Heating, Air Conditioning, & Refrigeration (HVACR)

Dual Credit High School Academy

CVTC along with your school have partnered to offer high school students who are interested in pursuing a career in HVACR (Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration) an opportunity to earn high school and college credit. Dual credit academies give high school students a chance to navigate their interests and career options to develop the most successful individualized career path. Credits earned through this academy may be applied to CVTC's technical degree programs.

Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers, often called HVACR technicians work on heating, ventilation, cooling and refrigeration systems that control the temperature and air quality in buildings. HVACR technicians work mostly in homes, schools, hospitals, office buildings, or factories. 

When: January or August start dates, Monday and Wednesday, 5 – 9 p.m.

Location: CVTC Energy Education Center (Eau Claire)

Requirement: Students must be a junior, or senior to participate. 

Pre-Requisite: Students must successfully complete Safety-HVAC (601-125), Electricity Theory (601-140) and Electricity Principles (601-148)

Credential: Gas, Heating & Airflow WTCS Pathway Certificate

Certificate TitleCreditsCourse Time/Dates
Heating Theory
1 credit
January 22 - March 2024
M | W 5 – 9 p.m.
Schematic Wiring - HVAC
1 credit

January 22 - March 2024
M | W 5 – 9 p.m.

Principles of Gas Heat and Airflow
2 credits

January 22 - March 2024
M | W 5 – 9 p.m.

Course Description

General Information
Today's HVACR industry is stronger than ever. Employment of heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers is projected to grow 15 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Commercial and residential building construction is expected to drive employment growth, and job opportunities for HVACR technicians are expected to be strong.

Through hands-on, simulation, and online instructional experiences, you will receive training patterned after the day-to-day demands of this career, including electrical wiring, troubleshooting circuits, service, and installation of HVACR equipment.

601-107 Heating Theory
This course focuses on the different forms of heat transfer and types of heat and how they relate to various HVAC systems.  The basic operation of gas, oil, electric and hydronic heating systems are explored and major components and controls are identified. The main objective of the class is to understand the basic functions of heating appliances. 

601-146 Schematic Wiring-HVACR
The primary focus of this class is learning to read and interpret schematic symbols and diagrams.  Students will be able to wire and operate various HVAC equipment using the schematics found on the equipment.  They will also be able to identify individual circuits and their function when given a schematic diagram. 

601-108 Principles of Gas Heating and Airflow
Natural gas and propane heating appliances are evaluated and tested.  Major components and controls are identified and the proper methods of troubleshooting and diagnosing are learned and practiced.  Evaluating proper airflow patterns for systems is emphasized as well.  The main objective of the course is to assist the technician to work on a variety of gas-fired appliances when the course is completed.

Just the Facts

Spring 2024
4 Credit High School Academy

Registration Status //

Academy Dates //
January 22 - March 2024High School Academies follow all scheduled CVTC breaks.

Days of Week //

Times //
5 – 9 p.m

Classroom Location //
CVTC Energy Education Center

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