FAQ

How Long is The Course?

This course is 250 clock hours long. This is accomplished from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, or 5:30 -9:30 pm,  Monday through Thursday, with no classes on Fridays. It will take 14 weeks to complete the 16 subjects. There are 3 courses offered per year; Spring class beginning in January, Summer class beginning in May, and Fall class beginning in September.

What is The Main Teaching Method?

Hands on, Hands on, Hands on” is the short but important answer. Mr. Walters has seen many technicians over his 30 yr career that did not get enough hands on training or teaching. Many of these students came with certificates and made excellent grades. These same Technicians had never touched some of the most basic components and instead spent most of the time in classrooms. Our facility is one big shop setting. You sit at workbenches and use tools every day. There will be lecture and class instructions, but almost all of it is followed by practical examples.

What are The Class Sizes?

The facility and the course was designed to teach a small teacher to student ratio. Class sizes will not exceed 18 students.

What Can I Expect To Learn?

The air conditioning and heating technician training program is a comprehensive course designed to teach students the skills and techniques required for entry level employment into the residential and light commercial, heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) field. Upon completion of this program, students will be able to install, service, and maintain typical air conditioning and heating systems found in the southern environment of the United States. Graduates may find suitable entry level employment with air conditioning companies, building maintenance departments, high rise building engineering departments, or other employment where HVAC skills are required. Graduates will learn with class lecture, discussion, and with hands-on experience in lab environments. They will also be exposed to a variety of actual equipment and mock up situations designed to prepare them for fieldwork.

How Much Does It Cost?

Call for tuition rates and financing options. Prices include all learning materials: Text book and a tool kit with carry bag. This follows our core belief that teaching someone this trade will change their life and offer job security. The tuition cost is a small amount considering the knowledge and experience you will gain and be exposed to. Plus the earning potential it brings in a proven trade with high growth projected.

What Do I Need To Bring To Class?

When you come to class on the first day you will be given a textbook and a toolkit with a carry bag. Inside the bag is: Tools, gauges, meters, and other materials (that with the textbook would cost approx $500 dollars). The tools will stay on site until after graduation, at which point you will keep them. You just need to bring yourself, your textbook, and any completed homework with you each school day and you’ll be ready to go.

How Much Do A/C Technicians Get Paid?

According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the average (mean) pay is $20.98 per hour (or $43,640 per year). The BLS states that the top 10% make $33.10 per hour (or $68,840 per year). Technicians who obtain their own license and start their own company can make money only limited to their business skills. There are lots of variances in pay for A/C technicians. It depends on many factors and most of them are based on your knowledge, understanding, and experience.

If you are hired on at a residential service company that runs mostly service, your value will be directly tied to completed service calls. Obviously, when you first start out you will have a lot to learn and need to gain experience. However with the right training and understanding of the fundamentals you will set yourself up for the best paying positions. Keep in mind this is a constant learning field and the more you learn the more you are worth. There are many sites quoting pay but always visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the most up to date and accurate information.

Is Air Conditioning Work Only About Hot Attics?

No, air conditioning service companies typically service residential, commercial, or both. There is a lot of attic work in residential service since that is where the equipment is located. However, there is also much work that takes place outside, on roofs, and other places depending on what market the company you work for caters to. At Extreme Air, we try to be as diverse as possible and do everything including industrial work and commercial refrigeration. We have included photos of some areas and equipment in the gallery section that cover all these bases.

Tell Me More About The Final Exam?

All graduates of this program will take a multi-day final exam. The instructor sets up 40-50 hands on testing stations. Each one allows the student to individually apply the skills learned during the class. This approach allows the students to put everything they have learned over the past 14 weeks into use all at one time. They will have learned every part of the final exam work hands on at the work benches and in the lab.

Who Regulates The School?

The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) has approved this school and given it School Number: 4380. The approval process is very long and complex. Every aspect of the school has been inspected and evaluated by the TWC. It is an honor to be among those A/C trade schools that have made it through the process. On the TWC website you can see that not many A/C schools exist. To show how concerned the TWC is about the training we are required to have 60 % of the graduates employed. If we do not meeting this rate means the school can be closed.

Who Regulates The Air Conditioning Business?

Once you go to work for an A/C contractor, you must register with the Texas Department of Licensing and Registration (TDLR). The A/C contractor you work for is also regulated by the TDLR. The A/C license holder must complete continuing education each year. The TDLR works very hard to ensure we operate with the highest quality of workmanship and ethics. They are constantly working to catch technicians that operate without a license. Without TDLR, the wages would drop due to unlicensed workers taking jobs.

What Other Jobs Might This Training Be Used For?

There are many occupations and jobs that you can seek and be a good candidate for with air conditioning training. Of course there are many air conditioning contractors out there needing help almost all of the time. But there are also many corporations that have their own in house maintenance and mechanical departments. Maintenance and repairs to buildings, homes, and schools all require mechanical personnel. High rise buildings use maintenance departments and many employ stationary engineers. The air conditioning trade is one of the few trades that overlap with other specialized trades. Air conditioning technicians do A/C, plumbing, electrical, carpentry, and welding/brazing.

Tell Me More About The Technician Shortage?

Trade magazines and online articles for years have discussed the need for qualified technicians.

I invite everyone to search the web for A/C job information and also visit the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics website. You will see that this is an excellent choice for job opportunities with expected growth of 34% from 2010 to 2020. It is expected to add 90,000 jobs during that time and the skill levels will be more important than ever with the new technology being offered. Job prospects and pay are best for those who complete technical training.

What Skills/Qualifications Are Necessary To Take The Class?

Students must be 18 years of age, have High School Diploma or GED, must be able speak, read & write in English. Prospective students will not be denied admission on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, handicap, age, or veteran status (except where age, sex, or handicap constitutes a bona fide occupational qualification necessary to proper and efficient administration).