Semester I: 

INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTERS #1ACT01                                          6 hours

This course provides students with an overview of the use of Chrome books in the HVAC program.  Students will utilize Google Classroom as a Learning Management System, and become familiar with Google Docs and Google Sheets.

MATH FOR HVAC #1ACT02                                                                      30 hours

This course provides students with the skills required to be successful in the HVAC field. The student will complete applied problems from the HVAC industry.  Students will solve word problems and equations. Business math applications will also be discussed. This course includes five hours that apply to course #1ACT04, fifteen hours that apply to #1ACT05, and ten hours that apply to #1ACT03. 

HVAC PRACTICAL PIPING WORK AND THEORY #1ACT03                   75 hours (65)

Students will learn hands-on piping skills used in the HVAC Industry.  The course will cover torch safety, pipe cutting, pipe bending, pipe threading, mechanical connections, soldering and brazing.  Students will also be introduced to PEX tubing, PVC piping and all connections.


Students will learn basic electrical circuitry, safety, Ohms law, and read electrical meters. Some of the topics students will be educated in are series and parallel circuits, types of switches and controls used in the HVAC industry. Students will read and interpret common electrical symbols and schematics. This course provides an understanding of Massachusetts Electrical Code as related to the HVAC industry.

PRACTICAL SHEET METAL WORK #1ACT05                                          150 hours (135)

This course is an introduction to sheet metal in the Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration trade.  Topics include the tools of the trade, safety practices, trade mathematics, as well as blueprints and drawings.  Students will design, fabricate, and install air distribution systems. Students will be able to identify and describe the basic types of sheet metal, perform proper fabricating and layout methods. Students will install takeoffs and attach flexible duct to a sheet metal duct and make adjustments to airflow and pressures in a basic forced-air distribution systems.

HVAC SAFETY/OSHA 10 #1ACT10                                                            14 hours

This Course gives a basic overview of OSHA’s role in prevention and elimination of work-related illnesses and injuries. It includes information about employer and employee rights and responsibilities, and a very brief look at the inspection process, reporting and recordkeeping.

Semester II 

(ASHRAE) REFRIGERATION CODE EPA CORE-3 #2ACT11                   100 hours

This course prepares students for the EPA Section 608 examination. Students will be introduced to the EPA Laws and Regulations governing refrigerants, their storage, disposal, and recovery methods.

JOB READINESS #2ACT08                                                                         15 hours

This course is designed to provide students with job readiness skills to meet the challenges in today’s workforce. It enables students to enter the workforce with an understanding of what is needed and expected from them in their job search. This course will also address some common job readiness skills such as cover letter preparation, resume preparation, and more.

HEATING SYSTEMS (OIL, GAS AND HYDRONIC) #2ACT09                50 hours 

Upon completion of this course students will have setup a hydronic boiler, making all piping connections. Students will add various safety valves, pumps, control valves, and accessories to the system. All systems will be adjusted, live fired, to meet state and local codes. Students will learn the basic operating sequence for oil-fired heating equipment. They will identify and correctly utilize the tools and instruments used in troubleshooting oil heating systems. Some of the other topics covered are the nozzle replacement, adjustment of electrodes, check ignition transformer, and set pump pressure.


Students will learn how heat transfer occurs in a cooling system, demonstrating an understanding of the terms and concepts used in the refrigeration cycle. They will calculate the temperature and pressure relationships at key points in the refrigeration cycle and use temperature- and pressure measuring instruments to make readings at key points in the refrigeration cycle. Lastly, they will identify the major components of a cooling system and explain how each type works.