Heating, Ventilation, & Air Conditioning

Course Description:

The HVAC/R 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 HVAC/R student begin with electrical systems & advance through projects at their own pace. 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.

Instructor(s):

Mr. Heltion – HVAC Instructor
Phone Number – 724-925-3532 x. 1349
Office Hours: 7:15am to 7:45am
10:45am to 10:55am
2:30pm to 2:45pm
Please leave a voicemail message outside of these times.

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Announcements

Pennsylvania Youth Survey

Passive Parental/Caregiver Permission Letter


Dear Parent or Guardian:


Our school is taking part in the 2021 Pennsylvania Youth Survey (PAYS) sponsored by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, the Pennsylvania Department of Education, and the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs. The survey will ask questions about the behaviors of students in the 10th, and 12th grades, including questions about school climate, violence, depression, bullying, and substance abuse. 


The information we receive will assist us and our community partners in working to prevent adolescent drug use and other problem behaviors. We want to ensure that all parents and caregivers are notified that the survey is being conducted and provide you with as much information about the survey as possible.  As a parent or caregiver, you have the right to prohibit your child’s participation. The following facts about the survey will help you make an informed decision about your child’s participation:


Participation in this survey is completely voluntary. Students will be instructed by their proctor that they can skip any questions they do not understand or choose not to answer. If they have any questions or concerns after taking this survey, they are instructed to talk with their school counselor or a trusted adult.

The survey is designed to protect each student’s privacy. It is anonymous and confidential. Students will not put their names on the survey, and no student will ever have their individual responses reported. 

The survey is well tested, having been administered to over 1,000,000 Pennsylvania students since the 1990’s. The information collected has proved invaluable to prevention planners in selecting programming to promote healthy youth development.

You can request a list of the survey questions by visiting this link: https://www.episcenter.psu.edu/index.php/paysquestion. For more information about the survey, including a list of Frequently Asked Questions, please visit www.pays.pa.gov then click on “2021.”


The survey will be administered during the school day later this fall and will take one class period to complete.  If you do not want your child to participate, please submit your request to [email protected] or in writing to the CWCTC.


Thank you for your help in our efforts to keep our schools drug free and safe for learning. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Darcy Szymkiewicz  724.925.3532 ext 1360.

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