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Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning

Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning

The Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) program provides students with the education and training to enter careers as climate control technicians. It is offered with a two-year or three-year track because of the large number of credits required.

HVAC is in high demand. People and businesses depend on these systems and must keep them in good working order, regardless of economic conditions. As a result HVAC is a recession-proof career.

Program Goal

This multi-disciplinary program includes heating, ventilation, refrigeration, air conditioning and electricity. Through problem solving, inquiry and analysis skills gained while in the HVAC program, students are prepared to become industry leaders. Upon satisfactory completion, the graduate is prepared to enter the field to design, install, service, maintain and troubleshoot residential and commercial HVAC systems.

Program Outcomes

Students who graduate from this program will be able to:

  • Read and interpret electrical diagrams, wire control systems from electrical diagrams, set controls, design controls systems and diagnose and repair faults in electrical control systems
  • Properly size HVAC systems, design HVAC systems, correctly install HVAC system components, install HVAC systems following the relevant codes and industry practice
  • Articulate the purpose and operation of HVAC system components, the operation of HVAC systems, diagnose, repair faults and perform maintenance on HVAC systems
  • Demonstrate positive work traits and good customer skills, and continue to upgrade their knowledge and skills

Admission Requirements

In addition to college-wide admissions requirements:

  • It is recommended that students complete courses in Algebra I, Algebra II and science. Advanced levels of mathematics and a physics course are preferred.

Technical Standards

  • The physical strength to maneuver and/or lift heavy objects.
  • Good manual dexterity. Be able to climb a ladder.
  • Adequate vision for reading instructions and blueprints and should not have color blindness (Adaptive equipment acceptable.)
  • Ability to visualize and portray ideas graphically.
  • Students should be aware that many employers will require criminal background checks and a clean driving record.

Transfer Credit Policy

Students may transfer credits earned at other accredited institutions when a grade of "C" or better has been earned in HVAC courses. Appropriate transfer credits may be accepted within a 10-year time frame.

Accreditation/Certification Information

Students will obtain the educational training portion of the State of NH Gas Fitters Piping Installer’s license while in HVAC134/HVAC135. Upon completion of the classes, students will be offered the opportunity to take the approved State of NH Piping Installer’s exam.

Students will obtain the educational training associated with Section 608 (EPA) Certification while in HVAC121. Upon completion of the class, students will be offered the opportunity to obtain their Section 608 (EPA) Certification.

Students will obtain the educational training associated with the NORA Bronze Certification while in HVAC114/HVAC115 Upon completion of the classes, students will be offered the opportunity to obtain their NORA Bronze Certification.

Students who complete all HVAC courses associated with the HVAC Associates Degree will also receive 500 hours towards the required 1000 hours of OJT for the State of NH Gas Fitters License.

Employment Opportunities

Many career opportunities exist for Certificate and Associates Degree level HVAC graduates. They include but are not limited to: HVAC contractors, gas utilities, fuel providers, in-house HVAC departments in large commercial buildings, property management companies, hospitals, manufacturers, wholesale/retail sales, and system design. Specialty areas include DDC controls, balancing, cryogenics, and clean room/operating room systems.

Transfer Opportunities

The program has Bachelor level degree pathways that allow graduates to continue with their individual academic goals with the following institutions: Southern New Hampshire University, Granite State College, Ferris State University and Penn State University. These pathways vary by institution.

Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning Degree


Degree Program - First Year

First Year Fall Semester TH LAB CR
HVAC101M Introduction to HVAC Systems 3 0 3
HVAC109M Related Electricity I Theory 3 0 3
HVAC110M Related Electricity I Lab 0 3 1
HVAC111M Fundamentals of Refrigeration I Theory 3 0 3
HVAC112M Fundamentals of Refrigeration I Lab 0 3 1
HVAC114M Fundamentals of Heating I Theory 3 0 3
HVAC115M Fundamentals of Heating I Lab 0 3 1
FYE100M MCC Essentials 1 0 1
  Total 13 9 16
 
First Year Spring Semester TH LAB CR
HVAC119M Related Electricity II Theory 3 0 3
HVAC120M Related Electricity II Lab 0 3 1
HVAC121M Fundamentals of Refrigeration II Theory 3 0 3
HVAC122M Fundamentals of Refrigeration II Lab 0 3 1
HVAC134M Fundamentals of Gas Heating and Piping Installation Theory 3 0 3
HVAC135M Fundamentals of Gas Heating and Piping Installation Lab 0 3 1
ENGL109M or
ENGL110M
College Composition I with Corequisite or
College Composition I
4 0 4
  Mathematics Elective (must be at least a 100 level) 3 0 3
  Total 16 9 19


Degree Program - Second Year

Second Year Fall Semester TH LAB CR
HVAC211M Commercial Refrigeration Theory 3 0 3
HVAC212M Commercial Refrigeration Lab 0 6 2
HVAC223M Warm Air and Steam Systems Theory 3 0 3
HVAC224M Warm Air and Steam Systems Lab 0 6 2
  Mathematics Elective - Choose one: (MATH135M, MATH155M) 3 0 3
  Social Science Elective 3 0 3
  Total 12 12 16
 
Second Year Spring Semester TH LAB CR
HVAC221M Residential and Commercial Air Conditioning and Heat Pumps Theory 3 0 3
HVAC222M Residential and Commercial Air Conditioning and Heat Pumps Lab 0 6 2
HVAC213M Hydronic Systems Theory 3 0 3
HVAC214M Hydronic Systems Lab 0 6 2
  Physics Elective - Choose one: (PHYS100M, PHYS135M) 2 3 3
  Foreign Language/Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3 0 3
  English Elective 3 0 3
  Total 14 15 19
Total Credits - 70

 

Advanced HVAC Certificate

The Advanced Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning certificate prepares individuals to apply their technical knowledge and skills to repair, install, service and maintain the operating condition of heating, air conditioning and refrigeration systems. The certificate curriculum covers diagnostic techniques, the use of testing equipment, and the principles of mechanics, electricity and electronics as they relate to the repair of heating, air conditioning and refrigeration systems. This 24-credit certificate can be completed in one year.

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    TH LAB CR
HVAC227M Air Testing and Balancing 3 2 3
HVAC228M Water Testing and Balancing 2 3 3
HVAC230M Gas Equipment Installations and Service Theory 4 0 4
HVAC243M DDC and Building Automation Controls I 3 3 4
HVAC244M DDC and Building Automation Controls II 3 3 4
HVAC256M Advanced HVAC I 3 3 4
HVAC257M Advanced HVAC II 1 3 2
Total Credits - 24

 

Air Conditioning / Refrigeration Certificate

This 29-credit certificate prepares students to apply technical knowledge and skills to repair, install, service and maintain the operating condition of air conditioning and refrigeration systems. Diagnostic techniques and the use of testing equipment are covered; the principles of mechanics, electricity, and electronics as they relate to the repair of air conditioning and refrigeration systems are addressed. The certificate takes two years to complete. Classes may be applied towards the HVAC degree.

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Heating Services Certificate

This 29-credit certificate prepares students to apply technical knowledge and skills to repair, install, service and maintain the operating condition of heating systems. Diagnostic techniques and the use of testing equipment are covered; the principles of mechanics, electricity, and electronics as they relate to the repair of air conditioning and refrigeration systems are addressed. The certificate takes two years to complete. Classes may be applied towards the HVAC degree.

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