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Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning Technology (HP)

(Effective Fall 2016)

The curriculum provides knowledge and hands on application in the air conditioning, hydronic heating, temperature and humidity control, air circulation, duct and pipe system design and layout, thermostats, ventilating equipment, automatic controls, commercial refrigeration layout and installation, and piping practices. Students learn to install, troubleshoot and repair equipment in the lab segments of the major. The combination of lab practice and theory prepares students for employment and advancement in today's heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) and mechanical contracting industry. The HP curriculum incorporates two classes in the fourth semester that are dedicated to Commercial Mechanical Systems. Students enrolled in the Dual Degree (HP/PH) can complete two additional courses (4 total credits) if they wish to petition for the Plumbing Certificate (PH) upon graduation (see Additional Information for details).

Career Opportunities

Refrigeration and air conditioning, heating (HVAC) equipment mechanic, estimator, sales representative, air conditioning technician, industrial physical plant maintenance, plumbing technician and environmental control specialist.

Recommended High School Subjects

Two years of algebra, one year of science, physics.

Special Equipment Needs

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

Remediation Strategies

All students entering the major will be tested for English, math, and reading deficiencies. Students are expected to remediate any deficiencies during the first semester as explained in the College Catalog (see

Transfer Procedures

This major is subject to the transfer standards established in the College College ( Exceptions must be approved by the school dean.

Program Goals

A graduate of this major should be able to:

  • do technical work in a variety of heating, cooling, and plumbing and refrigeration fields; apply safety standards and understand and work with technical developments in the industry.
  • identify and demonstrate correct use of tools, materials, and equipment used in the trade.
  • read and interpret blueprints and use blueprints when installing equipment.
  • troubleshoot heating, cooling, and refrigeration equipment using standard troubleshooting procedures.
  • read and interpret electrical schematics; use schematics when installing and repairing equipment.
  • estimate the cost of an installation and design; layout an effective system for a specific location use.
  • demonstrate an awareness of and respect for customer/employer relations.
  • demonstrate knowledge of the operation and use of hermetic and reciprocating compressors.
  • apply basic knowledge of airflow, ventilation, and energy conservation concepts, the design of systems using modern building design and solar energy technology.
  • install, service and repair hydronic heat systems, controls, and heat distributing units.
  • install and troubleshoot residential and commercial electrical, pneumatic, and electronic HVAC control systems.
  • demonstrate knowledge of gas and oil-fired boilers and heat pump installation and service.


First SemesterCredits
FYE101First Year Experience 1 
ACR111Introduction to Refrigeration 5 
PLH113Mechanical Systems Design and Operation 4 
ELT250HVAC/R Electricity 5 
MTH124Technical Algebra and Trigonometry I 3 
MTH180College Algebra and Trigonometry I 3 
Second SemesterCredits
ACR236Air Conditioning Systems I 3 
ACR239Residential HVAC System Design 3 
ACR118Print Reading and Interpretation 1 
ELT252HVAC Controls I-Residential 4 
PLH236Basic Heating Systems (Installation) 3 
ENL111English Composition I 3 
Third SemesterCredits
ACR249Advanced HVAC System Service 3 
ACR251Warm-Air Heating and Duct Design 3 
ELT253HVAC Controls II-Commercial 4 
PLH244Hydronic Heating Systems 4 
CSC124Information, Technology, and Society 3 
FITFitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1 
Fourth SemesterCredits
PLH124Mechanical Systems II 5 
PLH130Mechanical Systems Lab Practices 3 
ACR119HVAC Automated Design 1 
ENL201Technical and Professional Communication 3 
PHS103Physics Survey 3 
HUMHumanities Elective 3 
SSESocial Science Elective 3 
ARTArt Elective 3 
FORForeign Language Elective 3 
AAEApplied Arts Elective 3 
IFEInternational Field Experience Elective 3 

Additional Information

Students planning to continue in the bachelor-degree majors (BHD, BMA, BRM or BST) should take MTH 180. Students taking WEL 101 Acetylene/Electric Welding (2 credits) and BCT 128 Building Materials Applications (2 credits) can also earn a Plumbing certificate.

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