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Install and service heating and cooling equipment, including commercial and residential units.

Program Description

HVAC mechanics install, repair, and maintain a variety of cooling and heating equipment, ranging from small residential units to major commercial/industrial systems. After installation, mechanics charge systems and are responsible for routine maintenance and repair. The HVAC program covers training on the installation of refrigerant piping, electrical power wiring, temperature control and monitoring devices, as well as the interpretation of blueprints, design specifications, and electrical schematics, and the interpretation of E.P.A. refrigerant laws. As central air conditioning has become more common in homes and the standard at work sites, the field of HVAC has grown. Locally, the number of available positions far exceeds the number of qualified mechanics. Advanced placement in the Trade Apprenticeship Program is available for qualified graduates through Tech Prep and NCCER Level I. Certifications may be obtained as a Greenhouse Gas Technician and through PAHRA.

Employment opportunities available after high school graduation:

  • Air Conditioning Installer, Evaporative-Cooler Installer, Furnace Installer, Oil Burner Installer and Service, Sheet Metal Duct Installer.

Employment opportunities requiring apprenticeship training after high school:

  • Air & Hydronic Balancing Technician, Building Automation Technician, HVAC Service Technician, Heat Pump & Geothermal & Air Technician, Refrigeration Mechanic, Refrigeration Unit Repairer.