Gateway Program HVAC Instructor


Gateway Program HVAC Instructor

Reports To:  Director of Programs and/or Programs Lead                                                                



Skillpoint Alliance is a 501(c)3 social enterprise that serves local industry and the community through workforce education programs.  Skillpoint’s flagship program, Gateway, provides rapid workforce training to participants, preparing them for entry-level employment in high demand industries. Skillpoint Alliance predominantly serves traditionally underserved or marginalized populations.  Our vision is that every citizen has access to a successful career pathway.   



A Gateway Program Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC) Instructor is primarily responsible for instructing participants in the HVAC and Construction industry hard skills.  This position also serves as a role model, collaborating with Skillpoint staff to support employability skills training (such as soft skills and other life skills).  Class schedules depend on programming demands, and may include day or evening classes.



Hard skills instruction responsibilities include:

  • Preparing lesson plans based on provided curriculum, including commercial, industrial, and residential HVAC and refrigeration systems, chillers, boilers, package units, pneumatics, controls, & refrigeration
  • Developing lists of supplies needed for instruction based on provided curriculum
  • Assisting with purchasing of classroom program supplies
  • Developing projects and activities based on provided curriculum topics
  • Teaching courses as assigned, instructing and evaluating participant performance, encouraging skill development, and providing feedback to encourage student growth
  • Supervising and monitoring participants’ use of tools and equipment
  • Adhering to education regulations set forth by Skillpoint Alliance staff
  • Accepting recommendations for improving curriculum delivery
  • Proctoring both written and performance tests


Classroom management responsibilities include:

  • Communicating equipment, supply, and scheduling needs to Skillpoint Alliance staff
  • Organizing, setting up, and maintaining equipment and/or supplies during class
  • Managing negative participant classroom behavior and encouraging positive behavior
  • Filing and organizing information for classes
  • Maintaining confidentiality of participant information



Qualified applicants will possess the following education, experience, and/or certification(s)/license(s):

  • 3 – 5 years of field experience in the HVAC industry, with technical-level knowledge and skills needed for successful instruction
  • Prior experience helping others learn job tasks
  • Prior classroom teaching experience preferred, but not required
  • Active NATE, RSES Certification (CM, SM, CMS), HVAC Excellence, or comparable national certification
  • EPA 608 Universal Certification
  • Licensed HVAC Journeyperson highly preferred


Qualified applicants must be willing to work with:

  • Former offenders, low-income, minority, diverse, at-risk, veteran, homeless, and/or unemployed individuals


Qualified applicants will possess:

  • Strong interpersonal skills, including techniques for positive motivation and fostering teamwork
  • Highly organized, systematic thinker and self-motivated worker requiring minimal supervision
  • Excellent verbal, written and visual communication skills, especially public speaking skills
  • Ability to be flexible, persistent, and confident



  • Moderate amount of computer work is required using Microsoft Office software (Excel, PowerPoint, and Word)
  • Work environment includes both classroom and industrial arts spaces
  • Able to work a flexible schedule, including days and evenings
  • Requires local and occasional, reimbursable regional travel, often with personal vehicle



  • Pay rate is hourly, $25 - $35, depending on experience