Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning Design Technology (BHD)

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.


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

Additional Information

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


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


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