Heating / Air Conditioning & Refrigeration

No matter the weather, heating and cooling systems keep homes, offices and schools at the optimal temperature. Students learn how HVACR technicians install, maintain and repair these complex and increasingly high-tech systems in our Heating/Air Conditioning & Refrigeration program.

As they explore a career field with an employment growth rate that’s three times the national average, students are introduced to the following skills:

  • Cut and assemble various piping materials, including ACR copper tubing, CSST and PVC pipe
  • Wire series, parallel and series-parallel circuits; install electric disconnects, circuit breakers and fuses
  • Install and service a variety of cooling, heating and refrigeration systems, as well as their components
  • Fabricate air ducts; evaluate ventilation systems’ performance by measuring air velocity, volume, etc.

Instruction begins with job-site safety, tool use, blueprint reading and other fundamentals before moving to advanced tasks like gas furnace maintenance, refrigerant recovery and heat pump installation. Working in a program lab equipped with appliances made by Carrier, Goodman, Honeywell, Trane and other industry-recognized manufacturers, students collaborate to complete projects that mirror on-the-job tasks.

First- and second-year students, for example, wire thermostats, add ductwork to an existing ventilation system and install condensate, gas and refrigerant lines. Third- and fourth-year students, meanwhile, build a sealed HVAC system, troubleshoot an ice machine and install a geothermal unit. Upperclassmen are encouraged to further develop their skills by securing internship or co-op positions with local companies.

Our Heating/Air Conditioning & Refrigeration program is accredited by the following organization:

NCCER (National Center for Construction Education and Research)

Industry Credentials

Heating/Air Conditioning & Refrigeration students can earn the following certifications and credentials in high school:

  • Various NCCER® certifications
  • Various Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Institute certifications
  • OSHA Certification via CareerSafe®

College Credit

A statewide articulation agreement known as SOAR allows students to earn college credit for their work in the Heating/Air Conditioning & Refrigeration program.

Career Paths

with credentials:

  • Geothermal Technician
  • HVAC Technician
  • Refrigeration Technician
  • Parts Salesperson

with credentials and experience:

  • Contractor
  • Parts Sales Manager

with postsecondary training or college degree:

  • Construction Manager
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineering Technician


Teacher: Kevin Keeler

Email: keelerk@lcti.org

Counselor: Cory Schnaufer

Phone: 610-799-1369
Email: schnauferc@lcti.org

CIP Code: 47.0201

Program Task List

Essential Skill Alignment Chart


Head of the Class fundraiser

LCTI instructors color, shave hair for SkillsUSA fundraiser

By LCTI on 16 April 2018

Students donated $551 with the hope of seeing their favorite instructor with a fun, new look.

View Story

View All News


Heating/Air Conditioning & Refrigeration
Heating/Air Conditioning & Refrigeration
Heating/Air Conditioning & Refrigeration
Heating/Air Conditioning & Refrigeration

Industry Partners

Representatives from the following local businesses and organizations serve on the Heating/Air Conditioning & Refrigeration program’s Occupational Advisory Council:

  • Berlinsville Heating & Air Conditioning
  • Dual Temp Co.
  • Jack Lehr Heating, Cooling & Electric
  • MBI Heating & Air Conditioning
  • REMCO Inc.

Career & Technical Student Organizations

Heating/Air Conditioning & Refrigeration students are eligible for membership in the following Career & Technical Student Organizations, or CTSOs:

  • SkillsUSA

Education Park Drive

Schnecksville, PA

Our mission at LCTI is to prepare all students for successful careers and lifelong learning.