The Leader in Distance Learning for the HVAC/R Industry
HVACR Education.net marks the future of high quality eLearning
for entry-level and continuing education. In response to the critical
need for comprehensive heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and
refrigeration (HVAC/R) training, HVAC/R Education.net (hvacreducation.net)
was formed to meet the changing technologies of the industry and
the growing demand for qualified and certified professionals. It
provides instructional services to an industry in critical need
of comprehensive, entry-level education, as well as continuing education
for the existing workforce. HVAC/R systems and service needs are
found in every city, town and county across the United States.
Heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration is a $200-billion-a-year
U.S. industry, and second only to transportation as the largest
consumer of energy. HVAC/R systems are becoming increasingly complex
and intricate in operations and service requirements, creating an
industry that is experiencing a serious shortage of qualified technicians,
and rendering working professionals continually in need of training
upgrades and certifications. The current national energy situation
exacerbates the dearth of qualified technicians to even more critical
levels. Currently, by industry estimates, there are 60,000 unfilled
positions, ranging from entry-level to senior technicians. The U.S.
Dept. of Labor has projected the shortage will increase at a rate
of 24 percent over the next five years.
Within our country, virtually every citizen relies in some way on
energy-efficient, cost-effective HVAC/R systems. The home, school,
play, and work environments are carefully controlled by incredibly
complex, sophisticated and pervasive technical systems that allow
our culture to enjoy the highest standard of living on earth. A
fact of American life is that 90 percent of the population spends
90 percent of the time indoors in a controlled environment. Additionally,
more than 200 million tons of perishable food products are refrigerated
and made available year round, along with over three billion pounds
of frozen food products. Other major industries relying on HVAC/R
include aerospace, electronics, medical, chemical, and communications.
These complexities and advancing technologies create high demand
for the small numbers of certified professionals in specific regions.
HVAC/R Education.net was developed to meet the high demand for skilled
workers using the latest developments in technological content and
delivery. HVAC/R Education.net is an organization of certified,
professional HVAC/R educators using proven distance learning methods
and technology. Through an innovative eLearning network, HVAC/R
courses, assessment, and training are offered for individuals pursuing
education or certification in the heating, ventilation, air conditioning,
and refrigeration industry. The benefits of this learning network
- Time saving with
anytime/anyplace educational access to a busy workforce;
educators with HVAC/R industry certifications;
- Courses built
on specific competencies sanctioned by the major HVAC/R associations
and organizations; and
classes, assignments, student interaction, and performance ratings
As a comprehensive web-based program, HVAC/R courses are instructor
guided with assignments, text support, handouts, exams and student
discussions modeled after the successful elements of conventional
classrooms without the obstacles of fixed time and place. Beyond
theoretical training, simulation and lab experiences, HVACR Education.net
offers additional assessment materials for the on-the-ground verification
of workplace and task competencies.
Refrigeration Course Summaries
The following links
offer online program descriptions and previews of current HVAC/R
Education.net courses and content. These content summaries also
include planned content upgrades, revisions, and availability dates.
- Designed to explore the common aspects of HVAC/R technology,
with focus on heat transfer methods, basic terminology and definitions,
applied physics for HVAC/R systems, and basic safety considerations
of the HVAC/R workplace.
- Basic electrical theory such as Ohms Law, circuit schematic
symbols, circuit characteristics, as applied to DC and AC circuits
in the HVAC/R industry. Presentations focus on basic motor theory,
common types of motors, starting components and protection devices.
- An introduction to HVAC comfort systems, to include human comfort,
psychometrics, basic air distribution systems, airflow measurement
methods and calculations. Coursework and objectives require students
to calculate heat gain and then size and design a basic cooling
- Introduces the concept of combustion, with current direct-vent
systems and traditional high-pressure gun burners. This course
covers combustion basics for natural gas and propane fuels as
found in residential and light commercial applications, and introduces
technicians to reverse-cycle heat pumps, comparing and contrasting
standard heat pumps vs. straight cooling systems.
- Introduces the mechanical compression refrigeration cycle and
the terms and definition of necessary components. Presentations
describe the application of common accessories found in a system,
piping arrangements, sizing considerations and system operation.
- Introduces common control concepts and methods for HVAC/R system
controls, standard designs, and how they work.
- Introduces the concepts and terminology of heating and power
boilers, focusing on commercial and industrial boilers. Includes
presentation and simulations on safe and efficient boiler operation
- The initial course for individuals interested in obtaining an
entry-level boiler operator's license; designed to review and
prepare the boiler operator or maintenance technician to obtain
a stationary engineer's license. The course assumes two to four
years' experience working in and around boiler-room systems.
- A capstone course to assess a technician's knowledge of a complete
comfort system. Topics include the common HVAC system accessories
that make up a total comfort system, such as humidifiers, filtration,
associated controls, installation standards and procedures.
- An introduction to hydronic heating systems, this course introduces
the concepts and functions of hot-water heating systems. Presentations
and topics covered within this course include-residential boilers,
pumps and system accessories, hydronic controls, and the basics
of system design.
Partnerships & Implementation Models
As educators, the
leadership of HVAC/R Education.net understands the obstacles and
expenses involved in the development of vocational and applied technical
programs. The HVAC/R industry is no exception. The annual salary
for additional faculty is not easy to find within current deficit-level
budgets, to say nothing of the challenge of acquiring lab space
and equipment for such specialty programs.
HVACReducation.net provides a cost-effective solution to broaden
program and course offerings without capital investments. It can
be implemented through a number of flexible partnership opportunities
- Colleges expand
program offerings and outreach to more remote student populations
that might otherwise not be involved in higher education.
- Colleges supplement
existing on-campus HVACR programs for students who wish to enroll
but cannot attend classes weekly.
- Colleges provide
certification and training programs to local employers or associations
of HVAC/R workers as part of their workforce development outreach.
- Colleges increase
student enrollment numbers and deliver HVAC/R education content
as part of their distance learning program options and workforce
- Negotiable instructional
delivery terms and per student enrollment rates that allow colleges
to offer services to 10 students or 10,000.
Outsourcing courses in an area of specialty, such as HVAC/R technology,
provides students access to anytime, anyplace courseware, guided
by the expertise of proven industry educators. This concept models
encourages partnership with local college institutions that, in
turn, are able to partner with local industries and support employer
needs. HVACReducation.net provides the educational catalyst. This
is a winning solution for colleges, communities, employers, and
the life-support mission of the HVAC/R industry.
The HVAC/R instructors are technicians with expertise and industry
certification within their areas of instruction. Through this extensive
curriculum, instructional leadership, certification assessment,
and ongoing work experience, HVAC/R Education.net provides educational
solutions to the HVAC/R industry today and for the future.
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