HVAC Technician

/HVAC Technician
HVAC Technician2019-10-18T18:12:00+00:00
Basic Control Circuits
Systems trouble shooting
Conditioning and refrigeration
Air conditioning
Program Costs

* Program costs subject to change

Industry Credentials

NCCER
OSHA
Simulated Workplace
NATEX

The HVAC program introduces students to the knowledge base and technical skills of the HVAC industry including certified curriculum taught throughout eight courses.

HVAC Badge

AM courses are offered to first year students HVAC 1 – HVAC IV, which is nationally certified curriculum adopted by the WV Department of Education through NCCER (National Center for Construction of Education Research). PM course are mainly offered to second year students as elective courses. This includes basic control circuits, heating system, commercial air condition and air conditioning applications.

What are the classes about?

  • Learn the knowledge and skills of the fundamental principles and service techniques for needed to install, maintain, diagnoses and service a wide range of HVAC and refrigeration equipment.
  • Completers of the HHAC program have a wide range of opportunity in this industry. Included are sales, service, installation and design. Position available through HVAC apprenticeships programs, local/nationwide HVAC business, plants/utility companies, hospitals, schools, apartment complex, residential & commercial business.

What skills will students learn?

  • Students will develop necessary skills to trouble shoot, service, repair and install heating, air conditioning and refrigeration equipment

Students will also perform several “hands-on” activities including performance/application text book study. These include safe work practices with the use of hand power tools and test equipment. Students are actively engaged in trouble shooting live heating and air conditioning/refrigeration equipment. They develop skills necessary to repair refrigeration, electrical and air distributions related problems. Academic work includes basic safety (OSHA), trade related math, and tools of the trade. The curriculum includes construction drawings, heating systems, air properties, measurements and systems trouble shooting.

What Credentials are available?

  • OSHA 10-Hour Construction Certificate
  • EPA refrigerant
  • HVAC through National Center for Construction Education Research Career Readiness (NCCER)

What jobs/job titles are available to the students after graduation?

  • Installers
  • Service Managers
  • Service Technician
  • Design Technicians
  • Counter Sales
  • Sales Person

What work skills will be needed for these jobs?

  • Mathematical
  • Strong concentration
  • Enjoys working with your hands
  • Strong communication and reading

What skills should a student have to be successful in your program?

Students need to be safety minded, display good work ethic, meet industry standards in reading, comprehension and math, develop good employability/communications skills and the ability to perform physical labor. Students will also need to be drug free.

Program Requirements

Students must pass the NCCER Core Safety and obtain the OSHA 10-Hour Construction Safety certification to continue in the program.

For Adult General Admission Requirements, click here.

Simulated Workplace Requirements

This program participates in the Simulated Workplace environment. For details and requirements, click here

Technology Requirements

Students will be provided with any technology instruction, devices and software required.

Student Organization

Students may enroll in SkillsUSA.

Program Length

2 Academic Years (22 months)  – 1080 clock hours (Secondary & Adult part-time enrollment)

1 Academic Year (10 months)  – 1080 clock hours (Adult full-time enrollment)

Consisting of eight (8), nine-week courses of 135 clock hours each

Schedule of Courses

Course Frequency:  Each course offered once each academic year

Secondary & Adult Part-time schedule shown below.

Adult Full-time schedule includes the 1st year schedule in the morning and the 2nd year schedule in the afternoon

1st Year  Schedule:  Monday-Friday 8:30am – 11:00am

1752 HVAC I 

1753 HVAC II   

1754 HVAC III

1755 HVAC IV

2nd Year  Schedule:  Monday – Friday  12:30pm – 3:00pm

1601 Basic Control Circuits

1607 Heating Systems

1608 Commercial Air Conditioning

1602 Air Conditioning Applications

Syllabus

Course Descriptions

1752 HVAC I

This course introduces the student to the knowledge base and technical skills of the HVAC industry. HVAC I begins with the NCCER Core curriculum which is a prerequisite to all Level I completions. The students will complete modules in Basic Safety; Introduction to Construction Math; Introduction to Hand Tools; Introduction to Power Tools; Introduction to Construction Drawings; Basic Rigging; Basic Communication Skills; Basic Employability Skills; and Introduction to Materials Handling. Students will then begin developing skill sets related to the  fundamentals of HVAC such as Introduction to HVAC; and Trade Mathematics. Students utilize problem‐solving techniques and participate in hands‐on activities to develop an understanding of course concepts. Teachers should provide each student with real world learning opportunities and instruction. Students are encouraged to become active members of the student organization, WV SkillsUSA. All West Virginia teachers are responsible for classroom instruction that integrates learning skills, technology tools, and skill sets.

1753 HVAC II

HVAC II will continue to build student skill sets in areas such as Copper and Plastic Piping Practices; Soldering and Brazing; Ferrous Metal Piping Practices; Basic Electricity; Introduction to Cooling; Introduction to Heating; and Air Distribution Systems. Students utilize problem‐ solving techniques and participate in hands‐on activities to develop an understanding of course concepts. Teachers should provide each student with real world learning opportunities and
instruction. Students are encouraged to become active members of the student organization, WV SkillsUSA. All West Virginia teachers are responsible for classroom instruction that integrates learning skills, technology tools, and skill sets.

1754 HVAC III

HVAC III will continue to build student skill sets in areas of Commercial Airside Systems; Chimneys, Vents, and Flues; Introduction to the Hydronic Systems; Air Quality Equipment; Leak Detection, Evacuation, Recovery, and Charging; Alternating Current; Basic Electronics; and Introduction to Control Circuit Troubleshooting. Students utilize problem‐solving techniques and participate in hands‐on activities to develop an understanding of course concepts.  Teachers should provide each student with real world learning opportunities and instruction. Students are encouraged to become active members of the student organization, WV SkillsUSA. All West Virginia teachers are responsible for classroom instruction that integrates learning skills, technology tools, and skill sets.

1755 HVAC IV

HVAC IV will continue to build student skill sets in areas of Troubleshooting Gas Heating; Troubleshooting Cooling; Heat Pumps; Basic Installation and Maintenance Practices; Sheet Metal Duct Systems; and Fiberglass and Flexible Duct Systems. Students utilize problem‐solving techniques and participate in hands‐on activities to develop an understanding of course concepts. Teachers should provide each student with real world learning opportunities and instruction. Students are encouraged to become active members of the student organization, WV SkillsUSA. All West Virginia teachers are responsible for classroom instruction that integrates learning skills, technology tools, and skill sets.

1601 Basic Control Circuits

This course introduces the student to the knowledge base and technical skills for concepts in Basic Control Circuits. Areas of study include mathematical concepts, technical writing skills, technical reading comprehension, career opportunities and personal and equipment safety. Emphasis will be placed on career exploration, job seeking skills and personal and professional ethics. Safety instruction is integrated into all activities. Students will utilize problem‐solving techniques and participate in laboratory activities to develop an understanding of course concepts, and teachers should provide each student with real world learning opportunities and instruction.

1607 Heating Systems

This course introduces the student to the knowledge base and technical skills for concepts in Heating Systems. Areas of study include mathematical concepts, technical writing skills, technical reading comprehension, career opportunities and personal and equipment safety. Emphasis will be placed on career exploration, job seeking skills and personal and professional ethics. Safety instruction is integrated into all activities. Students will utilize problem‐solving techniques and participate in laboratory activities to develop an understanding of course concepts, and teachers should provide each student with real world learning opportunities and instruction.

1608 Commercial Air Conditioning

This course introduces the student to the knowledge base and technical skills for all courses in the Commercial Air Conditioning Program of Study. Areas of study include mathematical concepts, technical writing skills, technical reading comprehension, career opportunities, personal and equipment safety, fabrication operations and compression refrigeration. Emphasis will be placed on career exploration, job seeking skills and personal and professional ethics. Safety instruction is integrated into all activities. Students will utilize problem‐solving techniques and participate in laboratory activities to develop an understanding of course concepts, and teachers should provide each student with real world learning opportunities and instruction related to air conditioning occupations.

1602 Air Conditioning Applications

This course introduces the student to the knowledge base and technical skills for concepts in Air Conditioning Applications. Areas of study include mathematical concepts, technical writing skills, technical reading comprehension, career opportunities, personal and equipment safety, fabrication operations and basic compression refrigeration. Emphasis will be placed on career exploration, job seeking skills and personal and professional ethics. Safety instruction is integrated into all activities. Students will utilize problem‐solving techniques and participate in laboratory activities to develop an understanding of course concepts and teachers should provide each student with real world learning opportunities and instruction related to air conditioning occupations.