Commercial HVACR program to be offered at Lake Erie College in partnership with Auburn Career Center


Individuals interested in pursuing careers in commercial climate control will soon be able to do so in Lake County.

Starting in the fall of 2017, Lake Erie College will host a heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVACR) Commercial Studies and Development program in partnership with Auburn Career Center, a valued career and technical career center based in Concord Twp.

“This will be a great partnership,” said Andrea Tracy, Auburn Career Center’s Director of Adult Workforce Education. “Auburn Career Center has a successful high school and adult program that focuses on residential HVAC, so our new program at Lake Erie College, with a focus on commercial HVACR, will be a benefit to our community.”

The HVACR program at Lake Erie College will be unique in its approach to commercial HVACR due to the College’s extensive array of HVACR equipment across campus and within various buildings. Lake Erie College’s campus and facilities will serve as classroom environments for students in the HVACR program, affording them extensive real-world experience while actively addressing the College’s maintenance needs.

“This will be a wonderful experience for someone who wants to get a true feel for the commercial HVACR industry, or for individuals already operating in the field who would like valuable extended training,” said Herb Dill, Lake Erie College’s Director of Physical Plant, who will serve as the program’s director. “We are honored to build this relationship with Auburn Career Center under the guidance of President Brian Posler and Superintendent Brian Bontempo.”

With convenient evening classes, the HVACR program can be completed in as little as one year through four unique 12-week course modules: (1) electrical theory and safety, (2) theory of heat, (3) low pressure boilers, and (4) air conditioning and refrigeration. Classes will meet at Lake Erie College three times a week on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 6:00-10:00 p.m., with the first module launching September 5, 2017.

The experiences provided in the HVACR Commercial Studies and Development program will focus heavily on electrical and system functions. Coursework will cover everything from electrical processes to refrigeration, air distribution, ventilation and more, affording an innovative and sustainable perspective on installing, maintaining and repairing quality-of-life systems as an HVACR technician.

Individuals who complete the HVACR Commercial Studies and Development program will earn EPA License 608, EPA License 609 and the OSHA 30-Hour Safety Certificate.

In addition to the HVACR program, Lake Erie College’s campus will serve as the site for fieldwork relating to Auburn Career Center’s facilities programs and automotive programs, again providing real-world experience to Auburn students while benefiting LEC’s maintenance needs.

For more information on the HVACR Commercial Studies and Development program including course descriptions and a course calendar, visit or contact Herb Dill at To submit an application, visit

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