Career in HVAC


Greater Cleveland HVAC Schools

Lorain County JVS
15181 State Route 58
Oberlin, OH 44074

Polaris Career Center
7285 Old Oak Boulevard
Middleburg Heights, Ohio 44130

Remington College
14445 Broadway Avenue
Cleveland OH, 441



Heating and Air Conditioning

Program Description

Heating and Air Conditioning students learn a wide range of skills including sheet metal fabrication and installation, electrical wiring, schematic reading, brazing and pipe fitting. Students install and troubleshoot air conditioning and heating units in both residential and commercial buildings and learn to service restaurant refrigeration systems. This skill set prepares students for a variety of career pathways.

Program of Study

Junior Year Courses

Lab 3 Credits
English 1 Credit
Math 1 Credit
Science 1 Credit
Elective 1 Credit

Senior Year Courses

Lab 3 Credits
English 1 Credit
Civics/Government 1 Credit
Math 1 Credit
Elective .5 or 1 Credit

Electives are subject to availability and schedule. Not all electives are available every semester. Past elective options have included the following classes:

Accounting, Financial Literacy, Communications, Public Speaking, Entrepreneurship, Forensics, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Studies, Vertebrate Zoology, Psychology, Sociology, Military History, Modern Social Issues, Practical Computer Applications, Exploration of Literature, Literature and Popular Music, Literature and Films, Computer as a Writing Tool, Health, Healthy Safe Foods, Adult Living, Employability Skills, College 101, Study Skills.

Math Options: Applied Algebra.

Course descriptions are available online.

Industry Certifications

HVAC/R Certification tests are available to purchase on an individual basis.

  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA 608) Certification
  • OSHA Approved Safety Training-10 Hour OSHA Card

College Credit

Agreements with many colleges/universities help students, who meet established criteria, earn college credit for courses taken at the Lorain County JVS.  These credits can be transferred to the respective institution.  Potential college credits for Heating & Air Conditioning students are listed below.  Credits listed are semester hours.

Vatterott College, Cleveland       48 Credits
University of Northwestern Ohio   6 Credits

Math, English, Social Studies and other courses that offer dual high school and college credits are also offered on the JVS campus through partnerships with Lorain County Community College and Oberlin College. A comprehensive list of all college credit options available to students is posted on the JVS website.

Student Organizations

Students are encouraged to become involved with the career-technical student organizations related to their programs, such as SkillsUSA. These organizations help develop leadership skills, cooperation, social interactions, and good citizenship. All members have opportunities to participate in regional, state, and national competitions to showcase their skills and earn college scholarships. Students who excel academically and have a commitment to community service may become a member of the National-Technical Honor Society.

Employment Resources

Strong partnerships between the JVS and business and industry help students gain work experience through work-based learning experiences, the JVS Summer Internship Program, and senior early job placement. The JVS is committed to helping successful graduates find employment in their career field. A detailed explanation of the student eligibility requirements for these experiences is included in thestudent handbook.

The JVS maintains an online job board to help connect students and alumni to local employment opportunities. The JVS website also hosts links to online resources for labor market data, as well asstatewide and national career information. 

Program Highlights

  • Sheet Metal Fabrication and Installation
  • Pipe Fitting
  • Brazing
  • Electrical Wiring
  • Schematic Reading
  • Refrigeration Systems
  • Blueprint Reading
  • Hand Tools & Power Equipment
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA 608) Certification
  • OSHA-10 Hour Safety and Health Administration

Career Pathways

  • Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Repair Technician
  • HVAC Installer
  • Maintenance Technician
  • HVAC Parts Salesman
  • HVAC Outside Salesperson
  • Refrigeration Service Technician
  • Sheet Metal Installer

With Additional Training

  • Controls Specialist
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Field Sales Representative
  • Owner/Manager
  • Construction Manager

Teacher Information

Mr. Dave Morgan

Dept: High School
Job Title: Heating & Air Conditioning (HAC) Instructor
Phone: (440) 774-1051 x22217
Fax: (440) 774-6421
Email: Click here to send a message




Some may call you an HVAC Technician. We like to think of you as a Comfort Engineer. This cool profession is heating up year round. After all, what would we do in Cleveland without heat in the winter? And what would Miami be like without air conditioning? The HVAC program teaches you the skills you need to service and install temperature, humidity, and air quality control systems in both commercial and residential applications.

HVAC systems consist of many mechanical, electrical, and electronic components such as motors, compressors, pumps, fans, ducts, pipes, thermostats, and switches. Technicians must be able to maintain, diagnose, and correct problems, throughout the entire system. Students enrolled in this program learn to install, maintain, troubleshoot, and repair residential and commercial comfort control systems. This class offers the opportunity to work on gas and electric furnaces, air conditioners, heat pumps, and more.


High School Credit Junior Year
Heating, Ventilating & Air Conditioning: 2.5, Technology: .5, Algebra II: 1.0
Potential College Semester Hour Credit

Stark State College

University of Northwestern Ohio

Cuyahoga Community College


Course of Study/Syllabus

Sample Assignments

Current Program Fees:

Junior: $ 185.00

Senior: $ 110.00





Click here to check out the success story of Bill Dean, a former Adult Education Heating, Ventilating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Graduate!

(600 Hours) Financial Aid Eligible Program (For those who qualify)

The highly trained technicians in the Heating, Ventilating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC/R) profession maintain the complex HVAC/R systems used in residential, light industrial, and commercial buildings. Trained technicians have job stability and high earning potential.

The HVAC/R program at Polaris Career Center will help the student access this growing field. This program takes place in a comprehensive classroom and practical learning environment.

The course includes:

  • Introduction to Construction and Maintenance (Core Curriculum)
  • HVAC/R safety relates issues
  • Heating, Ventilating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration (HVAC/R)
  • Heating & air conditioning installation procedures
  • Understanding schematics
  • Airside systems
  • Proper venting
  • CFC Refrigerant Recovery/Recycling Certification
  • ICE Certification
  • Duct work
  • Electrical code & electrical controls
  • Mechanical maintenance
  • Air properties & balancing
  • Heating & air conditioning diagnostic techniques
  • Refrigeration troubleshooting
  • Customer service
  • Employability skills

All instructional materials, as well as the CFC Refrigerant Recovery/Recycling and ICE certification examination fees, are included. All students are given the opportunity to earn National Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER) certification in Core Curriculum.

Note: A good candidate for employment in this field should have a clean driving record.

Tuition Fee: $8,995 (includes non-refundable materials fee of $410)

Tuition includes textbooks and certification examination fees.
Student can expect the following additional costs: none.

Qualifies for CT2 Career Technical College Credit
College credit can be received via the Ohio Board of Regents Career Technical Transfer Guarantee System (CT2). Detailed information is available at



Course of Study


Gainful employment information – Student Policies & Financial Aid Consumer Handbook

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The need for skilled, well-trained heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) technicians is predicted to grow(1) as energy costs rise, policy initiatives evolve, and standards change. Concern for the environment and an emphasis on cost-efficient, energy-saving appliances will create excellent job prospects for HVAC technicians who have completed training from an accredited technical school.

Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC): Cool Career with Hot Potential!

  • Train in accordance with the national skill standards for HVAC technicians.
  • Work with demonstration models in hands-on skills labs.
  • Prepare for Type I, II, III, and Universal EPA certification testing.
  • Help to “green” America by replacing old AC/refrigeration equipment with new energy-efficient models.

Even in tough economic times, there will likely be a continuing need for trained HVAC specialists to install, maintain, troubleshoot, repair, and upgrade all of the intricate systems we depend on daily.

Remington College’s diploma program offers you a chance to learn the many aspects of the multifaceted HVAC industry, including:

  • Residential/light commercial heating and cooling fundamentals
  • Residential/light commercial refrigeration and freezers
  • Domestic air conditioning/refrigeration appliances
  • Indoor air quality standards
  • Evaporators, compressors, condensers, and expansion components

All coursework is in accordance with the national skill standards for HVAC technicians. The HVAC technician training program is currently offered at Remington College in Cleveland, OH.

Focus on Practical, Hands-On Training

After learning the HVAC technician basics, you’ll have several opportunities to apply and fine-tune your knowledge by working with demonstration models in our HVAC technician school skills labs.

As an HVAC school program graduate, you can pursue entry-level HVAC positions with contracting companies, manufacturers, or wholesalers in specialty areas like residential/light commercial heating, cooling, and refrigeration; commercial freight and the shipping of refrigerant systems; and domestic air conditioning/refrigeration appliances.

Completing this HVAC Technician Training program may also help to prepare you for Type I, II, III, and Universal EPA HVAC certification testing in your state. Passing these tests will enable you to work on air conditioners and refrigeration systems as specified under Section 608 of the Clean Air Act.