Academic Catalog

Basic HVAC/Refrigeration Service Technician Certificate

certificate Info at a Glance
Type
Certificate
Estimated # of Quarters
This certificate is approximately 3 quarters long, depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements.
Admission Dates
Summer, fall, winter and spring quarters.
Prerequisites
None.

Provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary for entry-level employment in HVAC service and maintenance.

Included in this program are academic courses in communication, quantitative reasoning and social sciences that provide knowledge and abilities that enhance personal development and serve as a foundation for technical skills. Students are required to pass six nationally recognized certification exams during the program. All courses must be completed with a minimum “C” grade to receive the certificate.

HAC 102-167 are prerequisites for Heating & Refrigeration.

Certificate Requirements

Course NumberClass TitleCredits
HAC 102Basic Electricity5
HAC 105Electrical Circuits4
HAC 120Advanced Controls & Troubleshooting4
HAC 160Siemens Control2
HAC 162Electric Motors & Their Applications4
HAC 164Electric Motors & Troubleshooting3
HAC 167Green Awareness3
HAC 170Heating I7
HAC 175Heating Lab I5
HAC 181Heating II6
HAC 183Heating Lab II4
HAC 230EPA Refrigerant Certification1
HAC 237Basic Refrigeration I7
HAC 242Basic Refrigeration Lab I5
HAC 246Basic Refrigeration II6
HAC 255CAPBasic Refrigeration Lab II3
English Composition (or higher) or Public Speaking5
Any 100-Level Math Class5
General Psychology (or other social science or humanities class)5
 Technical Credits84

Basic Electricity

Item #
HAC 102
Total Credits
5

Discusses the structure of matter, movement, electrons, conductors, insulators, direct and alternating currents, and electrical units of measurement. Students will also study electrical circuits and  measurements, Ohm’s law, series and parallel circuits, and electrical power. Also includes magnetic fields, inductance, transformers, capacitance, impedance, sine waves and using electrical measuring instruments.

Co-requisites
HAC 105, HAC 120, HAC 160, HAC 162, HAC 164, HAC 167.
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Electrical Circuits

Item #
HAC 105
Total Credits
4

Discusses types of automatic control devices that respond to thermal change, the bimetal device, control by fluid expansion, the thermocouple and electronic sensing devices. Covers space temperature controls (both high and low voltage), sensing temperatures of solids, pressure-sensing devices, oil-pressure safety controls, air-pressure controls, devices that control fluid flow, and maintenance of mechanical and electromechanical controls.

Co-requisites
HAC 102, HAC 120, HAC 160, HAC 162, HAC 164, HAC 167.
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Advanced Controls & Troubleshooting

Item #
HAC 120
Total Credits
4

Covers control terminology, applications and electronic control circuits. Pneumatic controls and direct digital controls are also explored, along with programmable thermostats. Also covers procedures for troubleshooting basic and complex circuits, thermostats, and high-voltage circuits controlled by thermostats. Describes procedures for measuring amperage and voltage in low-voltage circuits and discusses pictorial and line diagrams. 

Co-requisites
HAC 102, HAC 105, HAC 160, HAC 162, HAC 164, HAC 167.
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Siemens Control

Item #
HAC 160
Total Credits
2

Serves as an introduction to the concepts of direct digital controls (DDC). The course is a generic approach to understanding DDC terminology, the fundamentals of today’s new building control systems, how they work, features and troubleshooting. 

Co-requisites
HAC 102, HAC 105, HAC 120, HAC 160, HAC 164, HAC 167.
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Electric Motors & Their Applications

Item #
HAC 162
Total Credits
4

Discusses types of electric motors, along with starting and running components and characteristics, motor speeds, and power supplies. Specific topics also included are single and split-phase motors, the centrifugal switch, electronic replay, capacitor start motors, capacitor run motors, permanent split capacitor motors, shaded pole motors, single phase hermetic motors, positive temperature coefficient motors, and variable speed motors. Includes discussions of various characteristics and insulations, bearings, mountings, and motor drives. 

Co-requisites
HAC 102, HAC 105, HAC 120, HAC 160, HAC 164, HAC 167.
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Electric Motors & Troubleshooting

Item #
HAC 164
Total Credits
3

Discusses mechanical and electrical motor troubleshooting. This includes drive assemblies, belt tension, pulley alignment, open and shorted windings, shorts to ground, capacitor problems, wiring and connectors, and troubleshooting hermetic motors. 

Co-requisites
HAC 102, HAC 105, HAC 120, HAC 160, HAC 162, HAC 167.
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Green Awareness

Item #
HAC 167
Total Credits
3

When it comes to HVAC/R electrical, “green” means maximizing the energy efficiency of existing equipment, specifying the most efficient systems available for the application and the available budget using renewable and sustainable fuel sources, and conserving water. This course discusses those items, along with the core knowledge of energy management and analysis, green heating, ventilation, air conditioning, refrigeration, electrical generation and consumption, and “green” plumbing.

Co-requisites
HAC 102, HAC 105, HAC 120, HAC 160, HAC 162, HAC 164.
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Heating I

Item #
HAC 170
Total Credits
7

Covers controls, thermal physics, electric heating, and equipment for residential and light commercial heating system installation and servicing with emphasis on electric heating and gas heating. 

Prerequisites
HAC 102, HAC 105, HAC 120, HAC 160, HAC 162, HAC 164, HAC 167.
Co-requisites
HAC 170, HAC 175, HAC 181, HAC 183.
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Heating Lab I

Item #
HAC 175
Total Credits
5

Teaches students to troubleshoot and repair electric heating and gas-burning appliances. Also covers thermal physics and equipment for heating-system analysis and efficiency. This is a hands-on class using live projects. 

Prerequisites
Must have required hand tools of the trade and be enrolled in Heating I.
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Heating II

Item #
HAC 181
Total Credits
6

Covers controls, thermal physics, and equipment for residential and light commercial heating system installation and servicing with emphasis on oil and hydronic heating. 

Prerequisites
Must have required hand tools of the trade and be enrolled in Heating I.
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Heating Lab II

Item #
HAC 183
Total Credits
4

Teaches students to troubleshoot and repair oil and hydronic heating equipment. Also covers thermal physics and equipment for heating-system analysis and efficiency. This is a hands-on class using live projects. 

Prerequisites
Must have required hand tools of the trade and be enrolled in Heating I.
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EPA Refrigerant Certification

Item #
HAC 230
Total Credits
1

Mandatory course designed to provide EPA nationally recognized certification required for purchasing, removing and recycling refrigerants. This class is a 12-hour training session with the certification test upon completion and is taught by a registered proctor. Required to attain degree. 

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Basic Refrigeration I

Item #
HAC 237
Total Credits
7

Introduction to controls, thermal physics and equipment for air conditioning system installation and servicing. 

Prerequisites
HAC 101 through 167 and must be registered in HAC 237, HAC 242, HAC 246, and HAC 255.
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Basic Refrigeration Lab I

Item #
HAC 242
Total Credits
5

Hands-on experience with introduction to controls, thermal physics, and equipment for air conditioning system installation and servicing. 

Prerequisites
Must have required hand tools of the trade and must be enrolled in the Basic Refrigeration I course.
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Basic Refrigeration II

Item #
HAC 246
Total Credits
6

Introduction to controls, thermal physics, and equipment for air-conditioning system installation and servicing. 

Prerequisites
Must have required hand tools of the trade and must be enrolled in the Basic Refrigeration I course.
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Basic Refrigeration Lab II

Item #
HAC 255CAP
Total Credits
3

Hands-on experience with introduction to controls, thermal physics, and equipment for air-conditioning system installation and servicing. Must have required hand tools of the trade and must be enrolled in the Basic Refrigeration I course.

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English Composition (or higher) or Public Speaking

Total Credits
5
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Any 100-Level Math Class

Total Credits
5
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General Psychology (or other social science or humanities class)

Total Credits
5
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This page was last updated on July 23, 2015.