The HVAC-R program prepares students with training in the heating, air conditioning, ventilation, and refrigeration field. Instruction is provided in basic electricity, motors, refrigeration, duct systems, gas heating, and resistive heating. These skills are taught in classroom theory and learned in hands-on lab work. 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.
The HVAC program requires tools. Check out the following link for the Tool Kit requirements.
Graduates will have the hands-on experience that employers want. Positions are available in the HVAC, construction, and general maintenance fields. Many graduates become self-employed, while some work their way into management positions. Additional opportunities are also available in system design and sales occupations.
Conditions vary depending on the chosen field of work. HVAC-R technicians work mostly in consumer homes, traveling from place to place in shop vehicles. HVAC-R 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.
This program has physical requirements that may affect the student’s ability to perform in this field. These requirements can be found on the Bureau of Labor Statistics website or at O-Net OnLine. 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 $12.00 to $14.00 per hour. Journey-level workers can average more than $25.00 per hour.
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