Course Objective:


    Students will obtain education and skills to work as installers, sheet metal fabricators, and service technicians in the field of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning.


    Course Description:


    Heating & Air Conditioning is a 3-year program that prepares tenth, eleventh, and twelfth grade students for employment to assist the mechanic in the servicing and installation of residential and commercial heating and cooling systems.  Students are also prepared for the EPA certification exam for safe refrigerant handling.

    Course Topics: 


    Basic refrigeration

    Central air conditioning


    Electrical calculations

    Electrical furnaces

    Electrical measurements      

    Electrical safety                      

    Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations

    Gas furnaces

    Heat pumps

    Indoor air quality


    Oil furnaces

    Panel box hook-up                 

    Pipe fitting

    Refrigerant safety

    Unit balancing

    Unit sizing           

    Required Supplies:


    Safety glasses 


    Work boots



    RCA - HVAC; Eugene Siberstein, 2005


    Cooperating Companies:


    Climatech – Pittsburgh, PA

    Csonka Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc. – McDonald, PA

    Diesel’s Heating & Air Conditioning – Houston, PA 

    Louis T. Ursitz Heating & Air Conditioning – McDonald, PA

    McMurray Cooling & Heating, Inc. – Canonsburg, PA

    One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning – Washington, PA

    Shearer Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. – Washington, PA 


    Specialized Shop Equipment:


    Digital electrical meter

    Digital Thermometers

    Duct board knives

    Electronic leak detector Refrigerant recovery             

    Flue Analyzers            

    Ultrasonic electric detector

    Sheet metal machines

    Vacuum pumps




    Industry Competency Examination (I.C.E.)                                                                                        

    Environment Protection Agency (E.P.A.)        

    Refrigerant # 410-A Handling (E.P.A.) 


    Articulation Agreements:


    Community College of Allegheny County – Heating/Air-Conditioning

    Westmoreland County Community College

    Post-Secondary Training Options:


    Community College of Allegheny County – Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation, and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology

    Penn Commercial – Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration

    Pennsylvania College of Technology – Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Technology

    Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology -- Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation, and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology

    Triangle Tech, Inc. – Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation, and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology 


    Potential Careers:

    Inventory Control Technician

    Building Maintenance Technician

    Purchasing  Agent

    Building Operations Controller

    HVAC Installation Mechanic

    HVAC Technician

    Domestic Refrigeration Technician

    Job Estimator

    Consulting and Design Engineer 

    Self Employment


    Heating and Air Conditioning Skills:


    Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.

    Repairing — Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.

    Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.

    Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    Installation — Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.

    Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

    Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

    Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

    Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

    Wages and Employment Trends:


    Median Wages (2009)                                                   $19.76 hourly, $41,100 annually

    Employment (2008)                                                         308,000 employees

    Projected Growth (2008-2018)                                    Much faster than average (20% or higher)

    Projected Need (2008-2018)                                       136,200 additional employees