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Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology Program Code 106011

Associate Degree

Offered at the Green Bay campus. For information: (920) 498-5444. Toll-free: (888) 385-6982.

This program is fully eligible for financial aid.

Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology program prepares students to install, service, troubleshoot, and repair HVAC/R systems used for the environmental control of buildings and product processes.

Employment Potential

A graduate of this program will have the potential for employment in the following areas:

Mechanical Contractor HVAC/R Technician: installs, services, troubleshoots, and repairs HVAC/R systems at a customer’s job site.

Facilities Maintenance HVAC/R Technician: installs, services, troubleshoots, and repairs HVAC/R systems as part of a maintenance staff.

HVAC/R Equipment Manufacturer Technician: assists service companies in locating, repairing, and preventing factory defects and service problems.

Wholesale Service Representative: assists HVAC/R contractors with the selection, application, and procurement of HVAC/R equipment.

Commercial HVAC/R Systems: works with the HVAC/R systems used in commercial applications such as office buildings, schools, stores, supermarkets, and restaurants. Duties include, but not limited to, installing, servicing, troubleshooting, and repairing walk-in coolers/freezers; reach-in coolers/freezers; ice makers; large air conditioning, heating, and air distribution systems; hydronic, steam, and forced air heating systems; roof top HVAC/R systems; and digital building automation control systems.

Industrial HVAC/R Systems: works with HVAC/R systems used in an industrial setting such as manufacturing, processing, and packaging plants. Duties include, but not limited to, installing, servicing, troubleshooting, and repairing large HVAC/R equipment used in the manufacturing process, such as drive-in coolers/freezers, process chillers and boilers, dust collection systems, plant air conditioning and heating, digital control of process, and building HVAC/R equipment.

Residential HVAC/R Systems: require the Technician to work with HVAC/R systems used in the home. Duties would include, but not limited to, installing, servicing, troubleshooting, and repairing refrigerator/freezers, central air conditioning system operating controls.

With additional education and/or work experience, graduates may find other opportunities for employment.

. HVAC/R Business Owner
. Energy Management Technician
. Engineering Assistant for HVAC/R Systems

Study Abroad Opportunities

The International Studies staff continually seeks opportunities for students to travel abroad for educational experiences that may be offered in association with program courses. To find out more about which of your program courses may offer an opportunity during this academic year, contact your academic advisor.

Program Outcomes

. Startup, service, and repair HVAC/R systems.
. Troubleshoot HVAC/R systems.
. Develop, wire, and troubleshoot HVAC/R control circuits.
. Perform HVAC/R performance tests.
. Design and install HVAC/R piping systems.
. Evaluate airflow systems for new and existing applications.
. Determine heating and cooling demand requirements.
. Select heating and cooling equipment and auxiliary components.
. Safely utilize industry standard tools, meters, and test instruments.
. Communicate and document detailed service reports effectively.
. Prepare for EPA Refrigerant Handling Exam.
. Earn OSHA 10 certification.
. Earn CPR certification.
. Earn AED certification.

Requirements for Program Entry

. Completed application.
. High school transcript or equivalent. (For a list of equivalents, go to www.nwtcgetting started.
. High school algebra or equivalent
. As a requirement for program entry, an Academic Skills Assessment (Compass) with appropriate benchmark scores is necessary. Program Benchmarks are Pre-Algebra: (27); Reading: (70); Writing Skills: (74). Students not meeting these benchmarks or the equivalent will be required to establish an individualized academic plan. Students may have the opportunity to enroll in selected program core courses while completing their individualized plan. Upon completion of the plan, students will be eligible for all program courses. However, higher test scores will lead to greater success in core program courses. To learn more about these assessments and program benchmark scores, please contact a counselor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.

Curriculum

Students following the study plan below will complete the HVAC/R associate degree in the number of semesters shown.

FIRST SEMESTER

10-601-111 HVAC/R Electrical Fundamentals
3
10-601-116 HVAC/R Mech Svc Fund & Safety
3
10-601-133 HVAC/R Refrigeration Fund
3
10-801-196 Oral/Interpersonal Comm
3
10-804-107 College Mathematics
3
* 10-890-101 College 101
1
SEMESTER TOTAL
16
SECOND SEMESTER

10-601-113 HVAC/R Refrig/Air Cond Syst
3
10-601-121 HVAC/R Heating Fundamentals
3
10-601-127 HVAC/R Control Circuits
3
10-601-128 HVAC/R Heating Systems
3
10-601-159 Mech Serv Apps & Sheet Metal
3
** 10-801-136 English Composition 1
3
SEMESTER TOTAL
18
THIRD SEMESTER

10-601-131 HVAC/R Heating System Applic
3
10-601-132 HVAC/R Air Conditioning Applic
3
10-601-147 HVAC/R Motor Control Appl
3
10-801-197 Technical Reporting
3
10-809-172 Intro to Diversity Studies
3
10-809-197 Contemporary Amer Society
3
SEMESTER TOTAL
18
FOURTH SEMESTER

10-601-135 HVAC/R Hydronic System Applic
3
10-601-139 HVAC/R Building Plans and Spec
1
10-601-141 HVAC/R Systems Service
3
10-601-143 HVAC/R Refrigeration Appl
3
10-601-145 HVAC/R Control System Applic
3
10-809-199 Psychology Of Human Relations
3
SEMESTER TOTAL
16

TOTAL CREDITS
68

Curriculum Note
*The credit for 10-890-101, College 101 is an Institutional Requirement for graduation. Consequently, it is not part of the program requirements.
**Students must earn a grade of "C" or better in English Composition 1 to enroll in Technical Reporting.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

These courses provide an opportunity for students to develop the knowledge, skills, and understanding required for employment in this field.

10-601-111 HVAC/R ELECTRICAL FUNDAMENTALS ...AC and DC electricity, application of Ohm's Law principles to circuits, electrical power supplies, wiring materials, meter operation, test and troubleshoot switching circuits using industry standard meters and techniques. (Prerequisite: Accepted into HVAC Tech Program)

10-601-113 HVAC/R REFRIGERATION/AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEMS ...residential/light commercial refrigeration and air conditioning system analysis, start-up, service, repair and troubleshooting using industry standard tools and techniques, evacuation, recovery, charging techniques, Federal certification preparation. (Prerequisites: 10-601-121, HVAC/R Heating Fundamentals and 10-601-127, HVAC/R Control Circuits; Co-requisite 10-601-128, HVAC/R Heating Systems )

10-601-116 HVAC/R MECHANICAL SERVICE FUNDAMENTALS & SAFETY ...standard first aid, OSHA 10-hour course, ladder safety, lockout/tagout electrical procedures, mechanical math, measurement, fasteners, proper hand and power tool usage. (Prerequisites: Accepted into the HVAC/R Technology Program. Co-requisites: 10-601-111, HVAC/R Electrical Fundamentals; 10-601-133, HVAC/R Refrigeration Fundamentals)

10-601-121 HVAC/R HEATING FUNDAMENTALS ...principles of combustion for fossil fuels, burner set-up, heating system basics, combustion testing for residential systems, and basic mechanical heating service. (Prerequisites: 10-601-111, HVAC/R Electrical Fund; 10-601-133, HVAC/R Refrig Fund; 10-601-116, HVAC/R Mech Svc Fund & Safety; Corequisites: 10-601-127, HVAC/R Control Circuits; 10-601-159, Mech Serv Apps & Sheet Metal)

10-601-127 HVAC/R CONTROL CIRCUITS ...relay and HVAC/R electrical control circuit schematic development and analysis; wiring, testing and troubleshooting relay and HVAC/R control circuits; diagnose common HVAC/R system problems by analyzing the control circuit. (Prerequisites: 10-601-111, HVAC/R Electrical Fund; 10-601-133, HVAC/R Refrig Fund; 10-601-116, HVAC/R Mech Svc Fund & Safety; Corequisites: 10-601-121, HVAC/R Heating Fund; 10-601-159, Mech Serv Apps & Sheet Metal)

10-601-128 HVAC/R HEATING SYSTEMS ...heating controls, heating control circuit basics, analysis of electrical controls for fossil fuel systems, wiring, start-up and service of residential furnaces. (Prerequisites: 10-601-121, HVAC/R Heating Fundamentals; 10-601-127, HVAC/R Control Circuits; Co-requisite 10-601-113 HVAC/R Refrigeration and AC Appl.)

10-601-131 HVAC/R HEATING SYSTEM APPLICATIONS ...interpreting control system diagrams, control circuit analysis, service and troubleshooting residential and commercial fossil fuel heating systems, rooftops and split systems. (Prerequisite: 10-601-132, HVAC/R Air Conditioning Applications; Corequisite: 10-601-147, HVAC/R Motor Control Application)

10-601-132 HVAC/R AIR CONDITIONING APPLICATIONS ...air properties, air system component application fundamentals, indoor air quality fundamentals, system measurement, adjustment, and troubleshooting to control temperature and humidity in HVAC systems. (Prerequisites: 10-601-113, HVAC/R Refrig/Air Cond Syst; 10-601-128, HVAC/R Heating Systems; Corequisite: 10-601-147, HVAC/R Motor Control Appl)

10-601-133 HVAC/R REFRIGERATION FUNDAMENTALS ...principles of refrigeration and air conditioning, temperature, heat and pressure measurement, system component operation, testing for proper system operation using industry standard tools and practices. (Prerequisites: Accepted into HVAC/R or Marine Construction program; Corequisites: 10-601-116, HVAC/R Mech Svc Fund & Safety; 10-601-111, HVAC/R Electrical Fundamentals)

10-601-135 HVAC/R HYDRONIC SYSTEM APPLICATIONS ...hydronic fundamentals, piping systems, pipe sizing, boiler applications, system design fundamentals, system piping installation for conventional systems, radiant systems, and forced air systems, system component operation, selection service and troubleshooting. (Prerequisites: 10-601-131, HVAC/R Heating Systems Applications; 10-601-147, HVAC/R Motor/Control Applications; 10-804-107, College Mathematics; 10-890-101, College 101; 10-801-196, Oral/Interpersonal Comm; 10-801-136, English Composition 1; 10-801-197, Technical Reporting; 10-809-172, Intro to Diversity Studies; 10-809-197, Contemporary Amer Society; Corequisite 10-601-143 HVAC/R Refrigeration Applications; 10-809-199, Psychology of Human Relations)

10-601-139 HVAC/R BUILDING PLANS AND SPECIFICATIONS ...techniques for reading various types of construction drawings, specifications, and other related documents with an emphasis on the types of drawings and specifications that are commonly used in the HVAC trade (Prerequisites: 10-601-131, Heating System Applications; 10-601-147, HVAC/R Motor Control Applications. Corequisites: 10-601-135, HVAC/R Hydronic System Applications; 10-601-143, HVAC/R Refrigeration Applications)

10-601-141 HVAC/R SYSTEMS SERVICE ...analyze, set up, and troubleshoot three-phase motor starting systems, damper actuators, and economizers; advanced service and troubleshooting of commercial HVAC/R systems including rooftops, and split systems. (Prerequisites: 10-601-143, HVAC/R Refrigeration Applications; 10-601-135, HVAC/R Hydronic System Applications; Corequisite: 10-601-145 HVAC/R Control Systems Applications)

10-601-143 HVAC/R REFRIGERATION APPLICATIONS ...refrigeration system piping, load calculation, sizing, and component selection; service, troubleshoot and repair commercial refrigeration systems including walk-in coolers/freezers, reach-in coolers/freezers and ice machines. (Prerequisites: 10-601-131, Heating System Applications; 10-601-147, HVAC/R Motor Control Applications; Corequisite: 10-601-135 Hydronic System Applications)

10-601-145 HVAC/R CONTROL SYSTEM APPLICATIONS ...HVAC/R electric, electronic, pneumatic, and computerized control systems for hydronic and air systems. Control application fundamentals, system wiring, start-up and troubleshooting. (Prerequisites: 10-601-135, HVAC/R Hydronic System Applications; 10-601-143, HVAC/R Refrigeration Applications Corequisite: 10-601-141 HVAC/R System Service)

10-601-147 HVAC/R MOTOR CONTROL APPLICATIONS ...analyze and troubleshoot single-phase AC induction motors and motor starting components used in the HVAC/R industry with an emphasis on refrigeration/air conditioning compressor motors and components. (Prerequisites: 10-601-113, HVAC/R Refrig/Air Cond Syst; 10-601-128, HVAC/R Heating Systems; Corequisite: 10-601-132, HVAC/R Air Conditioning Applications)

10-601-159 HVAC MECHANICAL SERVICE APPLICATIONS/SHEET METAL ...copper soldering and brazing, oxy-acetylene torch usage for welding and brazing steel, sheet metal layout and fabrication, PVC assembly and black iron piping procedures. (Prerequisites: 10-601-111, HVAC/R Electrical Fundamentals; 10-601-133, HVAC/R Refrigeration Fund; 10-601-116, HVAC/R Mech Svc Fund & Safety; Corequisite: 10-601-121, HVAC/R Heating Fundamentals; 10-601-127, HVAC/R Control Circuits)

10-801-196 ORAL/INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION ...the communication process, perception and self-concept, language, listening, nonverbal communication, interpersonal relationships, communication in groups and public communication; prepare and deliver an oral presentation. (Prerequisite: Compass Reading=70 AND Compass Writing Skills=60 OR ACT- Reading =15 and ACT English=16 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing with "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-804-107 COLLEGE MATHEMATICS ...an introductory level course designed to review and develop fundamental concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and statistics. Emphasis will be placed on computational skills and applications of rational numbers; problem solving skills with ratios, proportions, and percent; basic principles and application of algebra, geometry, graphing, and statistics; measurement skills in U.S. Customary and Metric Systems; and the use of calculators as a tool. (Prerequisites: Compass Pre-Algebra=27 or ACT-Math score=15 or 10-834-109, Pre Algebra AND Compass Reading=70 or ACT-Reading=15 or 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills with "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-890-101 COLLEGE 101 ...develops tools and strategies that support success in college. Focuses on study skills, college resources, goal setting, time management, and learning styles. Introduces concepts for self assessing learning and completing an Exit Assessment that provides evidence that learning took place. Students should take this course prior to or during the first semester of their programs. 1 cr.

10-801-136 ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 ...learners develop knowledge/skills in planning, organizing, writing, editing. Students will also analyze audience/purpose, use elements of research, format documents using standard guidelines, and develop critical reading skills. (Prerequisite: Compass Writing Skills=74 AND Compass Reading=70 OR ACT-English =18 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-838-105, Intro to Reading and Study Skills with "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-801-197 TECHNICAL REPORTING ...principles of report writing and correspondence, proposals, feasibility reports, progress reports, investigation reports, evaluation reports, meeting reports, memos, and correspondence. (Prerequisite: 10-801-136, English Composition I OR 10-801-195, Written Communication with “C” or better) 3 cr.

10-809-172 INTRO TO DIVERSITY STUDIES...basic American values of justice and equality by teaching vocabulary, history of immigration/conquest, transcultural communication, legal liability, multicultural majority/minority relations, ageism, sexism, gender, sexual orientation, the disabled/ADA. (Prerequisite: Compass Writing Skills=60 AND Compass Reading=70 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing w/ a "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-809-197 CONTEMPORARY AMER SOCIETY...the major social institutions within the American society: government, family, education, religion, and economic system. (Prerequisite: Compass Writing Skills=60 AND Compass Reading=70 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing w/ a "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-809-199 PSYCHOLOGY OF HUMAN RELATIONS ...decision making, motivation, conflict resolution, learning strategies, growth and adjustment, diversity, psychological theories, relationships, psychological disorders, stress, career analysis, social psychology, and lifespan development. (Prerequisite: Compass Writing Skills=60 AND Compass Reading=70 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing w/ a "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

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