Vincent Baldasaro, Instructor in Charge

Heating and cooling system mechanics install and repair heating, air-conditioning, and refrigeration systems. Students receive the hands-on training and extensive theory that prepares them for actual service and installation procedures. Topics of study include, but are not limited to, electrical controls, tubing and piping, pneumatics, gas and oil heat, refrigeration, air conditioning, load calculations, building codes, industry licensing, troubleshooting and diagnostics, energy management systems, pumps, valve motors, alternative fuels, high efficiency equipment, and solar energy.

Skills and Competencies:

Imagine how something will look if it is moved around or its parts are rearranged

Understand, listen, and ask questions

Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong

Determine how a system should work.

Study how changes in conditions affect outcomes

Concentrate and shut out distractions while performing a task

Use math and science skills to solve problems

Obtain needed equipment, facilities, and materials and oversee their use

Solve problems by bringing others together to discuss differences

Repair machines or systems

Watch gauges, dials, and output to make sure a machine is working properly

Maintain equipment on a routine basis. Determine when and what kind of maintenance is needed

Career Opportunities:

Experienced mechanics may advance to jobs as supervisors or service managers.

Potential employers include electrical contractors, heating and cooling system installation companies, and heating and cooling system retailers.

For more information about this department, contact Mr. Stanley.


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