Furnaceman Technologies
Tech Evaluation and
Our Eight Month HVAC Technology Program

The Problem

(1) The United States is suffering from a severe shortage of qualified HVAC technicians.
(2) Many self-proclaimed "HVAC technicians" seriously lack adequate theoretical knowledge to do their job correctly.

These statements are supported by numerous reports of HVAC companies having great difficulty hiring qualified technicians. The statements are further supported by the fact that HVAC technicians often improperly size and design systems, improperly install equipment and systems, and improperly troubleshoot, repair and adjust equipment and systems.

Our Solution

Furnaceman Technologies is making substantial commitments to help correct this situation. We are ready to provide "in the classroom" theoretical training to members of the HVAC industry. Classrooms are available, HVAC courses have been developed, training materials have been lined up, computerized equipment has been setup to help present this information in a logical and understandable way, and finally, a needs assessment process which measures technical competency is ready to be given.

It's Your Turn!

I ask that you allow us to administer our technical needs assessment to your staff. This process consists of a group of worksheets and quizzes that takes about two hours to complete. With this assessment, we will be able to identify where your staff's strong points are and where your staff might need improvement. Working together, we will review the findings, and identify training courses that will improve the technical competency of your staff.

Responsibilities & Results

· Furnaceman Technology's responsibility: Provide classroom "theoretical" training.
· Student's responsibility: have a job that provides hands-on skills building.
· Results: You'll get a well rounded HVAC education in less time, and for a fraction of the cost of a full time one year HVAC technical school.

HVAC education usually comes in two parts: theoretical understanding, and hands-on skills building. Theoretical education is typically presented in the classroom with an instructor, books, charts, tables, and work sheets. Hands-on skills building typically takes place in a lab where students put theoretical knowledge to work.

Our method of instruction is unique in that our students are already working in the HVAC industry. It's our job to provide the theoretical classroom training. It's your job to have employment that provides the hands-on skills building. Lets face it, students working in HVAC have the best hands-on training lab available ~ a lab that provides forty hours of real time ~ real situation ~ real equipment ~ real problem solving training, each and every week.

Each course will have classes that meet twice a week for five weeks. Attendance will be taken, and quizzes will be given. The fifth week will have students taking a final exam the first night, and reviewing that exam the second night.

Our Five Course Program

We have a five course program that provides a "rock solid" foundation for those who want to advance in HVAC technology. This program is similar to many programs found at one year post secondary HVAC Technology schools. The differences are: we don't have lectures on commercial refrigeration, we don't have labs, and our cost is only a fraction of what other schools charge. What we do have is a student body that already has field experience. With this experience, our students advance much faster than those who lack experience. We're able to dig deeper into the important technology so you'll understand why things work the way they do. This combination places you way ahead of newbies who just have school experience. Please finish reading this page, and then explore the course outlines (Course #1 ~ 5) at the top of the page.

Who Should Participate?

All persons working in the HVAC, plumbing, and electrical trades, whether they be mechanics, installers, technicians, or management, can participate in this program. It's important that participants have access to the tools and equipment related to the HVAC industry so they can put theory to work. Persons not working in these trades should look at other schools that are equipped with HVAC labs.

Take Them All ~ Take A Few ~ Skip Prerequisite Courses

The information presented in our five courses is typical of the information presented in many high quality, one year post secondary HVAC programs. Students can take all five courses, or may omit one or more courses provided they are not prerequisite courses. Students may take challenge exams for prerequisite courses if they feel they already know the subject matter (a challenge exam is very similar to a final exam for that course). Students who have not taken prerequisite courses, or who have failed challenge exams for prerequisite courses will not be admitted into advanced courses.

Newbie: (n) slang ... One that is new to something, especially a novice working in HVAC technology. One who is likely to make mistakes as they gain experience in a trade or technology.     

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