HEATING AND AIR CONDITIONING
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, plus ICE certification, (Industry Competency Exams) administered by the Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration Institute, located in Arlington, Virginia. ICE exams are supported by the Refrigeration Service Engineers Society (RSES), Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA), Gas Appliance Manufacturer’s Association (GAMA), Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Contractors Association (PHCC), Heating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI) and the Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration Institute (AHRI).
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 Simutech computer simulation programs are used along with live equipment in the lab. An on-the-job internship program with Aurora Public Schools Maintenance Department is offered where students can get experience with accomplished HVAC Technicians.
Instructor Wayne Blackwell
Wayne Blackwell is the HVAC Instructor who works with students to teach them to be HVAC Service Technicians.
Mr. Blackwell has taught at Pickens for 8 years. He came to Pickens as a former student that took the program after being in the industry for 16 years.
Mr. Blackwell is a Certified HVAC Technician, who holds his Heating and Air Conditioning service Technologies Certifications, EPA Universal certificate and numerous other training certifications.
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 always looking to employ good entry level students.
YEARS TEACHING: 6
YEARS IN INDUSTRY: 20
Residential & Commercial HVAC
Heating Service Technology
Air Conditioning Service Technology