Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning Technology (HV)

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

(Effective Fall 2017)

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 commercial refrigeration industry. The HV curriculum incorporates two classes in the fourth semester that are dedicated to Commercial Refrigeration.

Career Opportunities

Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning/Refrigeration equipment mechanic, estimator, sales representative, air conditioning technician, industrial physical plant maintenance, 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

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).

Transfer Procedures

This major is subject to the transfer standards established in the College Catalog (www.pct.edu/catalog/TransferringCredits). 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 and 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 in 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 Semester Credits
FYE101 First Year Experience 1  
ACR111 Introduction to Refrigeration 5  
PLH113 Mechanical Systems Design and Operation 4  
ELT250 HVAC/R Electricity 5  
MTH124 Technical Algebra and Trigonometry I 3  
MTH180 College Algebra and Trigonometry 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  
ENL111 English Composition 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  
CSC124 Information, Technology, and Society 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  
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  
PHS103 Physics Survey 3  
ENL201 Technical and Professional Communication 3  

Additional Information

Students planning to continue in the bachelor-degree majors (BHD, BBT, BRM, BMA or BDM) should take MTH 180. New students planning to continue into a bachelor degree option should discuss their math placement with an advisor. Current students who have completed MTH124 and later determine to pursue a bachelor degree should speak to an advisor to discuss bachelor-degree math requirements. 

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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