1. What is the Course Structure ?
The program consists of 10 classes and 1 exam session:
1. System Overview (Orientation)
2. Refrigeration Cycle
3. Freon Handling and Recovery
4. Electrical Control System & Trouble Shooting
5. Air-Handling System & Trouble Shooting
6. Welding Principle
7. Compressor and Condenser
8. Mini-Split Unit
9. Equipment Installation
10. Electrical Heating (Elective)
11. EPA Exam Review and Exam
2. How Long is The Course?
To finish all 12 topics, it takes 6 – 8 weeks
Our current class time is the following
Tuesday: 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m - 2:30 p.m.
We try our best to accommodate everyone’s schedule as we do have a lot of students with jobs already. If you happen to miss a class, we will be able to reschedule him to another class with no additional cost.
3. What are The Class Sizes?
The facility and the course were designed to teach a small teacher to student ratio. Class sizes will not exceed 12 students.
4. What is The Main Teaching Method?
Hands-on is the short but important answer. Mr. Diaz, the school’s Director and Instructor has seen many technicians over his 20-year career that did not get enough hands-on training or teaching. Many of these students came with certificates and made excellent grades. These same technicians had never touched some of the most basic components and instead spent most of the time in classrooms. Our facility is one big shop setting. You sit at workbenches and use tools every day. There will be lecture and class instructions, but almost all of it is followed by practical examples.
5. What Can I Expect To Learn?
The air conditioning and heating technician training program is a comprehensive course designed to teach students the skills and techniques required for entry-level employment into the residential and light commercial, heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) field. Upon completion of this program, students will be able to install, service, and maintain typical air conditioning and heating systems found in the southern environment of the United States. Graduates may find suitable entry-level employment with air conditioning companies, building maintenance departments, high rise building engineering departments, or other employment where HVAC skills are required. Graduates will learn with class lecture, discussion, and with hands-on experience in lab environments. They will also be exposed to a variety of actual equipment and mock-up situations designed to prepare them for fieldwork.
6. How Much Does It Cost?
Please contact us via phone for tuition rates and financing options. Prices for these learning materials:
This follows our core belief that teaching someone this trade will change their life and offer job security. The tuition cost is a small amount considering the knowledge and experience you will gain and be exposed to. Plus the earning potential it brings in a proven trade with high growth projected.
7. What Do I Need to Bring To Class?
When you come to class on the first day, you will be given a textbook to study. All tools and consumable materials will be available for students to practice with. All you needed is a eager mind to learn real skill from us.
8. Can You Tell Me More About The EPA Exam?
The EPA Exam consists of 100 questions, the answer to all of which can be found in the textbook provided by the school. If you read the textbook, and attend the review session before the exam, you will be able to pass with ease.
9. What Skills/Qualifications Are Necessary To Take The Class?
Students must be 18 years of age, have an ID issued by government, or foreign Passport with Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) Document. You need to be able to, read and write in simple English.
Prospective students will not be denied admission on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, handicap, age, or veteran status (except where age, sex, or handicap constitutes a bona fide occupational qualification necessary to proper and efficient administration).
10. What Do Our Students Say at Graduation?
The most important thing we hear from our students is that we gave them everything we promised. It is very important that students trust our comments and then see that we will follow through. We also hear great compliments from the families and employers of our graduates. At a recent graduation, we were approached by many family members telling us how this program has changed a loved one’s life. One mother told us her son was depressed when college did not work out and had given up hope until he started our program. She told us he came home every day excited and proud of what he had learned. Graduation night is very special to us, and it’s a great time for families to share this moment. We get many warm thank yous all through the program, and we always welcome graduates to return and let us see how they are doing.
11. How are we different?
The class is designed to get the information and labs to you in the most efficient way and utilize your time onsite in the best possible manner.
We are not about filling seats and adding more and more. We are about small class sizes and quality.
Some schools keep switching you to other trade classes to keep you there longer. We will never do this. You start in A/C, and you finish in A/C.
Some schools assign class time for reading the textbook. We give you recommended reading that you do on your own time.
We care about your future, and you are always welcome to come back for a visit.
12.Why pick the air conditioning trade?
There are several reasons why this trade is such a great choice. Here are just a few examples.
The tremendous shortage of a/c technicians that is not expected to end anytime soon.
Job security is second to none since this is a taught trade not easily picked up on the job.
The work is challenging, exciting and the pay is excellent.
The path to owning your own business is just four short years.
There is no overlap in our trade with others, so no one else is doing it.
A/C systems wear out every ten years, so new opportunities are never far away.
Big a/c companies have driven prices up very high so its easier than ever to compete with them.
Unfortunately, due to the lack of skilled training programs, 90% of A/C and heating units are installed and serviced incorrectly. This normally makes for much shorter life spans of the equipment and many more service calls. A highly skilled technician will spend a career fixing other people’s mistakes.
13. How Much Do A/C Technicians Get Paid?
According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the average (mean) pay is $20.98 per hour (or $43,640 per year). The BLS states that the top 10% make $33.10 per hour (or $68,840 per year). Technicians who obtain their own license and start their own company can make money only limited to their business skills. There are lots of variances in pay for A/C technicians. It depends on many factors, and most of them are based on your knowledge, understanding, and experience.
If you are hired on at a residential service company that runs mostly service, your value will be directly tied to completed service calls. Obviously, when you first start out, you will have a lot to learn and need to gain experience. However, with the right training and understanding of the fundamentals, you will set yourself up for the best paying positions. Keep in mind this is a constant learning field, and the more you learn, the more you are worth. There are many sites quoting pay but always visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the most up to date and accurate information.
14. Is Air Conditioning Work Only About Hot Attics?
No, air conditioning service companies typically service residential, commercial, or both. There is a lot of attic work in residential service since that is where the equipment is located. However, there is also much work that takes place outside, on roofs, and other places depending on what market the company you work for caters to.
15. Who Regulates The Air Conditioning Business?
Once you go to work for an A/C contractor, you must register with the Texas Department of Licensing and Registration (TDLR). The A/C contractor you work for is also regulated by the TDLR. The A/C license holder must complete continuing education each year. The TDLR works very hard to ensure we operate with the highest quality of workmanship and ethics. They are constantly working to catch technicians that operate without a license. Without TDLR, the wages would drop due to unlicensed workers taking jobs.
16.What Other Jobs Might This Training Be Used For?
There are many occupations and jobs that you can seek and be a good candidate for with air conditioning training. Of course, there are many air conditioning contractors out there needing help almost all of the time. But there are also many corporations that have their own in-house maintenance and mechanical departments. Maintenance and repairs to buildings, homes, and schools all require mechanical personnel. High rise buildings use maintenance departments, and many employ stationary engineers. The air conditioning trade is one of the few trades that overlap with other specialized trades. Air conditioning technicians do A/C, plumbing, electrical, carpentry, and welding/brazing.
17. Tell Me More About The Technician Shortage?
I invite everyone to search the web for A/C job information and also visit the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics website. You will see that this is an excellent choice for job opportunities with expected growth of 34% from 2010 to 2020. It is expected to add 90,000 jobs during that time, and the skill levels will be more important than ever with the new technology being offered. Job prospects and pay are best for those who complete technical training.