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Introduction to HVAC Fundamentals

Overview: 12 Week HVAC Training Program

Our 12 Week Introduction to HVAC Training Program is the perfect class for those interested in entering the Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning industry. This course is designed for beginners excited about a new career, and will teach you everything you need to know in order to join the workforce immediately upon completion.

Taught as 3 consecutive parts, we focus on hands on learning to best equip you for success. This course covers everything needed for industry success in the HVAC trade from: HVAC Fundamentals, to the Basics of Heating and Air Systems, and finishing off with hands-on Best Installation Practices.

Module 1: HVAC Electrical

We start by building a strong foundation in understanding safety, the basics of HVAC systems, initial diagnostics, and customer service keys to success.

Topics Covered in the HVAC Electrical:

  • + Safe electrical work practices
  • + Troubleshooting electrical problems
  • + Low voltage transformers, diagrams, & controls
  • + Standard AC, Furnace, and Heat Pump controls & wiring
  • + Positive preventative maintenance procedures
  • + Using diagnostic equipment, technology, and tools
  • + Positive Customer communication methods
  • + Refrigeration- Cycle, Safety, Usage, and More
  • + Installation Practices and Jobsite Efficiency
  • + Training and Testing for EPA Certification
hvac electrical training in practice
ac unit for hands on training

Module 2: Heating & Air Conditioning Refrigeration

Now that we understand how heating and ac systems work, we dig into the details and heat exchange and the keys for working with refrigerant. From safety, the refer cycle, charging and recovery, to brazing and troubleshooting, you’re going to learn it all through our paced hands-on learning approach!

Topics Covered in Heating & AC Systems:

  • + Fundamentals of thermodynamics and heat transfer as it relates to the refrigeration process
  • + EPA Certification testing
  • + Evaluating cooling system indicators
  • + Refrigerant piping, recovery, and tank filling
  • + Heat Pump systems and A/C systems
  • + Air flow ventilation design and optimization

Module 3: Installation Practices

This whole month is hands-on! Getting ready for troubleshooting and lots and lots of practice, as we install of every type of HVAC system you can get your hands on. We work closely with local companies to allow you, the student, the opportunity to gain real life hands-on experience as you apprentice in the field.

Topics Covered in HVAC Installation Practices:

  • + Furnace Installation
  • + A/C Installation
  • + Heat Pump Installation
  • + Ducting and Ventilation Installation
  • + System design, sizing, and optimization
  • + Piping, brazing, flushing, charging, recovery, and testing
  • + In the field jobsite observation and experience with HVAC companies
hvac student practicing

Details: Fundamentals of HVAC

All Joe Lewis HVAC Training Center classes are taught with a strong focus on enabling students to gain real, hand-on experience by providing as much practical real-world lab experience that will set them up for success. Learn more about the Joe Lewis Difference.

Training Schedule

Classes are taught 3 days a week to provide you with the flexibility you need to continue working while you train and study for your new career. This course is offered in both an AM and PM format to best meet your scheduling needs.

  • + Morning Option: Classes are held Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 9:00 AM through 3:00 PM
  • + Night Option: Classes are held Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 4:30 PM through 10:00 PM

Who is this course for?

This introductory twelve week course is taught at our Northern California training facility. This course is divided into three consecutive four week training topics including: HVAC Electrical, AC Refrigeration, and Installation Practices. These modules feed into each other and provide the foundation for your career in the heating and air conditioning trade. This comprehensive  program is specifically designed to teach you the information you need to know, in order to take you from a beginner to a highly desirable new hire in only 12 weeks.

Existing techs, please view our Next Level Advanced classes.

Financial Aid

Our goal is to ensure your future success, so we keep our tuition rates down to the bare minimum. Don’t let finances get in your way of your future career. Contact us today to learn all about the financing and job placement opportunities that are available to help you succeed.

Careers in Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning:

After completing the 12 week training program students will be equipped with the knowledge, training, and skills necessary to start your professional career in the following entry-level positions:

  • + HVAC Technician
  • + Air Conditioning Tech
  • + Ventilation Technician
  • + HVAC Mechanic
  • + Refrigeration Tech
  • + Installation Assistant
  • + HVAC Specialist
  • + Heating Technician
  • + HVAC Technician
  • + Air Conditioning Tech
  • + Ventilation Technician
  • + HVAC Mechanic
  • + Refrigeration Tech
  • + Installation Assistant
  • + HVAC Specialist
  • + Heating Technician

Book Event

Deposit: HVAC 12 Week Training Program $500

This an introductory 12 Week HVAC training program. AM Classes are Wed-Fri 9am-3pm; PM Classes are Mon-Wed 4:30-10pm. Your spot will be held for you with a $500 deposit.

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Jan 12, 2022 - Apr 1, 2022


AM Classes Wed-Fri 9am-3pm; PM Classes Mon-Wed 4:30-10pm
9:00 am - 3:00 pm


Joe Lewis HVAC Training Center
4213 Sunset Ln Ste 102, Shingle Springs, CA 95682
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Joe’s desire is to teach students how to succeed in the HVAC industry. Our courses are designed around decades of field experience, ensuring that students learn everything they need to know and gaining the real, hands-on experience needed to thrive!