Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration (HVAC)
Completion of the 9-month certificate program in Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration program at North Idaho College prepares the student for an entry-level position in this challenging occupation. Entry-level HVAC/R technicians typically work on residential/light commercial HVAC/R systems performing equipment installations, preventative maintenance and service and repair tasks. Additional opportunities are also available in system design and sales occupations.
Students will study basic HVAC/R systems, electricity, heating systems, local fuel codes, applied thermodynamics, refrigeration cycle, psychometrics, duct system design, and system diagnosis. These skills are taught in classroom theory and learned in hands-on lab exercises and co-operative work experiences. A general education component consisting of Communications, Occupational Relations and Math is integrated into the program. Successful completion of the first semester or permission of the instructor is required to continue into the second semester.
Successful completion of this program satisfies the four-year related training requirement and the first year of OJT for the Idaho State HVAC apprenticeship program. Placement in specific English and Math classes is determined by the college assessment test. Prospective students who do not meet the initial eligibility requirements for a professional-technical limited-enrollment program will need to take selected course to receive necessary skill-building prior to entering the program.
Note: Current industry professionals may enroll in a single course on a space available basis and with the instructor's permission.