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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.

Why Enroll?

  • Completion of the HVAC/R program prepares graduates for a position in the well-paying and diverse career field with a huge range of opportunities for employment and advancement. The latest U.S. Department of Labor statistics project a 34% increase in demand for HVAC/R technicians through 2020, much faster than the average for technical careers. The 2010 median pay for HVAC/R journeyman technicians was $42,530 per year, or $20.45 per hour, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics 2012-2013 Occupation Outlook Handbook.
  • Students who complete the nine-month certificate or the two-year HVAC/R associate of applied science degree through LCCC receive credit for four years of required classroom contact hours in the Registered Apprenticeship Program.
  • 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.

HVAC studentsProgram Goals

  • Provide the most comprehensive training for individuals who want to achieve successful careers in the HVAC/R industry.
  • Provide the industry with entry-level technicians who have the knowledge, skills and desire to surpass their peers as they progress through their careers.
  • Provide continuing education for existing workforce technicians.
  • Collaborate with local and national industry organizations and experts to provide and meet national standardized training outcomes while still recognizing regional-specific training.
  • Ensure the graduate has the most current, well-rounded education.

Training Areas

Intro to Industrial Tools and Safety

Mechanical Piping Systems
  • Soft and hard drawn copper tubing
  • Ferrous metal piping
  • PVC
  • Valves and fittings
  • Soldering and brazing
Electric Systems
  • DC and AC electricity
  • Single-phase and three-phase electrical systems
  • Transformers, motors and motor control circuits
Refrigeration Systems
  • Refrigeration principles
  • Refrigeration system components
  • Commercial ice machines
  • Commercial freezers and coolers
Air Conditioning Systems
  • Furnaces and air conditioners
  • Heat pumps (ground and air source)
  • Mini-split heat pumps
Commercial Air Conditioning Systems
  • Roof top heat and air conditioning units
  • Introduction to codes, refrigerant handling and license preparation
  • Introduction to Industrial Chilled water systems
  • Introduction to industrial absorption chiller systems
  • Automatic building controls
All lab exercises are geared so the student can more readily make the transition from the classroom/lab instruction to the field work environment. LCCC works very closely with industry experts to ensure that the knowledge received in this program is what the graduate needs to be successful in the industry.
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