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Instructor: Mr. William Gerhard

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The H.V.A.C. program prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to install, repair and maintain commercial and domestic heating, air conditioning and refrigeration systems. Instruction includes theory and application of basic principles involved in conditioning of air (cooling and heating); filtering and controlling humidity; operating characteristics of various units and parts; blueprint reading; use of technical reference manuals; the diagnosis of malfunctions; overhaul, repair and adjustment of units and parts such as pumps, compressors, valves, springs and connections; and repair of electric/electronic and pneumatic control systems. The four year program includes all phases of the trade and it is of the utmost importance that the student accomplishes the required competencies to be fully qualified for immediate employment in the trade after graduation. Students completing this program are skilled, knowledgeable, and able to meet the needs of the industry today and well into the future.


  • EPA 608
  • Indoor Air Quality
  • Industry Competency Exam Commercial Refrigeration
  • Industry Competency Exam Light Commercial Air Conditioning and Heating
  • Industry Competency Exam Residential Air Conditioning and Heating
  • NATE Certifications
  • NCCER Credentials
  • Pennsylvania Builders Association Skills Certificate
  • Residential Construction Academy RCA National Registry
  • RSES Student Technician
  • Student Outcome Assessment
  • Gastite
  • WardFlex
  • OSHA Construction

Career Outlook

Occupations available include:

  • Air Conditioning Technician
  • Refrigeration Technician
  • HVAC Installers
  • HVAC Mechanics

Student Comments

"A great learning experience. One of the best choices that I have ever made. West Side CTC really helped prepare me for the future."

Cody, Lake Lehman, Senior

"West Side CTC plumbing shop gave me the tools of knowledge and ability to succeed in the plumbing trade. Educationally and socially, WSCTC is the best vocational school I could have gone to."

Rob, WVW Senior

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The West Side Career and Technology Center does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national orgin, sex, disability or age in its programs or activities. Career and Technical education program offerings include: Auto Body Repair; Automotive Technology; Business Marketing; Carpentry; Computer Info Systems; Computer Maintenance; Cosmetology; Culinary; Early Childhood Ed; Electrical; Health Related Tech; HVAC; Law Enforcement; Machine Tool; and Multi Media. Inquiries may be directed to the West Side CTC's Title IX Coordinator or the Section 504 Coordinator at 75 Evans St, Kingston PA 18704 or 570-288-8493.

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