Environmental Controls Technology

Objective of Field

Environmental Controls Technology curriculum provides excellent preparation for those whose career goals include becoming a refrigeration technician, HVAC technician, plumber, electrician, sheet metal technician, or a controls technician.

Job Duties

  • Repair and install heating and cooling equipment, electrical equipment, and plumbing systems
  • With the “Green” movement, employees must be able to adjust equipment to achieve maximum efficiency and even be able to integrate newer high efficiency devices into an older piece of equipment

Certification Tests

Air Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration Institute(AHRI), Industry Competency Exams

( I.C.E)

  • Residential Heating and Cooling
    • Heat Pump
    • Air Conditioning
    • Gas Heat
    • Oil Heat
    • Electric Heat
    • Air Distribution
  • Commercial Refrigeration

HVAC Excellence: Heating, Electrical, Air Conditioning Test (H.E.A.T)

  • Gas Heating, Electrical and Air Conditioning
  • Carbon Monoxide

Occupational Safety Health Administration (OSHA)

  • Construction Industry
  • General Industry

Environmental Protection Agency E.P.A

  • 608 Refrigerant Recovery
  • 609 Automotive Refrigerant Recovery


  • Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning

Corrugated Stainless Steel Tubing Gas Line (CSST)

Coronary Pulmonary Recitations ( CPR)

First Aid

Fork Lift (Sit Down Counter Balance)

Planned Courses

  • Safety
  • Basic Electricity
  • Basic Plumbing and Tubing
  • Sheet Metal and Duct Systems
  • Basic Refrigeration
  • Heating Systems
  • Cooling Systems
  • Commercial Refrigeration
  • Controls Systems
  • Residential Plumbing
  • Residential Wiring

Employment/Job Outlook

Employment of heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers is expected to grow 34 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. Commercial and residential building construction will drive employment growth as the construction industry continues to recover from the 2007-09 recession. The growing number of sophisticated climate-control systems is also expected to increase demand for qualified HVACR technicians.

Climate-control systems generally need replacement after 10 to 15 years. A large number of recently constructed homes and commercial buildings will need replacement climate-control systems by 2020, spurring demand for technicians.

The growing emphasis on energy efficiency and pollution reduction will require more HVACR technicians as climate-control systems are retrofitted, upgraded, or replaced entirely. Regulations prohibiting the discharge and production of older types of refrigerant pollutants also will result in the need to modify or replace many existing air conditioning systems.


2-Year Associates Degree

4-Year Bachelors Degree

Service Technician
Installation Technician
Installation Manager
Sheet Metal Union
Steamfitters Union
Electrical Union
Building Inspector

Refrigeration Technology
Environmental Technology
Service Manager

Heating/Ventilating/Air Conditioning Engineering

Mechanical Engineering
Electrical Engineering

How to Find Out More

For full program details, download document.

Additional Info

Recommendations for Success

  • Mechanical reasoning
  • Good communication skills
  • Color vision
  • Eye-hand-foot coordination
  • Physical stamina; able to lift 40 lbs or more
  • Follow safety rules and precautions
  • Ability to follow written and oral directions
  • Sense of balance
  • Good attendance
  • Homework completion
  • Good mechanical aptitude
  • Manual dexterity
  • Fine motor skills

Contact Us

Lenape Technical School, an equal opportunity employer, shall not discriminate in their educational programs, activities or employment practices based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, religion, ancestry or any other legally protected classification.  Publication of this policy is in accordance with state and federal laws including Title VI of the Civil Rights of 1964,  Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act.  Inquires should be directed to the Special Programs Coordinator, 503/504 / ADA Coordinator, and Title IX Coordinator, Lenape Tech, 2215 Chaplin Avenue, Ford City, PA  16226.  Telephone: 724-763-7116