Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, & Refrigeration

Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, & Refrigeration

Students become skilled specialists that create, install, and maintain healthy, comfortable environments where people work, shop, and live. These heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration skills are developed through hands-on experiences in our spacious lab with teh most up-to-date technology and equipment.
The Upper Valley Career Center HVAC/R program is NCCER (National Center for Construction Education and Research) certified and nationally recognized for excellence and innovation. 

Skills for the Future

  • Science of Refrigeration
  • Sheet Metal
  • Soldering and Brazing
  • Electrical Wiring (High and Low Voltage)
  • Control Systems
  • Heating and Cooling Repair
  • Soft Skills
  • Workplace Safety

Typical Yearly Field Trips

  • Hobart Arena (Ice Making)
  • Slagle Mechanical
  • Rieck Services
  • Sheet Metal Workers Local 24
  • Helix Innovation Center at Emerson Climate Technologies

Career Development

Students who qualify, have the opportunity to participate in one of three options for career development during their senior year.
  • School-to-Apprentice Program
  • Advanced Placement
  • Early Placement

All of these programs allow students to be in the workforce while attending school on a modified schedule, so you can earn while you learn.


Mr. Tony TrappApprenticeship Coordinator 

Mrs. Naomi BakerCareer Placement Specialist   


Career Opportunities

  • Service Technician
  • HVAC/R Installer - Commercial, Industrial, residential
  • Apprentice
  • Sheet Metal Worker
  • Controls Technician
  • Computer Programing
  • Research Engineer
  • Equipment Sales
  • Warehouse Sales
  • Estimator
  • HVAC/R Systems Designer 

A Profitable Career

The HVAC/R industry offers a wide variety of occupations, good benefits, and excellent pay. 
  • Beginning HVAC/R technicians can expect to earn over $35,000 a year
  • Seasoned technicians, contractors, or engineers can earn up to $100,000 annually.
    Source: ARI (Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute)

A Growing Industry

  • The HVAC/R industry is expected to grow by 33.7% in teh coming years
  • 34.4% of the current HVAC/R workforce is expected to retire in that same time period.
  • Job opportunities and continued advancement in the field are very favorable to those entering the industry
    Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Certifications Earned

  • OSHA 10
  • Lockout/Tagout
  • 608 EPA (Qualifying Students)
  • Forklift | Scissorslift 

College Credit Agreements

  • Sinclair Community College
  • University of Northwestern Ohio 
  • Edison State Community College - up to 18 semester hours

Our Instructors

Tim Delk, Level I & II Instructor
937.778.1980 x851
Dave Collins, Paraprofessional
937.778.1980 x826 

Career Technical Student Organization

All students in this program are also members of the Upper Valley Career Center Skills USA Chapter.

Skills USA Mission:
SkillsUSA empowers its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens. SkillsUSA improves the quality of our nation’s future skilled workforce through the development of Framework skills that include personal, workplace and technical skills grounded in academics.
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