The need for refrigeration and air-conditioning exists worldwide. Someone has to know how to put them in and keep them going. Technicians repair, maintain, and install heating, air-conditioning, and refrigeration systems. Without technicians the residents of the Imperial County would suffer from heat exhaustion in the summer, while those in Alaska would freeze without heating; food and medicine would spoil without refrigeration.
We rely on cooling and heating devices help regulate the temperature, humidity, and air quality in residential homes, commercial locations, and industrial facilities. Climate controls makes the simply impossible, possible.
More than 249,000 positions were held by heating, air-conditioning, and refrigeration technicians in 2002. Close to 50% of them were employed by cooling and heating contractors. Approximately 15% of technicians are self-employed. The rest worked for various industries, showing just how far a reach these types of systems have on the nation. Employment is found amongst fuel oil dealers, refrigeration and air-conditioning service and repair shops, school districts, and stores that sell heating and air-conditioning systems as well as local and federal governments, hospitals, offices, and other organizations that utilize huge climate control systems.
Because of the increasing sophistication of heating, air-conditioning, and refrigeration systems, employers prefer to hire those with technical school or apprenticeship training.
Imperial Valley College maintains faculty-approved formal course articulation agreements with Imperial Valley high schools and the Imperial Valley ROP (Regional Occupation Program). Courses with articulation agreements follow the California Career Statewide Pathways Templates in the areas of: Administration of Justice, Allied Health Programs, Business, Automotive Technology, Building Construction Technology, Child Development, Computer Information Systems, Health Assistant and Welding.
Students who complete an articulated class offered through a partnering high school or ROP program, receive a qualifying grade in their course, and pass the IVC Credit-by-Exam for the subject area, will be eligible to receive college credit for the articulated corresponding Imperial Valley College class posted to their official transcript. Eligible students will work with the Applied Sciences Office at IVC for the awarding of college credit.
For specific articulation agreements please contact the Applied Sciences Office or the IVC Articulation Officer.
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Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Instructor