Pursuing a career in HVACR (or mechanical services as called by those in the profession) will provide you with exciting growth opportunities, challenges, and satisfaction as you work to meet the day-to-day needs of the customer's who use your services.  This work will, at times be demanding and stressful, but also highly rewarding.  While one cannot, as a general rule, control the outside environment, mechanical service professionals have the ability to control the inside environment - to create a comfortable place for occupants to perform their day-to-day functions and the ability to control systems and processes for continuous proper operation.  We generally don't think about the equipment that allows us to maintain comfort levels until something goes wrong.

These online offerings are for personal and professional development, are non-credit offerings, and do not quality for federal financial aid.  For financial assistance, many participants have reached out to VSAC to pursue a Non-Degree grant. 

Course Type: 
HVACR Certified Technician

A unique, all-inclusive online training that encompasses heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration.

Start Date: 
Open Enrollment
1 year
HVACR Controls/Building Automation Systems

An advanced program that will build on your knowledge of HVACR fundamentals and equipment.  This training will cover commercial HVAC systems and the specific techologies of control systems.

Start Date: 
Open Enrollment
6 months
Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, Refrigeration Program

This program provides students with the opportunity to learn the theory and skills necessary to begin a HVACR career and/or continue to post secondary training. Students will master a variety of entry-level HVACR skills as they relate to residential and commercial settings. Students will participate in a variety of lab activities to reinforce the attainment of technical skills.

Program standards are aligned with both industry standards and local service company needs. All students are required to pass a safety test and wear protective clothing and gear appropriate for the HVACR field. All courses ar taught by experienced professionals in the field.

The total program is 168 hours and is divided into four separate courses. Courses and content:

Tools and Applications: Tools, fasteners, tubing, copper, and soldering/brazing.
Cooling and Refrigeration: Thermodynamic principles, the relationship of temperature and pressure, system components, refrigerants, service procedures (recovery/recycling, evacuation, leak detection, charging), metering devices, troubleshooting, compressors, Compressor service, and chillers. Students will be able to test for the Act 608 Refrigerant Handling Certification.
Electricity and Motor Controls: Electrical principles, motors, electrical control devices, and defrost cycles.
Heating Systems: Ductwork, customer relations, heat pumps, and the following heating systems: gas, oil, and electric.
This courses in the program are ideal for students who are motivated to enter the HVACR field and/or continue to post secondary training with Vermont Technical College. Successful program completers will have employment or internship opportunities available to them provided by our local partners. 

Tuesdays and Thursdays -5:30-8:30pm

Center For Technology ESSEX 2 Educational Drive, Suite 200 , Essex Junction, VT 05452
Start Date: 
Open Enrollment
168 hours - 28 weeks