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Air Conditioning, Refrigeration & Plumbing



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Air Conditioning, Refrigeration, & Plumbing I

3 Credits


Air conditioning, Refrigeration, & Plumbing II

3 Credits


***Now an HVAC Excellence Accredited Program***

Course Description
The course is designed to provide students with the basic knowledge and skills necessary for installation and servicing air conditioning, heating, and refrigeration systems. Emphasis will be placed on use of tools and materials, basic refrigeration principles, basic electricity, and familiarization with various residential and commercial systems. Students will have the opportunity to earn the 10-hour OSHA certification.

The second year course is a continuation of some fundamentals with emphasis on duct work, air distribution, instrumentation, controls, and trouble shooting. With approval and recommendation of the teacher, students may spend time in actual work experience on the job during the second semester. Students enrolled may participate in the construction of a house managed by the Henrico County Vocational/Technical Education Foundation.

Major Units of Study 

  1. Cooling & Heating (Gas, Oil, Electricity & Heat Pumps)
  2. Humidity Control
  3. Pumps, Compressors, Electric Motors
  4. Basic Plumbing
  5. Trouble Shooting of Equipment & Systems
  6. Diagnosis & Repair of Heating & Cooling Systems
  7. Welding, Brazing & Soldering
  8. Basic Electricity & Electronics


Desirable Aptitudes
Mechanical aptitude, an interest in electricity, and good physical condition are desirable traits for entering this field.

Recommended Courses
A good mathematical, physical science, and technical drawing background would be very helpful for one entering this field of study.

Hourly rates vary based on the education certification and experience of the individual; however, skilled mechanics’ wages rank high among the skilled trades.

Employment Outlook
The demand for air conditioning, refrigeration, and plumbing mechanics is expected to continue to increase due to the technological growth in residential and commercial climate control systems and the continued increase in the use of refrigeration in the storage, transportation, and marketing of commercial products.


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