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Certificate in HVAC

The School of Building Technology at PTC offers a certificate in Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Technology that can prepare you for an exciting career in HVAC.

Our program focuses on not only theory but also the mechanical aspects of the equipment. We teach our students to be problem solvers because that is the type of graduate the industry is looking for. The companies who hire our graduates tell us that PTC students are highly trained individuals that are an asset to their staff.

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Alumni: William (Bill) Furey

Occupation: Service Technician

HVAC Technician Boiler Room Services

“In HVAC your career can take you into installation, sales, service, and the oil and gas industry.”

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Fundamentals of Electricity
This course will provide the student with working knowledge and theory of electrical safety and various types of HVAC-R electrical components used in the HVAC-R industry. A 70% grade must be attained at this level to continue on to HVA127 and HVA131.
Heating Systems 1
This course is designed to give the student a working knowledge of various types of heating systems: gas furnaces, both natural gas and propane fuels, oil heat. This course will provide the student with theory connected to the installation, service, and troubleshooting. A 70% grade must be attained at this level to continue on to HVA127 and HVA131.
Welding and Sheet Metal Fabrication
This course will introduce the students to the skills associated with the welding and sheet metal fabrication needed for the HVAC industry.
Customer Service and Career Development for HVAC
This course will provide the students with the skills and working knowledge associated with the interaction with customers and clients in the HVAC industry. The course will also provide the students with the tools needed to enter and then be successful in the HVAC career field.
Heating Systems 2
This course is designed to give the student a working knowledge of various types of heating systems: heat pumps and electrical furnaces. This course will provide the student with theory connected to the installation, service, and troubleshooting of heat pumps and electrical furnaces. A 70% grade must be attained at this level to continue on to HVA136 and HVA147
Residential Refrigeration
This course is designed to give the student the ability to understand refrigeration theory. The student will understand the basic refrigeration cycle; have the working knowledge of residential refrigerators and air conditioning systems. The student will be able to braze copper tubing and demonstrate the ability to use hand tools that is required in the HVAC-R field. A 70% grade must be attained at this level to continue on to HVA147.
Hydronics
This course will provide the student with the working knowledge of low-pressure boilers, zoning applications relative to hot water heat application of electronic and mechanical controls specific to hot water heating. A 70% grade must be attained at this level to continue on to HVA162.
HVAC-R Controls
This course will provide the student with working knowledge and theory of electrical safety and various types of HVAC-R controls used in the HVAC-R industry
Commercial Refrigeration
This course will provide the student with the working knowledge of controls and circuits. The student will understand refrigeration theory and operation for commercial refrigeration, Ice Machine and commercial roof top units. A 70% grade must be attained at this level to continue on to HVA162. Prerequisite: HVA136.
Load Calculations and Psychrometrics
This course will provide the student with the working knowledge of controls to hand calculate heating and cooling loads and determine heating and air conditioning equipment size. They will also understand air and its properties.
Troubleshooting and Diagnostics
This course will provide the student with the working knowledge necessary to identify and troubleshoot problems that occur in HVAC-R equipment.
Chiller Systems
This course will provide the student with the working knowledge of low-pressure and high pressure chillers, Chiller application of electronic and mechanical controls specific to chillers systems. Students will prepare and take the EPA 608 Universal Exam. Pre-requisite: HVA147.
Certification Preparation
This course will prepare the students to take the Industry Competency Exam (ICE), and the North American Technician Excellence exam (NATE®). The successful completion of these certification exams will provide the opportunity for the students to illustrate their knowledge and competency when entering the HVAC-R industry.
Principles of Mathematics
This general studies course involves a review of the principles of mathematics. Topics to be discussed include whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percentages, ratios, measurement (both English and Metric systems), and an introduction to Algebra. For programs that require additional mathematics classes, students must earn a “C” or better grade in this course to advance to the next required math course.
Internship*
The Internship is a cooperative effort between the Institute and the professional community. It is designed to provide the students with an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills learned in their major in a related working environment. This internship requires 240 hours work experience.

Alumni: William (Bill) Furey

Occupation: Service Technician

HVAC Technician Boiler Room Services

“In HVAC your career can take you into installation, sales, service, and the oil and gas industry.”

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