The increasing development of heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems technology creates a number of employment opportunities in this long-standing trade poised for even more growth in the coming years. An HVAC technician installs, maintains, and repairs heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems. Professionals who work in this occupation might specialize in installation, or in maintenance and repair.
This program focuses on broad, transferable skills, including an understanding of the heating, air-conditioning, refrigeration and ventilation industry, and demonstrates elements of the industry such as planning, management, finance, technical and production skills, the underlying principles of technology, and health, safety, and environmental issues. The purpose of this program is to prepare students to perform entry-level HVAC maintenance and repair tasks in residential and commercial environments. This course is designed to prepare students to pursue the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 608 Core and 608 Small Appliances (Type 1) Certification. Students are eligible for an optional externship with a local employer after successful course completion.
After completing this program, learners will be able to:
- Describe the building trades and technology industry and associated career paths
- Identify the professional skills required for success and career advancement in the industry
- Complete basic measuring tasks and math calculations required in the building trades workplace
- Explain the safety procedures and equipment commonly used in the building trades workplace
- Explain the proper use, care, maintenance, and safety considerations for using common hand tools
- Explain the proper use, care, maintenance, and safety considerations for using common power tools
- Identify common rigging equipment and procedures used on a construction site
- Read common construction drawings and plans
- Apply principles of heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration to the installation, maintenance and repair of HVACR systems
- Apply safety practices to HVACR installation, maintenance, and repair practices
- Identify and safely use hand and power tools
- Understand and read construction drawings
- Describe trade licensing, certification, career paths, and responsibilities and characteristics available in the HVACR trade in residential, commercial and industrial areas
- Perform basic math and measuring tasks required in the HVAC trade
- Apply knowledge of electricity and electrical safety to HVACR installation, maintenance and repair
- Apply knowledge of heating, cooling, and air distribution systems and individual components to the HVACR installation, maintenance and repair
- Apply knowledge of different types of copper, plastic, and carbon steel piping in HVACR tasks
- Prepare, soldering, and brazing copper tubing safety
- Measure, cut, ream, thread, install, and join steep pipe in HVACR projects
- Understand Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules and regulations related to HVAC practices
- Understand EPA requirements for small appliances, refrigerants and hazardous chemicals
There is a National Certification exam available to students who successfully complete this program:
- Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Section 608 Technician Certification
Note: Inclusion of National Certification exam vouchers vary from school and payment / finance method. To check if they are included, you may message any of our advisors through any of our available channels here
- MyCAA for Eligible US Military Spouses
MyCAA is a $4000 education grant for spouses of service members on active duty in paygrades E1-E5, W1-W2, O1-O2. Spouses married to members of the National Guard and Reserves in the same paygrades, in title 10 orders, are also eligible.
MyCAA covers: tuition, externship and national certification exam vouchers
Our university partners provide, as job aids, at no extra cost: books / workbooks, laptop, mentor support, 12 mos subscription to CampusEd, job placement assistance.
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- Army Credentialing Assistance
The Army Credentialing Assistance (CA) program is a government-instituted training and education program that provides a grant of up to $4,000 to eligible soldiers. The grant can be used to enroll in more than 1,600 industry-recognized off-duty career-training certificate programs, licensure exams, and academic or vocational credentials, and even re-certification. It was first made available in October 1, 2019 to the Fort Hood, Fort Campbell, Fort Carson, Fort Drum, Fort Riley, and JBLM bases. As of January 1, 2020, the program is available to all installations.
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Grants (Non Military)
- Workforce Grant
We have partnered with private institutions to provide assistance to qualified students. The Workforce Grant is in place to help reinvigorate the workforce amidst the ongoing pandemic. If qualified, a student may receive up to 50% of tuition assistance.
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- Zero Interest Monthly Payment Plans
Payment plans are available for any student at zero interest. This option is available for every university partner. Click here for a complete list.