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  1. #1
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    I need some input on this school and course please

    Im looking for advice on whether or not this is worth it. Im 23 years old recently laid off from operating heavy machinery and looking to get in another field of work. I just want to know if this course covers everything that is needed and that the certifications it offers are the ones that are wanted. Also anyone ever complete a course like this and end up with a decent job? Any input advice would be greatly appreciated.

    Heres the link to the course info and classes http://www.polaris.edu/ADULT%20EDUCA...prog_hvac.html

    PS. Its a 600 hour course and costs $5995 but I got student aid and its only going to cost me about $1800.

  2. #2
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    Hi there. I looked at the polaris site. I didn't see anywhere that they were an accredited school. the price seems a little low too. I am going to the new castle school of trades, just east of youngstown, OH in PA. They are an accredited school an tuition is around $19K. It is an associates degree program, we take some math, business and computer classes as well as our core dept. It looks like they do offer EPA 608 certification, so thats good.

  3. #3
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    600 hours is light. But if they teach what they say. Its a good course.

    Not many schools actually teach anything about air side diagnostics. Something which is definitely needed. But very lacking in our trade.
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  4. #4
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    They are accredited I made sure of that =). Not sure what it means Ill have to look more into it. Thanks for replying guys

    Polaris Career Center is accredited by the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement and by the Ohio Department of Education. All teachers are qualified practitioners in their area of instruction and are certified by the Ohio Department of Education.

  5. #5
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    i hope they break it down better than this?????????

    ie
    basic electricity
    psychrometrics
    thermodynamics
    chemistry
    math for hvac
    electronics
    hydronics
    air moving devices
    basic refrigeration
    advanced refrigeration
    controls
    brazing
    soldering
    piping
    load calculating
    etc


    frank


    •Introduction to Construction and Maintenance (Core Curriculum)
    •HVAC/R Safety-related Issues
    •Heating, Ventilating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration (HVAC/R
    )•Heating & Air Conditioning Installation Procedures
    •Understanding Schematics
    Airside Systems
    •Proper Venting
    •CFC Refrigerant Recovery/Recycling Certification
    •ICE Certification
    Duct Work
    •Electrical Code & Electrical Controls
    •Mechanical Maintenance
    Air Properties & Balancing
    •Heating & Air Conditioning Diagnostic Techniques
    •Refrigeration Troubleshooting
    •Customer Service
    I WILL SELL WORK,GENERATE BUSINESS, GO GET NEW CUSTOMERS!
    YOU SHUT THE HELL UP AND QUIT RUNNING YOUR MOUTH!

  6. #6
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    Quote Originally Posted by supertek65 View Post
    i hope they break it down better than this?????????

    ie
    basic electricity
    psychrometrics
    thermodynamics
    chemistry
    math for hvac
    electronics
    hydronics
    air moving devices
    basic refrigeration
    advanced refrigeration
    controls
    brazing
    soldering
    piping
    load calculating
    etc


    frank


    •Introduction to Construction and Maintenance (Core Curriculum)
    •HVAC/R Safety-related Issues
    •Heating, Ventilating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration (HVAC/R
    )•Heating & Air Conditioning Installation Procedures
    •Understanding Schematics
    Airside Systems
    •Proper Venting
    •CFC Refrigerant Recovery/Recycling Certification
    •ICE Certification
    Duct Work
    •Electrical Code & Electrical Controls
    •Mechanical Maintenance
    Air Properties & Balancing
    •Heating & Air Conditioning Diagnostic Techniques
    •Refrigeration Troubleshooting
    •Customer Service
    Im sorry I don't understand what your trying to say?

  7. #7
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    what i am trying to say is

    they do not go into detail about what they are teaching at ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    take a look at the rses website and you will have a good idea what i am talking about!

    for example
    http://www.rses.org/store/main.aspx?DepartmentId=131


    Quote Originally Posted by Gatorade1121 View Post
    Im sorry I don't understand what your trying to say?
    I WILL SELL WORK,GENERATE BUSINESS, GO GET NEW CUSTOMERS!
    YOU SHUT THE HELL UP AND QUIT RUNNING YOUR MOUTH!

  8. #8
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    PROPER VENTING???????????????????????????????????? WTH??
    I WILL SELL WORK,GENERATE BUSINESS, GO GET NEW CUSTOMERS!
    YOU SHUT THE HELL UP AND QUIT RUNNING YOUR MOUTH!

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