FPS staff report
April 2, 2013
|Students from Carroll County are pictured above in the HVACR lab. They are (left to right) Ronni Snair, Hunter Logan and Rebekah Matthews.
The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics shows a 34 percent increase in demand for workers in the heating and cooling industry through 2020.
Students attending Buckeye Career Center are able to participate in the Heating, Ventilating, Air Conditioning, Refrigeration (HVACR) class. It is estimated an additional 90,300 HVACR workers will be needed within this decade.
High school students are taught how to build and maintain all types of heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems, with an emphasis on troubleshooting.
“Students know how to diagnose and fix a variety of problems,” said Dave Imer, instructor of the program. “We stress safety and good workmanship. Students leave here with a basic understanding of welding, electrical circuitry, and soldering and brazing.”
Students are taught to install and service refrigeration systems and are prepared to take the EPA Freon licensing exam.
Three senior students from Carroll County are employed in the industry. Rebekah Matthews said she intends to work in the field, assisting with her father’s business, Avalon Heating and Cooling in Dellroy. Ronni Snair works at Sheet Metal Crafters in Canton and Hunter Logan works at Metal Masters in Dover. They all plan to continue in the field after graduation.
The Adult Education department also offers evening classes in heating and cooling, with preparation study classes for the EPA certification exam. Buckeye Career Center Adult Education serves as a testing site for the EPA test.