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Credits breakdown

Developmental courses — A student may be required to enroll in developmental courses in reading, writing and math. A student's scores on the Accuplacer assessment will determine enrollment in developmental courses. The purpose of developmental courses is to prepare students for the demands of a college-level curriculum. Credits may vary.

Course # Course Title Credits
HVAC1102 Duct Fitting Construction 3
HVAC1103 Electricity for HVAC 4
HVAC1104 Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning Electrical Controls 3
HVAC1128 Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning Design and Installation 5
HVAC1224 Gas and Oil Heating 3
HVAC2202 Air Handling 2
HVAC2205 Advanced Duct Fitting Construction 2
HVAC2212 Hot Water Heating 3
HVAC2220 Heat Pump Theory 1
HVAC2290 Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning Internship 1
MATH1000 Technical Mathematics 3
REFR1110 Refrig, A/C and Htg Prin 3
REFR1112 Refrig, A/C and Heating Lab 3

Total Credits: 36


About this program

The Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning graduate will be able to design residential and light commercial central heating and air conditioning systems according to load requirements. Graduates will be able to install, troubleshoot and repair residential and light commercial heating and air conditioning equipment; design, fabricate and install forced air and hot water distribution systems using sheet metal, duct board, copper tubing, Wirsbo tubing, Pex tubing, PVC and other accepted materials; install a wide range of oil and gas boilers and forced-air furnaces; and design, fabricate and install home and light commercial ventilation systems, including both exhaust and fresh air make-up exchangers.

Program outcomes

1. Exhibit safety practices and procedures.
2. Layout and install ductwork.
3. Design and fabricate ductwork.
4. Perform HVAC system installation, maintenance, and troubleshooting.
5. Demonstrate professionalism and related soft skills.
6. Layout and wire electrical schematics.

Employment information

Graduates of this program will find employment with heating and cooling service companies, local plumbing and heating shops, heating contractors, wholesale supply companies, and manufacturing firms.

Very fast growth in employment is projected in Minnesota over the next few years. Nationwide, above average growth is expected. A growing concern for energy conservation should also spur the installation of new energy-saving systems in homes and buildings. As the population and economy grow, so does the demand for new residential, commercial, and industrial climate-control systems. This emphasis on better energy management leading to the replacement of older systems and the installation of newer systems will account for a large part of the increase demand for these technicians. In addition, the demand for maintenance and service work will increase as businesses and home owners strive to keep systems operating at peak efficiency.

Gainful employment report


Program accreditation

The College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, (800) 621-7440, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602-2504.