Policy & Student Handbook
With a job growth rate of 13 percent in the United States, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVAC) technicians are in demand. Portage Lakes Career Center (PLCC), located in Uniontown, Ohio, can help you get the HVAC training you need in less than 10 months. Our HVAC classes are conveniently held Monday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Choose an HVAC program that comes with all the advantages of a modern learning environment. PLCC’s hands-on HVAC classes are taught by a certified, experienced instructor using up-to-date systems, tools, and techniques. Our HVAC courses emphasize not only technical skills but also real-world problem-solving and the ability to communicate with customers and coworkers. Once you complete PLCC’s course, you’ll know how to install, maintain, diagnose, and fix a wide range of equipment and be ready for your next potential step: specialization in either installation or maintenance and repair of residential and light commercial HVAC systems. HVAC is sometimes referred to as HVACR because refrigeration is also included in this training.
At PLCC, there are no hidden fees in your tuition. Everything you need for our HVAC school is included:
Students get to keep their tool kit and textbooks and can pursue licensure through the Ohio Construction Industry Licensing Board.
Esco Institute EPA Section 608 Certification
Esco Employment Ready Certifications
Students looking to enroll in the above-listed program must submit an official high school or GED transcript to be reviewed. Team members will grant student placement only after evaluating the transcript and determining that it meets all criteria for admission.
Class size is limited to 20 students.
Monday – Thursday
5 pm – 9 pm
Equipped and Empowered
The average yearly pay in Ohio for heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers varies from $35,660 to $58,990.
Some HVAC technicians have a set schedule. Others may work a variable schedule depending on urgency of services calls and availability of customers. HVAC technicians may work alone or with another technician, and jobs may be indoors or outdoors at any time of the year and necessitate working in tight spaces.
HVAC technicians must be skilled at using many different types of tools and accessories, including blow torches, power tools, pumps (vacuum, oil, split, condensate), pipes and hoses, gauges and detectors, specialty meters and testing equipment, sheet metal, gases, solvents and chemicals, and more.
HVAC technicians work with motors, fans, electrical units, compressors, exhaust outlets, ducts, coils, and blowers.
HVAC technology changes, and you’ll need to stay current with the equipment and tools of your trade. In addition to on-the-job experience, your employer or HVAC manufacturers will frequently offer continuing education.
Yes. In addition to tuition payment plans, PLCC is an approved institution for the following types of financial aid:
We take pride in our facility and welcome the opportunity to show it off! You would never buy a car without looking at it first. Choosing the place to give you a head start on a successful path in life should be no different. We invite you to schedule a tour of our beautiful campus. We’re pretty sure you’ll be impressed!
If you are a high school student, please note that you will have several opportunities to visit PLCC during your sophomore year.
Once we receive your request, a PLCC staff member will follow up directly. Thank you for your interest, we look forward to seeing you soon.
Portage Lakes Career Center is accessible to visitors with physical disabilities. Visitors should contact the Main Office at 330-896-8200 prior to arrival for parking instructions and other information.