• Course Description:

    The heating and air conditioning field is a two, three, or four year competency based program, which affords many opportunities to those interested in designing, selling, manufacturing, installing and servicing its equipment. There is an increasing demand for people who are willing to become proficient in any or all of those areas. The heating and air conditioning students begin with basic projects such as duct work and sheet metal fittings. Students also learn the basic electricity necessary for heating and air conditioning installation and repair. Included in the program is sizing, layout and installation of electric, gas and oil fired systems. Training includes wiring, plumbing, refrigeration piping and the sheet metal fabrication necessary to complete an entire heating & air conditioning installation. Households, apartments, factories, schools, hospitals and offices require the services of HVAC technicians for repair and replacement of existing equipment and new installations. As technicians in training, students will develop their skills on "live" equipment as well as on improving customer relations. Students can excel in the heating and air conditioning field if they, desire to work in a challenging field, have disciplined themselves to work, wish to further their education in a growing industry, want to earn above average wages, take pride in their workmanship, have the mental and mechanical abilities.

    Skills Learned:

    Some of the skills a student will be able to perform are sheet metal fabrication, electrical controls, circuitry, piping, soldering/brazing, gas heating systems, oil heating systems, air conditioning, heat pump technology, psychrometrics and blueprint reading.

    Related Occupations and Earnings:

    Related occupations include HVAC Mechanic, Installer, Field Service Technician and Boiler Technician. Earnings range between $12-$22/hour.

    Post-Secondary Opportunities:

    Articulated credits can be earned toward an Associate’s Degree at Institutions such as Westmoreland County Community College, Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology and Johnson College.

    Grading Procedures:
    25% theory - classroom instruction, tests and quizzes, 75% practical application, competency based.

    Suggested Prerequisites:
    Algebra I & II, Geometry, Chemistry, Physics, College Prep English I-IV

    *Industry & Skills Certifications:

    Environmental Protection Agency EPA 608 Refrigerant Certification

    Student Requirements:
    Active Listening, Controlled Precision, Physical Strength, Manual Dexterity, Reading & Interpretation, Use in Personal Protective Equipment.

    Student Costs:
    Students are required to wear blue denim bib overalls, or dark Dickies-type work pants & button down work shirt, substantial shoes, and safety glasses.

    Text Book:

    Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Technology 3rd & 4th edition by Whitman, Johnson & Tomczyk

    Central Westmoreland Career and Technology Center


    Mr. Heltion – HVAC Instructor

    Phone Number – 724-925-3532 x. 1349

    Office Hours: 7:15am to 8:00am

    11:45am to 12:00pm

    2:30pm to 2:45pm

    Please leave a voicemail message outside of these times.

    * Cost, if applicable, may be the responsibility of the Student.