Pathways: HVAC Installer

Heating,Ventilation, Air Conditioning, Refrigeration (HVAC) Installation training is designed for students pursuing entry-level work as installers of HVAC systems. The target wage for entry-level HVAC positions in Oregon is $10-$12/hour (Source: Oregon's Labor Market Information System).

Conveniently located:
PCC's Cascade Campus
The next training begins Fall Term - September, 2014.

Class Schedule: Click for a sample schedule.

Learn more:

For more information on the next HVAC Installer Pathway and/or attending as a Career Pathways student, please contact Laurie Chadwick@971-722-6233.


  • Earn college credits that may be applicable to other PCC degree programs while learning a new career.
  • Pathway is on the Work Source Inc. Eligible Training Program List.
  • Training is held in a new lab facility located at PCC's Cascade Campus.
  • Students will be prepared to sit for their brazing and CFC certifications at the conclusion of the training.
  • Be work ready in only three months.
  • Train with a group of students, or cohort, pursuing employment in the HVAC industry.
  • Students participate in three hours of Career Planning per week taught by an Employment Specialist with Career Pathways.  
  • Skills gained in this training will open the doors to many different jobs in the HVAC service industry and serve as good preparation for the PCC Facilities Maintenance Technology or Apprenticeship and Trades programs.
  • Over the course of the term you will learn mechanical refrigeration basics and progress through troubleshooting and print reading. More specifically you will gain the following skills:
    • Customer relations
    • Best work practices
    • Ergonomics- Equipment set-up
    • Duct sizing
    • Basic Sheet Metal Operation
    • Proper refrigerant handling
    • Introduction to mechanical code regulations
    • Combustion air
    • Basic natural gas piping
    • Venting
    • Controls installation
    • HVAC accessories
    • ACR tubing
    • Systems start-up

Estimated Cost of Training: $2,744.96

Cost Sheet

Note: The fees for the program are based on the 2012/13 PCC fee structure for 14 credits of course work. Additionally, there are costs associated with certifications and tools that students will need to have in order to be work ready. The figures above are approximations and subject to change without notice.


  • Students must possess a High School Diploma or GED.
  • Complete a COMPASS placement exam (results of the exam should place students into Writing 90, Reading 90, and Math 20) at a PCC Testing Center.
  • For information on a free workshop to prepare to take the COMPASS test, please call 971-722-6218.
  • If test scores are below those listed above, please contact the staff person below to discuss enrollment options.

Course of Study

Course Number Course Name Credits
FMT 111 Refrigeration Electrical I 2
FMT 112 Refrigeration Electrical II 2
FMT 113 Refrigeration Electrical III 2
FMT 101 Refrigeration I 2
FMT 102 Refrigeration II 2
FMT 103 Refrigeration III 2
FMT 210 Basic HVAC/R Installation & Techniques 2
WFTT23 Career Planning: This course is designed to build a learning community among students pursuing career pathways courses. Students will develop their skills as a student, intern and job seeker. A job search portfolio will be used as an organizational framework for the course. non-credit
Total Credits 14

What should I do next to get into the training?

  1. Apply for Admission to the College.
  2. Take the college placement exam workshop.
  3. Schedule a time to take the COMPASS placement exam. You can call one of the PCC testing centers to schedule the exam.
  4. Complete the PCC online student orientation.
  5. Contact Laurie Chadwick at 971-722-6233.

Student Profiles

Employment Prospects

“Job prospects for heating, air-conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers are expected to be excellent, particularly for those with training from an accredited technical school or with formal apprenticeship training, and especially in the fastest growing areas of the country.

A growing number of retirements of highly skilled technicians are expected to generate many job openings. In addition, employment of heating, air-conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers is projected to increase faster than average for all occupations through the year 2014.

(Source: Occupational Outlook Handbook, US Bureau of Labor Statistics).