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Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology - Associate Degree

Program Code: 106011

Heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVAC/R) technicians install, service, troubleshoot, and repair HVAC/R systems used for the environmental control of buildings and product processes. This includes work on a wide variety of equipment types including residential (homes), commercial (restaurants, offices, hotels), institutional (schools, hospitals), and industrial (manufacturing plants). Typical careers in this field include mechanical contractor HVAC/R technician, facilities maintenance HVAC/R technician, wholesale service representative, commercial HVAC/R systems technician, industrial HVAC/R systems technician, and residential HVAC/R systems technician.

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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

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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 (Accuplacer) with appropriate benchmark scores is necessary. Program Benchmarks are Arithmetic: 65, Reading Comprehension: 55; Sentence Skills: 75. Students not meeting these benchmarks or the equivalent will be granted pre-program status and will be required to establish an individualized academic 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 benchmarks scores, please contact a counselor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.

Program Availability

FULL TIMEFall 2016Spring 2017Summer 2017
Green Bay
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Application Checklist

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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
10-601-111 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) Course Typically Offered: Fall
10-601-116
HVAC/R Mech Svc Fund & Safety
3
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) Course Typically Offered: Fall
10-601-133
HVAC/R Refrigeration Fund
3
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) Course Typically Offered: Fall
10-801-196
Oral/Interpersonal Comm
3
10-801-196 ORAL/INTERPERSONAL COMM...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: Accuplacer Sentence Skills=60 AND Accuplacer Reading=55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent)
10-804-107
College Mathematics
3
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: Accuplacer Arithmetic=65 or ACT-Math =15 or 10-834-109, Pre Algebra AND Accuplacer Reading=55 or ACT-Reading=15 or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 or Intro to College Writing with "B" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr. Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
10-890-101
College 101
1
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. Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/J-Session/Spring
SEMESTER TOTAL
16
SECOND SEMESTER
10-601-113
HVAC/R Refrig/Air Cond Syst
3
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 ) Course Typically Offered: Spring
10-601-121
HVAC/R Heating Fundamentals
3
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) Course Typically Offered: Spring
10-601-127
HVAC/R Control Circuits
3
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) Course Typically Offered: Spring
10-601-128
HVAC/R Heating Systems
3
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.) Course Typically Offered: Spring
10-601-159
Mech Serv Apps & Sheet Metal
3
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) Course Typically Offered: Spring
10-801-136
English Composition 1
3
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: Accuplacer Sentence Skills=75 AND Accuplacer Reading=55 OR ACT-English =18 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent) Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
SEMESTER TOTAL
18
THIRD SEMESTER
10-601-131
HVAC/R Heating System Applic
3
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) Course Typically Offered: Fall
10-601-132
HVAC/R Air Conditioning Applic
3
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) Course Typically Offered: Fall
10-601-147
HVAC/R Motor Control Appl
3
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) Course Typically Offered: Fall
10-801-197
Technical Reporting
3
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. Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
10-809-172
Intro to Diversity Studies
3
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: Accuplacer Sentence Skills=60 AND Accuplacer Reading=55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent)
10-809-197
Contemporary Amer Society
3
10-809-197 CONTEMPORARY AMER SOCIETY...the major social institutions within the American society: government, family, education, religion, and economic system. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer Sentence Skills=60 AND Accuplacer Reading=55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent)
SEMESTER TOTAL
18
FOURTH SEMESTER
10-601-135
HVAC/R Hydronic System Applic
3
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) Course Typically Offered: Spring
10-601-139
HVAC/R Building Plans and Spec
1
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) Course Typically Offered: Spring
10-601-141
HVAC/R Systems Service
3
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) Course Typically Offered: Spring
10-601-143
HVAC/R Refrigeration Appl
3
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) Course Typically Offered: Spring
10-601-145
HVAC/R Control System Applic
3
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) Course Typically Offered: Spring
10-809-199
Psychology Of Human Relations
3
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: Accuplacer Sentence Skills=60 AND Accuplacer Reading=55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent) Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/J-Session/Spring
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, but must be passed with a C or better.
. Students must earn a grade of "C" or better in English Composition 1 to enroll in Technical Reporting.

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.

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Industry Credentials

• Prepare for EPA Refrigerant Handling Exam
• Earn OSHA 10 Certification
• Earn CPR Certification
• Earn AED Certification

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.

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