Program Description


Grade Focus

9th Grade:

  • Install & troubleshoot oil heating equipment
  • Explain concepts relating to direct current (DC) and alternating current (AC), Ohm's law, Watts' law and how they pertain to volts, amperes, ohms, impedance, and watts.
  • Describe and perform an oil burner efficiency test and adjust according to manufacturer's specifications.
  • Identify, describe the use of, and install various types and sizes of steel pipe and copper tubing.
  • Explain the importance of HVAC&R in modern society.
  • List refrigerant properties and accurately perform superheat, delta T, and sub-cooling calculations.

10th Grade:

  • Explain the basic principles of heating, ventilating, and air conditioning & refrigeration systems.
  • List and describe the types of regulatory codes & licensing in the HVAC&R industry.
  • Demonstrate wiring HVAC&R controls, motors, and circuits.
  • Demonstrate the use of wire isolation and line transformers, relays, contactors, timers, sequencers and switches.
  • Demonstrate refrigerant charging techniques of air conditioning and pump systems using manufacturers' recommended procedures.
  • Install and troubleshoot gas heating equipment.
  • Describe characteristics of and troubleshoot 80% and 90% plus efficiency gas furnaces.
  • Install LP/Natural gas conversion kits.
  • Describe and demonstrate the application of various types of electric motor
  • Install and troubleshoot gas heating equipment.
  • Describe classifications, properties, and different applications of refrigerants and use Temperature/Pressure and enthalpy chart

11th Grade:

  • Calculate heat loss/gain for a structure.
  • Design and draw basic forced-air duct system.
  • Demonstrate processes and procedures used to troubleshoot and adjust humidification accessories.
  • Describe and use the different standards/codes of measuring indoor air quality (IAQ) such as air-filtration systems, ventilation systems, air-contaminants (pollutants particulates), Ozone, and measuring instruments.
  • Field-test furnace/boiler operation with industry approved instruments.
  • Install and service oil-fired boilers and furnaces.
  • Describe characteristics of, and maintain and service hydronic components (e.g., pumps and circulators).
  • Install and service gas boilers and furnaces to manufacturers' specifications.
  • Identify career opportunities available in the HVAC&R industry.
  • Describe and install heat pump with electric heating elements.
  • List and describe the characteristics of and test heat pump reversing valves.

12th Grade:

  • Successfully complete the R-410a Safety Course.
  • List and describe the characteristics of compressors
  • List and describe the characteristics of metering devices
  • List and describe the characteristics of condensers.
  • List and describe the characteristics of evaporators.
  • List and describe various types of liquid line components.
  • Install and describe various types of suction line components.
  • Describe the structure of the Massachusetts Electrical Code (MEC).
  • Discuss and implement estimating methods for pricing jobs using drawings/prints.

HVAC-R Faculty