If you are interested in an exciting new career, or want to upgrade the skills you currently have, the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Program at Northeast Alabama Community College could be the right choice for you!
The Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology program at Northeast teaches the theories and principles of the operation of heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVACR) equipment. A variety of related laboratory projects allows students to put into practice the knowledge and skills gained, preparing them for skilled service technician positions.
There are three awards options for ACR:
AAS – typically 5 semesters to complete;
Certificate – typically 4 semesters to complete; and,
Short-term Certificate – typically 3 semesters to complete.
Students, who choose to pursue the AAS degree plan, may earn a certificate and short-term certificate while working toward the AAS.
HVACR technicians work mostly in homes, schools, stores, hospitals, office buildings, or factories. Some technicians are assigned to specific jobsites at the beginning of each day, while others are dispatched to various locations throughout the day.
Students will have an opportunity to take nationally recognized exams, as well as preparatory classes for the Alabama State Board of Heating and Air Conditioning contractor’s exam.
Some graduates may choose to transfer to a university to earn a bachelor’s degree in technology. Students interested in this option should consult their advisor and the STARS Guide to learn which courses may transfer.
“Today, there are record numbers of service technician jobs, and available practically in every geographical area,” said Dr. Eric Campbell, HVACR Instructor. “So, as a service technician, you can decide whether you are interested in staying close to home or moving to somewhere new.”
The occupational outlook for HVACR technicians in Alabama indicates a 15% increase through 2024. The median hourly wage for HVACR technicians in Alabama in 2015 was $18.04. (Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics & Alabama Wage Information).
Current students are quick to recommend the ACR program. Student Joshua Lingerfelt said, “The Air Conditioning and Refrigeration program at NACC provided an opportunity for me to become employed as a service technician in a high-paying, high-demand field.”
“Northeast’s ACR program helped me become EPA certified, allowing me to get a job while I finished my degree,” added student Terry Johnson.
New students are accepted into this program each term. The degree is approved for Federal financial ad including Pell Grants, student loans, and Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funding.
Early registration for the fall semester is going on now. Regular registration is August 23. Classes begin August 24 and registration ends on August 25.
For more information, contact Dr. Campbell at 256-638-4418 or 256-228-6001, ext. 2348 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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