HVAC Tech Graduation Pathway
This program is designed to allow students to learn the concepts and practices of heating, air conditioning and refrigeration equipment, installation, humidity control, and ways to improve indoor air quality. The fundamentals of the course are presented and then applied to actual equipment in hands-on training. Students will be trained in the maintenance and troubleshooting of mechanical and electrical systems. Upon completion of this program, students will sit for their Universal EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) certification.
The HVAC Tech Graduation Pathway course is only held at Ayers Career College.
Students will learn how heat, matter and energy respond to different temperatures and pressures, with special emphasis on refrigerants and how they respond to temperatures and pressure changes. This course is also designed to teach general safety practices, the names of tools and special instruments along with their proper use, the names and uses of fasteners used in the industry, and how to cut, measure, and braze copper tubing along with the safe handling of other tubing.
This course is designed to teach basic electricity, series and parallel circuits, automatic controls and their components and applications, along with electronic and programmable controls. Students will be given lab experience in wiring various systems, using multi-meters, ammeters, and use Ohms’ law to troubleshoot electrical systems. Students will gain practice in reading schematic and pictorial diagrams and develop critical thinking skills and the logic required to assess systems. Also included will be a study of the types of electric motors, their applications, operation, and controls. Lab exercises in each area will teach troubleshooting techniques and give practice in changing motors, fans, and bearings. Some technical math will be introduced to better facilitate the mastery of the material listed above.
This course is designed to teach the electric, gas, oil, and hydronic heating systems and techniques to maintain indoor air quality as well as the installation, repair, maintenance, and troubleshooting of refrigerators, freezers, and air conditioners. Students will learn components of the various systems and techniques to maintain indoor air quality. Students will completely wire an electric heating system using electric diagrams and instruments. Lab exercises will acquaint students with gas heating components and special safety procedures.
This course is designed to teach systems that combine heating and cooling systems, including electric, gas, and oil heating added to electric air conditioning with air source and geothermal heat pumps and their components being the main focus of the course. Students will learn how to adjust the indoor air quality for maximum comfort, how to determine the correct system size for a residence, its installation, its typical operating conditions, and the troubleshooting of its components and controls. Students will gain experience in the lab using a psychrometer and duct size tables. Students will learn proper installation as an addition to existing heating systems.