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Commercial Systems Service Tech
Curriculum code 1337

Course Requirements

The Commercial Systems Service Tech Certificate Program will provide a comprehensive education for students interested in careers related to working with heating, air conditioning and refrigeration equipment in commercial environments. The A.A.S. Stationary Engineers Degree currently in place chiefly addresses the training of building operators. The Commercial Systems Service Tech Certificate is intended to provide an education for those interested in careers maintaining, installing, troubleshooting, and working with industrial boilers, chillers, air handlers, air terminal boxes, and advanced digital building controls. The certificate will serve students who have completed the residential coursework in the HAC program, as the commercial systems courses deliver advanced content that would not be appropriate for students who have not had training on the smaller, less complex residential equipment.

The Commercial Systems Service Tech certificate curriculum combines both lecture and hands-on educational components for commercial heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration. Students will be trained on commercial equipment and will use advanced digital controls like those found in large commercial buildings or multi-building campuses.

Nature of Work—Commercial service technicians install, troubleshoot, repair, and operate heating, ventilating, air conditioning, control systems, and steam-generating equipment larger than 60 MBTU cooling and greater than 15 PSI steam generation. These service technicians may find themselves working for the owner of a single building or the management company for a campus of buildings; they may find themselves traveling from building to building as they work for a contracting company that specializes in commercial buildings. These commercial service technicians will have a command of the various disciplines that make up commercial systems. For example, they may find themselves installing mechanical valves and refrigerant piping, then directing a helicopter to lift and place a large piece of equipment on a rooftop, and finish the day troubleshooting a direct digital control system through a laptop computer using software and computer graphics.

Employment Outlook—Employment of heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers is projected to increase 28 percent during the 2008-18 decade, much faster than the average for all occupations. As the population and stock of buildings grows, so does the demand for residential, commercial, and industrial climate control systems. Residential HVACR systems generally need replacement after 10 to 15 years; the large number of homes built in recent years will enter this replacement timeframe by 2018. The increased complexity of HVACR systems, which increases the possibility that equipment may malfunction, also will create opportunities for service technicians. A growing focus on improving indoor air quality and the increasing use of refrigerated equipment by a rising number of stores and gasoline stations that sell food also should create more jobs for heating, air conditioning and refrigeration technicians.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2010-2011 www.bls.gov/oco

For job and internship listings and job search assistance, contact the Job Resource Center, Student Services Center, S202, at (708) 974-5737. www.morainevalley.edu/jrc.

The median salary in Chicago for HVAC mechanic II is $50,804. Salaries range between $44,784 to $57,264.
Source: Salary.com.

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