HEATING, VENTILATION, & AIR CONDITIONING TECHNOLOGY- CURRICULUM AND CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

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Heating, Ventilation, & Air Conditioning Technology

The Heating, Ventilation, & Air Conditioning Technology program is a center of excellence for teaching alternative energy technicians to install, service, and repair heating, refrigeration and air conditioning systems.  Basic heating, refrigeration and air conditioning theory are enhanced with extensive hands-on training in laboratories and on in-service equipment. Comprehensive coverage is given to electrical motors, controls and wiring and systems diagnosis and repairs.

The Heating, Ventilation, & Air Conditioning Technology (HVT) program began contributing to the green economy in 1973 by teaching students to install and maintain high efficiency furnaces, air conditioning units, air source heat pumps, and geothermal ground source heat pumps that save energy in commercial and residential settings.  Instruction on alternative energy sources is also included in the program.  The HVT program also uses setback thermostats, recycles refrigerant, and reuses equipment components and parts for training.

This program has provided special emphasis in geothermal technology for over 35 years.  Geothermal energy production is a $1.5 billion industry, which generates electricity or provides heat for direct applications including aquaculture, crop drying, and district heating or for use in heat pumps to heat and cool buildings.  Students use real world geothermal equipment in laboratory classes where they learn to install, maintain, and repair geothermal systems.

Presently, 95% of all main campus buildings operate with geothermal systems to gain energy efficiencies, reduce harmful emissions, save taxpayer dollars, and provide a geothermal learning laboratory.

Graduates may be employed in the installation, maintenance, repair, or sales of residential or commercial HVAC systems or operate their own businesses.  Commercial applications may include grocery stores, healthcare facilities, hotels and resorts, manufacturing operations, educational institutions, and other operations.

The Heating, Ventilation, & Air Conditioning Technology program has two national accreditations:  HVAC Excellence and the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE).

Enrollment in the Heating, Ventilation, & Air Conditioning Technology program is limited and students are selected for this program on a competitive basis.  Contact the Office of Admissions for the specific application requirements and deadline.

It is a graduation requirement that a grade of “C” or better must be maintained in all Heating, Ventilation, & Air Conditioning Technology (HVT) courses.

Program Mission

The mission of the Heating, Ventilation, & Air Conditioning Technology program is to prepare students with a foundation to install, service, and repair refrigeration, heating, and air conditioning systems.

Program Goals

The goals of the program are to provide the opportunity for students to develop:

  • Analytic and problem solving in the heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVAC/R) industry.
  • Technical knowledge in servicing and repairing heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration equipment.
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Working knowledge of the safety standards as related to the HVAC/R field.
    CORE CURRICULUM  
      Credit  Hours
HVT 140 Fundamentals of Refrigeration and Air Conditioning I 7
HVT 155 Electrical Fundamentals I 4
HVT 160 Fundamentals of Refrigeration and Air Conditioning II 7
HVT 166 Electrical Fundamentals II 4
HVT 251 Residential and Commercial Heating and Cooling I 6
HVT 252 Residential and Commercial Heating and Cooling II 6
HVT 255 Internship 8
HVT 261 Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Motors and Controls 3
HVT 264 Commercial Refrigeration Systems 2
HVT 270 Sheet Metal Duct Fabrication 2
    SUB-TOTAL 49
     
  GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS  
General Education Requirements 19
   
May Not Include:  
ASC 104 Human Anatomy and Physiology with Lab I 4
ASC 106 Human Anatomy and Physiology with Lab II 4
NST 101 Network Fundamentals 3
  SUB-TOTAL 19
       
    PROGRAM REQUIREMENT  
DDT 130 Practical Drafting for the HVAC Trades 3
    SUB-TOTAL 3
       
    GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS  
COM 125 Job Search Strategies 1
    SUB-TOTAL 1
       
    It is a graduation requirement for students to earn a grade of “C” or better in all “Heating, Ventilation, & Air Conditioning Technology (HVT)” courses.  
       
    PROGRAM TOTAL 72

 

HVT 140  Fundamentals of Refrigeration and Air Conditioning I.  This course teaches the theory and practical applications of refrigeration and air conditioning.  Basic psychrometry, heat transfer and thermodynamics, and fundamental refrigeration and air conditioning systems are included.  The selection and safe handling of tools and materials, forming, fitting, brazing and soldering of tubing are taught.  Students are taught to use cleaning solvents, refrigeration oils, and refrigerants.  Students can earn certifications from HVAC Excellence and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  7 credit hours.

HVT 155  Electrical Fundamentals I.  This course teaches hazards associated with heating and air-conditioning equipment, how electricity is produced, AC and DC circuits, series and parallel circuits, Ohms law, reading and using wiring diagrams, and how to use electrical testing equipment.  4 credit hours.

HVT 160  Fundamentals of Refrigeration and Air Conditioning II.  This course teaches the maintenance and service of evaporators, compressors, refrigerant control valves, electrical motors and controls, receivers, and accessories.  Students learn skills and proper procedures in the operation, maintenance, servicing, and sizing of refrigeration and air conditioning equipment.  Prerequisite:  HVT 140 with a grade of “C” or better.  Corequisite:  HVT 155 with a grade of “C” or better.  7 credit hours.

HVT 166  Electrical Fundamentals II.  This course teaches how to identify the different ways electricity is produced and the correct way to size and install high voltage wiring for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment.  Students will also learn about the individual components of an electric motor and how they operate, and the basic controls used in the HVAC industry.  Emphasis will be placed on how to diagnose motors and controls used in the HVAC industry.  Prerequisite:  HVT 155 with a grade of “C” or better.  4 credit hours.

HVT 251  Residential and Commercial Heating and Cooling I.  This course teaches air conditioning, gas furnace, and oil furnace systems and components.  Emphasis is placed on developing the ability to install, troubleshoot, and service residential and commercial systems, components, and controls.  Equipment selection for various applications is also covered.  Prerequisite:  HVT 160 with a grade of “C” or better.  6 credit hours.

HVT 252  Residential and Commercial Heating and Cooling II.  This course teaches electric furnace, air source heat pump, and geothermal ground source heat pump systems and components.  Emphasis is placed on developing the ability to install, troubleshoot, and service residential and commercial systems, components, and controls.  Equipment selection for various applications is also covered.  Prerequisite:  HVT 251 with a grade of “C” or better.  6 credit hours.

HVT 255  Internship.  Training is provided by skilled journeymen HVAC technicians under a training agreement.  Prerequisite:  HVT 160 with a grade of “C” or better.  8 credit hours.

HVT 261  Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Motors and Controls.  This course teaches motor and control use in air conditioning and refrigeration systems with emphasis on types, theory, and application.  Students learn to design and troubleshoot motor and control circuits.  Prerequisites:  HVT 155 and HVT 166 with a grade of “C” or better.  3 credit hours.

HVT 264  Commercial Refrigeration Systems.  This course teaches testing, troubleshooting, and servicing of commercial refrigeration systems.  Prerequisites:  HVT 251 and HVT 261 with a grade of “C” or better.  2 credit hours.

HVT 270  Sheet Metal Duct Fabrication.  This course teaches the sizing, layout, fabrication, and installation of sheet metal duct work in the HVAC trade.  Prerequisite:  DDT 130 with a grade of “C” or better.  2 credit hours.

HVT 299  Special Topics in Heating, Ventilation, & Air Conditioning Technology.  Special Topics in Heating, Ventilation, & Air Conditioning Technology (HVT) may include instruction on topics not covered in other HVT courses.  Topics covered in other HVT courses may also be covered in more depth in this special topics course.  Projects may be undertaken in any area related to the major program with credit hours determined by the level and amount of involvement.  The minimum involvement required for one credit is 30 contact hours.  The specific topic(s), objectives, plan of instruction, and evaluation criteria must be documented in the syllabus; approved by the Department/Division Chair; and filed in the Academic Records Office.  Students may complete more than one Special Topics course, provided that the credits earned in this manner do not exceed a total of four (4) credits.  1-4 credit hours.