HVAC/Refrigeration

  • Instructor Thomas Danner | East Campus | CIP Code 47.0201

    This program is accredited by HVAC Excellence and provides participants with defined career paths in the industry. The program uses project-based methods and national performance standards to teach students the knowledge and skills needed for a successful future in this field.

    Instruction in this course includes the theory and application of the basic principles involved in the conditioning of air, cooling, heating, filtering and controlling of humidity. Students develop skills in assembling and installing tubes and pipes, motors, compressors, control devices, valves and thermostats, and gain an understanding of blueprints and schematics related to equipment and systems. Students must be able to diagnose equipment malfunctions and be able to read and understand technical reference manuals. Energy management control technology is taught as it relates to domestic, commercial and industrial air systems, heat pumps, forced air conditioning systems and microcomputer systems control.

    Graduates of this program have excellent opportunities for entry level employment, to pursue an apprenticeship, or continue their education in a technical post- secondary program.

    HVAC Excellence:

    This program is accredited through HVAC Excellence to assure that the curriculum taught meets or exceeds the National Skill Standards. Having this accreditation enables BCTC to more easily articulate credits with other institutions and apply for public and private funds. Visit www.hvacexcellence.org for further information.

    NCCER – National Center for Construction Education and Research

    The HVAC/R program participates in NCCER. This curricula and training process is supported by trade associations, contractors, schools, construction and maintenance users, pipeline operators, manufacturers, and third-party training providers. Visit www.nccer.org for further information.

    PBA – Pennsylvania Builder’s Association

    The program is a PBA endorsed program, which allows students who complete the program at the competent and above level to earn a PBA Certification. Visit www.pabuilders.org for more information.

    Career Pathways:

    Refrigeration Mechanic and Installer
    Heating & Air Conditioning Mechanic
    Sheet Metal Worker
    Energy Auditor

    CAREER PATHWAYS CAN LEAD TO:*

    Air Conditioning and Heating Engineer
    Refrigeration Engineer
    Energy Management Control Engineer
    Factory Service Representative
    Estimator
    Stationary Engineer
    HVAC Contractor

    *Requires post-secondary training.

HVAC/Refrigeration
  • Industry Certifications:

    PA Certified Horticulturist (PCH), PA Pesticide Applicator Certification,
    OSHA/CareerSafe 10-Hour Certification

    College Advanced Credits:

    Harrisburg Area Community College-Harrisburg - Up to 9 credits
    Lehigh Carbon Community College - Up to 9 credits
    Northampton County Area Community College - Up to 11 credits
    Pennsylvania College of Technology - Up to 10 credits
    Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology - Up to 10 credits
    Triangle Tech – Pittsburgh - Up to 36 credits
    University of Northwestern Ohio - Up to 6 credits

    Program Requirements/Costs

    There are specific costs for textbooks, tools, supplies, uniforms, certifications; and for some programs, medical and criminal clearances that students are obligated to pay upon acceptance. These costs change annually.

    Program Entrance Recommendations:

    Mathematics - HVAC technicians are increasingly required to perform complex mathematical operations and calculations when performing work in the field. Therefore, it is highly recommended that students enter the program with a strong foundation in Algebra I and Geometry. In addition, students are advised to complete Algebra II, Trigonometry and Physics during high school to have the necessary academic and technical skills to successfully enter the workforce and/or post-secondary education.

    ο Reading at grade level
    o Mathematics: see note at left
    o Problem-solving/ troubleshooting skills
    o Ability to work independently and in a team
    o Hand-eye coordination
    o Mechanical aptitude