Heating and Air Conditioning (720 required hours)
Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Technicians are highly skilled at the installation, maintenance, and repair of heating and cooling systems around the world. Technicians will develop the cognitive ability to read schematic diagrams, blueprints, and complex instructions in order to properly install, troubleshoot and diagnose a variety of equipment. Technicians must demonstrate the safe use of hand and power tools, ladders, refrigerant gauges, and specific electronic meters. In this exciting field, students will practice on many types of systems ranging from small window units to commercial rooftop units
This class introduces the basics of the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) trade. Students will be introduced to trade-specific basic safety practices, hand and power tools identification and usage, metal piping systems, the fundamentals of electricity, and basic heating systems. This course acts as an introductory course to HVAC and prepares students for success as they begin training in the HVAC program.
HVAC Technician Level 1b introduces the basic principles of heating systems including principles of combustion and safety, gas furnaces and their controls, gas installation, troubleshooting, oil-fired heating systems, electric heating, and an in depth study of carbon monoxide and its dangers. In this course, you will become more familiar with the tools of the trade. You will also explore troubleshooting and diagnostics of a variety of heating systems.
This course prepares the student to pass the Rocky Mountain Gas Association’s Natural Gas Technician Certification. Alternating current and the various electrical components used in heating and air conditioning systems will be introduced. Students will be introduced to the operation and testing of electric furnaces and related components. This course also covers solid-state electronics and devices used to control humidity and air cleanliness. Students will be introduced to the basics of residential system sizing, design, fabrication and evaluation.
This course covers the basic principles of refrigeration and air conditioning systems. In this course, students will be taught the EPA requirements for refrigerant handling and will prepare for the EPA 608 Exam. As part of the EPA 608 certification, this course will also cover the topics of reclaiming, recovery and recycling refrigerant.
This class covers the installation and troubleshooting of air-conditioning and heat pumps systems. Students will be introduced to balance points, Coefficient of Performance (COP’s), Heating Season Performance Factor (HSPF’s), and advantages and disadvantages for different applications, as well as the growing application of dual-fuel systems. The class also covers R-410A, how to handle it safely, and its applications.
Technician Level 3B introduces students to Basic Building Design, Indoor Air Quality, and Residential Load Calculations. By the end of the course, students will read Blue Prints, size ductwork, calculate loads and assess energy savings. student will be introduced to basic Blue Print reading, as well as Green Buildings and Systems including a separate course on “Green Awareness”. Duct Design, Zone Controlling, and Testing and Balancing will also be covered.
HVAC Technician Level 4a concentrates on many of the important side issues in the Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) field. Basic rigging is covered and the student is given training on safe procedure to rigging and crane operations. Airside systems and indoor air quality include two of the most important facets of the HVAC field today. You will receive instruction on evaporative cooling and energy conservation equipment, as well as economizers and swamp coolers. You will also be introduced to basic principles of commercial applications, including commercial air conditioning, air handlers, chilled water systems, hydronic heating, cooling towers, and commercial refrigeration. We will also cover Energy Management Systems and Direct Digital Control (DDC) controls.
This course will design residential HVAC systems including Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) manual J, S and D. The course also includes training in duct systems and the selection of equipment such as gas furnaces, heat pumps, dual fuels, water source heat pumps and electric furnaces. In this course, students will be required to calculate heat loss and heat gain.
Support Courses
Heating and Air Conditioning (0 required hours)
Students in this course will receive assistance with essential reading, math, or computer skills to supplement their program study.
Students will learn to use effective study habits and strategies for remembering information found in their textbooks and heard in-class lectures. Students will also learn to use a strategy for reading and taking notes from textbooks, taking notes in class, and learn effective strategies for taking the five types of tests most frequently given by teachers.