HVAC Technician – Capstone College

HVAC Technician

CIP 47.0201 O-Net Number 49-9021.02

Program Description
The HVAC Technician Program is designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills, work habits, and practical applications of HVAC/R systems required for entry-level employment in today’s HVAC /R industry. The HVAC Technician program prepares students to efficiently perform and specialize in the installation, maintenance and service of HVAC/R systems.

Program Mission and Objectives
The mission and objective of the HVAC Technician Program is to provide students with training in heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems. Instruction includes safety procedures for the use of tools and testing equipment, basic electricity, electrical components, theory and practical applications of heating, ventilation, air-conditioning, and refrigeration systems, sheet metal installation, schematics, brazing and soldering, maintenance and service, troubleshooting, repair and installation of HVAC/R systems. Students will receive the training for practical applications on the fundamental HVAC/R processes in a real-world hands-on laboratory environment using equipment that is current with industry to be able to efficiently perform the entry-level skills required in the HVAC/R labor market. Students are prepared to take the 608 EPA Certification. Although not, mandatory, EPA certification is strongly recommended.

Occupational Objectives
Graduates of the HVAC Technician Program will be able to perform installation, service, repair of heating, air conditioning systems or refrigeration systems in residences or light commercial establishments. Graduates can obtain entry-level positions as HVAC Technician, HVAC Service Technician, HVAC/R Technician, HVAC/R Service Technician, HVAC Installers, HVAC Apprentices, HVAC Helpers, and Sheet Metal Workers and other related position according to O*Net Online. There is a bright outlook for HVAC Technicians in today’s job market according to O*Net Online. Bright Outlook occupations are expected to grow rapidly in the next several years and will have large numbers of job openings. The Projected employment growth 2010-2020 for HVAC Technicians will much faster than average at 29%. The Standard Occupational Classifications for these job titles and other associated titled descriptions can be found in the U.S. Department of Labor’s O*Net S.O.C. #49-9021.011. According to O*Net Online the sample of reported job titles include: Service Technician, Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning Service Technician (HVAC Service Technician), Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning Technician (HVAC Technician), Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning Installer (HVAC Installer), HVAC Specialist (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Specialist), HVAC Technician (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Technician), Air Conditioning Technician (AC Tech), Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning Mechanic (HVAC Mechanic), HVAC Installer (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Installer), Mechanic.

Educational Requirements
The HVAC Technician Program consists of a total of 750 hours. The program is divided into course modules. Students must complete all modules starting with any module and continuing until all modules are successfully completed. All theory and laboratory sessions are held at the school’s campus located at 1200 N. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena, CA. Students who complete the program satisfactorily are awarded a Certificate as HVAC Technician.

Course No Course(s) Title Lecture Hours Lab Hours Total Hours Quarter Hours
Level I HVAC Trade Orientation, Human Relations, Safety First Aid, Construction Math 85 15 100 9.25
Level II HVAC Air Conditioning and Heating Fundamentals 45 55 100 7.25
Level III HVAC Tools, Materials and Supplies 45 55 100 7.25
Level IV EPA Refrigerant Certification, HVAC Systems Lab 50 50 100 7.5
Level V HVAC Theory 50 50 100 7.5
Level VI HVAC Electrical, HVAC Schematics, National and Local Codes 50 50 100 7.5
Level VII Brazing & Soldering, HVAC Sheet Metal Installation 30 70 100 6.5
Level VIII Refrigerants, & Charging Techniques 25 25 50 3.75


Level I
HVAC Trade Orientation
Provides students with an introduction to the industry and the common aspects of HVAC/R technology. Students Learn the occupational job titles, job outlook, job descriptions, duties and tasks, and work environment within the HVAC/R industry as well as career opportunities available to graduates.

Human Relations
Introduces students to development of customer service skills and positive communication techniques. Emphasis is on providing students with effective skills for developing professional interpersonal relationships and service attitudes.

Safety and First Aid
Examines OSHA regulations, CAL-OSHA and general industry standards. Selected interpretation of the standards pertaining to HVAC/R industry is accessed, overviewed, discussed, and compiled into student resource materials.

Construction Math
Provides students with the ability to thoroughly understand formulas, equations, areas, volume and other algebra and geometry math fundamentals.

Level II
HVAC- Air Conditioning and Heating Fundamentals
Introduces students to the basic principles and applications of HVAC/R systems. Students learn the history and development of early refrigeration and air-conditioning. Students gain understanding refrigeration theory by learning temperature and pressure relationships, and principles of heat transfer. Students also learn the principles of heating systems utilized in industry. This course provides students with a complete review of heat transfer principles and an introduction to heating system configuration, design, and operation. Students learn to interpret control circuit diagrams and to identify and use the service instruments needed to troubleshoot heating systems.
Level III
HVAC Tools, Materials, and Supplies
Study of the types and correct use of hand tools, test equipment, and supplies that are used in performing HVAC/R installation, service and repair. Students will build and equip their own personal tool kits with commonly used tools. Begin refrigeration theory by learning temperature and pressure relationships and principles of heat transfer.
Level IV
EPA Refrigerant Certification
Prepares students for the certification test and contains all the information required to successfully complete the Section 608 Refrigerant Certification Test.

HVAC Systems Lab
Provides students with a common understanding of the types of HVAC/R systems and the selection process for determining an enclosed environment’s heating/cooling needs.

Level V
HVAC Theory
Provides students with an increasing understanding of HVAC/R theory in relationship to the five thermal laws of refrigeration and the operation of the refrigerating cycle.
Level VI
HVAC Electrical
Study of the principles of electricity as required by the HVAC/R industry, including the proper use of test equipment, electrical circuits, and component theory and operation. Student learn the installation and servicing techniques for wiring and connecting circuitry for HVAC/R systems and the various electrical components and wiring methods needed to wire HVAC/R equipment and meet national and local codes.

HVAC Schematics
A basic study of the essential elements of HVAC schematics used in industry. Students learn the ability to read and understand HVAC schematics and drawings. Several types of drawings and diagrams will be examined during this course; including Block, Pictorial, One-line, Wiring, Terminal, and Schematic. Individual component symbols will be presented along with an explanation of their function and purpose in the circuit. To facilitate learning and enable students to relate diagrams to actual equipment, students will see pictorial examples or photos of the components along with the description.

HVAC National and Local Codes
Provides students with a thorough knowledge of the national and local codes associated with the installation and service of HVAC/R equipment.

Level VII
HVAC Brazing and Soldering
Provides students with practical skill sets in brazing and soldering techniques to safely join metals and piping materials with accuracy and efficiency.

HVAC Sheet Metal Installation
Provides students with a practical knowledge of how to install or change existing ductwork for an efficient basic air distribution system. This course will focus on proper installation techniques of sheet metal related materials and supplies used in the HVAC industry. Also, students will learn the principles of venting, selecting and installing vent systems for gas-fired heating equipment.

Level VIII
HVAC Refrigerants and Charging Techniques Provides students with a thorough knowledge of modern refrigerants, their use, and application in HVAC/R industry. This course will also expand the student’s understanding of refrigerant usage and handling techniques to include proper refrigerant leveling methods used in a HVAC/R system after installation of parts to ensure proper system start-up and efficient refrigerant flow through the system.
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