Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC) (UC "c")

Learn maintenance, overhaul, repair, and adjustment of residential and commercial heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration units. Students work on real equipment in the classroom and throughout the campus as aides to the SVCTE staff. The class focuses on academic, technical skills, and employability practices. Students will develop personal and professional skills in the classroom that will transfer to the workplace:

  • Use specialized tools of the trade
  • Understand theory and application of the basic principles of cooling, air, electrical fundamentals and controls, and diagnosis of unit malfunctions
  • Understand “Green Building Technology”
  • Problem solve to find solutions
  • Use computers to enhance the HVAC skills needed for entry level technicians
  • Develop a respect for the employer/employee relationship and basic business practices
  • Repair heating, refrigeration and air condition equipment
  • Communicate with customers
  • Reclaim and recycle refrigerant
  • Training that enables students to get high paying jobs and financial security

Class Benefits

  • 20-30 high school credits earned per year
  • Develop skills leading to a highly paid, high demand job

Earned Outside of (Following) the Class

  • EPA Certification
  • Preventative Maintenance Technician Certification
  • OSHA 10
  • Green Mechanical Council Certification

Certifications Earned Within the Class

  • Class completion certificate
  • Level One HVAC Technician, Green Certification
  • Morrell Foundation Tool Kit Scholarship
  • College credit from San Jose City College with grade B or above

Job Opportunities Upon Completion

  • HVAC installer (commercial, residential)
  • HVAC technician (Level 1)
  • Commercial maintenance technician
  • Refrigeration maintenance technician
  • Refrigeration installer

Download 2-hour Course OutlineDownload 3-hour Course OutlineAbout the Instructor

Jim Falcone is an HVAC Journeyman and a seasoned master Plumber with electrical experience. From 1981 until 2010, he owned and operated his family’s HVAC and plumbing business – well known in Santa Clara Valley for servicing residential/commercial buildings since its beginning in 1945. Following Jim’s new-found passion for teaching, he sold his business and became an instructor for a national plumbing firm in 2010. Jim is a SVCTE alumnus HVAC, Business and Sheet Metal. Jim is EPA-approved for refrigerant handling and his kept current with the new technologies bringing valuable knowledge, experience and business ethics to prepare his students for success.

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