Study Tips



The HART program is an intense curriculum that encompass a variety of fields. For example mechanical knowledge is required  to repair compressors, replace bearings & other equipment. A knowledge of electrical/electronics is required to operate and service various electrical equipment including high voltage (480 volts), low voltage (24 volts) and direct digital controls (DC volts). Skill in the plumbing vocation is necessary to braze or solder copper, metal and brass piping & fittings. The curriculum also requires the study of the sciences of mathematics, chemistry and physics. The following is an outline of suggestions to assist you in the success in the HART program.

1. Notes - Take notes during lectures and *highlight in the textbook. You will be exposed to new terminology and the understanding of definitions is paramount.  When taking lecture notes do not write every word, a simple outline can be used as a reference. When chapter questions are assigned from the text book, read through the chapter than do a chapter outline and than answer the questions. (Don't lookup the answers to the questions without reading the chapters).  Bring highlighters, calculator and a ruler to class.

2. Organization - Organizing your papers in the following manner will aid you in your studies. For each course maintain a binder notebook or folders with the following sections;

            Section 1 - Lecture notes

            Section 2 - Completed labs

            Section 3 - Quizzes & Tests

            Section 4 - Chapter Questions & Chapter Outlines

3. Recommended Books:  These books are a good source of information that complement the class text books, however they are not required for courses. These books can be checked out of the department library.

    Semester One

    Copeland  refrigeration manual parts 1 through 5.

    Copeland Electrical Handbook.

    Tecumseh Service Handbook.

    Carrier General Training Air Conditioning (GTAC 1) manuals.

    Carrier General Training Electricity 2 (GTAC 2) manuals.

    Semester Two

    Dictionary for the Electrician with Formulas.

    National Electric Code Handbook.

    Pipefitters Handbook.

    HVAC Testing, Adjusting, and Balancing Manual.

    Semester Three

    HVAC Servicing Procedures.

    Guide to the HVAC/R Certification & Competency Tests.


4. Extra credit labs:  When an extra credit lab is completed an outline of the project must be turned in. All extra credit labs are due before the fifth of December.

*Do not write or highlight in the textbook if you are reselling it to the bookstore.