Here’s a sample of the classes you’ll take to gain vital skills for a career in the field of residential heating and air conditioning or commercial refrigeration service and repair.
Introduction to the construction field. Learn basic job safety concepts and regulatory requirements, basic math used in the construction trades, the use of common hand and power tools, and an introduction to blueprint reading, material handling, communication, and employability skills. Learn techniques for studying and test-taking.
Learn the basic skills used for installing copper, plastic, and steel piping as well as reading construction drawings and selecting the correct hardware and fasteners for an installation.
Basic Air Conditioning
Learn the fundamental concepts and technology at the core of every air-conditioning system. Study the process, the refrigeration cycle, components of an air-conditioning system, and modern refrigerants. In addition, learn to use manifold gauges and other testing equipment to measure system operation.
Electricity for HVAC/R Technicians
This course covers basic electrical theory and calculations, using electrical meters, reading schematic diagrams, and basic controls used on HVAC/R systems.
HVAC/R System Service and Maintenance
Learn the proper procedures for removing and installing refrigerant in cooling systems, finding leaks, and performing basic maintenance functions. Additional topics include a review of EPA608 requirements for handling refrigerant and techniques for ensuring excellent customer service.
Basic Heating Systems
Learn about the installation and maintenance of heating systems. Review principles of heat transfer, combustion, safety, and the typical fuels and equipment used to heat homes and businesses. Additional topics include requirements for venting and exhausting of fuel-burning appliances and troubleshooting.
Advanced Heating Systems
Learn about efficient ways to heat and cool homes and businesses beyond fossil fuel use. This course covers the installation, operation, and maintenance of heat pumps. Learn to survey alternative heating and cooling systems. Learn about solar heating, pellet stoves, evaporative coolers, spot cooling, and computer room units.
Learn about installing and maintaining the ductwork and air-handling units in residential and commercial buildings. This course covers the installation requirements for various types of ductwork including basic techniques used to fabricate ductwork on the job. Additional course topics include commercial airside units, variable air volume (VAV) and variable volume, variable temperature (VVT) systems, and maintaining air quality within buildings.
Energy Conservation Methods
Review the various strategies used in the design of energy efficient heating and cooling systems that include calculating heating and cooling loads, laying out and sizing ductwork, and equipment selection.