Program at a Glance
Students enrolled in the HVAC program learn to service and troubleshoot heating equipment (both gas and oil) and air conditioning and refrigeration systems. HVAC technicians ensure that a building's energy systems are working efficiently, and detect and repair problems within those systems. Technicians in the industry will participate in related “green” and energy efficient systems. Because of the technical nature of the job, education in the field is mandatory.
What You Will Learn
Instruction includes installation and/or repair of furnaces, boilers, refrigeration systems, hydronics and zone controls. Students will also receive instruction in motors and controls, soldering, brazing, steel pipe cutting and threading, sheet metal basics, and electrical wiring of relays. As the program progresses towards newer, greener technologies the students are introduced to solar thermal, geothermal, energy management and related sciences.
There are a variety of job opportunities within the HVAC Industry—residential, industrial, commercial, sales, retail, management, green heating and cooling and energy management, etc. Due to the vastness of opportunities within the field, the HVAC industry is an excellent career opportunity for those interested in non-traditional careers. The skills acquired through this course will allow students to choose any path within the industry that they find most appealing.