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Industrial Refrigeration

  • Industrial Refrigeration

    Train to become an Industrial Refrigeration Operator Technician
    with an optional RETA Certification

    These classes are designed for refrigeration engineers, technicians, and maintenance personnel from the food processing, meat packing, refrigerated warehousing, petro chemical, and pharmaceutical industries. Students will become skilled at the operation service and maintenance of industrial refrigeration equipment. Special emphasis is placed on ammonia refrigeration system operation and safety. Classes are held in our new up-to-date facilities located at the ECC North Campus 300 wing of Bretschger Hall.


    • Efficiency in operation
    • Lower electrical cost
    • USA EPA and OSHA compliant
    • Short term, concentrated one week courses/ programs
    • Professional faculty
    • New training facility and equipment
    • Only facility of its kind in the northeast United States

    Attention: Garden City Community College, Lanier Community College, and other associated technical school students:

    Erie Community College is offering LEAP (Life Experience Assessment Program) which allows you to convert past experience and training into ECC college credit, for a $70 fee (per LEAP application). This will enable you to transfer these classes into college credit that can be used towards a degree program at ECC.

  • Course Descriptions

    Industrial Refrigeration I (ME 120)
    Topics include: Basic refrigeration theory and the refrigeration cycle, physical properties of various refrigerants, refrigerant performance tables, compressor types, compressor operation and maintenance, lubrication, evaporators, condensers, high pressure receivers, purging non-condensable gases from the refrigeration system and ammonia refrigeration plant safety.

    Industrial Refrigeration II (ME 121)
    Topics include: liquid feed to evaporators and vessels, direct expansion evaporators, gravity flooded evaporators, pumped and pressure driven liquid recirculation systems, secondary refrigerant systems, heat exchangers, pressure enthalpy diagrams, two-stage refrigeration systems, use of pressure regulating valves and VFDs, and defrost systems.

  • Need Help?

    Industrial Refrigeration

    Marvin Tryon
    North Campus
    Room B101
    6205 Main Street
    Williamsville, New York 14221
    P: (716) 851-1932
    F: (716) 270-2844
  • Course Information

    Complete courses in short-term one week training sessions or in five consecutive Saturdays.

    Industrial Refrigeration I
    Industrial Refrigeration II
    Industrial Refrigeration III

    Tuition Cost: *$1,163.00 (each course)

    *Tuition costs are subject to change.

    Tuition discounts are available to Erie County residents. Applicants who reside in New York State, but outside of Erie County, may also be eligible for the tuition discounts following submission of an Out of County Residence Application to your residing county hall.

  • RETA Testing

    RETA Certification testing is an available testing service offering proctored computer-based tests. Only the CIRO and the CARO tests are offered at this time. For more information, visit www.reta.com.

    Hours of Operation: Call (716) 851-1930, to schedule your certification test.

    Location: The office is located at Erie Community College, North Campus in Bretschger Hall, room B-315 and the testing center located in room B-308.