fired furnaces, and related ductwork. Principles of alternative energy are taught through radiant heat.
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Graduates are employable in entry-level positions such as air conditioning technicians, refrigeration technicians, air conditioning and refrigeration mechanics or helpers, and general maintenance personnel. The College recommends that students take the E.P.A. exam at the completion of training to enhance employment opportunities.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment of heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers is expected to grow 14 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Occupational Outlook Handbook,” 2016–17 Edition.
Students in this program are eligible to receive industry-recognized certification from NOCTI upon successful completion of certification exams.
Gainful Employment Information
Air Conditioning, Refrigeration & Heating SOC: 49-9021.01 CIP: 47.0201
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Financial aid is available for those who qualify. Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED, and valid driver’s license. Orleans Tech is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).