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 102-169 are prerequisites for Heating & Refrigeration.

Certificate Requirements

Course NumberClass TitleCredits
HAC 102Basic Electricity5
HAC 105Electrical Circuits4
HAC 120Advanced Controls & Troubleshooting4
HAC 162Electric Motors & Their Applications4
HAC 163Refrigeration Controls3
HAC 164Electric Motors & Troubleshooting3
HAC 169Advanced Motor Theory2
HAC 170Heating I7
HAC 175Heating Lab I5
HAC 181Heating II6
HAC 184Heating 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
COLL 102College Success for All3
 Technical Credits87

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 use of electrical measuring instruments.

Co-requisites
HAC 105, HAC 120, HAC 162, HAC 163, HAC 164, and HAC 169 or instructor permission.
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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 162, HAC 163, HAC 164, and HAC 169 or instructor permission.
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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 162, HAC 163, HAC 164, and HAC 169, or instructor permission.
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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 163, HAC 164, and HAC 169, or instructor permission.
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Refrigeration Controls

Item #
HAC 163
Total Credits
3

Fundamentals of refrigeration controls and defrost systems. 

Prerequisites
Must have required hand tools of the trade and be enrolled in HAC 164.
Co-requisites
HAC 102, HAC 105, HAC 120, HAC 162, HAC 164, and HAC 169.
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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 162, HAC 163, HAC 169, or instructor permission.
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Advanced Motor Theory

Item #
HAC 169
Total Credits
2

Understanding variable-speed and capacity control motors (ECMs, Offloaders, Compressors, Inverter Drives).

Prerequisites
Must have required hand tools of the trade and be enrolled in HAC 164.
Co-requisites
HAC 102, HAC 105, HAC 120, HAC 162, HAC 163, and 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
Successful completion of HAC 102, HAC 105, HAC 120, HAC 162, HAC 163, HAC 164, and HAC 169.
Co-requisites
HAC 170, HAC 175, HAC 181, and HAC 184.
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Heating Lab I

Item #
HAC 175
Total Credits
5

Teaches students to troubleshoot and repair gas-burning appliances. Thermal physics and equipment for heating systems analysis and efficiency are studied. 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 electric and gas fuel 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 184
Total Credits
4

Teaches students to competently troubleshoot and repair electric, gas, and fuel heating equipment; thermal physics, gas safety, and equipment for heating systems analysis and efficiency are studied. This is a hands-on class using live projects. 

Prerequisites
Must have completed HAC 102-175, 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

Will give students the knowledge to properly recover and charge refrigerants & dispose of them as defined by EPA. Pass a national examination.

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Basic Refrigeration I

Item #
HAC 237
Total Credits
7

Introduction to controls, thermal physics, and equipment for residential and light commercial air conditioning and refrigeration system installation and servicing, with emphasis on refrigeration.

Prerequisites
HAC 102 through 168 or equivalent or instructor permission. Have all the tools of the trade.
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Basic Refrigeration Lab I

Item #
HAC 242
Total Credits
5

Covers troubleshooting and repair of refrigeration equipment, thermal physics, and equipment for refrigeration systems analysis and efficiency. This is a hands-on class utilizing live projects. Students will build a basic capillary tube refrigeration unit using basic temperature controls.

Prerequisites
Must have required hand tools of the trade, and completed HAC 102-169, 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 residential and light commercial air conditioning and refrigeration system installation and servicing, with emphasis on commercial refrigeration and heat pumps. 

Prerequisites
Must have required hand tools of the trade, and completed HAC 102-169, 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.

Prerequisites
Must have required hand tools of the trade and 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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College Success for All

Item #
COLL 102
Total Credits
3

College Success for All prepares students for success at Clover Park Technical College and beyond.  This class is offered Pass/Fail utilizes CANVAS CPTC’s online learning management system to familiarize students with this learning environment. Designed to provide students with the basic skills to be successful in college, by developing connections with campus resources, faculty, staff and peers.  The course includes 20 hours of classroom instruction and 20 hours of online and computer work. It includes, but is not limited to: study skills, learning styles, communication skills, time management, campus resources, test taking strategies, diversity and campus policies and procedures.  This class also includes mandatory safety and FERPA training along with SALT component for financial planning. 

Prerequisites
None, but required for all students.
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This page was last updated on April 14, 2017.