According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there will be 115,000 new jobs in HVAC by the year 2022. Within the next ten years, 50% of the existing HVAC technicians will retire or otherwise leave the industry. Where do qualified technicians come from? How is your business coping with the persistent shortage of trained industry employees? What does it cost your business if untrained personnel represent your company?


Technical colleges with HVAC programs are excellent resources for the recruitment of individuals with the core knowledge needed to succeed. However, many individuals do not have the time to commit to a full-time local program. Perhaps the current new hire from another industry has great potential, but a pathway is needed to ensure their success. 


Enter Tech Foundry.


Tech Foundry represents a modern means to develop and grow HVAC technician talent with the guidance of a leading HVAC manufacturer, Johnson Controls Ducted Systems. When enrolled in Tech Foundry, your potential-high performing installation and service personnel are on their way to becoming their best.

Each Tech Foundry course is mentored by experienced industry professionals. The initial sessions are conducted in an online environment, with full mentor support and peer interaction, followed by immersion in a supportive, hands-on environment at the state-of-the-art Ducted Systems Academy Center of Excellence in Oklahoma City, OK.


Planned Tech Foundry courses:


  • Residential Installer I

  • Residential Installer II

  • Residential Technician I

  • Residential Technician II

Soon, we are accepting enrollments for the Residential Installer I program. Here are the details:

TBD (One Two-hour Live Session Per Week for 10 Weeks, Virtual Instructor-Led)

Meet face-to-face online with Ducted Systems Academy instructors and peers. These sessions utilize a unique combination of renowned reference materials, local labs, and engaging activities.


Week 1: Welcome, Course Overview and Safety Review

Week 2: Refrigeration System Theory

Week 3: Outdoor Section

Week 4: Indoor Section

Week 5: Refrigerant Linesets and Gas Piping

Week 6: Airflow and Ductwork

Week 7: Electricity

Week 8: Thermostats and Wiring

Week: 9: System Evacuation and Charging

Week 10: Charge Recovery and Maintenance

Following the 
online sessions, skills are practiced hands-on at Ducted Systems Academy in Oklahoma City.

TBD Tech Foundry Residential Installer I Skills Week in OKC (Option 1)
TBD Tech Foundry Residential Installer I Skills Week in OKC (Option 2)

Registrations are limited to maximize hands-on opportunities. Tech Foundry I course tuition is $3995 and includes 10 weeks of 2-hour instructor-led sessions, lodging during the Skills Week sessions in Oklahoma City, transportation between the hotel and training center daily, breakfast at the hotel, lunches, lab materials, and lab PPE. Ready to register? Go to the registration page.


Programs exist to help offset tuition costs where applicable. Dealers: All live courses are eligible for Academy Match Dollars up to program limits (Liberties Plus, CCC, Select, Elite, and Premier dealers).

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