In the HVAC field, professionals typically install, maintain, and repair heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems. For the duration of this program, students will apply the principles of cooling and heating to duct work, controlling humidity, and the operation of electrical control systems. Students will work closely with the plumbing and electrical program on related studies. An educational partnership with local HVAC companies enhances the experience.

Technical Skills:

Heating systems with heat pumps, gas and oil furnaces, and hydronic heat • AC Systems • Sheet metal and fiberglass duct, electricity, refrigeration, and plumbing

Professional Skills:

Communication • Customer Service • Problem Solving & Troubleshooting • Initiative and Self-Motivation

Career Opportunities or Field Positions:

Heating, AC, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers • HVAC Apprentice

What Certifications can I earn?

OSHA Certification • American Ladder Institute Certifications • NCCER Credentials • EPA Refrigerant Certifications

What College Credits can I earn?

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Program Requirements & Expectations:

Students should be able to read at grade level, read a ruler, and have good computer and math skills.

Uniform Requirements:

A blue or gray CareerTech t-shirt is required. In addition, the following CareerTech items may also be purchased: sweatshirt, hooded sweatshirt (no strings), or flannel (blue or gray). Uniforms may be ordered online or purchased at the school store.

Jeans or work pants without holes

Work boots (steel toe not required)

Out-of-Pocket costs:

School Uniform

Tool Kit – Between $60 – $120 depending on brand

Student Organizations?

Students may join the SkillsUSA student organization. This club brings students who share common interests together for an exchange of ideas, and the opportunity to work towards a common purpose. It offers students recognition through a national program of awards and contests and seeks to cultivate excellence in leadership and in their technical skills. Visit for more information.

Ken Boxler

Mr. Boxler is a CareerTech alumnus of the HVAC program. He has over 35 years experience in the trade of HVAC, including teaching HVAC for the Adult Education program at CareerTech and Harrisburg Area Community College. Mr. Boxler has an NCCER and EPA 608 Refrigerant Safety Universal Certification and Proctor Certifications.