Angelina College’s Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVACR) program recently acquired new commercial refrigeration equipment. The college was able to purchase the equipment using funds from the Texas Education Agency Innovative Academies Technical Assistance and Support grant.
Among the equipment purchased are cuber and a flaker ice machines, a walk-in cooler/freezer, an energy recovery ventilator, a reach-in refrigerator and freezer, a sandwich prep table, a two ton split system wired for three-phase power, and a mini split ductless air conditioning system.
Stephen Hammonds, HVACR instructor said, “Students use the equipment for learning operation and troubleshooting competencies. The commercial equipment complements and enhances training they receive on our existing residential equipment.”
Students earning an HVACR certification and EPA 608 certification are qualified for employment as an HVACR service technician. A service technician has nearly unlimited opportunities to advance their career through acquired skills and continuing education.
“Newly certified technicians start at approximately $13 per hour. With a year or two experience, they can earn $18-25 per hour. Advanced Technicians with 10 years experience can make whatever they want, and $100k per year is not uncommon,” Hammonds said.
Hammonds has more than 20 years experience as an HVACR industry professional and earned his bachelor’s degree at Stephen F. Austin State University.
Registration for summer and fall semesters at Angelina College is ongoing. Call (936) 633-5212 for more information about registration or (936) 633-5246 for information about the HVACR commercial or residential certificates.