HAMLET — Harbor Freight Tools recently donated a torch kit to Richmond Community College’s Heating & A/C Technician program, allowing students to become familiar with equipment they will use on the job.
The oxy-acetylene torch kit is used to braze (light weld) copper tubing. It is also used to melt 15 percent silver solder to repair any leaks that might develop in a comfort cooling system or heat pump, causing the unit to lose its refrigerant charge and thereby its ability to cool and/or heat.
“We are thankful to Harbor Freight for this generous donation to our program at Richmond Community College,” HVAC instructor Marcus X said. “This equipment will allow our students to learn safe and proper brazing techniques and correctly perform an installation, a change out or a leak repair of a unit.”
The Heating & A/C Technician program is housed at the Honeycutt Center, the College’s facility in Laurinburg. Students in this program gain skills to work with residential and light commercial air conditioning, heating and refrigeration systems. They learn about mechanical refrigeration, heating and cooling theory, electricity, controls, and safety.
RichmondCC is now accepting new students into this program for the 2018 Spring Semester. Call Student Services, 910-410-1730, to sign up for classes, or visit www.richmondcc.edu/admissions for more information. Spring semester begins Jan. 5.