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    Does this class description sound basic?

    I am 26 yrs old. I have been working as a Maryland HVAC apprentice for 6 months with little prior training. I found a course which is offered next month, it is one of six courses offered to graduate from the community college. The courses are offered offsite at there skilled trades center. For each course completed you earn a college certificate and at the end of the 6 courses you can earn the diploma. Here is the course description copy and pasted. I also will attach a link. I plan on taking a CFC prep course in 2 weeks at another school, at the end of the two weeks you take the CFC exam.

    Description:
    This course is the first level of the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) curriculum for HVAC/R students. Students will be introduced to career opportunities in the HVAC/R field, tools of the trade and trade mathematics. Other topics include copper and plastic piping practices, soldering and brazing and ferrous metal piping practices. This course is equivalent to the Fast Track technical trade program offered in the public schools. Textbook required at first class.

    http://www.pgcc.edu/Programs_and_Cou...eID=6442454779

    My problem: Having been on the job since April/May, I already know how to braze and solder, I have been on 25 installations. I know how to use the tools, and it sounds basic ,but I want the certifications and diploma for the future.

    Any thoughts?

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    I am sorry in this sounds offensive , but it is not i assure you.


    So let me get this straight!

    Since you already have like 150 days experience as a helper, you feel as if you no longer need to waste your time in class anymore?

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    a picture is worth a thousand words!!!!
    Quote Originally Posted by supertek65 View Post
    I am sorry in this sounds offensive , but it is not i assure you.


    So let me get this straight!

    Since you already have like 150 days experience as a helper, you feel as if you no longer need to waste your time in class anymore?

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    One leaky braze is all it takes to dump a whole bunch of freon. Trust me some are harder than others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by toocoolforschool View Post
    One leaky braze is all it takes to dump a whole bunch of freon. Trust me some are harder than others.
    True. But as long as your nitrogen holds you should be able to detect the leak prior to charging the system.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sto2299001 View Post
    True. But as long as your nitrogen holds you should be able to detect the leak prior to charging the system.
    that would be a wrong assumption.

    I had a 75HP screw, take out a 90 on the discharge line after 2 days of run time, and after a standing pressure test, 2 1/8 long radius.

    I failed to get the silfos deep into the slip of the joint..................bye bye 500lbs of r-507.

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    I hope your joking because that is not what I am saying at all. Thanks for the reply.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sto2299001 View Post
    I hope your joking because that is not what I am saying at all. Thanks for the reply.
    It sure sounds like what you're saying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpsmith1cm View Post
    It sure sounds like what you're saying.
    then maybe I should delete this post and rephrase the message I was trying to convey.

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    ThE best thing is when U finaly know everything or believe u do u will realize that it's not what u know it's who u Know,,

    or u better have a good thing
    watch episode 20 how i met your mother

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    I plan on being in the classroom for years to come, in this field you can spend a lifetime learning..I just thought this class sounded a tad bit rudimentary.. I know 150 days is not much ,but I have covered the initial basics outside the classroom. I appreciate it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sto2299001 View Post
    I plan on being in the classroom for years to come, in this field you can spend a lifetime learning..I just thought this class sounded a tad bit rudimentary.. I know 150 days is not much ,but I have covered the initial basics outside the classroom. I appreciate it.
    Well, that sounds better.

    Even the most rudimentary class can teach you something.

    Promise.

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    I would take the class. I had been in the trade for 2 years before I took my first class and I learned something at every class that I took. Now I am enrolled in my 150 hr HVAC electrical code class, we are working out of the NEC code book and I am learning many things a night that I am there. I wish that I was younger when I got in the field because now that I am married with two children time is alot harder to come by but you only get out of life what you put in. So take the class even if you think it is basic because everything is a stepping stone. Good Luck

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