Course Schedules

This two-week course is designed to provide marine engineers with a working knowledge of refrigeration systems with special emphasis on Thermo King and Carrier refrigerated container units.

The lab contains seven operating container units. The units incorporate the latest refrigerants (R-134a, R-404), microprocessors, and atmosphere controls. Our newest Thermo King and Carrier units utilize the scroll compressors. The school is also a Partner in Education with Thermo King Corporation.

Topics presented include basic refrigeration principles, refrigeration instrumentation, modern refrigerants and their characteristics, and Thermo King and Carrier container components.

Laboratory experiences are hands-on exercises that emphasize the operation, maintenance, and troubleshooting of the refrigeration and electrical systems associated with these units.


Course Capacity: 10 students

Prerequisites: Previous electrical training and/or work experience associated with these units is highly recommended.

Special Requirements: EPA Refrigeration Recovery Technician Certification for Type II or Universal is required for successful completion of this course.

Advanced Pipe Welding Practices is a two-week advanced practical welding course for students that have already completed the four-week basic welding course. This two-week course is concentrated on SMAW (Shielded Metal Arc Welding) of Pipe, which will be taught on mild steel in all positions. This course is offered to those wishing to improve their level of skill in welding and fabrication. The majority of class time will be devoted to improving the practical skills needed to successfully weld in all positions and joint types using the above mentioned process. Important elements of basic metallurgy, welding codes, standards-of-practice, terminology, job setup, blueprint symbols, controlling stress, care of equipment, personal safety, and work-site precautions will be reviewed. Overall quality standards and pass/fail criteria are based upon the AWS D1.1-Structural Welding Code-Steel.


Course Capacity: 6 students


1. Attendance of the CMES four week welding course within two years of course date.
2. Practical demonstration of welding proficiency if above criteria is not met.

Special Requirements: Work pants, long sleeved work shirt, and safety shoes are needed for wear in the welding shop. All other required PPE will be supplied. After successful completion of this course the student will be issued a certificate.