Semester Catalog - HVAC&R

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Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration (HVAC&R) is rated by the U.S. Department of Labor as one of the fastest growing job areas in the country. There are excellent employment opportunities available, both locally and nationally, for graduates of certificate programs.

This nine-month, 800-hour, full-time day or evening certificate program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and hands-on skills to become successful HVAC&R technicians. HVAC&R technicians work for heating and cooling contractors, refrigeration and air conditioning service and repair shops, schools, hospitals, office buildings, a variety of industries, and local, state or federal governments. Under the supervision of a licensed technician, the HVAC&R apprentices help with the installation, troubleshooting, diagnosis and repair of equipment. Upon successful completion of the program, students are credited with 2000 hours towards the requirement to sit for the Refrigeration Technician Examination. Today’s HVAC&R Technician needs to be EPA certified. BFIT’s HVAC&R program provides test preparation for the EPA certification. In addition, we also offer an R-410 A certificate and 10-hour OSHA Safety certificate, upon successful completion. Also, this program offers 150 hours of electrical code needed for state licensure. This program follows all federal regulations regarding gainful employment.


The course curriculum is structured to provide a basic knowledge of the refrigeration, air conditioning, and heating fields. Core courses in the first semester cover topics such as: refrigeration and heating principles, electricity for HVAC&R, safety in the HVAC&R field, and use of HVAC&R tools and equipment. An EPA course covering the reclamation and recycling of refrigerant completes the first semester. In the second semester of the program, students concentrate on commercial and industrial refrigeration, air conditioning and testing. This semester also covers heating, including oil and gas-fired units, and forced hot air and hydronic systems.


The Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology maintains a HVAC&R laboratory with two Hampden Engineering Trainers. HVAC&R Lab equipment gives students real world hands-on training on commercial refrigeration and air conditioning and also on oil and gas-fired burners. The HVAC&R Lab contains a wide variety of tools and equipment used in the heating and ventilation industry.