This course introduces the fundamental concepts and principles that apply to the HVAC industry. Topics include a basic understanding of; thermodynamics, industry terminology and units of measurement, common HVAC systems and components, materials used in the installation of HVAC equipment and methods for joining materials. Industry standards and codes are explored. Techniques for proper use of hand and power tools are presented. Safely working on HVAC systems and components is emphasized. (Fulfills Open Elective requirement).