The energy efficient Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning/ Refrigeration (HVAC/R) program is designed for students who want to gain valuable industry skills and also want to pursue a basic academic foundation. The Associate of Applied Science degree includes general education requirements: HVAC/R installation, repair, and maintenance knowledge and skills; thermal dynamics, fluid dynamics, and electrical topics—all of which are combined to provide the groundwork for direct industry employment. For individuals desiring faster entry into the workforce, a Basic HVAC/R Technician Certificate is offered.
Receiving a solid knowledge base in the fundamentals of electricity, thermal and fluid dynamics is critical to understanding how heating ventilation air conditioning and refrigeration equipment operate. As the equipment becomes more and more energy efficient and complex, the importance of understanding the fundamentals is crucial.
Having an HVAC/R certificate or a degree will show employers your commitment to the industry along with your ability to learn and succeed.
- Students learn the key components of the industry such as safety, tools; soldering and brazing techniques
- Students learn advanced skills such as combustion analyze, sub cooling and superheat measurements and electrical troubleshooting
- The program is guided by an advisory board that consists of contractors and various agencies that work in all facets of the HVAC/R industry. This group also assists in ensuring that graduates receive the skills needed for future employment.