Commercial Refrigeration & Air Conditioning (HVACR)
Knowledge of Basic Electricity & Electronics and the fundamentals of refrigeration technology are prerequisite for the Commercial Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Program. The majority of students who enroll in the Major Appliances Program and Domestic Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Programs where they learn basic electricity and basic refrigeration, generally also enroll for this program. Students learn to work on central air conditioning systems, heat pumps, roof top A/C systems, walk-in and reach-in refrigerators and freezers, ice machines and other commercial refrigeration equipment.
HVACR training includes 100 hours of Massachusetts Refrigeration Code and 100 hours of Mass. Electrical code, each counting toward the qualifications for a refrigeration license in Massachusetts.
For almost 30 years, Bay State’s “Hands-On” training has worked for thousands of students. Half of the students’ time in school is in the classroom learning the theory, and the other half is spent in the workshops gaining “Hands-On” experience.
New students receive a laptop computer and training on how to use it as a learning tool. The cost of the laptop is included in the tuition and the student will own it at the end of his program. In addition, all students will receive preparation and training to take an R410A Certification test, offered by the school.
Graduates of the Commercial Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Program are prepared to enter the work force as entry level technicians. Many of our graduates are hired by commercial refrigeration and air conditioning companies to install, service and maintain systems for both residential and commercial use. A number of graduates may start up their own business after working in the field for a few years, gaining the experience of working on the large variety of makes and models, while learning how a repair business functions.
Bay State graduates are well received by employers who often come to the school to recruit graduates. The school’s placement office provides job search assistance including resume preparation.