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HVACR Apprenticeship Training Program

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Become an HVACR Apprentice While You Earn Your Journeyman’s License

Employment of heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVACR) mechanics and installers is projected to grow 15 percent by 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Commercial and residential building construction is expected to drive employment growth, and job opportunities for HVACR technicians are expected to be good. 
 
Interested HVACR professionals or HVACR professionals that are currently employed by a licensed HVACR company can now train to become a licensed journeyman through HCC’s partnership with the Heating and Air Conditioning Contractors of Maryland (HACC of MD). HACC of MD established an apprenticeship program in 1996 to train technicians to work in the HVACR industry. Each apprentice is registered with the State of Maryland’s Apprenticeship and Training Council. The council sets the rules for the program and issues an apprenticeship completion certificate to those successfully completing the program. This enables students to apply for and be granted a State HVACR journeyman license without taking the exam.

  • About the Program

    This apprenticeship program will provide training for apprentices to specialize in heating, ventilation, and air conditioning/refrigeration systems. Work may include installing, servicing and repairing heating and air conditioning systems in residences and commercial establishments.

    Apprenticeships usually begin by assisting experienced technicians with such tasks as carrying materials, insulating refrigerant lines or cleaning furnaces. In time, apprentices will move on to more difficult tasks such as cutting and soldering pipes and checking electrical and electronic circuits.

    The program takes four years to complete and includes a classroom portion along with 8,000 hours of on-the job training.

    Although participants do not have to be employed by an HVACR contractor to start the program, applicants will need to find a job in the industry by the start of the second year in the program.
  • Requirements

    Students are required to have a tablet or a laptop for class. You have an option to purchase a Chromebook at Check-out. Our partner, HACC of MD, has negotiated discounted rates for our students and the Chromebooks come with two years of technical support. 
    Requirements for the tablet or laptop if you want to purchase your own is:


    Operating Systems
    •    Windows – Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10
    •    Macintosh – macOS 10.13, 10.12 / OS X 10.10 -10.11 (High Sierra, Sierra, Yosemite, El Capitan)
    •    Chrome – Chrome OS
    •    Mobile – iOS 6+, Android (see below note for browsers)
     

    Hardware Requirements
    •    Minimum screen resolution of 1024 x 768
    •    Minimum: Intel® or AMD® CPU at 1.8 GHz or better / 1 GB of RAM
    •    Recommended: Intel® CPU at 2.0 GHz or better / 4 to 8 GB of RAM 

  • Courses
    Year 1 No. of Hours
    Introduction to Trade, Tools & Safety   20
    Basic Heating Cycle 20
    Basic Math  20
    Refrigeration Cycles & Basic Refrigeration  40
    Basic Electricity I    20
    Basic Electricity II   20
    Trade Math        20
     
    Year 2 No. of Hours
    Fundamentals of Brazing & Soldering   20
    AC/DC Circuits, Electric Motors & Starters 20
    Wiring & Testing   20
    HVAC Controls - Start Up & Testing    40
    Advanced Refrigeration & Pipe Fitting    40
    Communication Skills  20

     

    Year 3 No. of Hours
    Trouble Shooting - Gas, Oil, Electric Heating & Cooling 40
    Heat Pumps & Heat Pump Trouble Shooting      40
    Refrigeration Installation & Service – Commercial  20
    Chilled Water Systems – Cooling Towers & Pumps   20
    Boilers & Hyrdronics 40
     
    Year 4 No. of Hours
    Wiring Diagrams 40
    Heat Loss/Gain Calculations 20
    Introduction to NEC/HVACR 20
    Introduction to Electronics/HVACR 20
    Introduction to BOCA Mechanical Code/HVACR 20
    Blue Print Reading 20
    Air Distribution Systems – Balancing & Measuring 20
  • How to Apply

    To begin the program, an application must be submitted. Go here to apply online.

    Applicants have the choice to take a test and, if they pass it, they can start in the second year of the program.
  • Benefits for HVACR Employers

    The HACC of MD has worked with hundreds of HVACR employers in Maryland to train quality employees. HVACR companies may help offset the costs for this program through a sponsorship. HVACR employers can benefit by:

    • Having highly qualified staff as apprentices earn their Journeyman's License
    • Developing and retaining highly-skilled workers
    • Higher productivity
    • Lower turnover
    • Less recruitment costs
 

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For more information about our apprenticeship program, contact Adrienne Summers at 443-518-4972 or asummers@howardcc.edu.

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