The increasing development of heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems technology creates a number of employment opportunities in this long-standing trade poised for even more growth in the coming years. An HVAC technician installs, maintains, and repairs heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems. Professionals who work in this occupation might specialize in installation, or in maintenance and repair.
This program focuses on broad, transferable skills, including an understanding of the heating, air-conditioning, refrigeration and ventilation industry, and demonstrates elements of the industry such as planning, management, finance, technical and production skills, the underlying principles of technology, and health, safety, and environmental issues. The purpose of this program is to prepare students to perform entry-level HVAC maintenance and repair tasks in residential and commercial environments. This course is designed to prepare students to pursue the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 608 Core and 608 Small Appliances (Type 1) Certification. Students are eligible for an optional externship with a local employer after successful course completion.
- Explain the proper use, care, maintenance, and safety considerations for using common power tools and hand tools
- Describe trade licensing, certification, career paths, and responsibilities and characteristics available in the HVACR trade in residential, commercial and industrial areas
- Safety practices to HVACR installation, maintenance, and repair practices
- Apply knowledge of electricity, electrical safety, heating, cooling, and air distribution systems and individual components to the HVACR installation, maintenance and repair
- Knowledge of different types of copper, plastic, and carbon steel piping in HVACR tasks
- Prepare, soldering, and brazing copper tubing safety; measure, cut, ream, thread, install, and join steel pipe in HVACR projects
- Understand Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules and regulations related to HVAC practices, requirements for small appliances, refrigerants and hazardous chemicals
After completing this program, learners will have the opportunity to take the leading national/industry-recognized certification exam(s) essential to entry-level employment in this fast-growing field.
- Anytime learning, complete lessons and assignments on your schedule within 6 months
- Video lesson presentations to bring the content to life
- Assessments and activities to ensure you’re on track for success
Optional Volunteer Externship Opportunity
Learners who complete this program are eligible to participate in a volunteer externship opportunity with a local company/agency/organization whose work aligns with this area of study in order to gain valuable hands-on experience. As learners progress through their eLearning program, an Externship Coordinator will reach out to coordinate placement.
Note: Additional documentation including health records, immunizations, drug screening, criminal background checks, etc. may be required by the externship facility.
Workforce Development Program Scholarships
The Community College of Philadelphia Foundation and its donors are pleased to offer scholarships to students enrolling in select Workforce Development courses. To submit your scholarship application, follow the steps in this Workforce Development Program Scholarship Application Guide.
Upon registering, you have six (6) months to complete the program.
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