Greater Johnstown Career & Technology Center

Adult Heating & Air Conditioning Technology

In the Heating and Air Conditioning Technology (HACT) program, students will learn the latest HACT theory and applications, enabling the student to gain practical knowledge as applied to residential, industrial, and commercial HACT. The curriculum is based upon the Contren Learning Series developed by the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER), which is a standardized, nationally-certified competency-based curriculum, built upon industry standards.

Graduates will be prepared for entry-level employment as residential, commercial, and industrial heating and air conditioning maintenance and repair technicians. Related entry-level positions include employment as a service technician or installer for air conditioning, refrigeration, forced air oil and gas furnaces, and hydronic systems. The student will have precise knowledge of HACT fundamentals in both the theory and fabrication of HACT systems.

Students earn a diploma upon successful completion of the program. Students who qualify will receive National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) certification, EPA 608 universal and R410A Certifications, and the 10-hour OSHA training card. 

Areas of Training

In an effort to stay current with changes and trends in the industry, the program curriculum may change during the program year and will include general training in:

  • HACT Introductory Core Curriculum: construction safety, math, drawings, rigging, materials handling
  • HACT Level 1: piping practices, soldering and brazing, cooling & heating, basic electricity, air distribution systems, residential systems
  • HACT Level 2: commercial systems, chimneys and vents, leak detection, hydronic systems, basic troubleshooting, duct systems, heat pumps
  • HACT Level 3: advanced troubleshooting, refrigerants and oils, compressors, retail refrigeration, metering devices, water treatment, commercial hydronic systems
  • HACT Level 4: troubleshooting lab, system balancing, air quality, system design, commercial and industrial systems, startup and shutdown, building management system

Take the Next Step

We’re thrilled that you’ve decided to learn more about enrolling in our program! Please follow these steps to apply:

    1. Call the adult education office at (814) 266-6073, ext. 201 Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to schedule a tour and/or make a registration interview appointment.
    2. You must have a high school diploma or GED.
    3. Be prepared to bring the $100 registration fee with you. You must pay this non-refundable fee before your register, as it secures your seat in class. We will deduct the $100 from your tuition once you begin your program.
    4. During the interview, a GJCTC adult education career will review school policies and procedures along with any entrance requirements you must complete. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions about the program and/or the school.
    5. After your interview, you should begin the application process for financial aid (if applicable).
    6. Once you meet all the requirements, you will receive a letter of acceptance from the supervisor of adult education.