The Heating, Air Conditioning, and Appliance Technology program prepares students with training in heating, air conditioning, ventilation, and refrigeration field as well as the home appliance industry. Instruction is provided is basic electricity, motors, refrigeration, gas heating, and resistive heating. Emphasis is placed on developing a logical approach to servicing, troubleshooting, and repairs through directed practice and is designed to duplicate requirements and work conditions experienced by technicians working in the fields.
LCSC is the only institution in Idaho to offer this type of program because of its emphasis on both HVAC and appliances. Graduates will have the hands-on experience that employers want. Positions are available in the HVAC, appliance, and general maintenance fields. Many graduates become self-employed, while some work their way into management positions.
Conditions vary depending on the chosen field of work. Appliance and HVAC technicians work mostly in consumer homes, traveling from place to place in shop vehicles. HVAC installers work mostly on new construction sites. Positions in general maintenance work in care centers, hospitals, schools, business offices, and other industrial-type settings are possible areas of employment. Most technicians work 40 hours per week with little or no supervision.
Persons entering this field should have basic math skills, good eyesight, minimum manual dexterity of the hands, and minimum reading skills at the ninth grade level. A mechanical aptitude and an ability to work independently are recommended. Employment in the field requires good physical health due to the size and weight of some units.
Wages vary with skill level, type of employment, geographic location, and the type of equipment serviced. Trainees typically earn $10.00 to $12.00 per hour. Journey-level workers can average more than $25.00 per hour.