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Our HVAC/R program prepares students for work in the HVAC field and gives them the opportunity to earn up to three industry-specific credentials. Our students learn to install, repair, and maintain the operating conditions of heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems while complying with EPA regulations. Instruction includes lab and trade safety, detailed work with control systems, mathematics for HVAC/R, and the development of customer relation skills. We use the NCCER Apprenticeship post-secondary education curriculum and include certification options in CPR/First Aid and OSHA 10. For more information, please contact Richard Nash

Who Should Apply?

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Students interested in developing a marketable skill for use in the building trades are welcome to apply. Our courses align with state and national certification standards and help students earn those coveted certifications. Students gain valuable practical and professional skills in piping and tubing, heat and electricity, and HVAC duct systems that will catapult them toward their career goals. We emphasize “workplace readiness skills” in each of our classes to prepare our student to locate, apply, interview, and secure positions in/as: 

  • HVAC/R service technician
  • Contractor
  • Retail sales
  • Air-quality environmentalist
  • Code inspector
  • HVAC/R instructor
  • Project manager
  • Engineer
  • HVAC/R service manager
  • Cost estimator
  • Sub-contractor
  • Controls and facilities technician


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Students will attend a three-block session every-other-day and earn three credits. All instruction is presented in both theory and hands-on lab activities in accordance with NCCER Apprenticeship curriculum and HVAC/R EPA guidelines. Mr. Richard Nash is our instructor.

8503 HVAC I
Introduction to HVAC/R includes safety procedures; trade mathematics; a review of the tools of the trade; copper and plastic piping practices;soldering and brazing; ferrous metal piping practices; basic electricity; an introduction to cooling, heating and air distribution systems; alternating currents; electric heating; an introduction to controlled circuit troubleshooting; metering devices, leak detection, evacuation, recovery, and charging.

8504 HVAC II
HVAC II is an enhancement of HVAC/R skills learned in the first course and includes testing and troubleshooting electrical systems, servicing and maintaining heating systems, and complying with EPA laws and regulations.

During their program of study at THCTT, students will:

  • Develop an opportunity to enter a fast-paced, rapidly growing industry
  • Apply knowledge gained in a state of the art laboratory
  • Have the opportunity to take part in Associated Builders and Contractors Apprenticeship Education Program
  • May have the potential to take advantage of “paid” work-based learning opportunities, such as the Youth Registered Apprenticeship Program
  • Build relationships with local and state business leaders from the HVAC/R field
  • Test skills against other students at the local and national level through participation in student organizations such as SkillsUSA
  • Have the opportunity to earn three industry-specific credentials
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