SkillTech: (HVACR) Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, Refrigeration Program

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    This program provides students with the opportunity to learn the theory and skills necessary to begin a HVACR career and/or continue to post secondary training. Students will master a variety of entry-level HVACR skills as they relate to residential and commercial settings. Students will participate in a variety of lab activities to reinforce the attainment of technical skills.

    Program standards are aligned with both industry standards and local service company needs. All students are required to pass a safety test and wear protective clothing and gear appropriate for the HVACR field. All courses ar taught by experienced professionals in the field. 

     The total program is 168 hours and is divided into four separate courses. Courses and content:

    • Tools and Applications: Tools, fasteners, tubing, copper, and soldering/brazing.
    • Cooling and Refrigeration: Thermodynamic principles, the relationship of temperature and pressure, system components, refrigerants, service procedures (recovery/recycling, evacuation, leak detection, charging), metering devices, troubleshooting, compressors, Compressor service, and chillers. Students will be able to test for the Act 608 Refrigerant Handling Certification.
    • Electricity and Motor Controls: Electrical principles, motors, electrical control devices, and defrost cycles.
    • Heating Systems: Ductwork, customer relations, heat pumps, and the following heating systems: gas, oil, and electric. 

    This courses in the program are ideal for students who are motivated to enter the HVACR field and/or continue to post secondary training with Vermont Technical College. Successful program completers will have employment or internship opportunities available to them provided by our local partners. 

    Program endorsers and partners:

    All students that successfully complete the program are guaranteed employment interviews with one or more partners. HVACR technicians are in high demand and starting wages, with this program, are around $20/hr. 

    The subjects will be presented through lectures, videos, demonstrations, and hands-on lab activities. The program will be taught as a sequence of courses and students are expected to enroll in all courses. Individual courses can be taken on a space available basis with students enrolling in all four courses preferred. 

     Program Schedule (28 weeks):

    1. Tools and Applications (6 weeks). September 4, 2018 through October 11, 2018.
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    2. Cooling and Refrigeration (10 weeks). October 30, 2018 through January 24, 2019. No class weeks of Nov. 19, Dec. 24 and Dec. 31
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    3. Electricity and Motor Controls (5 weeks). February 12, 2019 through March 14, 2019.
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    4. Heating Systems (7 weeks).  April 2, 2019 through June 6, 2019.
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    Day/Time:  Class meets on Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30pm - 8:30pm.

    Cost of program: $3300 plus text books (approximately $110).   

    Registration Deadline: Maximum of 12 per class on a first come first served acceptance.

    Instructors:  Paul Blanchard: Cooling and Refrigeration; Heating Systems. Jodi Doyle: Electricity and Motor Controls. TBD: Tools and Applications

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    For more information, email Joe Teegarden at