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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 highly celebrated HVAC Instructor who takes immense pride in turning his students into successful HVAC Service Technicians. Mr. Blackwell came to Pickens as a former student and took the HVAC program after being in the industry for 16 years. 

Mr. Blackwell believes that Pickens Technical College is where students can get a great start in an essential industry that will never go away and will always be looking to employ highly-prepared entry-level technicians. 

Mr. Blackwell finds great joy in seeing his former students return to the classroom to speak with his current students. Mr. Blackwell’s former students continuously report moving out and buying their own place, purchasing their own car, and growing professionally in the industry.

In addition, “Wayne has been recognized for changing how his students learn with the help of an innovative three-dimensional virtual reality technology. Wayne partnered with a company called ZSpace to bring this technology to his students. Blackwell is the first HVAC instructor in the United States to use this technology inside the classroom, which allows students to acquire state-of-the-art skills and knowledge that will help them succeed in the workforce.” Aurora Public Schools.

Mr. Blackwell was a recent presenter at the 2022 Colorado Association of School Board Conference at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs.

Years Teaching: Since 2011

Teaching Background: After teaching full-time for eleven years, Mr. Blackwell 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: 27

Industry Background: Residential & Light Commercial HVAC

Certifications and Degrees: Wayne holds certifications in Heating Service Technology, Air Conditioning Service Technology, EPA- Universal, and Ice.

Kevin Roy, Night Instructor

Kevin Roy has been working in the commercial and industrial field of HVAC for 40 years.

Certifications and degrees:

HVAC Certification – 1982 Aurora public Schools Technical center (Pickens Technical College).

A.A.S. Community College of Denver – 1984

Refrigeration Operators license – City and County of Denver – 1987

EPA universal – 1993

Factory Trained and Authorized- Fulton Boiler Works

Factory Trained and Authorized – Lochinvar Boilers

Over 60 certifications in the field of HVAC



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