Bevill State Community College (BSCC) announced the graduation of students from the first HVAC Boot Camp held at the Bevill State/Alabama Power HVAC Training Center. The graduation will be on Wednesday, August 28, 2019, at noon. The ceremony will take place at the HVAC Training Facility located at 3711 Industrial Court, Jasper, Alabama.
The HVAC-R Summer Boot Camp is an accelerated non-credit training program that teaches technical knowledge and skills to repair, install, service, and maintain the operating condition of heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems. Instruction and hands-on training include diagnostic techniques, use of testing equipment, and principles of mechanics, electricity, and electronics as related to repair.
The HVAC-R Workforce Foundation reports that by 2021, there will be a shortage of more than 170,000 technicians. In response to this national industry need, and in partnership with Alabama Power, the Bevill State Workforce Solutions Division developed a 295-hour, short-term, non-credit class to train and place participants in HVAC-R technician jobs within a few months.
Participants are taught in a state-of-the-art facility, by highly qualified Alabama Power instructors. Graduates earn a Bevill State certification, EPA Section 608 Refrigerant Handling Certification, and qualify to take the State of Alabama HVAC-R Contractors Exam.
Joel Owen, manager of Alabama Power HVAC Training Center, stated, “An additional benefit is that we have facilitated a job fair with industry contacts to interview the graduates for immediate job placement in the HVAC-R industry.”