Accredited by PAHRA. Endorsed by ACCA. Approved NORA Bronze Certificate training site.

(Effective Fall 2016)

The HVAC Design Technology baccalaureate major addresses industry needs for educated technicians with business management, supervision, and design skills. In addition to the hands-on equipment installation and troubleshooting procedures developed during the associate-degree program, students in this major study the process and procedures of HVACR system design, advanced automation control, and energy/project management. Students also learn skills vital to HVACR business operations in the areas of estimating, scheduling, material and equipment management, contractor/subcontractor relations, and quality control. Upon completion of this major, students are equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to design an array of HVAC mechanical and refrigeration systems, describe these systems’ functions, and communicate the operations and specifications of the system designs. Students may consider declaring the associate's degree major in Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Technology (HV).

Career Opportunities

Graduates  will be prepared to seek employment in the residential or commercial industry as design engineers, application engineers, and project managers, with some graduates beginning their careers as self-employed business owners in sales, service, installation or design of HVAC systems and equipment.

Recommended High School Subjects

Two years of algebra, one year of physics or chemistry, four years of oral and written communications courses. Students should be encouraged to take occupational courses in HVAC, basic electrical or plumbing when scheduling allows.

Special Equipment Needs

See the Tool List on the Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning Design Technology major web page.

Remediation Strategies

Success in college-level coursework requires minimum levels of proficiency in math, reading, and English. Therefore, all new students must meet placement requirements to demonstrate their skills in these three areas.

Students are expected to remediate any deficiencies as explained in the College Catalog (see www.pct.edu/catalog/PlacementTesting).

Program Goals

A graduate of this major should be able to:
  • demonstrate cooperative and responsible attitude toward work.
  • supervise subordinates to achieve productivity goals.
  • interpret federal, state, and local HVAC building codes, regulations, and environmental laws.
  • utilize computer to perform cost estimates, work schedules, and technical calculations necessary to size and design HVAC systems.
  • demonstrate an understanding of the HVAC contracting process.
  • read and interpret HVAC blueprints and specifications.
  • perform technical operations associated with the installation, maintenance, and repair of various cooling and refrigeration equipment and systems.
  • identify and demonstrate ability to correctly use tools of the HVAC trade.
  • apply knowledge of the dynamics of airflow, ventilation, and energy use in the installation, repair, and design of HVAC systems.
  • install, service, and repair various heating systems and equipment to include hydronic, forced air, radiant, and heat pump systems.
  • use standardized HVAC equipment and systems.
  • apply customer relations and sales techniques in providing service to the public.
  • apply business techniques and practices as they apply to the operation of an HVAC service or contracting business.
  • demonstrate an understanding of the HVAC industry market.

Curriculum

First Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
FYE101 First Year Experience 1 .50 1.50 S REQ
ACR111 Introduction to Refrigeration 5 3 6 M REQ
PLH113 Mechanical Systems Design and Operation 4 2 6 M REQ
ELT250 HVAC/R Electricity 5 3 6 M REQ
ENL111 English Composition I 3 3 S REQ
TOTAL CREDITS 18
Second Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
ACR236 Air Conditioning Systems I 3 2 3 M REQ
ACR239 Residential HVAC System Design 3 2 3 M REQ
ACR118 Print Reading and Interpretation 1 .50 1.50 M REQ
ELT252 HVAC Controls I-Residential 4 3 3 M REQ
PLH236 Basic Heating Systems (Installation) 3 2 3 M REQ
MTH180 College Algebra and Trigonometry I 3 3 S REQ
TOTAL CREDITS 17
Third Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
ACR249 Advanced HVAC System Service 3 1 6 M REQ
ACR251 Warm-Air Heating and Duct Design 3 2 3 M REQ
ELT253 HVAC Controls II-Commercial 4 3 3 M REQ
PLH244 Hydronic Heating Systems 4 2 6 M REQ
MTH182 College Algebra and Trigonometry II 3 3 S REQ
FIT Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1   S FIT
TOTAL CREDITS 18
Fourth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
ACR Commercial Refrigeration Elective 8   M ACR
or
CME Commercial Mechanical Elective 8   M CME
ACR119 HVAC Automated Design 1 .50 1.50 M REQ
CSC124 Information, Technology, and Society 3 3 S REQ
PHS103 Physics Survey 3 3 S REQ
ENL201 Technical and Professional Communication 3 3 S REQ
TOTAL CREDITS 18
Fifth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
BHV311 Fundamentals of Engineered Systems Design 3 2 3 M REQ
BHV316 Heating and Cooling System Configurations 3 2 3 M REQ
HUM Humanities Elective 3   S HUM
or
SSE Social Science Elective 3   S SSE
or
ART Art Elective 3   S ART
or
FOR Foreign Language Elective 3   S FOR
or
AAE Applied Arts Elective 3   S AAE
or
IFE International Field Experience Elective 3   S IFE
SCL Science Elective with lab 4   S SCL
SPC201 Interpersonal Communication 3 3 S REQ
TOTAL CREDITS 16
Sixth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
BHV320 Advanced Cooling System Design 3 2 3 M REQ
BHV325 Advanced Heating Design 3 2 3 M REQ
FIT Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1   S FIT
HUM Humanities Elective 3   S HUM
MGT115 Principles of Management 3 3 S REQ
PHL210 Ethics 3 3 S REQ
TOTAL CREDITS 16
Seventh Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
BHV365 Advanced HVAC/R Control Systems 3 2 3 M REQ
BHV400 Commercial Refrigeration Systems Design 3 2 3 M REQ
ART Art Elective 3   S ART
OEA Open Elective 3   S OEA
OEA Open Elective 3   S OEA
SSE Social Science Elective 3   S SSE
TOTAL CREDITS 18
Eighth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
BHV431 Environmental Impacts of the HVAC Industry 3 Writing Enriched Requirement &
Science, Technology and Society Requirement
3 M REQ
BHV432 Mechanical System Design 3 2 3 M REQ
BHV495 Senior Project 3 3 M REQ
BPT Cultural Diversity Elective: Humanities/Social Science/Art/Foreign Language/Applied Arts/Int'l Field Exp 3   S BPT
MGT249 Small Business Management 3 3 S REQ
or
MGT330 Managerial Decision Making 3 3 S REQ
TOTAL CREDITS 15

Additional Information

Endorsed by the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA). Approved National Oilheat Research Alliance (NORA) Bronze Certification training site.

Accreditation

Partnership for Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration Accreditation (PAHRA).