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Connellsville Area Career & Technical Center



Instructor: Mr. Bill Shipley

HVAC system does much more than keep us cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Virtually every business and home has some form of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration system. This means plenty of work for the skilled technician! Students learn electrical fundamentals from wiring a simple switch to wiring an air conditioning, heating and refrigeration system. In lab they will learn how to solder and braze copper, recover/leak test/vacuum/charge refrigeration systems, read blueprints and wiring diagrams. Students will find out how to use their senses while developing skills required for the installation, service and maintenance of HVAC systems.

Students in HVAC will:

  • Work with HVAC computer programs
  • Bend sheet metal
  • Braze and solder using copper wire
  • Install electrical wiring
  • Work with black piping
  • Install, troubleshooting and maintain HVAC systems

Industry Certifications a Student may earn:

  • OSHA

Employment Opportunities upon Completion of the Program:

  • Heating and Air Conditioning Mechanic
  • Refrigeration Mechanic
  • Sheet Metal Worker

Employment Opportunities with further Education and Training:

  • Air Conditioning and Heating Engineer
  • Energy Management Control Engineer
  • Estimator
  • Refrigeration Engineer

Post-Secondary Options:

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