The HVAC Program provides students with the skills necessary to work on residential and commercial air conditioning, refrigeration and heating units. Students learn to install, service and repair the various types of equipment found in the industry. Some of the applications and installations include refrigerators and freezers, reach-in freezers, ice-making equipment and home and commercial air conditioning units. VIDEO The shop utilizes the latest working systems and components for a better understanding of current equipment, allowing students and instructional staff to teach and learn in a real world environment. During theory students learn the basic principles of electricity and electronics as well as the applications of math, physics and chemistry as they apply to air conditioning and refrigeration. Students also write research papers to further integrate academic skills with trade skills. The shop uses training software and software aligned with the textbooks. Students use computers to develop wiring diagrams, write reports and do Internet research. The curriculum incorporates the study of The Clean Air Act and students prepare for and take the EPA 608 Certification test for refrigerant handling before graduation. Students take the Industry Competency Exam (ICE), a part of the Partnership for Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration Accreditation, and also prepare to take the Massachusetts CMR oil burner technician certificate upon turning 18. The HVAC department has articulation agreements with N.E. Technical Institute, Northeast Technical Institute and Massasoit Community College.