Stories @ TCAT

Doug Street, TCAT HVAC instructor, demonstrates to several HVAC students, including Dylan Anderson, pictured second from left, the proper way to use a propane torch.

Dylan Anderson has been busy working in the heat of the day keeping others cool in the Tri-Cities region.

Dylan, who recently graduated from the Tennessee College of Applied Technology, received a diploma as a Commercial Refrigeration/Air Conditioning Technician after completing the program. Shortly thereafter, Dylan landed a job with an air conditioning company in the region.

Dylan enrolled at TCAT Elizabethton in the spring of 2015. He was among the first high school graduates in Northeast Tennessee to receive a Tennessee Promise scholarship to attend TCAT Elizabethton.

The Tennessee Promise and Tennessee Reconnect scholarships offer two years free tuition to attend TCAT Elizabethton after all other financial assistance had been applied. Tuition, books and supplies for the 20-month HVAC training program cost approximately $8,000. 

Doug Street, HVAC instructor at TCAT Elizabethton since 2014, has more than 20 years’ experience in the HVAC field. He holds various HVAC licensing and certification credentials, including HVAC Refrigeration contractor, State of Tennessee LLE Electrical License, and HVAC Excellence Certified.

The HVAC/Refrigeration program consists of classroom and shop learning experiences, as well as computer simulators for training in commercial and residential heat pumps, gas furnaces, geo-thermal units, oil furnaces, chillers and walk-in coolers.

The program which offers various exit points, also provides students with certification in a variety of subject areas. Among them:


Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning/Refrigeration


HVAC Excellence


Section 608 EPA

Air Conditioning

Commercial A/C

Heat Pump

Commercial Refrigeration


Gas Heat

Oil Heat

Hydronics 1 (Steam)

Hydronics 1 (Hot Water)

Trane NC3 Certification

Snap-on NC3 Certification

Certificate Awards

HVAC Installer and Service Helper (4 months)

Domestic Unit Repairer (8 months)

EPA Certification (8 months)

Sheet Metal (8 months)

Diploma Awards

HVAC Technician (12 months)

Refrigeration Technician (12 months)

HVAC/Refrigeration Technician (16 months)

Commercial Refrigeration/Air Conditioning Technician (20 months)