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HVAC/R Technology Contest Information

HVAC/R Technology Contest Information

Last Revised: 22 March 2016

The contest is subject to a last minute change depending upon the industry technical committee setting up each station.

See General Contest Information for information common to ALL BULLINGTON'S SKILL CONTESTS. Please print a copy for your records.

PDP only testing for HVAC contests will be held ON-LINE through your schools' Testing Liaison.
Testing will be open beginning Monday, March 14.
The deadline for taking the on-line tests is Friday, April 8.
No provisions are being made for make-up testing on-site.
See the State SkillsUSA Director's Memo for the policy on substitutions and late registrations.

The HVAC Technical written test will be administered on Sunday, April 17. Testing sessions will be hourly from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at Tulsa Technology Center - Lemley Campus, Building A, in the AcademicLab.
PT charts will be provided by Mark Petty, York/JCI

Tulsa Technology Center: Lemley Campus
3420 S Memorial Dr.
Tulsa, OK 74145

If you are going to be late call Mark Petty at (405) 255-8336. Arrangements will be made.

Terry Hodges Mobile (for emergency use Sunday when coming in for written test): (918) 407-9544

Contestants will NOT be allowed to use cell phones or other electronic communicating  devices during the contest and will be disqualified for doing so.

Each contestant will be required to bring his or her printed resume. It will be presented to the judges upon entry to the contest area. A deduction will be applied to your overall score if you do not have a resume.

The contest orientation will begin at 8:00 a.m. SHARP. Any contractors or industry representatives present that wish to speak to the contestant group may leave their information with the contest chair. Contestants will receive this information and have a potential employment opportunity. The contest will follow immediately after or by 9:00 a.m.

Instructors will NOT be notified of winning contestants following the competition.


Contestant Lunches will NOT be provided. Instructors should make arrangements for contestant lunches.

Contestants will NOT be permitted to leave the contest site until finished.

The advisory committee STRONGLY recommends bringing bottled water and snacks (energy bars, etc.) to tide contestants over until lunch

Food services will be available at the Tulsa Convention Center Concession Stand. Contestants should bring at least $7 to purchase their meal and snacks.



Common HVAC/R equipment with faults inserted or assigned tasks:

  • Air Conditioning

  • Heat Pump

  • Electric Heat

  • Gas Heat

  • Air Flow Measurement

  • Refrigeration

  • Ground-Source Heat Pump

  • Oxy-Acetylene brazing equipment

  • HDPE Pipe Fusion
  • Pressure testing apparatus

  • Static Pressure tip for airflow measurement

Written testing courtesy of Mark Petty and Scott Nelmark, York/JCI

Judges and equipment for this year’s contest are provided by:

  • York/Johnson Controls, Inc.

  • Bosch
  • Carrier of Oklahoma

  • International Ground Source Heat Pump Association (OSU)

  • Ewbank Geo-Testing
  • Johnstone Supply
  • Lennox Industries

  • McElroy Manufacturing
  • O’Connor Company, Inc. (Trane)

  • Oklahoma Construction Industries Board

  • OSU-IT

  • Plumbers and Pipefitters Local #344 (OKC)

  • Plumbers and Pipefitters Local #430 (Tulsa)
  • Financial sponsorship provided by PHCC and the UA

THANK YOU to our Judges and Equipment Donors!


  • Clamp-on Volt-Ohm-Amp Meter

  • Tool box or belt of basic hand tools for HVAC service

  • Groove joint pliers (ChannelLock or equivalent)

  • Flashlight

  • K-Type Temperature Probe

  • Torch Striker

  • Acetylene bottle wrench (bone key)
  • Tubing cutter

  • Emery cloth or brush cleaner

  • Tape measure

  • Jumper leads

  • Eye Protection (ANSI approved goggles or safety glasses with side shields or prescription glasses with side shields)

  • Calculator (NO Mobile Phones)

  • 2-#2 Lead Pencils


  • EXACTLY 24" of 3/8" Copper Tubing ACR (Hard Drawn preferred)

  • Silphos; 15% preferred, but whatever the contestant is most accustomed to brazing with

  • Fittings and access port to be provided this year courtesy of Oklahoma Plumbing, Heating, Cooling Contractors' Association!


The contest will consist of online PDP knowledge test; an online written test covering knowledge of HVAC/R, brazing skills, and common troubleshooting/measurements in electrical, mechanical, airflow, gas supply and refrigerant systems; the SkillsUSA test will be used as a tie-breaker only, which is consistent with the national SkillsUSA competition.

The Hampden Electrical Troubleshooting Trainer will be for practice only.

GSHP and HDPE Fusion stations will count for points this year (half the points of each other troubleshooting/brazing station).

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