AC/Refrigeration & Heating Technology


Program Description

The AC/Refrigeration & Heating Technology Program includes classroom and shop instruction in the basic principles of air conditioning and refrigeration that apply to commercial and residential systems.  Students entering this program will develop the basic knowledge and skills for entry level employment as installers or mechanics in the air conditioning, refrigeration and heating industry or provide supplemental training for persons previously or currently employed in this occupation.  Both classroom and laboratory work will be necessary for completion of the program.  Students will become acquainted with the overall industry and learn the latest employability skills.


Certifications Available

EPA 608 Refrigerant, R410A Refrigerant, EPA 608 – Universal, NCCER HVAC Level I


College Credit Award

Program completers may receive articulated credit toward an aligned certificate, A.A.S. or A.S. degree program at participating institutions in the Tampa Bay Career Pathways Consortium.  Details may be obtained from the Career Specialist and/or School Counselor.


Career Information

Possible direct-entry careers after high school:  Heating, air conditioning and refrigeration mechanic, air conditioning installer helper.

Possible careers after two years post-secondary training and two years field experience:  Business owner, engineering technician.

Possible careers after four-year university degree:  Engineer.


Basic Skills Exit Requirements

TABE Math Level 10                   TABE Language Level 9               TABE Reading Level 9

In order to be a program completer, some students must meet minimum math, language, and reading achievement level exit standards on the TABE, unless otherwise exempt, as established by the Florida Department of Education.  Additional information can be found on Page 5 of the MTC Catalog and/or obtained from the Office for Adult Technical Education.



The uniform for this program consists of an MTC HVAC shirt.  Orders for work shirts will be taken at the start of class.  A minimum of two complete uniforms is required to maintain proper hygiene and cleanliness. For safety reasons, it will be necessary to purchase and wear safety glasses and hard leather work shoes with non-skid, oil resistant soles.  Proper uniform and safety equipment must be worn every day for participation in program activities.  Failure to be in proper uniform will hinder student progress.



Basic hand tools and equipment are suggested for this program.  Information regarding tools, brands, and discount prices will be discussed in detail during the first week of class.

Important Links

Program Instructor

Frank Hurlbert, Instructor

25+ Years In-Field Experience

Building 2, Room 02-002


Henry Sands, Instructor

23+ Years In-Field Experience

Building 2, Room 02-001



Kim Dunn, Career Specialist