Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning Technology (HP)
(Effective Fall 2015)
- School of Construction & Design Technologies
- Associate of Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)
- Green major
- More Information about Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning Technology
The curriculum provides knowledge and training 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 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 can complete two additional courses if they wish to petition for the Plumbing Certificate (PH) upon graduation (see Additional Information for details).
Refrigeration and air conditioning, heating (HVAC) equipment mechanic, estimator, sales representative, air conditioning technician, industrial physical plant maintenance, plumber 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.
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 www.pct.edu/catalog/PlacementTesting.htm).
This major is subject to the transfer standards established in the College College (www.pct.edu/catalog/TransferringCredits.htm). Exceptions must be approved by the school dean.
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.
|FYE101||First Year Experience||1|
|ACR111||Introduction to Refrigeration||5|
|PLH113||Mechanical Systems Design and Operation||4|
|MTH124||Technical Algebra and Trigonometry I||3|
|MTH180||College Algebra and Trigonometry I||3|
|ACR236||Air Conditioning Systems I||3|
|ACR238||Air Conditioning Systems I (Load Calculation and Design)||2|
|PLH236||Basic Heating Systems (Installation)||3|
|PLH238||Basic Heating Systems (Heat Loss Calculation and System Design)||2|
|ELT252||HVAC Controls I-Residential||4|
|ACR118||Print Reading and Interpretation||1|
|ENL111||English Composition I||3|
|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|
|CSC124||Information, Technology, and Society||3|
|FIT||Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective||1|
|PLH124||Mechanical Systems II||5|
|PLH130||Mechanical Systems Lab Practices||3|
|ACR119||HVAC Automated Design||1|
|ENL201||Technical and Professional Communication||3|
|SSE||Social Science Elective||3|
|FOR||Foreign Language Elective||3|
|AAE||Applied Arts Elective||3|
|IFE||International Field Experience Elective||3|
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.
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).