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Frequently Asked Questions

What subjects are covered in Career and Technical Training for the Air Conditioning, Electrical, and Refrigeration occupations?

The subjects most commonly covered in these programs are electrical fundamentals, thermodynamics (mechanical motion related to heat movement), equipment technology, customer service, and business enterprise.

How may I qualify for Career and Technical Training in Air Conditioning, Electrical, and Refrigeration (HVAC&R)?

Motivation or desire to enter a career to service operating equipment is important. Succeeding in an HVAC&R career requires knowledge and understanding of industry technology, skill in servicing operating equipment, and recognizing the part refrigeration plays in the highly developed technical society in the United States.

To succeed, one must be prepared to think creatively and learn problem-solving skills using fundamentals of science and mechanical technology. Those who, during early school years, learned good study habits, completed fundamental subjects in science and mechanical technology, and demonstrated an aptitude for operating equipment problem solving will find acceptable career paths in the HVAC&R industry.

How are Career and Technical Training programs related to work and career?

Career and Technical Training teaches subjects and techniques that may be applied immediately to work-related problem solving. Vocational-technical programs relate to the skills and attitudes of the “Beginner’s Mind,” one who is ready to explore the many possibilities of a career. Employment is the goal rather than a lengthy program of education, which accumulates knowledge to be applied at some future date.

I am not planning to attend college. Will vocational-technical training provide a foundation for a rewarding career?

Career and Technical Training programs link students to careers through work experience training, leading to full-time employment. Rigorous academic content tied to technical subject matter and “on the job” activity ensures each student will be ready to enter the work force, allowing them a head start on a career at graduation.

Will I receive “hands on” or “on-the-job” training?

  • Students use industry tools and instruments to gain knowledge and experience.
  • Students acquire an understanding of safe work practices. Build confidence working with tools and operating equipment.
  • Students learn troubleshooting and data gathering techniques through “real time” activity on equipment.
  • Students have saleable skills at the time of graduation.