Refrigeration Technicians install, maintain, and repair Freon and Ammonia air conditioning and refrigeration systems and troubleshoot and repair electrical controls. Their knowledge and skills are in demand throughout Alaska in homes, office buildings, restaurants, public buildings, seafood processing, and manufacturing plants and shipping industries.
The Refrigeration program offers a blend of classroom instruction, lab, and live work practice to ensure students learn the necessary skills to become good Refrigeration Technicians. The program is fast-paced and challenging. Students should have good mechanical aptitude, strong mathematics and reading skills, and the ability to manage time productively. Students train on a variety of domestic and commercial refrigeration systems. Students practice installing, troubleshooting and repairing refrigeration, heat pump, and air conditioning systems, compressors, evaporators, condensers, control devices, control valves, electrical controls and motors, and electrical wiring.
Typically 50 percent of the training is hands-on, and 50 percent is classroom instruction. Training may include some outdoor activities, so students need appropriate work clothing.
During the program, students receive training and testing for the following industry certifications:
- 10-hour OSHA Construction Safety Certification
- EPA 608 Refrigeration Technician
- Industry Competency Exam (ICE)
- Industrial First Aid and CPR
- Strong reading and mathematics skills are essential to achieving top graduation levels and the best paying jobs.
Physical requirements of the occupation are the ability to lift and carry 50 lbs; and stoop, kneel, crawl, and walk continuously. It also requires being able to work from a ladder at heights up to 30 ft. The occupation may also require working outdoors in a variety of weather and climate conditions where physical hazards may exist.
Students who wear prescription glasses are recommended to have prescription safety glasses.