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Miami Valley CTC HVAC Training and Programs Info

Miami Valley CTC Training Programs

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HVAC is the abbreviation used when referring to heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. The HVAC technician installs, repairs and maintains these along with various other refrigeration systems. Choosing a career in the HVAC field will require education and training. The Miami Valley CTC offers classes and training in the HVAC field. Successful completion of the program opens the door to an excellent salary, continual employment and management opportunities.

The Miami Valley CTC is an accredited school. This is an important feature when considering your education. Accreditation proves the school has passed a specific set of criteria put forth by an accreditation agency. The U.S. Department of Education continually updates its list of accreditation organizations who must meet federal standards. Graduating from an accredited school means you'll take part in the best programs ensuring the best career for yourself and the best service for your clients.

HVAC Career Overview

Welcome to the world of furnaces, air conditioners, boilers, heat pumps and basically anything that makes life more comfortable. The daily routine of the HVAC tech is typically consists ofinstalling walk-in coolers and/or servicing them, handling hazardous gases and material ventilators, massive cooling towers, humidification (or de-) units and maintaing air filtration systems. Rising energy costs have contributed to the increase of wood burning, geothermal, and solar type systems by both business and home owners.

The HVAC technician/installer can get their education and training at Miami Valley CTC, where they will be given a good understanding of related areas including electrical, plumbing, and framing as well. They will learn how to use hundreds of tools from the everyday screwdriver to a refrigeration recovery unit. Doing mathematics and reading blueprints and learning to read schematics and charts are all a part of the HVAC technician's training along with learning building codes, OSHA regulations and how to use safety equipment.

Residential

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The residential HVAC professional works in homes, apartments and condos. The residential aspect of this industry is much easier to enter. Individuals can take part in an apprenticeship program or earn their way moving through the ranks. HVAC residential is the less complicated of the two.

Commercial

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This focuses on servicing heat and air conditioning issues in office buildings, warehouses, and factories. The commercial aspect of the HVAC field typically requires classes in higher education, years of experience, or experience in an apprenticeship program. Every area of HVAC study requires the student to get an EPA license needed for handling refrigerant.

Training & Certification

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Being accepted at Miami Valley CTC assures students they'll receive excellent training in the HVAC field. Individuals also have the opportunity to network with their instructors, local professionals, and classmates; all important relationships for a lifetime of learning and technical advancement. Earning your HVAC certification at Miami Valley CTC promotes relationships and employment opportunities that can last a lifetime.

Practical Skill Sets and Foundational Theoretical Principles

  • Installation and repair of HVAC systems
  • How to measure and design proper ventilation
  • Where best to install heating or air conditioning
  • Integration of various building materials
  • Principles of thermodynamics as they relate to heating and refrigeration
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Geothermal technology
  • Energy engineering
  • Physical dynamics of various HVAC systems and various structures

Why Choose Accredited HVAC Training Programs?

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Accreditation is very important in HVAC. Some states only permit technicians who have earned their accreditation by attending a federally recognized program. Accreditation allows the HVAC tech to work legitimately and get licensed through the government. The restrictions in place guarantee that only properly trained individuals will service the community; minimizing accidents and maximizing results. The HVAC program at Miami Valley CTC has national accreditation from the Partnership for Air Conditioning Heating and Refrigeration (PAHRA).

HVAC Technician Jobs and Salaries

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A career as an HVAC technician offers abundant career choices once you've gained some experience. For the beginner, a salary of $26,000 per year is average. However, after a few years working in the field, HVAC professionals can earn approximately $47,000 per year. An HVAC specialist can earn between $60,000 - $70,000 per year based on their field and expertese. In addition to your pay, there are benefits such as insurance, holidays, and vacation. Some companies provide perks as well including:

  • Company vehicles
  • Cell phones
  • Laptops
  • Tool allowance
  • Uniforms
  • Commission opportunities

There are two main categories in the HVAC industry. Miami Valley CTC specializes in preparing its graduates in both commercial and residential careers. The categories comprise the fields of service and installation. The service side is usually busier and has a more consistent workflow as the installation side is contingent on new construction projects. HVAC technicians can be self-employed as independent contractors. See the following list for job descriptions and salary ranges:

  • HVAC Service Technician - $44,000 ($38,000-$51,000)
  • HVAC Mechanic & Installer - $41,000 ($22,000-$51,000)
  • Refrigeration Mechanic & Installer - $30,000 ($27,000-$44,000)
  • Air Condition Mechanic & Supervisor - $52,000 ($41,000-$72,000)
  • General Maintenance - $43,000 ($25,000-$58,000)
  • HVAC Project Manager - $73,000 ($56,000-$106,000)
  • HVAC Technical Consultant - $89,000 ($48,000-$91,000)

Miami Valley CTC HVAC Training Program - Courses

  • HVAC-R I
  • HVAC-R II
  • HVAC-R III
  • HVAC-R IV

HVAC Managers

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The manager is an important part of any team of technicians in the service business. When working on an installation or repair for heating, ventilation, or air conditioning for projects, the manager assumes the responsibility of overseeing the work and employees. The manager works with clients ensuring project goals are on time while attending to the needs of the customer.

HVAC Installers

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Installers are the system controllers. They are in charge of installing, repairing and maintaining the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems in a building. The are the systems people rely on for comfort i.e., keeping occupants cool in hot weather and warm when its cold outside.

HVAC Engineers

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Engineers have a variety of opportunities and different responsibilities in the field. They may have a job designing systems, working with installers, improving a system's maintenance, and generating engineering repairs. They can opt to work as an employee of an HVAC company or seek employment opportunities offered by design firms, government agencies, or HVAC equipment manufacturers.

  • HVAC classes comprise 900 hours in 53 weeks every Monday through Thursday, 5:30 - 10:00 pm
  • Program Cost $12,820 (financial aid is available for qualified individuals)
  • Pell & Stafford funding allowed by US Dept. of Education

Program Goals

  • Learn health and safety practices in the HVAC trade
  • Accurately describe the operation sequences of HVAC equipment
  • Read and use blueprints, design specifications, and manufacturer's instructions
  • Fabricate sheet metal components for ductwork
  • Solder & braze fittings for necessary connections
  • Perform an HVAC load calculation on a complete system
  • Properly use pipe cutters, benders, acetylene torches, voltmeters, thermometers, pressure gauges, and manometers
  • Diagnose problems, test and overhaul compressors, test relays and thermostats

Prerequisites

  • Drug screen from ArcPoint Laboratory
  • Confirmation of Completed MPN (Master Promissory Note) - Financial Aid
  • Confirmation of Completed Loan Counseling - Financial Aid
  • Confirmation of Completed FAFSA (Student Aid Report) - Financial Aid
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Meets program criteria on Work Force Training Assessment

College Connections

  • Sinclair Community College

Industry Standard Certificates

  • 608 Refrigerant and NCCER (National Center for Construction Education and Research)

Conclusion

Choosing a career in HVAC means you'll always have a job. Heating and air conditioning are critical comforts that need servicing and repair all over the world. Besides comfort, energy costs are always a concern. As an HVAC technician, you'll help your clientele find more effective methods to heat and cool their homes. The increasing demand for heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) continues to rise.

The field of HVAC is loaded with diversity. There are opportunities to work as an HVAC manager, installer, engineer, or refrigeration tech. A career in HVAC can introduce technicians to new technological break-throughs as old units are replaced. The introduction of new technologies will always contribute to the need for HVAC technicians.