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air conditioning &
The HVAC/R program is unique because it treats designing,
retrofitting, testing, and balancing on a problem-solving
level. This specialized program prepares the technician for
the fast-growing, highly technical HVAC/R field.
The challenge for the service technician is to optimize
the service operation of HVAC/R systems to maximize
customer and employer satisfaction. Using computers
to replicate various conditions that could be encountered,
students develop a plan of action to use with live work.
Students learn current methods of identifying and
performing efficiency evaluations on various types of
heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning systems as well
as adjusting and balancing equipment for maximum
In addition to HVAC/R classroom theory sessions, students
also perform service and installation on numerous live projects
on and off campus. The HVAC/R laboratory includes tools,
equipment, computers, and instrumentation typically found in
commercial, residential, and industrial settings. The lab also
includes ground source heat pumps, gas efficient furnaces,
regular heat pumps, oil-fired furnaces, gas and oil boilers, ice
machines, walk-in boxes, roof-top equipment, chiller systems,
and commercial refrigeration trainers.
Challenging careers abound on a national level with
firms offering graduates a variety of positions as service
technicians, installation technicians, estimators, and inplant industrial technicians. High school prerequisites for
this program are Algebra I & II, and a GPA of at least 2.5.
66 * Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology
* A graduate of this program will be able to do the
* Demonstrate the ability to do technical work in a variety
of heating, cooling, and plumbing and refrigeration
fields; apply safety standards and understand and work
with technical developments in the industry.
* Apply concepts of algebra and physics in the layout,
design, development, and analysis of refrigeration and
air conditioning equipment and systems.
* Identify and demonstrate correct use of tools, materials,
and equipment used in the trade.
* Demonstrate the ability to read and interpret blueprints
and use blueprints when installing equipment.
* Troubleshoot heating, cooling, and refrigeration
equipment using standard troubleshooting procedures.
* Write clear, concise, legible, and accurate technical
reports using technical English and apply verbal
communication skills in job-related activities.
* Read and interpret electrical schematics and use
schematics when installing and repairing equipment.
* Estimate the cost of an installation and design and lay
out an effective system for a specific location and use.
* Demonstrate knowledge of the operation and use of
hermetic, reciprocating, and centrifugal compressors.
* Apply basic knowledge of airflow, ventilation, and energy
conservation concepts to the design of systems, using
modern building design and solar energy technology.