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  Air Conditioning/Refrigeration

We offer the following Air Conditioning/Refrigeration courses:
(Our training can also be customized to meet your specific needs)

Basic Air Conditioning (1-day)
Covers the reasons for environmental conditioning and the history of the cooling circuit. Introduces the attendees to the basic cooling cycle necessary for environmental control equipment to operate. A review of the methods of heat transfer is held with examples of each type. The class discusses the characteristics of the various refrigerants in use today. The controls and licensing of the technicians handling refrigerants will be taught, including the environmental effects. The course provides an overview of the components and their functions in a cooling circuit.

Final Objective: The attendees will have the necessary knowledge to successfully recognize major components of a cooling circuit and communicate with industry professionals.

Advanced Air Conditioning (3-day)
This course is designed for cooling system owners and new technicians who have a basic working knowledge of cooling systems. The class will conduct a basic cooling system review including the application of refrigerant types. System capacity and factors affecting it are examined in detail including field adjustments to the cooling circuit and its effect on capacity. Attendees will participate in discussions on how to setup, test and operate the cooling circuit under a variety of load conditions. Equipment basic controls and options will be discussed, including the function and necessity of the controls with respect to the operation of the cooling circuit. Load shedding technologies will be explored including the feasibility of use in different applications. Control items such as “hot gas bypass” and “variable speed drives” will be included in these discussions. Basic troubleshooting methods are exposed and case studies will be used to ensure that the attendees have practice using these new found skills.

Final Objective: The trainee will be able to demonstrate how to safely and efficiently operate and maintain a cooling system and its support equipment. Evolutions included are charging, recovery, troubleshooting and basic system setup adjustments.

Basic Chiller (3-day)
This course is an introductory class into the world of chillers designed to familiarize the attendee with the various types of chiller systems in use today. A short review of the refrigerant characteristics is included. This is an ideal class for the new technician or the chiller owner. The course examines the characteristics of the types of chillers including high and low pressure refrigeration systems. The controls required for the continuous safe operation of the chiller system are discussed including the necessary safety equipment. Basic troubleshooting techniques will be covered and examples of their use will be illustrated using case studies. General chiller maintenance will be discussed including frequency of maintenance evolutions.

Final Objective: The trainee will be able to recognize the various types of chillers including the major components and the refrigerant application in use including strengths and weakness of the application.

Advanced Chiller (2-day)
This is a specialty class that deals with a single application and type of chiller. The course will discuss in detail the controls and interlocks on the specified equipment. Preventative maintenance and scheduled maintenance tasks will be explored to illustrate their need and the impact the evolutions have on the equipment life. The common failures of the specific equipment and the root causes are examined to reduce the chances of the same failure occurring in the future.

EPA Certification Federal Clean Air Act Section 608 Exam Preparatory Training (2 or more days)
During the course the instructor helps prepare students to take the EPA refrigerant certification exam. Exam preparatory manuals are provided to students and are utilized during the training. Attendees learn about topics that are presented on the exam, and a practice test is given to students so they may prepare for actual EPA test questions. Helpful hints are also given to students about test taking in general to help ease their apprehension about the exam. Although we encourage students to study for their EPA refrigerant certifications, the review is extremely beneficial, and greatly assists students achieve their goals of obtaining EPA refrigerant certification.

The EPA certification exam is given at the end of the review session.

EPA Certification Federal Clean Air Act Section 608 Exam
We proctor the EPA section 608 refrigerant certification exam, and although review preparatory training is extremely beneficial and is highly recommended, the exam may also be given by us without formal preparatory training. The exam is broken down into the following categories:

  • Core section - General Knowledge
  • Type I certification - Required for individuals who maintain, service or repair small appliances
  • Type II certification - Required for individuals who maintain, service, repair or dispose of high or very high-pressure appliances, except small appliances and motor vehicle air conditioning systems
  • Type III certification - Required for individuals who maintain, service, repair, or dispose of low-pressure appliances
  • Universal Certification - Required for individuals who maintain, service or repair both low and high-pressure equipment, as well as small appliances.

New York City Refrigerating System Operating Engineer Licensing Preparatory Training
We are an accredited training provider—training is specific to New York City Requirements. Course includes refrigeration basics through advanced principles and maintenance practices. Hands-on training and various field trips are incorporated into the course. Please contact us for additional information regarding this course.

A Few of the Benefits of Our Heating, Ventilating & Refrigeration Training:

  • Students receive valuable HVAC&R problem solving tips which help save time and money
  • Students learn specific ways to achieve the highest rates of system efficiency while lowering operating costs
  • Students who take our EPA certification training will receive EPA study guides prior to the day the course begins so they may study ahead of time to help prepare themselves in advance for the EPA exam
  • The passing rate is very high for students who take our EPA preparatory training. However, we will retest students free of charge who take our EPA preparatory training if necessary.
  • Students gain valuable information about EPA requirements and are taught appropriate record keeping techniques to meet those requirements.
  • During our training the instructor helps students examine case studies, and problems they have encountered, as a means of troubleshooting. The instructor provides students with many helpful ideas on how to prevent system problems, what to look for when problems do arise, and how to resolve them.
  • We provide hands-on training at our facility and when possible, on-site, utilizing your equipment, so students gain valuable insight and experience on equipment they actually use and service.