Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration


Instructor:  Mr. Jonathon Dale

The HVAC/R program will prepare students for an entry-level position as an installer, maintenance, or service technician dealing with aspects of the residential and commercial field.  This career area is always growing, has great monetary potential and will always be in demand. This field offers many opportunities.

The students will become adept at working with specialty tools, pressure/temperature/electrical meters, metal fabricating devices, torches, refrigerants, and live HVAC/R equipment.

This program is heavily delivered with hands-on lab projects.  The students will reinforce this lab work with classroom theory.

Successful HVAC students have the opportunity to earn the following two industry certifications:

  • Refrigerant Recovery Certification #608
  • 410A Safety Certification

College Credits available in Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration from:

Units Covered:

  • Air Conditioning/Heat Pumps
  • Heating: Gas/Oil/Electric
  • Electricity
  • Electric Motors/Motor Controls
  • Sheet Metal Fabrication
  • Indoor Air Quality
  • National Electric Code


Students considering a career in HVAC/R should possess good math skills, problem solving/troubleshooting skills, ability to work independently and in a team, hand-eye coordination, mechanical aptitude, and  general science knowledge.

Career Opportunities:

Refrigeration Mechanic
Heating and Air Conditioning Mechanic
Sheet Metal Worker
Energy Auditor

Air Conditioning and Heating Engineer
Refrigeration Engineer
Energy Management Control Engineer
Factory Service Representative
Stationary Engineer
HVAC Contractor

What are the Benefits?

Job growth within the HVAC field is one of the greatest factors in deciding to move forward with a career as an HVAC technician :

  • Controls Technician
  • Electrician
  • Sheet Metal Worker
  • HVAC Service Technician
  • Refrigeration Technician
  • Business Owner

Skills Needed:

Like any other career, certain skills are needed to succeed in the HVAC/R field.  Some of these skills are as follows:

  • Mechanical skills
  • Customer-service skills
  • Time-management skills
  • Physical strength
  • Detailed-oriented nature
  • Trouble-shooting skills
  • Computer skills

What is HVAC/R?

The HVAC/R program will teach you how to install and maintain fuel and water supply lines, air ducts, pumps, and other important components, and to connect electrical wiring and controls and check the unit for proper operation.  Instruction will include hand-on experience with a variety of tools used in the industry to work with refrigerant lines and air ducts-such as :

  • Voltmeters
  • Thermometers
  • Pressure Gauges
  • Other testing devices used to check air flow, refrigerant pressure, electrical circuits, burners and other HVAC/R components