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

(Effective Fall 2020)

The Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning Design Technology degree 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 first four semesters of the program, students will continue their studies and develop skills in HVAC system design, HVAC controls, and energy/project management. Students will also gain skills vital for HVAC business operations in the areas of estimating, scheduling, material and equipment management, contractor/subcontractor relations and quality control. Graduates of this major are equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to design HVAC mechanical and refrigeration systems, describe the systems’ functions, and communicate the operations and specifications of the system designs. Students may elect to earn a dual degree by also pursuing the associate’s degree in Heating, Ventilation, & Air Conditioning Technology.

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 and one year of science, preferably physics. Four years of oral and written communication courses is recommended. Students should also be encouraged to take career and technical courses in HVAC, basic electrical or plumbing, if available.

Special Equipment Needs

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

Remediation Strategies

All incoming students must meet placement requirements in English, math, and reading. Students are expected to remediate any deficiencies as explained in the College Catalog (see

Incoming students whose placement results identify a need for developmental reading course RDG 001 or developmental math course MTH 004 may not enroll in this major, but may enroll in the associate’s degree

Program Goals

A graduate of this major should be able to:
  • complete competent technical work in a variety of heating, cooling, plumbing, and refrigeration fields while applying safety and code standards.
  • identify and demonstrate correct use of tools, materials, and equipment used in the trade.
  • read and interpret blueprints and electrical schematics to proficiently install and troubleshoot equipment.
  • apply industry standard practices when designing, installing and troubleshooting HVAC equipment.
  • install, service and repair hydronic heating systems, air conditioning systems, heat pump systems, refrigeration systems and plumbing systems.
  • install and troubleshoot residential and commercial electrical, pneumatic, and electronic HVAC control systems.
  • apply basic knowledge of airflow, ventilation, and energy conservation concepts in the design of systems using modern building design and solar energy technology.
  • demonstrate knowledge of various fuels and energy producing applications as they relate to the HVAC system.
  • estimate the cost of an installation and design and repair of HVAC equipment and systems.
  • demonstrate an awareness of, and respect for, customer/employer relations.
  • interpret HVAC building codes, regulations, drawings and specifications.
  • utilize computer software to execute building load calculations, distribution system design, building drawings, equipment selection, and cost estimates.
  • understand and apply the principals of thermodynamics, airflow, ventilation, and energy efficiency.
  • evaluate management and sales methods as they relate to the HVAC market.


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
MTH180 College Algebra and Trigonometry I 3 3 S REQ
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
ELT252 HVAC Controls I-Residential 4 3 3 M REQ
PLH236 Basic Heating Systems (Installation) 3 2 3 M REQ
MTH182 College Algebra and Trigonometry II 3 3 S REQ
ACR103 HVAC Print Reading and Automated Design 2 1 3 M REQ
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
ENL111 English Composition I 3 3 S REQ
Fourth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
ACR Commercial Refrigeration Elective 8   M ACR
CME Commercial Mechanical Elective 8   M CME
CSC124 Information, Technology, and Society 3 3 S REQ
PHS103 Physics Survey 3 3 S REQ
SCI100 Environmental Science 3 3 S REQ
ENL201 Technical and Professional Communication 3 3 S REQ
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
SCL Science Elective with lab 4   S SCL
SPC Speech Elective 3   S SPC
OEA Open Elective 3   S OEA
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
HIP Core Historical Perspective 3   S HIP
MGT115 Principles of Management 3 3 S REQ
PHL210 Ethics 3 3 S REQ
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
ARP Core Arts Perspective 3   S ARP
OEA Open Elective 3   S OEA
SSP Core Social Science Perspective 3   S SSP
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
BHV432 Mechanical System Design 3 2 3 M REQ
BHV495 Senior Project 3 3 M REQ
CDP Core Global and Cultural Diversity Perspective 3   S CDP
OEE Exploration Electives 3   S OEE

Additional Information

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