HVACR (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration)

HVACR (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration)

Get the Skills to Begin a Career in HVACR in as few as 12 Months

Flexibility and variety are two benefits of a career in the heating, ventillation, air conditioning and refrigeration industry. Porter and Chester Institute's hands-on HVACR program can help you acquire the skills you need to install, maintain and troubleshoot HVACR units in residential, commercial and industrial settings. Start training to become a skilled technician in the HVACR field!

Program Details

  • Program offered at: Hamden CT, Rocky Hill CT, Stratford CT, Waterbury CT and Brockton MA, Chicopee MA, Worcester MA
  • Program length: 12 months
  • Credit Hours: 78
  • Graduates earn a diploma

How/When to Apply

We start new sessions on a regular basis.
Next Start Date: August 16, 2021

At Porter and Chester Institute, we're making it easier than ever for you to enroll using our automated application portal. Upload your documents and start the financial aid process without the hassle of drawn-out application processes. And our admissions staff is still available to help you every step of the way. Taking control of your career just got easier!

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Class Schedule

Day and Evening lab sessions meet Monday through Friday on the following schedule:
Day Session: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Evening Session: 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Lab days can be any combination of Monday through Friday, meeting at any time within the time blocks stated. Lab days in certain terms may not need the entire scheduled block of time. A specific lab schedule will be provided to students before the start of each term.

Course Listings

Term 1
Electrical for Gas 1114
Mechanical for Gas 1115
Trade Skills 1116
Term 2
Electrical for Oil 1214
Mechanical for Oil 1215
Hydronic and Control Systems 1216
Term 3
Core Refrigeration 1317
Advanced Refrigeration 1318
Piping Principles 1316
Term 4
Core Air Conditioning 1417
Advanced Air Conditioning 1418
Design Principles 1416


Tuition Cost: $25,980
Additional Fees: $3,595

Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

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Why PCI?

If you’re a hands-on learner who can’t imagine sitting behind a desk all day and considering training at an HVAC school, here are a few reasons the Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, & Refrigeration program at Porter and Chester Institute may be the perfect fit for you:

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Concrete Skills: 
Through our intensive HVACR training, you’ll learn to work on the gas, oil and electric heating, cooling and refrigeration systems used in homes and businesses across the country.

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Hands-on Training: 
If you learn best by doing, then our HVACR program is for you! Your classroom work is supplemented by hands-on work using the actual analytical equipment you’ll find in the field.

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Qualified Instructors: 
Our instructors are all professionals from the HVACR industry. They know how to teach, but more importantly they know what you’re likely to encounter once you’re out on the job. Their years of experience and connections to employers make them an invaluable resource to you and your career.

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Soft Skills: 
In addition to learning the nuts-and-bolts of the industry, you’ll learn how to interact with customers with professionalism. We’ll teach you what it means to be a good employee in a real world setting.

Is a Professional Trades Career Right for You?

Take the "PCI Trades Career Training Readiness Quiz"

The fun, online quiz takes 3 minutes to complete and you’ll get a personalized report. Identify your strengths and social style plus the training and positions you’re best suited for.
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