Refrigeration and Air Conditioning 450 Hours (RT-450)

Fun, hands on training in preparation for a lifetime career

Our 450 hour course consists of four 7-week segments. We cover foundation in refrigeration and electricity in the first 14 weeks, and then in the second half we cover charging, recovery, and troubleshooting. After completing this training our students will be able to take the machines apart and put them back together as well as troubleshoot and fix the cause of the problem instead of just changing parts.

The Benefits of Enrolling in The Refrigeration Institute's Refrigeration and Air Conditioning 450 Hour Course

For over 25 years we have been providing cutting edge HVAC training for our students. Before enrolling any student, we prove their ability to benefit from our training. Once we know they are capable of benefiting from our training, we offer them the opportunity to enroll. Their attendance is key to their success and many of our students achieve perfect attendance. We work with our students individually when necessary to ensure that they understand the material and can perform all of the hands on shop projects with confidence.

Who is the Ideal Candidate for Our Refrigeration Training?

There is no ideal candidate. Our students are of all age groups, and of different social, ethnic, economic, and educational backgrounds. Their ages range from 18 years to 65+ years.
Ideally, we would like them to have a GED, TASC, High School Diploma, or a College Degree. The most important ingredients are that they are highly motivated and willing to commit to excellent attendance.

What Can You Expect to Learn From Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Training at The Refrigeration Institute?

The first thing you will learn at The Refrigeration Institute is “How to Learn”. We teach you how to move information into short term memory. Then we teach you how to move this information into long term memory. We teach our students techniques to tap into the 85% of their brain that most people do not know how to use. Next, we teach the language of the subject, and then we teach all of the theory, all the engineering formulas, diagrams, et cetera. All of this comes into fruition in the second half of our program where students in shop apply what they have learned, and everything crystallizes for them and a metamorphosis takes place from a student to a technician.

Our course is broken into 4 seven-week segments as listed below.

  • Refrigeration & Systems Operation

    In this segment we teach the Language and Basic Principles of Refrigeration including Temperature Conversions, Pressure Conversions, The Gas Laws, Heat Quantity, and Heat Quantity Transfer. We will also train you to size Pipes, Risers, and Tanks in Volume – in Cubic Feet and Gallons, and in Weight - in Pounds of Water with Specific Gravity Conversion to any Substance in the tank. You will be able to plot any operating system and calculate NRE, HOC, Compression Ratio, HOR, CFM per Ton, COE, Systems Diagnosis on Pressure/Enthalpy Diagrams.

  • Refrigeration Electrical

    In this segment we teach the language and Basic Principles of Electricity including Parallel and Series Circuits, Ohm’s Law, AC Impedance, Inductive Reactance, Capacitive Reactance, Phase Angle, and Power Factor, The VOM and the Clamp-on Meter, how to take readings safely and correctly, and be able to anticipate the readings. We teach you all about motors including Single Phase Split Phase 120 Volt Motors, Various Starting Devices, Capacitor Arrangements, and Thermal Overloads, Single Phase 208/230 Volt Motors, Three Phase Induction Motors, Three Phase Synchronous Motors, A/C Generators, Solenoids, Relays, Contactors, Starters, Time Clocks, Transformers and much more!

  • Charging & Recovery

    In this segment we teach the Language and Basic Principles of Charging & Recovery including: Skills to correctly solder and braze copper and aluminum tubing, Recovering, Recycling, Reclaiming, Evacuating, Dehydrating, System Pressure Testing, and Critically Charging Liquid and Vapor Refrigerant. Students will develop skill level in the use of equipment such as: Recovery Machines, vacuum pumps, nitrogen cylinders, nitrogen regulators, mercury manometers, micron gauges, vacuum gauges, gauge manifolds, quick couplers & disconnects, electronic scales, charging cylinders and more. These skills are developed by replacing components such as compressors, condensers, evaporators, et cetera.

  • Troubleshooting & Controls

    In this segment we teach the Language and Basic Principles of Troubleshooting by applying the accumulation of knowledge learned in the first half of the course to simulated service calls, systematically pin-pointing the problem, determining the reason for the development of the problem, and treating the cause rather than just the symptom to correctly repair the system. Here students build confidence while also building their own test cord for bench testing motors and compressors. The students wire a control panel and then we test them on our advanced troubleshooting control panels. Finally, all students will diagnose 3-Phase Motor Windings on our Advanced 3-Phase Motor Windings Troubleshooting Trainer.

Learn More About Refrigeration Training Courses

If you are interested in finding out more information about The Refrigeration Institute’s refrigeration and air conditioning training course located in New York City, then give us a call today at (212) 244-2588

What Trainees Say

Being unhappy with the direction of my life and career choice I decided to go back to school. Under the guidance of my brother who is also a Graduate of The Refrigeration Institute and a Licensed Operating Engineer, it led me to Mr. Talty. Now I’m proud of my accomplishment - a licensed Operating Engineer with a career that is so rewarding and with so many opportunities and avenues to choose from. Thank you Mr. Talty and Staff!

B D'Auria

I could not be happier with the results of graduating from The Refrigeration Institute. The program enabled me to change careers….in my mid 40s! Frank’s program provided me with the knowledge to secure the credentials needed to begin a career as a refrigeration engineer. The foundation was also provided to ensure it was successful. Currently I am part of the engineering team at a world-renowned hospital where the entire team as well as our supervisor, are graduates of The Refrigeration Institute.

Chris Michaels

Attending classes at The Refrigeration Institute has truly changed my life for the better and has opened endless doors of opportunity. I successfully completed 2 full courses and was able to receive a top-tier education from some of the finest educators within the NYS Career Schools Sector. With the skills and experience I gained at The Refrigeration Institute, I secured employment with New York City’s most reliable mechanical contractor. I am extremely thankful for the educational experience I was given at TRI and can guarantee that any expectations will be exceeded.

Anthony Granito

At 58 years old and having had nothing but dead-end jobs, I heard about The Refrigeration Institute and decided to give it a try. I have not looked back. They trained me well and helped me find a rewarding position that I have now held for almost 7 years. The Refrigeration Institute salvaged my life!

Guy Carney

Coming to The Refrigeration Institute changed my life for the better, from the small classes to the amazing and helpful staff, they were there for me every step of the way. Their hands-on training, preparation, and the available one on one learning help me to achieve my Refrigerating System Operating Engineer License. My favorite part of the Institute had to be the close relations that the instructors, office staff, and even the owner Frank Talty and his wife built with you. All this has led me to a dream union position at the prestigious NYU Langone, and therefore I will always be forever grateful for paving a path to my bright future.

Brad Armas

When I came to The Refrigeration Institute, I went just to get my Universal Certificate. I was in a low paying, go no-where job as an “engineer” in a hotel. After Frank’s tour of the school, I enrolled. That proved to be one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. It was an investment in my future. The diploma and license are great on a resume, but more than that, I learned that hard work and doing my best pays off…. showing up on time every day after work, taking notes, and studying etc. …all this was foreign to someone whose life was defined by doing things half-assed, cutting corners, and doing the bare minimum to get by. TRI changed that. The school and the lessons learned (especially the ones not graded) led me to a well-paying, recession proof career as a Plant Operator in a hospital. I learned that I am a good student, and I AM smart, and I CAN achieve…. Thoughts are things…remember that and do the right thing, even when no-one is looking and that dream job can be yours too!

Peter Rosa

Lifetime Career Placement Assistance

At the Refrigeration Institute, we are committed to helping all of our graduates, providing them with Lifetime Career Placement Assistance. We are highly successful in placing our graduates, which reflects the excellent quality of our graduates and the high-quality education and hands-on training they receive at The Refrigeration Institute.

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