Commercial Skills

Programs

Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC-R)

Heating and air-conditioning systems control the temperature, humidity, and the total air quality in residential, commercial, industrial, and other buildings. Heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration technicians install, maintain, and repair such systems. Students will attain a fundamental understanding of basic commercial refrigeration and heating systems including circuit wiring, reading schematics, brazing and soldering. After demonstrations of refrigeration software, students will build a basic refrigeration system. After successful program completion, students will take the E.P.A. Refrigerant Handling Certification test required to handle commercial refrigerant.

Individuals who have completed the HVAC program or any of the HVAC classes in the past may re-take the class/program for ½ off the cost of tuition.  Those who are interested may contact M-TEC at 616-738-8935 extension 4200 and request their name is placed on the waiting list.  Two weeks before the class/program begins, M-TEC will notify the individuals whether there is an opening for tuition at the reduced rate.

Course format:  Lecture
Cost: $2,554 (Tuition $2,333 - includes certification + Textbook $221)
Program Length: 189 hours 
Location:  Careerline Tech Center 

Certification:  Refrigerant Recovery

Program Courses Include:

  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Electrical for HVAC/R
  • Basic Refrigeration
  • Commercial Refrigeration
  • Heating, Service & Equipment
  • Refrigerant Recovery Certification

Recommended Electives:

Property Maintenance Technician

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The National Apartment Association offers certification for individuals who have one year of industry work experience and who have training in maintenance and repair in the following: Appliance, Electrical, Heating Systems, Interior & Exterior, and Plumbing. M-TEC offers training for certification in the modules listed below.

Certification: For participants who wish to obtain CAMT (Certificate for Apartment Maintenance Technician), the prerequisites are an Associate's or Bachelor's degree desired, high school diploma required, proof of passing a background check required. Certification testing is available at Thompson M-TEC once the candidate has obtained 12 months of industry experience and completed the training.

The complete program includes seven modules of training. However, the participant can take individual modules.

*Members of PMAWM, and nonmembers who are enrolled at least four weeks before the start of the program, will receive $50 off tuition!


Prerequisite:  Module 1, Electrical Maintenance and Repair (for Modules 2 and 3)

Course Format:  Lecture/Lab
Semester: Winter 2017:  1/3/17 to 3/27/17
Schedule:  Monday and Tuesday; 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Cost: $1345 (Tuition $1020 + Textbook & Certification $325)
Program Length:  92 Hours
Location:  Careerline Tech Center 

Certification:  Optional Certified Apartment Maintenance Technician (CAMT)

Program Outline:

  • Module 1: Electrical Maintenance and Repair
  • Module 2: Appliance Maintenance and Repair
  • Module 3: Heating Systems Maintenance and Repair
  • Module 4: Plumbing Maintenance and Repair
  • Module 5: Interior & Exterior Maintenance and Repair
  • Module 6: Inside the Apartment Business - 2 hr. online
  • Module 7: People, Projects, and Profits - 2 hr. online
    Certificate for Apartment Maintenance Technician (CAMT) Exam: 11/29/16

Individual Classes

Air Conditioning

Included in the HVAC-R Program PDF Document
Course format:
  Traditional (Instructor-led)
Semester:  Fall/Winter 2016:  11/30/16 to 12/14/17 & 1/4/17 to 1/11/17
Schedule:  Monday and Wednesday; 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Cost:  $380 (Tuition $380)
(Textbook purchased in Basic Electrical is for the complete HVACR program)
Location:  Careerline Tech Center 

Prerequisite:  Basic Refrigeration

Description:
Obtain hands-on experience to ensure performance of fully operational HVAC equipment. Course objectives cover cycles of operation, importance of proper air flow, and components of safety protection. Air conditioning maintenance practice includes brazing and soldering of copper, refrigerant recovery, charging a unit, calculating superheat, subcooling, and troubleshooting. Gain experience calculating air flow using anemometers, the temperature rise method, and unit capacity in the cooling mode. Upon successful completion of the course, students can apply to take the E.P.A. Refrigerant Handling Certification test. This course has transferable College Credit.

Appliance Maintenance & Repair

Included in the Property Maintenance Technician Program
Course Format: 
 Traditional (Instructor-led)
Semester:  Winter 2017:  1/24/17 to 2/6/17
Schedule:  Monday and Tuesday; 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Cost:  $195 (Tuition $195)
Location:  Careerline Tech Center 

Prerequisite:  Electrical Maintenance and Repair

Description:
Your roles and responsibilities in appliance maintenance and repair include diagnosing appliance problems; appliance safety; tools and equipment for appliance repairs; clothes washers and dryers; ovens and cooktops; dishwashers and refrigerators.

Basic Electrical for HVAC/R

Included in the HVAC-R Program PDF Document
Course format: 
Traditional (Instructor-led)
Semester:  Spring/Summer 2017:  6/19/17 to 6/23/17
Schedule:  Monday through Friday; 7:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Cost:  $571 (Tuition $350 + Textbook $221)
(Textbook purchase is for the complete HVACR program)
Location:  Careerline Tech Center 

Description:
Basic Electrical for HVAC/R focuses on concepts and practice on electrical systems on furnaces, refrigerators, air conditioners and commercial refrigeration systems. Students will receive instruction on how electricity is received to the facility or residence including AC and DC currents, how to measure electrical power, and how to calculate and apply electrical formulas. The instructor will review how to read an electrical diagram, lockout/tagout rules and procedures, as well as personal protective equipment. Coverage of proper wiring procedures will include causes of most electrical problems and how to repair them.

Basic Refrigeration

Included in the HVAC-R Program PDF Document
Course format: 
 Traditional (Instructor-led)
Semester:  Fall 2016:  10/31/16 to 11/28/16
Schedule:  Monday and Wednesday; 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Semester:  Spring/Summer 2017:  7/7/17 to 7/17/17
Schedule:  Monday through Friday; 7:30 AM to 12:30 PM​
Cost:  $380 (Tuition $380)
(Textbook purchased in Basic Electrical is for the complete HVACR program)​
Location:  Careerline Tech Center 

Prerequisite:  Basic Electrical for HVACR or test out at M-TEC

Description:
Attain a fundamental understanding of basic mechanical refrigeration systems with an introduction to compressors, condensers, flow controls, evaporators, and refrigerants. Upon successful completion apply to take the E.P.A. Refrigerant Handling Certification Test (a national trade requirement). This course has transferable College Credit.

Commercial Refrigeration

Included in the HVAC-R Program PDF Document
Course format: 
 Traditional (Instructor-led)
Semester:  Winter 2017:  1/25/17 to 3/13/17
Schedule:  Monday and Wednesday; 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Cost:  $665 (Tuition $665) 
(Textbook purchased in Basic Electrical is for the complete HVACR program)
Location:  Careerline Tech Center 

Prerequisite: Basic Refrigeration and air conditioning

Description:
Expand your knowledge with this fast-paced review of basic refrigeration cycles, components, and equipment. Learn about brazing and soldering, wiring of circuits and reading schematics. Witness demonstrations of refrigeration software for trouble-shooting and repairs, then build a basic refrigeration system with a capillary tube or TXV metering devices. This course has transferable College Credit.

Electrical Maintenance & Repair

Included in the Property Maintenance Technician Program
Course Format: 
 Traditional (Instructor-led)
Semester:  Winter 2017:  1/3/17 to 1/23/17
Schedule:  Monday and Tuesday; 5:00  PM to 9:00 PM
Cost: $572 (Tuition $270 + Textbook $302-or option to rent textbook for $50 + $100 refundable deposit) 
Location: 
 Careeline Tech Center 

Description:
Your roles and responsibilities in electrical maintenance and repair include electrical basics and terms; electrical safety; tools and equipment for electrical repairs; electrical wires; main service panels; wall switches; receptacles; incandescent and fluorescent light fixtures; and smoke alarms.

Heating, Service & Equipment

Included in the HVAC-R Program PDF Document
Course format:
  Traditional (Instructor-led)
Semester:  Spring/Summer 2017:  6/26/17 to 7/6/17
Schedule:  Monday through Friday; 7:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Cost:  $420 (Tuition $420)
(Textbook purchased in Basic Electrical is for the complete HVACR program)
Location:  Careerline Tech Center 

Prerequisite:  Basic Electrical for HVACR or test out at M-TEC

Description:
Gain knowledge of various efficiency furnaces and the four types of ignition systems used. Learn about basic wiring of electrical circuits, control circuits, thermostats and limits and all meters and tools used for servicing a furnace. Lab work includes troubleshooting and servicing a gas furnace; computer lab experience involves making repairs of simulated furnace field problems using interactive computer software. This course has transferable College Credit.

Heating Systems Maintenance & Repair

Included in the Property Maintenance Technician Program
Course format:
  Traditional (Instructor-led)
Semester:  Winter 2017:  Heating; 2/7/17 to 2/14/17, Air Conditioning; 2/20/17 to 2/28/17
Schedule: Monday and Tuesday; 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM 
Cost:  $315 (Tuition $315)
Location: Careerline Tech Center 

Prerequisite:  Electrical Maintenance and Repair

Description:
Your roles and responsibilities in the maintenance and repair of heating systems include heating safety; tools and equipment for heating repairs; air distribution; electric furnaces; electric baseboard heating; gas furnaces; and hydronic heating.

Homeowners Maintenance & Repair

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Course format:  Traditional (Instructor-led)
Semester:  Winter 2017:  3/15/17 to 3/29/17
Schedule:  Wednesday and Thursday; 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Cost: $349 
Location:  Careerline Tech Center

Description:
This 20 hour course provides students an opportunity to learn basic skills required to maintain a residential property. Students will develop 
problem-solving techniques as it relates to household electrical, appliances, HVAC, plumbing and interior/exterior maintenance and repairs. Students will learn basic installation, repair and preventative maintenance techniques to common electrical problems, basic appliance repairs and maintenance, part identification and maintenance to HVAC systems. Students will also learn how to perform common repairs and maintenance to plumbing systems, and interior/exterior maintenance on items such as drywall repairs, painting, tile and siding repair. This course will be presented in a combined theoretical and hands-on, instructor-led class environment.

Program Outline:
Module 1: Electrical 

Basic principles of electricity: Wire identification, Basic hand tools and testing equipment,
Switches, outlets, ground fault outlets/arc fault breakers, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, Wire in switches and outlets, Removal and installation of circuit breakers, smoke detectors, ceiling fans, light fixtures, (wall and ceiling), proper splicing of wires in electrical boxes
Module 2: Appliance
Basic principles and proper maintenance of each appliance, Washer: water hoses and filters, Dryer: lint removal from inside appliance, electric and gas heating elements, how to wire a new dryer, Dishwasher: how to wire a new dishwasher, Refrigerator: water filter, cleaning of condenser, Stoves: how to wire an electric stove, testing and replacing electric elements, how to connect gas pipe to stove
Module 3: HVAC
Basic principles of heating and cooling: Furnace: part identification, sequence of operation, filter replacement, Air conditioning: part identification and operation, condenser cleaning
Module 4: Plumbing
Basic principle of drain waste vent system in the home, Change out faucets, replace toilet fill
valves, flappers and wax rings, Unclog toilets with auger, Install P-traps under sinks, remove and install garbage disposers, Replace shower faucet cartridge and sink faucet cartridges, Water heater operation: pilot light operation/electric heater operation
Module 5: Interior & Exterior Maintenance
Drywall repair, different types of texturing, How to cut in an electrical box, Painting, Tiling and grouting, Siding replacement

Interior and Exterior Maintenance & Repair

Included in the Property Maintenance Technician Program
Course format:  
Traditional (Instructor-led)
Semester:  Fall 2016:  11/21/16 to 11/28/16
Semester:  Winter 2017:  3/20/17 to 3/21/17
Schedule:  Monday and Tuesday; 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Cost:  $116 (Tuition $116)
Location:  Careerline Tech Center 

Description:
Your roles and responsibilities in interior and exterior maintenance and repair include make-ready maintenance; caulking; ceilings and walls; locks; tile; curb appeal; swimming pool area safety; and inspections of building exteriors.

Plumbing Maintenance & Repair

Included in the Property Maintenance Technician Program
Course Format:
  Traditional (Instructor-led)
Semester:  Fall 2016:  11/7/16 to 11/15/16
Semester:  Winter 2017:  3/6/17 to 3/14/17
Schedule:  Monday and Tuesday; 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Cost:  $195 (Tuition $195)
Location:  Careerline Tech Center 

Description:
Your roles and responsibilities in plumbing maintenance and repair include plumbing basics and terms; plumbing safety; tools and equipment for plumbing repairs; shut-off valves; plumbing pipes and fittings; faucets and sinks; garbage disposals; tubs and showers; toilets; drains, and water heaters.

Refrigerant Recovery Certification Preparation

Included in the HVAC-R Program PDF Document
Course format:
  Traditional (Instructor-led)
Semester:  Winter 2017:  1/16/17, 1/18/17 & 1/23/17
Schedule:  Monday, Wednesday & Monday; 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Cost:  $138 (Tuition $138 - $35 for test included)
Location:  Careerline Tech Center 

Prerequisites Recommended:  Basic Refrigeration, Air-Conditioning, and Commercial Refrigeration

Certification Types:

  • Type I-Small Appliances
  • Type II-High Pressure and Very High-Pressure Appliances
  • Type III-Low Pressure Appliances
  • Universal-Type I, II, & III

Description:
To comply with Section 608 of the Federal Clean Air Act, all persons who maintain, service, repair or dispose of appliances that contain regulated refrigerants must be certified in proper refrigerant handling techniques. Prepare to take the Refrigerant Recovery Certification exam in this two-session course, which includes the basic exam requirements, a sample test, a review, and the exam itself. This course has transferable College Credit.