Self-motivated individuals who enjoy facing new challenges and working in complex situations will find a career in Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration fulfilling and Gateway Technical College can help you obtain that rewarding career. HVAC/R technicians, mechanics and installers perform basic repairs to systems, install HVAC/R systems, connect fuel and water supply lines to systems and test individual components of the HVAC/R system to determine necessary repairs. Gateway Technical College’s Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Technology (HVAC/R) associate degree program prepares students for a variety of career options including residential and commercial technician and installer. The degree program focuses on the installation and maintenance of equipment in new construction sites as well as the retrofit market. Students practice on modern and advanced equipment, incorporating microprocessor controls and building automation technology. Topics covered in class and during lab hours include complete heating, air conditioning and refrigeration systems, how components interact and total system performance.
Gateway’s HVAC/R associate degree program prepares graduates for high-demand positions including installer, service technician, lab technician, job estimator, business owner and union apprentice. As HVAC/R equipment incorporates more computer logic to control efficiency, safety and reliability, the need for technically competent mechanics and installers will push the demand for qualified technicians.