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If you have an interest in problem-solving, working with your hands or making a drawing come to life, consider a career in the skilled trades. Positions are available from repairing heating and air conditioning units to installing fiber-optic cable to working as a maintenance technician in a local apartment complex. Gain the knowledge and skills you need today for a career in building, construction and other vocational trades.

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Heating and Air Conditioning (HVAC)
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Description Course Outline Requirements Intended Audience More Details
Intended Audience
Students interested in an entry-level employment as a technician in an HVAC company.
The job outlook for HVAC technicians is excellent! Enter this growing field with this course, which covers heating and air conditioning equipment and components – condensers, evaporators, compressors, metering devices, refrigerants, and electrical and mechanical circuits. You’ll follow safety standards and protocols as you develop the skills required for entry-level employment as a technician in an HVAC company. On completion, you’ll be eligible to take the Section 608 EPA Certification exam to earn certification. There is a separate $25 exam fee, payable by credit or debit card. You must bring your own tools/materials and wear safety clothes, gloves, shoes, and glasses to class.
Course Objectives
  1. Know basic operation of heating systems
  2. Do minor repairs of electrical systems
  3. Apply general safety practices in the shop area.
  4. Handle refrigerants safely
  5. Understand regulations and rules of EPA regarding refrigerants
  6. Describe the instruments used in heating, air conditioning and refrigeration
  7. Develop good business practices and interactions with customers
  8. Basic working knowledge of oil, gas and electric furnaces
  9. Apply and understand electrical circuits
  10. Understand heat pump controls and circuits
Outline of Instruction
  1. Introduction to HVAC
  2. Copper, Soldering and brazing:
    a. Covers tools, materials, and safety precautions and depicts step-by-step procedures for soldering and brazing piping.
  3. Basic Electricity:
    a. Teaches power generation and distribution, electrical components, DC circuits, AC circuits and electrical safety
  4. Introduction to Cooling:
    a. Covers the basic principles of heat transfer, refrigeration, and pressure-temperature relationships, and describes the components and accessories used in air conditioning systems.
  5. Introduction to Heating:
    a. Covers heating fundamentals, types and designs of furnaces and their components and basic procedures for installing and servicing furnaces.
  6. Air Distribution Systems:
    a. Describes air distribution systems and their components, air flow measurement, ductwork installation principles, and the use of instruments of measuring temperature, humidity, pressure, and velocity.
  7. Introduction to Heat Pump units:
    a. Covers the basic principles of heat pump equipment, understanding of thermostats and the components and circuits controlling heat pump units.
  8. Refrigerant:
    a. Covers the safety and handling procedures for units that use refrigerants
  9. EPA Preparation and Test :
    a. Covers the requirements for the EPA 608 examinations.
Contact Hours
Industry Standard, State, or National Certification
EPA 608 Certification Test
Website URL
Certification Learning Outcomes/Requirements
  1. Ozone depletion
  2. Clean Air Act and Montreal Protocol
  3. Section 608 Regulations
  4. Substitute Refrigerants and oils
  5. Refrigeration
  6. Recovery Techniques
  7. Three R’s
  8. Dehydration Evacuation
  9. Safety
  10. Shipping
CE to CU Articulation
Text and Supplies Needed
Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Technology
Bill Whitman and Johnson, John Tomczyk and Eugene Silberstein
ESCO Institute EPA Certification Exam Preparatory Manual
Clinical Site/Special Facilities
Requirements for Successful Completion of this Course
  1. Attendance 90% or above
  2. Participation
  3. Successful completion of this course requires 90% attendance and satisfactory class participation (i.e. be able to demonstrate proficiency in all concepts taught). Students with irregular attendance, less than 90% attendance, or who are unable to demonstrate competency will receive a grade of NG (no grade)
  4. Students must arrive on time on testing day. Students will not be allowed into the classroom after the test begins. NO makeup testing dates will be offered
  5. Lab exercises, when applicable, are due on the date assigned by the instructor. Late assignments may be accepted only at the instructor’s discretion
Accreditation/Special Approval Requirements
Intended Audience
Students interested in an entry-level employment as a technician in an HVAC company.
Specific Industry or Business Support Needs
HVAC Technician (Helper or Installer)
Wake County Need for Industry Positions
Industry or Job Titles Related to training Outcomes for Employment
  • HVAC Helper
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Course Contact Information
Vocational Training Department