HVAC Program Overview

Without modern climate control technology, life in many of the far northern and southern states would be-during many parts of the year-virtually unbearable.

Fortunately, there is an assortment of heating, air conditioning and ventilation (HVAC) tools available to keep people comfortable and productive. Installing, maintaining and repairing these vital quality-of-life systems is the job of the HVAC technician.

At Everest, you can train to become a professional HVAC technician in just about a year. Here you'll learn about common mechanical, electrical, and electronic components such as motors, compressors, fans, switches and thermostats. You'll also have an opportunity to learn design, HVAC theory, electronics and equipment construction.

You'll learn in a modern workshop setting using real tools of the trade. Your instructors will be HVAC professionals who know what skills today's employers demand.

When you graduate from Everest, you'll be qualified for entry-level positions working for construction companies, private contractors and HVAC installation and service specialists.

Note: Program schedules and availability vary by campus.

HVAC Courses

Everest's HVAC technician courses are designed to have you ready to work on most residential and commercial climate control systems right out of school. Through a combination of traditional classroom lectures and direct hands-on training using modern tools of the trade, you can get a solid working knowledge of how today's heating, air conditioning and ventilation systems operate. This knowledge can make you a valuable asset to contractors and HVAC specialty companies in your area.

Topics you will cover in Everest's HVAC program include:

  • Basic Electricity and Electrical Theory: Learn about circuits, transformers, volts, ohms, amps, and the fundamentals of electrical safety. Learn how to provide power to heating, air conditioning and ventilation equipment in a safe, efficient and cost-effective manner.
  • Basic Refrigeration Theory: Just how does refrigeration work? How does pumping gas around a closed box make the interior cold? Now you'll know.
  • Air Conditioning Systems: Air conditioning systems range from simple in-window box units that serve single rooms to huge, multi-part systems that provide cool, filtered air to massive high-rise hotels and office buildings. Here you'll learn the basics of air conditioning on both the small and mega-scale.
  • Gas Heating Systems: Natural gas is one of the most common and cost-efficient ways to heat a home or office. Learn why natural gas is such an efficient fuel and the inner-workings of gas-fueled furnace systems.
  • Air Distribution Systems: So how does treated air get from one place to another-and then back again? In this course, you'll study the art and science of ductwork, fans and air recycling.
  • Heat Pumps: They're not furnaces. They're not air conditioners. They're clever devices that suck warm air into buildings in the winter, and pump heat out in the summer. How do they manage to do both? Learn the secrets in this informative course.
  • System Controls: The operative word in the term "climate control" is control. For an HVAC system to be of any use, users must be able to turn them on, turn them off, and regulate the temperature of the air they produce. System controls can range from simple thermostats to complex, computer-controlled systems that manage microclimates within giant structures. Here you'll learn how HVAC systems produce the desired results.
  • HVAC Diagnostics: In this course, you'll learn how to troubleshoot HVAC systems of different types and sizes. You'll learn the chokepoints where systems most commonly fail and how to bring a system back up to speed under even adverse conditions.

Note: This HVAC program description is not necessarily reflective of every HVAC program offered across all Everest campuses. This is a summary of general topics learned within most schools. Please check your campus catalog for specific details about what is taught in the HVAC program near you.

HVAC Careers

As a graduate of Everest's Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Technician career training program, you can be qualified to compete for entry-level positions with HVAC service companies, contracting firms, HVAC equipment dealers and similar employers.

Specific positions you might apply for include:

  • Furnace Installer
  • Electrical Heat Assembler
  • HVAC Technician

Depending on your interests, you may choose to focus your attention on residential work. This involves installing, inspecting, maintaining, repairing and replacing HVAC systems in single-family homes, townhomes and apartment buildings.

Or you may choose to concentrate on commercial work. In this case, you'd work mostly in office buildings, medical facilities, stores, shopping centers, etc. Commercial HVAC tends to be more complex and more demanding than residential work.

Finally, after you've had some experience with either residential or commercial systems, you might like to try your hand at industrial HVAC. This would have you working in large-scale facilities like factories and refineries. Many such facilities have HVAC technicians as permanent members of their staffs.

Note: Program availability, version and schedules vary by campus. Please check your campus catalog for specific details about which HVAC programs are available.

*Your own hard work, professionalism, experience, work attitude, local market and other factors will impact your personal employment opportunities and pay.

Financial Aid

Everest helps students reach their educational goals and reduce student loan debt in a number of ways, including institutional grants and scholarships.*

Students are encouraged to use our resources as often as needed. These services are included at no additional cost and include:

  • Answers to your federal student loan questions
  • Information on your loan servicer
  • Clear explanations of all your federal student loan repayment options
  • Information on how to reduce or postpone your monthly payment

Contact ECMC Solutions, Everest’s loan counseling partner, by phone at 1-877-331-3262 or visit its website to email or web chat:

Scholarships and Grants

The Zenith Student Grant is a multimillion-dollar institutional grant program awarded to students of Everest and WyoTech schools owned by Zenith Education Group who demonstrate financial need.

This and other financial aid is available for those who qualify.

Contact a representative by phone at (888) 223-8556 or click here to learn more.

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