• HVAC

    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

    • 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

    About 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 Falcone’s newfound passion for teaching, he sold his business and became an instructor for a national plumbing firm in 2010 as an assistant manager and trainer. Falcone is an SVCTE alumnus HVAC, Business, and Sheet Metal. He is EPA-approved for refrigerant handling and EPA Proctor and has kept current with the new technologies bringing valuable knowledge, experience, and business ethics to prepare his students for success. This year 2023 at semester's end, he will be retiring and starting a new chapter in teaching and motivating, something He will continue to do. That's just who he is.

    Why do you teach Career and Technical Education? 

    I teach CTE because it was what I was born to do. Everybody has a gift and mine is teaching and motivating. With my life experience and vast trade knowledge, I am able to communicate in terms all my students get and understand. I have worked with youth as a youth minister and also volunteered chaplin at the Salvation Army and also With Unity Care Group Homes. So I relate to many different types of students. CTE has given me the opportunity to change lives every day. It truly is the most rewarding. 

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