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HVAC 0160 - Electricity for Refrigeration System

Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (Technician) Part-time Studies Course

School of Energy

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Course Details

This course is suitable for students with little or no knowledge of refrigeration systems, and those looking to improve their skillset or explore the trade. Electricity for Refrigeration System is a combination of in class lectures, shop practicals, and online learning. The student will learn about basic electricity as it applies to refrigeration system, motors, motor controls and electrical diagrams for refrigeration systems. The shop portion will teach the student how to use electrical measuring devices on an operating system to determine system operating parameters. The student will have online access to course material. The course text book may be purchased as a pdf or hard copy. The text is the same one used for the fulltime refrigeration/HVAC courses.


HVAC 0145 - CFC Emissions in Refrigeration and HVAC 0150 Refrigeration System Fundamentals and a good understanding of both written and spoken English



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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, the student will be able to:

  • Recognize and understand the operation of refrigeration system electrical components.
  • Recognize and understand refrigeration systems electrical diagrams.
  • Use electrical measuring devices.
  • Complete and understand the refrigeration startup worksheet.

Effective as of Fall 2017

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