In Piedmont Technical College's Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning Technology (HVAC) program, you’ll learn to diagnose and repair malfunctions; size, fabricate and install air duct systems; and estimate cooling and heating loads for selection of the most efficient systems for a given building. Practical training in a well-equipped shop and outside installation of service projects will give you the on-the-job experience you’ll need to get started in the HVAC industry after graduation.
Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning Major
Graduation Date: May 2002
Lee graduated from PTC in 2002 and began working for a local heating and cooling company. With his business degree and HVAC degree, he decided to strike out on his own in 2009. He is now the owner and operator of Lee’s Heating and Cooling. “After graduating, I gained the experience I needed to go out on my own,” he said. “The company is doing great and we are staying busy.”
Practical training in a well-equipped shop and outside installation of service projects will give you the on-the-job experience you’ll need to get started in the HVAC industry after graduation.
Students learn to diagnose and repair malfunctions; size, fabricate and install air duct systems; and estimate cooling and heating loads for selection of the most efficient systems for a given building.
There are also plenty of opportunities for students to get real-world experience on actual HVAC jobs, from planning and design, all the way through installation, troubleshooting and repair.
One of the fastest-growing service occupations, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) has seen major changes in recent years as the result of a national emphasis on fuel conservation and environmental concerns.
Every private residence, business, industry and agency needs the skill of technicians trained in the installation, maintenance and repair of air conditioning, refrigeration and heating systems. And because these systems are increasing in complexity, skilled technicians will be in higher demand in the future to keep them running at maximum capacity.
PTC’s HVAC program focuses on providing students with the theory and the real-world experience to fully understand the three main pillars of HVAC: air, electrical and mechanical. Students are then taught how to apply that knowledge to the same kind of challenges they’ll face on the job.
Students also graduate with a variety of additional certifications from HVAC Excellence covering the whole spectrum of skills needed in the field, which makes PTC graduates even more marketable.
PTC's HVAC program is project driven. After technical information is covered in class, everything is directly applied through hands-on work.
Students design walk-in coolers, troubleshoot the same kinds of working systems they’ll see in the field, and work closely with PTC’s building construction technology program to design, install and test full HVAC systems in new construction.
Every student will be involved in fully implementing at least one HVAC system from start to finish.
Students learn in state-of-the-art facilities including a brand new sheet metal lab, a weatherization facility, and a wide variety of HVAC equipment—all similar to what they’d find in the field.
The program also hosts regular factory and service seminars, in which suppliers provide training to students and for people in the field.
Because PTC is aware that many students need to balance the demands of work and family while attending classes, the HVAC program offers several options to increase flexibility for students who need to work around a busy schedule.
PTC offers both an evening program and a day program. The evening program is designed primarily for people who work during the day.