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Programs >> Skilled Trades >> Heating & Air Conditioning Service Technology

Heating and Air Conditioning Service Technology Program

The Heating and Air Conditioning Service Technology Program prepares the student with entry-level residential skills required by employers in this industry.

It is industry focused, with the student being given the opportunity to earn their EPA certification, administered by the ESCO Institute.

The Heating Service Technology block consists of 270 hours of education in job safety, soldering and brazing, basic electricity, forced air gas furnace service, hydronic service, air flow problems, duct sizing, and troubleshooting gas fired equipment. Performance testing after repairs is emphasized. State-of-the-art Cengage Brain Computer 3D animation programs are used along with live equipment in the lab. An on-the-job internship program with Aurora Public Schools Maintenance Department and with Cherry Creek School District is offered where students can get experience with accomplished HVAC Technicians.



Wayne Blackwell, Instructor

Wayne Blackwell is the HVAC Instructor who works with students to teach them to be HVAC Service Technicians. He came to Pickens as a former student and took the Pickens program after being in the industry for 16 years. Mr. Blackwell believes that Pickens Technical College is a place where students can get a great start in an industry that is never going to go away and will always be looking to employ good entry-level students. Mr. Blackwell is the Director of the Program and he supports the nighttime instructor.

Years Teaching: Since 2011

Teaching Background: Mr. Blackwell has been teaching full time for nine years. He says “Teaching isn’t a job when it’s something you love to do,” and that “Changing lives is the most rewarding part of my career”.

Years in Industry: 25

Industry Background:
Residential & Light Commercial HVAC

Certifications and Degrees:

  • Heating Service Technology
  • Air Conditioning Service Technology
  • EPA- Universal
  • Ice Certificate
Jason Hamilton, Night Instructor

Years Teaching: To be updated

Teaching Background: To be updated

Years in Industry: To be updated

Industry Background: To be updated

Degrees and Certifications: To be updated



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