South Shore Tech

Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration

Course Description

The HVAC-­R course will provide students with a basic understanding of the theories of heating, ventilation, A/C ,refrigeration and plumbing. The course includes specific training in the individual components of heating and cooling systems, and instruction in electrical, controls and wiring schematics. The HVAC-R program at SST includes: safety, fittings, soldering, brazing, piping, valves, pumps, electrical circuits, refrigeration, air conditioning, and heating principles and theory. The program will also include the introduction to the theory, design and installation of plumbing.

Freshman

The primary focus of Grade 9 will be learning the basic skills that are needed to enter the HVAC-R field. They will also learn an array of copper skills, such as, bending, flaring, swaging, soldering and brazing.

Skills: Proper tool usage | Copper Skills | Electrical Circuits | Fastners / OSHA 10

Sophomores

The primary focus of Grade 10 will be on learning residential and commercial refrigeration. Students will also expand on their electrical skills. During this year students will work towards their EPA 608 certification.

Skills: Build Mock Refrigerator | Refrigerant Components | Compressor Testing | Schematics & Diagrams | Walk-in Refrigeration Equipment | EPA 608 certification

Juniors

The primary focus of Grade 11 is oil burners, hydronic heat, and air conditioning. Students will be instructed in the proper installation, repair, and maintenance of these systems and their electrical components. Additionally students will receive their Refrigerant R410a safety certification.

Skills: Oil/Hydronic Heat | Air Conditioning | R410a Safety | National Oil Heat Research Alliance Bronze certification

Seniors

The primary focus of Grade 12 is gas heat, air conditioning, and heat pumps. Students will be instructed in the proper installation, repair, and maintenance of these systems and their electrical components.

Skills: Gas Heat | Advanced AC | Heat Pumps

Certifications

OSHA 10 Hour
EPA 608a Universal Certification
R410a Safety Certification
750 Hours of Shop Instruction
100 Hours of Electrical Code
150 Hours of Theory (Applied towards refrigeration technician's license)
National Oil Heat Research Alliance Bronze Certification

College Pathways

BS or AS in Mechanical Engineering

Career Pathways

Licensed Apprentice

About the Industry

Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology, commonly called HVAC-R, is the service and installation of heating and cooling equipment. The main emphasis is on domestic, with some instruction on light commercial. When finished, students will have the EPA's Section 608 Clean Air Act Certification. In addition to these core concepts, the General Education courses required will help ensure individuals have the necessary oral, written, and critical thinking skills to help them with their professional responsibilities.

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