Mechanical Systems Technician

Certificate of Achievement (COA)

The Mechanical Systems Technician Certificate of Achievement is designed to help the student learn the information and entry-level skills necessary to begin working in the Air Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration, Water and Wastewater Treatment, and related industries. Safety, environmental impact issues, indoor air quality, and equipment maintenance will be emphasized throughout the program. 

Career Opportunities
Upon completion of the Mechanical Systems Technician Certificate of Achievement, students will be qualified for employment in the following industry sectors: government (federal, state, county, and city agencies), health care, utilities, construction, facilities management, engineering, high technology, food production, and manufacturing. Typical jobs titles include: stationary engineer, air conditioning and refrigeration technician, maintenance mechanic, water and wastewater treatment plant operator, automatic control technician, and wholesale and manufacturer’s sales representative.

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • evaluate and determine the need for periodic equipment maintenance, design a machinery system maintenance program, and demonstrate an understanding of a maintenance contract.
  • apply problem-solving and analytical thinking skills in the maintenance, operation, testing, troubleshooting and repair of heating, cooling and refrigeration systems, accessories, and controls.
  • utilize tools and equipment in the maintenance, operation, testing, troubleshooting and repair of heating, cooling and refrigeration systems, accessories, and controls.
  • demonstrate an understanding of the industry required Federal Refrigerant Transition and Recovery Certification license examination.
  • recognize the importance of proper handling of refrigerants and the environmental impact of improper refrigerant management.
  • demonstrate an understanding of electrical circuits and controls.
  • design an electrical control schematic and troubleshoot various electrical equipment.
  • utilize freehand sketching and drafting skills for field applications.
  • analyze manufacturer’s data of equipment performance and economic factors related to heating, cooling, and refrigeration equipment.
  • solve problems involving heating-cooling loads, heat transfer, air distribution, and psychometrics of air.
  • explain the concepts of potable water and wastewater treatment systems and processes.

Certificate of Achievement (COA)
The Certificate of Achievement may be obtained by completion of the required program with grades of “C” or better or equivalent.