hvac/r technology



length: 12 months

program overview

hvac technicians are vital in modern day homes and buildings. heating and air conditioning systems control the temperature, humidity, and overall air quality in homes, businesses, and other buildings. they are typically responsible for not only the installation of hvac systems but also their repair and maintenance.

the average day of a hvac tech consists of traveling to worksites, following design specifications to install and repair hvac systems, connect systems to fuel and water supply lines and air ducts, and install electrical wiring and test for proper operation.

a career as an hvac technician is perfect for those who are mechanically inclined and like to work with their hands. the work they do is often varied and each day is unique. hvac techs work in many different settings throughout the day.

in the heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (hvac/r) technology career training program at eit you will learn how to install, adjust, troubleshoot, maintain, and repair residential and commercial refrigeration, heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment for proper operation and efficiency.

you will gain skills in installing hvac units, including electronic and mechanical components; ductwork installation, including flexible tubing and sheet metal; installation and repair of fuel and water supply lines; installation and recycling of refrigerants; installation and repair of electrical connections to hvac/r components; and the installation and repair of hvac/r system automation components.




course outline

  • refrigeration theory / lab
  • electricity and electronics for hvac/r
  • hvac/r customer service
  • strategies for success
  • practical computer skills
  • commercial refrigeration theory / lab
  • hydronic heating
  • environmental engineering
  • mathematics for hvac/r
  • job seeking development
  • hvac theory / lab
  • estimating
  • hvac/r control systems
  • green technologies in hvac/r
  • digital electronics for hvac/r
  • troubleshooting hvac/r systems and equipment
  • externship

hvac-r technology job placement sites

below is a list of employers who recently hired graduates of the hvac-r technology program

  • national fuel, erie, pa
  • modern industries, erie, pa
  • keep heating and cooling, erie, pa
  • Chuck Ollinger Plumbing, Heating & Cooling, Erie, PA
  • 21st street market, erie, pa
  • warren sheet metal, warren, pa
  • west end hardware, erie, pa
  • TJ’s Plumbing & Heating, Erie, PA
  • szewczyk plumbing, heating and ac, erie, pa
  • mercyhurst university, erie, pa
  • country fair, inc., erie, pa
  • gugino plumbing and heating, fredonia, ny
  • jtm foods, erie, pa
  • deets mechanical, inc., seneca, pa
  • iten industries, ashtabula, oh

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try a trade

try a trade is a new initiative at eit where the public can schedule a time to come to the school and under no obligation, complete a small introductory project in the program of their choice.

if you've ever considered beginning a career in any of the fields we offer, schedule a date to come in and try a trade!


anthony agnello

anthony agnello

j.j. agnello heating and cooling

we look for a school such as eit to train the skilled service technicians we need.

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