The HVAC/R technician will learn installation, repair, and service work for heating, cooling, and refrigeration equipment.
As an HVAC/R student you will learn to use various pieces of specialty equipment and testing devices. Proper use of this equipment is critical to the accurate installation, service, and maintenance of the many different components found in today’s indoor climate control systems.
The demand for knowledgeable and skilled technicians in the HVAC/R field continues to grow. Professionals that understand and can demonstrate the proper use of specialty tools and refrigerant handling procedures required for the installation and service of today’s higher efficiency heating, cooling, and refrigeration equipment are greatly needed for this in-demand field.
Students in the HVAC/R program will earn their EPA 608 Unviersal Certificaiton after their first year. This certification allows an individual to purchas and handle refrigerants legally.
Through the course of the first year, students work towards their NCCER Levels One and Two Certification. NCCER is a nationally recognized training program that is backed by industry and recognized by almost all large commercial construction firms.
Second-year students will take the North American Technical Excellence Exam (NATE). This certification is nationally recongnized and in some states is considered equial to a journeyman’s license.
All technicians who work with refrigerants must be certified by passing a written examination. Regulations prohibiting the discharge of CFC and HCFC refrigerants took effect in 1993, and regulations banning CFC production became effective in 2000. These regulations should continue to result in demand for technicians to replace many existing systems or modify them to use new environmentally safe refrigerants.
- Apply the principles of mechanical refrigeration to comfort cooling and commerical refrigeration systems.
- Use speciality tools & equipment for the HVAC/R trad ina safe and appropriate manner.
- Understand the fundamentals of electricity.
- Understand the principles of air flow balancing the structure.
- Service and maintan gas-fired appliances by applying knowledge of combustion and appliance opperating systems.
- diagnose and troubleshoot HVAC/R equipment using all the above knowledge and skills.
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The hands-on training received at Northwest Tech will prepare you for a variety of career opportunities such as:
- Installation and service of residential and light commercial comfort heating and cooling equipment
- Installation and service of commercial refrigeration appliances found in restaurants, grocery stores, refrigerated shipping containers, factories, and even sports arenas
Employment of heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers is expected to grow 34 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. Rising demand for trained technicians will result in excellent employment opportunities.
Below is a list of items Northwest Tech’s Admissions Team will need prior to your acceptance into the HVAC/R program.
- A Northwest Tech Application Completed and Submitted
- $25 Application Fee Paid
- High School or GED Transcript Submitted
- (If Applicable) College Transcript Submitted
- ACT or Compass Scores Submitted (Compass Testing can be scheduled on-site at the Northwest Tech campus)
Required items can be submitted in person at the Northwest Tech campus, via postal mail addressed to: Northwest Tech Admissions, 1209 Harrison, Goodland, KS, or through email communications with firstname.lastname@example.org.