HVAC Technician

SOC 49-9021.00 – O*NET 49-9021.01

Must Have High School Diploma or GED

Program Description
The HVAC Technician Program is designed to provide students with the basic 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 in the high-demand HVAC/R industry.

Program Mission and Objectives
The mission and objective of the HVAC Technician Program is to provide students with the training in heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems including 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 be provided the training and practical applications on the basic HVAC/R processes in a real-world, hands-on laboratory environment on the same equipment used by business and industry and to be able to efficiently perform the entry-level duties required in the HVAC/R Industry.

Occupational Objectives
Graduates of the HVAC Technician Program will be able to perform installation, service, or 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 is a total of 900 hours (36 weeks). 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 will be held at the college. Students who complete the program in a satisfactory manner and graduate are awarded a Certificate as an HVAC Technician.

Course No Course(s) Title Clock Hours
Level I HVAC Trade Orientation, Human Relations, Safety First Aid, Construction Mathematics, HVAC National and Local Codes 100
Level II HVAC Fundamentals, HVAC Tools Materials and Supplies 100
Level III HVAC Theory, HVAC Systems 100
Level IV HVAC Electrical, HVAC Schematics 100
Level V Brazing & Soldering, HVAC Sheet Metal Installation 100
Level VI Refrigerants, & Charging Techniques, EPA Refrigerant Certification 100
Level VII Heating Fundamentals 100
Level VIII HVAC Lab 100
Level IX Refrigeration Lab, Thermal Energy Systems, Job Search Skills 100

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