Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC)

Purpose

This 350-hour program is designed to train students to become entry-level qualified technicians and installers in the Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) industry. The program is broken into two parts of 175 hours each. Students will learn basic construction skills along with, basic and intermediate HVAC skills allowing them to begin a career in the HVAC industry as an apprentice leading to journeyman certification.

Program Description

Participants in this course will learn the fundamentals of becoming an HVAC technician. Instruction will be taught using the curriculum sponsored by the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER), which aligns with the state of Pennsylvania’s apprenticeship training program. Students will begin by learning the core curriculum, which teaches the basics of the construction trade and includes the OSHA 10-hour certification for construction. Students will be trained in Heating, Cooling, Air Distribution and Soldering and as part of the course. Additionally, students will learn the electrical theory that surrounds the trade as well as building performance theory that is used to design the HVAC system for both homes and commercial environments.

In the 175-hour part 1 of the program, students will receive training in basic construction skills along with basic HVAC skills. Students will be given hands-on lab instruction in the use of hand tools, power tools, and basic safety and construction drawings. Following the core curriculum students will learn HVAC trade mathematics, introduction to heating, cooling, air distribution systems in addition to piping practices for carbon steel, cooper and plastic. In addition, students will earn their Core Curriculum certificate and HVAC Level 1 certificate from The National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) and their OSHA 10 certification for construction.

When completing the entire 350-hour program, students will additionally learn skills such as Copper and Plastics Piping Practices, Soldering and Brazing, Air Quality Equipment, Control Circuit Troubleshooting, Heat Pump Technologies and much more. Students will be given written assessment exams at the completion of each module in addition to hands-on performance test to prove competencies. In addition, students will earn their HVAC Level 2 certificate from The National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER). This program will be held at the Associated Builders and Contractors Apprenticeship Training Center in Lansdale, PA where students will be provided hands on labs with both theory and practical experience throughout the course.

Primary Goals

Using training which will provide classroom instruction in addition to hands-on activities, students will learn the skills necessary to enter the HVAC industry. Students will prove competencies using both written quizzes and exams in addition to hands-on performance projects and tests where students must show that they are capable of using the tools and equipment of the trade to complete common tasks. Upon completion students will have completed 2 of the 4 required levels of classroom apprenticeship work necessary to receive a Pennsylvania state journeyman’s license. The course taken will also transfer nationally to any program sponsored by the National Center for Construction for Education and Research (NCCER).

Curriculum

Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC)
Course Codes
HVAC Level 1 - Electrical BICST 3505
HVAC Level 2 - Heating BICST 3506
HVAC Level 3 - Air Conditioning BICST 3507

Prerequisites

HVAC Level 2: HVAC Level 1; HVAC Level 3: HVAC Level 2

Recognition of Completion

Certificate of Completion

 

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