SkillTech: (HVACR) Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, Refrigeration Program
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:
- Alliance Mechanical
- Avonda Air Systems
- Blazing Design, Inc.
- Blodgett Supply
- Bourne's Energy
- Chuck's Heating and Air Conditioning
- Climate Systems, Inc.
- Control Technologies
- Efficiency Vermont
- E&M Mechanical
- FW Webb
- Jack's Heating and Air Conditioning
- Jay Mechanical
- KC Mechanical
- Local 693 Plumbers, Pipie Fitters, HVACR Serv. Techs.
- New England Air Systems
- St. Michael's Facility Department
- Vermont Department of Labor
- Vermont Energy Contracting
- Vermont Fuel Dealers Association
- Vermont Gas Systems, Inc.
- Vermont Heating and Ventilating
- Vermont Mechanical, Inc.
- Vermont Technical College
- Williamson Plumbing and Heating, Inc.
Note! 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.
Bonus! College credit with Vermont Technical College. Students have the option of receiving college credit at VTC toward an associates degree.
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 but students enrolling in all four courses are preferred.
Program Schedule (28 weeks):
1. Tools and Applications (6 weeks). September 1, 2020 through October 8, 2020.
2. Cooling and Refrigeration (10 weeks). October 27, 2020 through January 21, 2021. No class weeks of Nov. 23, Dec. 21 and Dec. 28
3. Electricity and Motor Controls (5 weeks). February 9, 2021 through March 11, 2021.
4. Heating Systems (7 weeks). March 30, 2021 through May 13, 2021.
Day/Time: Class meets on Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30pm - 8:30pm.
Cost of program: $3400.
Registration Deadline: Maximum of 12 per class on a first come first paid acceptance.
Refund Policy for HVACR Technician Training Program only:
- 100% refund if the HVACR program is cancelled by SkillTech for any reason.
- 100% refund if the student withdraws from the program two weeks or more prior to the start date of the first course of the program.
- 40% refund if the student withdraws from the program two weeks prior to the start date of the third course of the program.
- Up to three seats in each course are available for students that do not wish to take the entire program. Students enrolling in the entire program are given priority.
Note! If a student received financial aid from VSAC, any refund will not include VSAC grant.
Instructors: Paul Blanchard: Cooling and Refrigeration; Heating Systems. Jim Kenehan: Electricity and Motor Controls. Jim Kenehan: Tools and Applications
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