MOUNT AIRY — Surry Community College students enrolled in Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Technology courses, also known as HVAC, recently provided the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) group located at Veterans Memorial Park in Mount Airy with services learned through their studies.
Friendly Heating and Cooling, Inc. and SCC’s Lead Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Instructor Stephen Hammond oversaw the about 10-hour project including instructional time and hands-on experience for each student.
DAV contacted Hammond due to problems with its current HVAC unit. While providing DAV with a service, students gained beneficial experience. Students performed what is referred to as a change out in the HVAC industry meaning they went through all the steps of diagnosing a failed system, properly removing an old unit, and reinstalling a new unit while adhering to current code regulations. The project covered lessons from the following SCC courses: AHR 112 Heating Technology, AHR 114 Heat Pump Technology, and AHR 213 HVACR Building Codes.
Surry offers an associate degree, diploma, and certificate in Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Technology. The curriculum provides the basic knowledge to develop skills necessary to work with residential and light commercial systems. Topics include mechanical refrigeration, heating and cooling theory, electricity, controls, and safety.
The diploma program covers air conditioning, furnaces, heat pumps, tools and instruments. Additionally, the degree covers residential building codes, residential system sizing, and advanced comfort systems. More information about Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Technology classes is available at www.surry.edu or through Student Services at 336-386-3264.