Effective Fall 2022

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, HVAC controls, and piping practices. Students learn to install, troubleshoot, and repair equipment in the lab courses. The combination of lab practice and theory prepares students for employment and advancement in today's heating, ventilation, and air conditioning industry.

Career Opportunities

Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning/Refrigeration equipment technician, estimator, sales representative, air conditioning technician, industrial physical plant maintenance, and environmental control specialist.

Special Equipment Needs

See program Tool List for major.

Remediation Strategies

All incoming students must meet placement requirements in math. Students are expected to remediate any deficiencies as explained in the College Catalog (see http://www.pct.edu/catalog/admissions-policy).

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, design, and repair of HVAC equipment and systems.
  • demonstrate an awareness of, and respect for, customer/employer relations.


First SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
FYE101First Year Experience 1.50 1.50 SREQ
ACR111Introduction to Refrigeration 53 6 MREQ
PLH113Mechanical Systems Design & Operation 42 6 MREQ
ELT250HVAC/R Electricity 53 6 MREQ
MTH123Technical Algebra & Trigonometry I 32.50 1.50 SREQ
MTH181College Algebra & Trigonometry I 32.50 1.50 SREQ
Second SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
ACR236Air Conditioning Systems I 32 3 MREQ
ACR239Residential HVAC System Design 32 3 MREQ
ELT252HVAC Controls I-Residential 43 3 MREQ
PLH236Basic Heating Systems (Installation) 32 3 MREQ
ENL111English Composition I 33 SREQ
ACR103HVAC Print Reading & Automated Design 21 3 MREQ
Third SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
ACR249Advanced HVAC System Service 31 6 MREQ
ACR251Warm-Air Heating & Duct Design 32 3 MREQ
ELT253HVAC Controls II-Commercial 43 3 MREQ
PLH244Hydronic Heating Systems 42 6 MREQ
CSC124Information, Technology & Society 33 SREQ
Fourth SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
ACRCommercial Refrigeration Elective 8 MACR
CMECommercial Mechanical Elective 8 MCME
ARPCore Arts Perspective 3 SARP
AAPCore Applied Arts Perspective 3 SAAP
CDPCore Global & Cultural Diversity Perspective 3 SCDP
HIPCore Historical Perspective 3 SHIP
SSPCore Social Science Perspective 3 SSSP
PHS103Physics Survey 33 SREQ
SCI100Environmental Science 33 SREQ
ENL201Technical & Professional Communication 33 SREQ

Additional Information

Students planning to continue in a bachelor-degree majors (HEV or BMS) should take MTH 181. New students planning to continue into a bachelor degree option should discuss their math placement with an adviser. Current students who have completed MTH123 and later determine to pursue a bachelor degree should speak to an adviser 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).