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A/C & Heating Technology

This program prepares students for employment as air conditioning, refrigeration and heating mechanics and it provides supplemental training for persons previously or currently employed. Classroom and shop experiences enable the student to become proficient in the installation, repair, and maintenance of air conditioning and refrigeration systems. Included is instruction in the theory and application of the basic principles involved in the conditioning of air. The operating characteristics of various cooling and heating units and parts are also studied. Blueprint reading and the use of technical reference manuals are included. The student will learn to troubleshoot and repair compressors, valves, and electromechanical controls.


This occupation has an average wage of $16.18 an hour, based on the Florida Occupational Employment and Wages for Polk County.

A/C, Refrigeration and Heating Technology 1:

Course # OCP Course Title Hours
ACR0041 A Air-Conditioning, Refrigeration and Heating Helper 250
ACR0043 B Air-Conditioning, Refrigeration and Heating Mechanic Assistant 250
ACR0047 C Air-Conditioning, Refrigeration and Heating Mechanic 1 250
TOTAL HOURS 750

A/C Refrigeration and Heating Technology 2:

Course # OCP Course Title Hours
ACR0049 A Air-Conditioning, Refrigeration and Heating Mechanic 2 250
ACR0044 B Air-Conditioning, Refrigeration and Heating Technician 350
TOTAL HOURS 600
Ridge Technical College
7700 State Road 544
Class Times

Monday-Friday
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Tuesday/Thursday
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Traviss Technical College
3225 Winter Lake Road
Class Times

Monday-Friday
7:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Tuesday/Thursday
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM