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October 26, 2014
HVAC Training & Certification Program for Adult Students

At the Capital Region Career & Technical School

A 450-hour program focusing on Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning

Career opportunities abound for certified HVAC technicians in our region and beyond. The Capital Region BOCES Career & Technical School's HVAC Training & Certification program provides adult students with the education, training and experience needed to earn valuable national certifications and prepare for rewarding positions and/or career advancement.

Located at Career & Tech's Albany campus at 1015 Watervliet Shaker Rd. (Career Path) in Colonie, the HVAC Training & Certification program offers adult students a convenient location and schedule suited to their needs. Classes run Sept. through June.

Units of Study & Certifications earned:

  • OSHA 10-hour Safety Course (intro to OSHA; safety standards; electrical; fall protection; personal protection; scaffolding, stairways and ladders; hand & power tools)
  • HVAC- 200 hours (includes Gas Heat, Oil Heat, Air Conditioning)
  • Electrical - 50 hours
  • Residential Low Pressure Boilers - 100 hours
  • Refrigeration - 90 hours
  • EPA 608 Certification
  • CSST (Corrugated Stainless Steel Tubing) Certification
  • Green Awareness Certification

 

Students also learn:

  • Construction math
  • Job-seeking skills, including resume writing and interviewing

 

Students also receive:

  • Assistance with finding a job through networking with Career & Tech's business partners

 

Class schedule:

  • To accommodate adult learners’ busy schedules, classes will meet Monday through Thursday afternoons from 3 - 6 p.m. , September through June. Classes are not held during school-year vacation weeks.

 

Tuition:

  • Tuition for the HVAC Certification program is $5,406, and includes all books, materials and certification testing.

 

How to enroll:

  • To register, call Capital Region BOCES Adult Education at (518) 862-4707.

 

Learning environment:

  • HVAC Certification is taught in a 3150-square-foot, state-of-the art classroom and lab featuring: 
  • A seated instruction area for lecture, reading, writing, problem-solving, and for instruction via technology such as an interactive SmartBoard, LCD projector and video
  • The latest HVAC equipment including:
    • Puron R410A AC systems
    • Condensing gas-fired wall-hung boilers
    • Medium and high-efficiency furnaces
    • Oil-fired boilers
    • Steam boiler
    • Carrier Refrigerant Trainer
    • Indirect-fired water heaters
    • Conventional gas-fired water heaters
    • Air handlers
    • Brazing and soldering equipment and safety gear
    • Equipment and supplies for teaching HVAC Certification
    • PEX tubing
  • Work benches and hands-on learning areas
  • Extracurricular/supplemental literature including trade publications, articles and Web-based resources

 

The instructor:

Frank Ando has been teaching HVAC at the Capital Region BOCES Career & Technical School since September 1997. He is a New York State Education Department-Certified Teacher of Construction, Industry and Building Maintenance/Heating, Air Conditioning, Refrigeration; holds federal EPA Refrigerant certification; and has completed Building Performance Institute (BPI) Building Analyst training.

Mr. Ando is also experienced in teaching academic subjects – science, math, English – within the context of HVAC. He holds an Associate’s in Applied Science in Air Conditioning Engineering Technology from SUNY Alfred, and has more than 25 years experience in the HVAC/R field, including teaching, supervision, preventive maintenance, troubleshooting, design and sales.

Facility features:

The Capital Region BOCES Career & Technical School offers sufficient and convenient parking. The school is an ADA-accessible facility within walkable distance of CDTA bus stops on Central Avenue. A convenience store, take-out restaurant, deli, pizza parlor and bank are located across the street from the campus.

Career opportunities:

  • Service technician
  • Plant Utilities Assistant
  • Business owner
  • Salesperson
  • Factory representative
  • Distributor representative
  • Maintenance supervisor
  • Service manager
  • Specifying engineer
  • Installer
  • Plumber

Career information is available at www.acca.org and www.rses.org.

View a videoclip of hvac students in action

 

The HVAC program at the Capital Region BOCES Career & Technical School is approved by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools

 

[4/22/2013]

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