Environmental Systems and Refrigeration Technology

Environmental Systems and Refrigeration Technology

Wenatchee Valley College - Wenatchee, WA

  • Associate Degree

The WVC Environmental Systems and Technology (ESRT) program prepares graduates for a wide variety of entry-level jobs such as service technicians, mechanics, maintenance personnel, application engineers, electronic temperature controls specialists, and environmental systems designers. Graduates will be prepared to apply for positions in agriculture storage facilities, office buildings, shopping malls, schools, industrial plants and many other facilities around the world. The ESRT program combines theory classes with practical, hands-on lab work. Classes cover refrigeration principles, applied electricity, heating systems, air conditioning systems, control fundamentals, DDC and PLC controls, boiler systems, and basic welding. Additional coursework emphasizing energy efficiency includes efficient HVAC systems, energy load calculations, commissioning and TAB (Test, Adjust, and Balancing). The second year of the ATS degree program is designed to allow students to work full-time while in the program by taking courses at night and short seminar courses offered on Thursday/Fridays and/or evenings. The final quarter of the program includes an internship and an independent capstone project in the area of the student's career aspirations. With permission of the program director, some on-the-job training internships may be substituted for lab work.

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