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HVAC Training Program Details

As a student, you have so much to consider when it comes to finding the right career path. You want to find something that fits your personality and skill set. You also want to find a career that shows promise when it comes to job opportunities and financial security. For individuals who prefer a career that is hands-on, home services are a great career pathway. HVAC technician training provides individuals with the opportunity to develop a skill that can be implemented in areas across the United States.  

The Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Basic Refrigeration Program at South Texas Vocational Technical Institute is designed to train individuals for success in residential and commercial HVAC maintenance. This program involves traditional classroom education as well as on-site, hands-on training to provide preparation for a career in this industry. We focus on developing skill sets, working as a team, and practicing worksite safety.  

HVAC technicians do more than just work on appliances and equipment. They help to provide comfortable and safe  living and working environments. People rely on their HVAC system, which is why the role of an HVAC technician is so important — they directly impact the quality of life experienced in homes and offices.   

What is an HVAC Technician?  

An HVAC technician is someone who installs, maintains, and repairs heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems that directly control temperature, air quality, and the environment in residential and commercial buildings. This is a vital part of the larger home services industry. The day-to-day expectations of an HVAC technician can vary drastically. This is due to the project at hand. Projects vary in time constraints, services needed, and size of the project. General job duties include:

  • Installing, repairing, or replacing thermostats, humidistats, or timers 
  • Repairing or replacing defective equipment 
  • Testing electrical circuits or components 
  • Testing pipes, tubing, and connections for leaks 
  • Maintenance support such as changing filters, cleaning ducts, testing air quality  
  • Assembling, positioning, and mounting HVAC equipment 

HVAC technicians work with various types of systems and equipment that provide temperature and air quality regulation. Primary equipment includes heating, ventilation, and cooling, such as appliances themselves, like furnaces and air conditioners, as well as connective materials such as ductwork. HVAC technicians offer a specific skill set that requires careful training and ongoing education to master. HVAC technicians can grow and advance in their careers. With certification and training in this field, an individual can seek quality employment across the nation. HVAC technicians often start out working for an established company but can find themselves working independently or operating their own business over time.  

HVAC technicians often possess great communication skills as they work with clients and coworkers daily. Technicians are quick thinking while also maintaining safety standards. When you want a career that offers something new every day, HVAC can be a great  opportunity.   

Why Choose STVT for HVAC Technician Training in Texas?  

Traditional classroom learning is a great tool for providing knowledge pertaining to a career in HVAC services. STVT sees not only the importance of classroom learning but hands-on learning as well. STVT is committed to providing students the opportunity to test their skills and knowledge in real-life situations. Our courses are taught by industry professionals with experience in the field who understand the demands of the job, as well as the importance of worksite safety. Working with an instructor who has industry knowledge provides experience and knowledge that goes beyond what you could learn from a textbook. STVT provides its HVAC program at a variety of campus locations to ensure convenient access to our students. Our campus locations include Brownsville, Corpus Christi, San Antonio, and McAllen.   

Student Support Services and Resources  

At STVT, we truly want every student who chooses our vocational programs to succeed. We are committed to providing academic support, tutoring, and resources for our students. Our Support Services team is available to provide a variety of different  assistance that students may be looking for. This includes support prior to attendance, support while enrolled in our program, career services, and assistance with job placement as you near course completion.   

How to Apply and Get Started at STVT  

If you are ready to take your first step toward your new career, we can help. Our admissions team is available to assist you on this exciting journey. Once you choose your intended program, we can help you gather  information, complete any paperwork, and schedule campus tours. With four locations offering our HVAC program, you are sure to find a great fit for you.  

Diploma: 50 Credit Hours, 10 Months. Brownsville, Corpus Christi, McAllen, and San Antonio TX.

*STVT cannot guarantee job placement, salary, or employment

*STVT does not guarantee third-party certifications. Certification requirements for taking and passing certification examinations are not controlled by STVT but by outside agencies and are subject to change by the agencies without notice to STVT. Therefore, STVT cannot guarantee that graduates will be eligible to take certification examinations, regardless of their eligibility status upon enrollment.

*STVT does not guarantee third-party certifications. Certification requirements for taking and passing certification examinations are not controlled by STVT but by outside agencies and are subject to change by the agencies without notice to STVT. Therefore, STVT cannot guarantee that graduates will be eligible to take certification examinations, regardless of their eligibility status upon enrollment.

What’s Covered

Along with classroom education, students at STVT will get the opportunity to participate in hands-on training to strengthen their skills.

  • Design, construction and operation of various air-conditioning unit applications
  • Installation of split and unitary systems
  • Application of psychrometric and air properties
  • Ladder diagram completion
  • Soft copper tubing connection preparation
  • Basic electrical understanding
  • Air conditioning system design
  • Refrigerant reclamation and recycling
  • Technician responsibilities
  • Ventilation duct design and installation
  • Air flow characteristics
  • Heat gain/loss calculations
  • Refrigeration piping repair
  • Electrical circuit troubleshooting and controls
  • HVAC/R motor control circuit operation
  • Maintenance and repair of gas, natural draft, and standing pilot systems
  • Repair of gas furnaces and force draft units
  • Maintenance of heating solid circuitry/flame controls
  • Heat pump theory and repair
  • Customer service

What is NCCER?

The National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER), created in 1996, is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) education foundation. NCCER was developed with the support of more than 125 construction CEOs, and various association and academic leaders to create a standardized training and credentialing program for the construction industry.

Why is NCCER important to you?

Earning NCCER’s industry-recognized credentials means you, having undergone approved training, and have met the standards set by the NCCER. Your universally recognized credentials in your craft represent a national portability of your skills.

Additionally, NCCER manages credentialing and certification through its Registry System, which assists craft trainees and professionals by maintaining their records in a secure database.

NCCER also drives multiple initiatives to enhance career development and recruitment efforts for the industry, primarily through its Build Your Future initiative.

Why is NCCER important to employers?

Many organizations and companies track the qualifications of their craft professionals and possible new hires through NCCER’s Registry System. Those with NCCER credentials may be more desirable to potential employers.

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Start at STVT to begin the skills-based training you’ve been dreaming of. Our flexible scheduling and affordable options make it the perfect place for you to pursue your diploma in Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Basic Refrigeration. Talk to an admissions advisor today.

What our Graduates are saying

STVT Testimonials

“This program is a 10-month program. We keep everybody on the same page. We don’t let anybody fall behind. There’s a lot of information being thrown your way, but like I said, we want everybody to be on the same page. We really stress safety, because electricity can do some harm. The torch as well, it burns at degrees I don’t even know, but it’ll burn through metal, so it’ll burn through your skin. Safety is very important for us, especially here in the lab.”


HVAC and Basic Refrigeration

I was helped in so many ways. You know, I couldn’t be more grateful and blessed, you know, to have the staff here at STVT – the students that I was with and my instructors.  It couldn’t have been any better.

Richard Victor Mendez, Jr.

STVT San Antonio, Combination Welding Graduate

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