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HVAC (Heating, Ventilation & Air-Conditioning)

The Trades: HVAC

HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) professionals are responsible for installing, maintaining and repairing heating, cooling and air circulation systems. They can perform many other tasks in this trade as well including electrical, carpentry, welding, piping, sheet metal and information technology (IT.)

The HVAC trade works with a variety of materials and equipment pushing technicians to have strong math skills while possessing the ability to read blueprints and specifications accurately while also following strict safety precautions. Students will receive intense instruction in safety, math, HVAC materials, theory, installation, maintenance, and other areas consistent with the HVAC trade.

Future career paths for this trade could include Estimator, Inspector, Trade Instructor, Distribution Manager, Project Manager or Foreman. 


See Also: All / Electrical / Plumbing / Sheet Metal

 

 

Degree Information

Length of Apprenticeship: 4 years
On-the-job Training: 8,000 Hours
Hours: Apprentices are required to attend 576 hours of related technical instruction during their apprenticeship. Institute (day) classes are held 1 week a month for 3 months, October through December or February through April. Instruction involves classroom, hands-on and online training totaling 152 hours per session.

 


Trade Curriculum

  • LEVEL 1:

    .........OSHA 10- Hour Safety
    .........Basic Safety
    .........Introduction to Construction Math
    .........Introduction to Hand Tools
    .........Introduction to Power Tools
    .........Introduction to Construction Drawings
    .........Basic Communication Skills
    .........Basic Employ-ability Skills
    .........Introduction to HVAC
    .........Trade Mathematics
    .........Basic Electricity
    .........Introduction to Heating
    .........Introduction to Cooling
    .........Introduction to Air Distribution Systems
    .........Basic Copper and Plastic Piping Practices
    .........Soldering and Brazing
    .........Basic Copper and Steel Piping Practices

  • LEVEL 2:

    .........Alternating Current
    .........Compressors
    .........Refrigerants and Oils
    .........Leak Detection, Evacuation, Recovery and Charging
    .........Metering Devices
    .........Heat Pumps
    .........Basic Maintenance
    .........Chimneys, Vents and Flues
    .........Sheet Metal Duct Systems
    .........Fiberglass and Flexible Duct Systems
    .........Commercial Airside Systems
    .........Air Quality Equipment
    .........Introduction to Hydronic Systems

  • LEVEL 3:

    .........Fasteners, Hardware and Wiring Terminators
    .........Control Circuit and Motor Troubleshooting
    .........Troubleshooting Cooling
    .........Troubleshooting Heat Pumps
    .........Troubleshooting Oil Heating
    .........Troubleshooting Accessories
    .........Zoning, Ductless and Variable Refrigerant Flow Systems
    .........Commercial Hydronic Systems
    .........Steam Systems
    .........Retail Refrigeration System
    .........Customer Relations

  • LEVEL 4:

    .........Water Treatment
    .........Indoor Air Quality
    .........Energy Conservation Equipment
    .........Building Management Systems
    .........System Air Balancing
    .........Construction Drawings and Specifications
    .........Heating and Cooling System Design
    .........Commercial and Industrial Refrigeration Systems
    .........Alternative and Specialized Heating and Cooling Equipment
    .........Fundamentals of Crew Leadership

 

 


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