The Air Conditioning Technology diploma program is now offered at both the Marietta and Canton locations, making it the first technical studies program to be implemented at the Canton campus.
The diploma program requires 51 credit hours for completion and paves the way for employment in a variety of places, such as utility companies and government agencies. Students in the program study refrigeration, heat pumps, electrical fundamentals, gas heat, air conditioning systems, electrical motors and troubleshooting.
Clint Cooper, an instructor for the program, said that the placement rate for recent graduates has been more than 90 percent. He credits the success of the program to keeping up with current air conditioning and refrigeration technologies.
“We try to stay on the cutting edge,” Cooper said. “In the heating and air industry, at least over the past five years, technology is changing almost daily.”
Cooper also commends Chattahoochee Technical College for spending the money to get top-notch training equipment, including an outdoor testing house, state-of-the-art heating and refrigeration trainers, and a dedicated computer lab.
There are currently 30 students enrolled in the Air Conditioning Technology program’s first semester at the Canton campus. More than 250 students participate in the program at the Marietta campus.
Joe Frady had attended classes in Marietta before he began the program in Canton, where he lives. He currently works for Cunningham and Associates Heating & Air Conditioning, but hopes to finish the program and get his license to start his own business.
“The program has been a real stepping stone toward hopefully a fruitful career,” Frady said.
Frady said the new equipment and the school’s location were the major draws to move his studies to the Canton campus.
“Here, they have better and newer tools,” Frady said. “It’s also closer to home and easier to get to.”
For more information on the Air Conditioning Technology Program or Chattahoochee Technical College, call 770-528-4545 or visit www.chattahoocheetech.edu.