Air-Conditioning, Refrigeration, and Heating Technology (HVAC)

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Air-Conditioning, Refrigeration and Heating Technology (HVAC)

Mr. Bob Gunkel, Instructor

DSBPC Vocational Certification

35+ Years Licensed Contractor

Building 2, Room 02-001

 

Mr. Frank Hurlbert, Instructor

25+ Years In-Field Experience

Building 2, Room 02-002

 

Program Description

The Air-Conditioning, Refrigeration and Heating Technology Program includes classroom and shop instruction in the basic principles of air conditioning and refrigeration that apply to commercial and residential systems.  Students entering this program will develop the basic knowledge and skills for entry level employment as installers or mechanics in the air conditioning, refrigeration, and heating industry or provide supplemental training for persons previously or currently employed in this occupation.  Both classroom and laboratory work will be necessary for completion of the program.  Students will become acquainted with the overall industry and learn the latest employability skills.

Certifications Available

  • EPA 608 Refrigerant
  • R410A Refrigerant
  • NCCER HVAC Level I

College Credit Award

Program completers may receive articulated credit toward an aligned certificate, A.A.S. or A.S. degree program at participating institutions in the Tampa Bay Career Pathways Consortium.  Details may be obtained from the Career Specialist and/or School Counselor.

Career Information

Possible Direct-Entry Careers After High School:  Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic, Air Conditioning Installer Helper

Possible Careers After Two Years Post-Secondary Training and Two Years Field Experience: Business Owner, Engineering Technician

Possible Careers After Four-Year University Degree: Engineer

Basic Skills Exit Requirements

TABE Math Level 10  TABE Language Level 9  TABE Reading Level 9

In order to be a program completer, some students must meet minimum math, language, and reading achievement level exit standards on the TABE, unless otherwise exempt, as established by the Florida Department of Education.  Additional information can be found on Page 5 of the MTC Catalog and/or obtained from the Office for Adult Technical Education.

Uniforms

The uniform for this program consists of an MTC HVAC shirt and dark work-type pants.  Orders for work shirts will be taken at the start of class.  A minimum of two complete uniforms is required to maintain proper hygiene and cleanliness.  For safety reasons, it will be necessary to purchase and wear safety glasses and hard leather work shoes with non-skid, oil resistant soles.  Proper uniform and safety equipment must be worn every day for participation in program activities.  Failure to be in proper uniform will hinder student progress.

Tools

Basic hand tools and equipment are required for this program.  Information regarding tools, brands, and discount prices will be discussed in detail during the first week of class.