HVAC and Refrigeration Technology

The Division of Engineering and Facilities Technologies

About the Program

The HVAC & Refrigeration Technology program at TCI College can help you gain the knowledge and hands-on experience you need to professionally install, operate and repair commercial, industrial and residential climate control equipment for low-rise, high-rise and computerized smart buildings.

Leading to an Associate of Occupational Studies (AOS) degree, this two-year program offers skill-based instruction provided by experienced professionals in the field. With it, you can:

  • Learn the theory and technical skills necessary for employment as a professional HVAC/R technician.
  • Gain hands-on training with a variety of equipment—both new and old—including small room air conditioners, central air conditioning units, commercial freezers, refrigerators, heating technologies, and other related equipment.
  • Acquire the necessary troubleshooting skills through familiarization with the tools and test equipment used in the field.
  • Prepare to obtain HVAC certificates through Industry Certification Exams (ICE) for Light Commercial or Residential, the North American Technician Excellence exam (NATE) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Section 608, and the Refrigerant Reclaiming Technician Certification program.
  • Benefit from flexible scheduling that enables you to fulfill your classroom requirements in as little as three days a week. Courses also are offered in summer so you may be able complete your degree in under two years.
  • Access financial aid that can help make earning your associate degree more affordable than you may think.

No High School Diploma? We Have an Option for You. Complete your high school education while you get your degree in our Career Pathways Program.

Advance Your Career—or Your Education
Graduates of TCI’s HVAC & Refrigeration Technology program go on to careers as control technicians, climate control engineers for specialized facilities, service personnel for utility companies, private contractors, HVAC product manufacturers, government agency analysts, merchandising and sales representatives, service tech installers, plant operators, superintendent/facility manager and HVAC/R mechanics. Others go on to continue their education at four-year colleges that share TCI’s New York State Board of Regents State or Middle States Commission on Higher Education Regional Accreditations.

HVAC & Refrigeration Technology student Jelani Barro says, “TCI changed my life.” Through “hard work and dedication,” the Jamaican native is ready to graduate in May 2016 with a 4.0 GPA and has been on both the Dean’s List and President’s List throughout his time here. But he’s not prepared to stop with his associate degree from TCI: Jelani (who also holds a pilot’s license) wants to work for an employer—perhaps Columbia University or Trane—that will subsidize his education while also enabling him to gain “well-rounded technical experience.”

How did you know TCI was the right school for you? I chose TCI because I was looking into various business opportunities and the HVAC/R program because it offers many different avenues that I can pursue. Unlike other schools in NYC, TCI offers a degree as well as certification. Not only do I get the hands-on training of a trade school, but also the technical theory needed to further my engineering career.

What have you learned at TCI? I have learned the principles of HVAC/R technology and how to become a better teacher by developing my skills as a tutor here in my major.

How will what you learned here impact your career? I will be able to troubleshoot refrigeration systems and also be proficient in HVAC/R technology positions. I will also be able to utilize the skills and knowledge I’ve gained from TCI to grasp and adapt quickly to any HVAC/R technical training.

What experience here has helped you grow most as an individual? So many of my experiences at TCI have been positive and encouraging. I am a member of ASHRAE (American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers) from which I received a scholarship in my second semester. I am also currently serving as the treasurer of the Student Government Association (SGA). In addition, I am also a part-time tutor for students who may need a little extra help in the HVAC major. But I guess being the executive treasurer of SGA and making the commitment to attain my Associate of Occupational Studies has helped me grow the most here.

What do you do outside of class that drives you to meet your personal goals? I am constantly researching information on other schools, as I plan to continue my education and also look for any business or employment opportunities.

Who at TCI has influenced you the most? How so? It is hard to pick just one person: All of my professors are great and have influenced me in some way. Also, the same goes for the administration staff. TCI operates as a community, everyone here has a vested interest in my success and it shows through their work and passion while either teaching in the classroom or addressing any concerns or issues that I might have.

Any final advice to someone considering TCI? I recommend TCI to anyone who is seeking a career and is looking for a great academic program to pursue a degree. I know they will come to love and appreciate the great experiences that my college has to offer. TCI has changed my life, and I am very blessed to have made TCI my school of choice! Come and join the TCI family. It will change your life, too!

About the Program

The HVAC & Refrigeration Technology program at TCI College can help you gain the knowledge and hands-on experience you need to professionally install, operate and repair commercial, industrial and residential climate control equipment for low-rise, high-rise and computerized smart buildings.

Leading to an Associate of Occupational Studies (AOS) degree, this two-year program offers skill-based instruction provided by experienced professionals in the field. With it, you can:

  • Learn the theory and technical skills necessary for employment as a professional HVAC/R technician.
  • Gain hands-on training with a variety of equipment—both new and old—including small room air conditioners, central air conditioning units, commercial freezers, refrigerators, heating technologies, and other related equipment.
  • Acquire the necessary troubleshooting skills through familiarization with the tools and test equipment used in the field.
  • Prepare to obtain HVAC certificates through Industry Certification Exams (ICE) for Light Commercial or Residential, the North American Technician Excellence exam (NATE) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Section 608, and the Refrigerant Reclaiming Technician Certification program.
  • Benefit from flexible scheduling that enables you to fulfill your classroom requirements in as little as three days a week. Courses also are offered in summer so you may be able complete your degree in under two years.
  • Access financial aid that can help make earning your associate degree more affordable than you may think.

No High School Diploma? We Have an Option for You. Complete your high school education while you get your degree in our Career Pathways Program.

Advance Your Career—or Your Education
Graduates of TCI’s HVAC & Refrigeration Technology program go on to careers as control technicians, climate control engineers for specialized facilities, service personnel for utility companies, private contractors, HVAC product manufacturers, government agency analysts, merchandising and sales representatives, service tech installers, plant operators, superintendent/facility manager and HVAC/R mechanics. Others go on to continue their education at four-year colleges that share TCI’s New York State Board of Regents State or Middle States Commission on Higher Education Regional Accreditations.

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