Available Programs for 2020

Each program listed herein is intended for Southern California HVAC/R Technicians and Apprentices.


A Subject Matter Expert (mentor) is appointed to assist with questions and all course materials for the duration of the course.


A qualification form is to be completed by the potential learner or employer and approved by HVACRedu staff prior to enrollment.

Building Automation Systems

 

The  Building Automation (BAS) and Direct Digital Controls(DDC) Program is an advanced program totaling 87 instructional hours. Students will take one course at a time in a systematic progression through courses that lay a good foundation, then move into commercial HVAC systems and through the specific technologies of controls systems. Along with the courses described below, your instructor teaches these topics in a series of recorded video lecture presentations included with each learning module. 


Required Textbook:  HVAC Control Systems, American Technical Publishers (Provided Free)


The courses making up the program are:


  • 153 Control Systems Fundamentals
  • 154 Control Systems Types and BAS Basics
  • 155 BAS Installation and Strategies
  • 156 BAS System Management and Advanced Technologies
  • 157 Troubleshooting DDC Systems & Components Course

Commercial Refrigeration for HVAC Technicians

The Commercial Refrigeration Program is a selection of  advanced courses designed for HVACR technicians and contractors, facilities managers, and commercial maintenance technicians who are seeking to build upon their existing knowledge base.

 

Required Textbook:  Commercial Refrigeration for Air Conditioning Technicians, shipped upon program enrollment, included in the program price. (Provided Free)

 

Courses include:

441 Commercial Refrigeration I

 

We will compare things you’re already familiar with like space temperatures and common components of basic AC systems to those of commercial refrigeration systems.  We will examine evaporators, condensers, compressors, metering devices, controls and accessories, and the refrigerants commonly used in commercial refrigeration.  We will review the important terminology.  At the end of this course, we will cover some system troubleshooting, giving you a chance to put your knowledge to work on the 9 most common system problems.  And you will understand when to apply TROT in the absence of a manufacturer’s recommendation. 

 

442 HVACR Commercial Refrigeration II

 

This course is a continuation of 441 HVACR Commercial Refrigeration I.  Again, we will compare things you’re already familiar with like basic AC systems to those of commercial refrigeration systems.  We will examine compressor motor controls, retrofitting, recovery, evacuation, and charging; various supermarket refrigeration systems, walk-in refrigerators and freezers, and commercial ice machines so you can identify the components, their functions, and the refrigerants belonging with each application.  After you’ve got a good understanding of the equipment, we’ll explore appropriate temperatures for products kept in that equipment.  And finally, you will understand when to apply TROT in the absence of a manufacturer’s recommendation. 

 

 

Formal HVAC/R Apprenticeship Program

This program exceeds the requirements of  many  states and employers around the world. Please inquire for further details.

  

Topics in Year 1 Include:

  • Basic Construction Math (12 Instructional Hours)
  • Basic Hand and Power Tools (6 Instructional Hours)
  • Intro to Applied Science (21 Instructional Hours)
  • Energy Sources (18 Instructional Hours)
  • Basic Sheet Metal (21 Instructional Hours)
  • Building Systems (6 Instructional Hours)
  • Employability Skills (9 Instructional Hours)
  • Copper Works (6 Instructional Hours)
  • Refrigeration Cycle I (18 Instructional Hours)
  • EPA 608 Prep (8 Instructional Hours)
  • OSHA Construction Safety (30 Instructional Hours)

NATE Certified HVAC Technician Program


The NATE Certified HVAC Technician Program (NCT) is a comprehensive online HVAC education program encompassing a well-rounded set of skills used by installers and technicians who are seeking NATE Certification. It covers all the NATE Core areas with a rich selection of foundational courses, and then focuses on Air Conditioning specialty at the Service Level. The content presented in each course homes in on learning objectives that have been identified by HVAC industry groups (HVAC Excellence, AHRI, NATE, RSES, HARDI, PAHRA, and ACCA) as critical knowledge areas for an HVAC technician.


About NATE
North American Technician Excellence (NATE) is the nation’s largest and most recognized non-profit certification organization for heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration technicians. NATE certification tests represent real-world working knowledge of HVACR systems. Developed by a committee of industry experts nationwide, all the NATE tests are rigorous, knowledge-based, multiple-choice tests designed to validate a technician’s knowledge. You can read more about NATE at: www.natex.org. HVACRedu.net’s NCT Program is specifically structured to teach foundational skills to individuals who are new-to-the-industry and non-certified installers and technicians who want formal education to upskill their knowledge and prepare for licensing or certification exams.


What’s Included

The current edition of the Cengage Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Technology textbook is included i for this program and is shipped shortly after enrollment. Four HVAC Industry Exam fees are included.


Step 1:

  • 101 HVAC Fundamentals (18 hours)
  • 050 Applied Math Review (15 hours)
  • 102 Safety (18 hours)
  • 106 Building Systems Review (3 hours)
  • 109 Basic Hand and Power Tools (6 hours)
  • NATE Ready to Work Exam @ 60 Hours

Step 2:

  • 111 Electrical DC Theory Plus (18 hours)
  • 112 Electrical AC Theory Plus (18 hours)
  • 113 Electrical Common Components (18 hours)
  • 114 Electrical Motors (21 hours)
  • 121 System Properties & Measurement (18 hours)
  • 141 Refrigeration I (18 hours)
  • NATE CORE Exam @ 171 Hours

Step 3:

  • 142 Refrigeration II (18 hours)
  • 241 Intro to Cooling System Troubleshooting (18 hours)
  • 242 R-410A Refrigerant Technology (18 hours)
  • 010 Employability Skills (9 hours)
  • NATE Air Conditioning Specialty Exam @ 234 Hours


Step 4:

  • EPA 608 Certification Prep (8 Hours)
  • EPA 608 Exam @ 242 Hours
  • Total Program Time: 242 Hours



But this program doesn’t end there – we continue to train you for higher levels of NATE Certified HVAC Technician credentials. After you successfully complete the second group of courses, you are ready to take the NATE Core Exam at the service level.  Once you have passed the NATE Core Certification Exam, you will be ready for the third group of courses. When they are successfully completed, you will be prepared for the NATE Air Conditioning Specialty Service Level Exam, the focus of this program. 


Chiller Mechanic Program

 

Many commercial buildings utilize chilled water systems for comfort cooling. These chillers come in many different configurations. Small and mid-size chillers are used in buildings such as schools and medical office buildings. Large facilities such as colleges, hospitals, and military bases have central chiller plants that supply chilled water to multiple buildings. This program is designed for advanced-level technicians and building maintenance personnel who are responsible for the operation, maintenance, and troubleshooting of chiller systems in commercial buildings.

 

202 High-Efficiency HVAC System Maintenance – Central Chillers 

This course intends to give maintenance staff a feel for the equipment present in their buildings.  With this understanding, you will be better able to perform and handle service issues when required.  The course focuses on Commercial Central Chiller Systems, with a basic introduction as to the layout of the various components utilized in large and small commercial facilities.  Then the modules expand into the specifics of chilled water systems and the required maintenance and record-keeping to ensure efficient operation of the Chiller Systems.  

 

402 HVACR Packaged Chillers: 25 - 150 Tons

This course is designed for advanced-level technicians and building maintenance personnel who are responsible for the operation, maintenance, and troubleshooting of chiller systems in commercial buildings. Packaged chillers such as those used in small and medium tonnage applications will be covered in this course. Emphasis will be given to operating characteristics, main components, maintenance, control, and troubleshooting.

 

203 High-Efficiency HVAC System Maintenance – Cooling Towers 

This course intends to give maintenance staff a feel for the equipment present in their buildings.  With this understanding, you will be better able to perform and handle service issues when required.  The course focuses on Commercial Cooling Tower Systems, with a basic introduction as to the layout of the various components utilized in large and small commercial facilities.  Then the modules expand into the specifics of cooling towers and the required maintenance to ensure efficient operation of the cooling tower systems.    

 

403 HVACR Water Cooled Mid & Large Tonnage Chillers 150+ Tons 

This course is designed for advanced-level technicians and building maintenance personnel who are responsible for the operation, maintenance, and troubleshooting of chiller systems in commercial buildings.  We cover larger chiller systems, to include screw and centrifugal chillers, as well as cooling towers. Emphasis will be given to operating characteristics, principal components, maintenance, control, and troubleshooting. The vast majority of chiller types are thoroughly covered, as well as components and control sequences. The course completes with detailed, in-depth multiple field troubleshooting scenarios. All scenarios are derived from actual service calls. The technician is exposed to a minimum of 75% of the most common service calls on commercial chiller systems.