Air Conditioning and Refrigeration
Available for: 16-19, Higher Education, Apprenticeships,
Are you interested in working in an industry with a global estimated growth of 70%?
The national and global demand for air conditioning and refrigeration engineers is rising due to a construction boom, rapid growth in emerging countries and a shift to environmental consciousness.
PROCAT courses are aimed at people looking to start a career in this industry. Studying a Level 2 college course for one year will equip you with the skills to progress onto an apprenticeship and become a qualified Engineer.
What you will study
As an ACR engineer, your work could cover either refrigeration – designing, installing and maintaining cooling systems or air conditioning – installing and servicing the systems that control air quality, temperature and humidity.
Your duties could include surveying buildings where cooling systems are to be fitted, designing and installing systems, running quality checks to make sure systems are working properly and safely and diagnosing and fixing faults. You will receive the skills and understanding required to be able to work on a wide variety of ACR systems.
On completion of this qualification, it is possible to progress to a Refrigeration Air Conditioning and Heat Pump Engineering Technician apprenticeship.
A minimum of GCSE English grade 4 GCSE maths grade 4 or equivalent.
PROCAT guidelines for self-study, meaning extra reading, researching and writing are as follows but of-course this is down to your own work ethic.
For a PASS:
Level 3: 1-2 hours per week studying at home/outside of college
Level 4: 3-4 hours per week studying at home/outside of college
Degree Apprenticeship: 5-6 hours per week studying at home/outside of college
If you are looking for higher grades, then obviously more hours each week would need to be spent at home/outside of college studying.
Type of work
As a refrigeration and air conditioning engineer, your work could cover one of two broad areas:
Refrigeration – designing, installing and maintaining cooling systems in places like supermarkets, restaurants, hospitals, food processing plants and factories.
Air conditioning – installing and servicing the systems that control air quality, temperature and humidity inside offices, schools, leisure complexes and other modern buildings.
Your duties could include surveying buildings where cooling systems are to be fitted, designing and installing systems, running quality checks to make sure systems are working properly and safely and diagnosing and fixing faults.
In this industry you would be at the forefront of protecting the environment. You would work with renewable energy technologies to improve energy efficiency, and special types of gas that don’t harm the ozone layer. You would also advise customers on how to reduce their energy consumption.
Location: PROCAT Basildon Campus
Duration: 3 years
Study Format: 1 day per week (day release)
Where can I learn?
This course is located in Basildon