The HVAC/R program is focused on hands-on training in labs. The newly renovated HVAC/R lab features a two students per piece of equipment ratio which gives students the opportunity to receive proper practice on all lab equipment. The labs feature 40 working furnaces, 8 rooftop units, 9 boilers and more. Units come from various manufacturers so students can gain a thorough understanding of many of the brands that they will be working with in the field. The latest test instruments and hand tools are also available to students so that they can learn the necessary troubleshooting skills.
Students gain real world experience building the related HVAC systems of two small homes during the program. Systems include radiant heat for floors, ductwork systems, and high velocity systems.
Numerous site visits with active HVAC/R equipment are incorporated throughout the two year program to enhance student learning. Students also attend several local conferences that feature industry experts so they can stay on top of industry trends.
Students are encouraged to participate in industry trade organizations including ASHRAE, Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA), Refrigeration Service Engineers Society (RSES) and the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors National Association. These industry trade organizations help students network and provide them with professional development opportunities.