Residential, commercial and industrial buildings of all kinds rely on efficient climate control and refrigeration, maintained by certified professionals. Environmental concerns and the drive to reduce energy consumption also continue to spur the development of new energy-saving heating and air-conditioning systems, requiring the installation of newer systems in existing homes and buildings.
Our Heating/Ventilation/Air Conditioning (HVAC) training program is fast-tracked and career-focused to help you move more quickly into the working world. With hands-on training under the skillful guidance of working professionals, Redstone’s HVAC program prepares graduates for entry-level HVAC positions in this field with a diploma in just 10 months, or an associate degree in just 17 months.
Learn in a simulated work environment in our facilities, equipped with lab equipment featuring:
- Learn the trade in our lab’s simulated work environment, which features: More than 20 residential forced-air gas furnaces and split-systems
- Light commercial/residential hydronic heating and hot water solar systems
- Commercial and industrial boilers
- Supermarket refrigeration system
- Commercial walk-in cooler and freezer
- Cooling tower
- Two chillers
Request program info online or call Redstone today at 1-888-547-4037 for more information.
"I was working in a parts job that I didn't like. I went to the Redstone website and received a call from an admissions representative. With her help, I completed the enrollment paperwork and enrolled in the HVAC degree program. If it wasn't for that phone call I'd probably still be in that job I hated."
HVAC Course Work
At Redstone you’ll learn the HVAC trade in simulated work environments.
The 4-term diploma program covers:
- Fundamentals of residential and commercial HVAC
- Skills to service residential HVAC systems
- Electrical/mechanical controls and diagnostic skills
- Air duct fabrication and calculation
- Building mechanical codes
- Heat load calculation and system design
- Building automation and pneumatic controls
The Associate of Occupational Studies Degree adds:
- Hot water heating, boiler and solar systems
- Web-based HVAC control systems
- Supermarket refrigeration
- Chilled water systems
- Courses to increase your managerial skills, business communication, and human relations
Graduates of the Redstone College HVAC program will master essential heating and refrigeration concepts in courses such as:
- Air Duct Calculation and Fabrication – Provides the theory and application of sheet metal fabrication for use in residential and light commercial HVAC systems installation.
- Building Mechanical Codes – Helps develop a working knowledge of mechanical, fuel, gas, plumbing, and electrical codes for HVAC applications.
- Electricity and HVAC Control Systems – Covers the basics of electricity as they apply to the industry with topics like wiring schematics and the electrical installation, service and troubleshooting of HVAC units.
- Forced Air Gas Heating and Air Conditioning Systems – Teaches service for forced air furnaces, heat pumps, split AC systems, package roof top units, and heating and cooling controls and circuitry.
- HVAC Pneumatic Controls – Provides a detailed study of electrical, electromechanical, and pneumatic control systems in commercial and industrial buildings.
- Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Fundamentals – Teaches safety, installation and service of refrigeration units, thermodynamics, refrigeration cycle and troubleshooting techniques.
- Supermarket Refrigeration and Ice Machines2 – Covers ice machines; supermarket refrigeration, controls and circuitry; commercial equipment repair, retrofitting, and construction of a walk-in cooler or freezer.
- Hot Water and Solar Heat Systems2 – Provides training in the service and troubleshooting of hot water and oil heat systems, flame safeguard technology, geothermal heat pumps, and solar heat.
- Chilled Water Systems2 – Teaches a working knowledge of the fundamentals of chilled water systems including cooling towers and the types of controls and circuitry used.
- HVAC System Design and Heat Load Calculation2 – Provides training in reading of HVAC construction prints as well as heat load calculations, equipment sizing, system setup and design considerations.
HVAC (heating/ventilation/air conditioning) is an in-demand, hands-on career path. HVAC mechanics and installers are needed wherever climate-control equipment is installed, repaired, or maintained. HVAC expertise is in demand in three distinct sectors: residential, commercial and industrial. That’s why your Redstone education covers them all. And because HVAC systems are increasingly sophisticated, graduates of technical schools are generally preferred job candidates, thanks to hands-on training and across-the-board knowledge of HVAC systems.
Typical entry-level positions for Redstone graduates may include:3
- HVAC Service Technician
- HVAC Installer
- Refrigeration Service Technician
Employment for HVAC mechanics and installers is projected to increase 21 percent1 by 2022, faster than the average for all occupations.* Factors fueling this demand might include:
- More technically sophisticated climate-control systems
- A steady increase in HVAC technician retirements
- A growing emphasis on energy efficiency and pollution reduction requiring system retrofits or replacements
- Commercial and residential building construction increase following the recent recession
It all adds up to an excellent jobs outlook for trained HVAC professionals.
1 Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook
2 Offered only in the associate degree program
3 Graduates without experience in the field will likely start in entry-level positions. Westwood College does not guarantee employment or salary. Please refer to westwood.edu/disclosures for important information about our programs, including salary information, job titles and employers of our graduates, as well as information about median loan debt and potential occupations from the Department of Education. Redstone prepares graduates for certification. Graduates wishing to attain certification must take and pass any applicable test/exams.
4 Rate is based upon graduates from July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014, as reported on the Denver and Denver East ACICS Campus Accountability Reports. Detailed employment figures for graduates of each campus is available.