The Certificate program in Environmental Control Technology prepares students to become entry-level technicians and/or installers of residential equipment in the air conditioning, refrigeration and heating industries. Graduates are qualified for employment with contracting and building maintenance firms or become self-employed. Students receive instruction in manipulative skills, design, theory, electricity and control systems. Academic courses in electrical, instrumentation and thermodynamic theories and practical applications in the laboratory provide students with the background necessary to become proficient troubleshooters. Students attend classes at both the Raritan Valley Community College main campus and at RVCC’s instructional site in Bridgewater (RVCC @ Bridgewater).
Graduates are able to:
troubleshoot problems and utilize proper service techniques to repair residential heating, cooling and refrigeration systems
use engineering manuals and programs for the proper design and selection of environmental control equipment and peripheral components
knowingly and effectively work with the latest tools and testers used in this industry for diagnosing and repairing malfunctioning residential environmental control equipment
read wiring diagrams, pipe schematics and mechanical drawings related to residential air conditioning and refrigeration systems
understand operating sequence and logic of residential environmental controls and equipment (integrated systems approach)