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Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning – Refrigeration, Sheet Metal & Appliance Technology

Program Description

The HVAC-R (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning – Refrigeration) Sheet Metal & Appliance Technology industry is one of the faster growing, high-paying career paths an individual could choose. Every building today has some type of climate control system and over 80% of residential homes being built have central air conditioning system and electronic/computerized appliance equipment installed. Commercial buildings (hotels, restaurants, hospitals, and high-rise buildings) all use modern EMS (Energy Management Systems) to efficiently operate their facilities.

There are a variety of career paths a graduate of this area can pursue, which include but are not limited to: licensed refrigeration tech, HVAC-R Appliance service tech (duct system & sheet metal). Electrical control wiring, oil burner, gas heating technician or residential/commercial appliance service technician. Upon further education, options include a career as a mechanical engineer, building superintendent or self-employment. Opportunities are endless in this exciting and rewarding career, and lucrative employment is available worldwide. Upon enrollment, students are taught trade and safety basics and the use of specialty trade related equipment and analyzers. Their study continues on into trade related theory that covers electricity and control wiring, refrigeration, air conditioning, gas and oil fired heating equipment and appliance technology.

Junior and senior year students’ curriculum includes commercial systems and being involved in the school’s off-campus construction program, where students get involved in community projects related to their trade. The state of Massachusetts requires a refrigeration technician license to work on and to operate machines that are rated at 120,000 BTUs or larger. The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) requires persons who handle refrigerants to be certified. Students majoring in the program at GNB Voc Tech are able to achieve this certification before graduation. Related classes and shop/lab hours can be applied to trade licensure requirements.

Staff

Teachers

Glenn Morel
Brian Rose – Curriculum Leader
Steven Ellis
Daleann Awalt
Dennis Tetreault

Teaching Assistant

David Hughes
Richard Gomes
Kevin Castino

Academy Administrator

Thaddeus Haggerty

Course of Study

Freshman

HVAC Trade Basics
Copper Piping, Flaring, Soldering and Bending
Electrical Safety and Wiring Projects
Sheet Metal HVAC shop basics
Perform Basic Sheet Metal Fabrication
Develop and Fabricate Perpendicular Line and Parallel Line Development Fittings

Sophomore

Consumer Relations Training
Electrical Schematic Reading and Troubleshooting Practicing
Intro to Residential Appliances
Safety and Equipment Training
OSHA Certificate Training
Appliance Technical Certificate Training
Domestic Refrigeration Theory
Off Campus Service Call Training

Junior

Commercial Refrigeration
Ductless Split Systems
Electrical Projects 24, 120, 240 volt system
Advanced Copper Projects
Digital & Mechanical Controls
Troubleshooting Mechanical Systems
Motors
E.P.A. (Environmental Protection Agency) Recovery Certification
Co-op

Senior

Residential & Commercial Air Conditioning
Electric, Gas, and Oil Heating
Hydronic Heating Systems
Automatic Control Wiring
Sheet Metal Fabrication and Installation
Off Campus Construction Projects
Co-op
Facilities Management
Energy Management Systems
Central Heating and Air Conditioning Installation and Service
Commercial Restaurant Equipment Service
R-410a High Pressure Refrigerant Certification
Intro Solar Thermal

Career Opportunities

HVAC-R Technician
Control Wiring Specialist
Estimator
Oil/Gas Burner Technician
Sheet Metal Worker

Specification Writer
Supervisor
Troubleshooter
Working Foreman
Institutional HVAC Management