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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
• To be admitted to this program, learners must achieve a prior cumulative high school or college grade point average of 2.6 or higher OR a satisfactory academic skills assessment score. College grade point average must be based on 15 credits or more. To learn more about starting this program, please contact an academic advisor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.

Program Availability

FULL TIME Spring 2019 Summer 2019 Fall 2019
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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
10-890-101 COLLEGE 101 ...Students will utilize digital tools and resources to assess, explore, practice, apply, and evaluate both employability and learning skills. By establishing NWTC cultural values as hallmarks of success in academic, career, and personal settings the course encourages reflective, personalized development of a growth mindset and emphasizes the importance of making wise choices. To maximize the return on investment, students should take this course in their first semester as it identifies key expectations (hidden rules) of higher learning and professional employment.
10-804-113 COLLEGE TECHNICAL MATH 1A ...topics include solving linear equations; graphing; percent; proportions; measurement systems; computational geometry; and right triangle trigonometry. Emphasis will be on the application of skills to technical problems. (Prerequisite: A placement value of 2400; OR Accuplacer Arithmetic score greater/equal to 65 AND Reading score greater/equal to 55; OR ACT Math score greater/equal to 15 AND ACT Reading score greater/equal to 16; OR preparatory courses-contact an academic advisor 920-498-5444)
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)
10-601-116 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)
10-601-133 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 program; Corequisites: 10-601-116, HVAC/R Mech Svc Fund & Safety; 10-601-111, HVAC/R Electrical Fundamentals)
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: A placement value of 1400; OR Accuplacer Rdg score greater/equal to 55 AND Sentence Skills score greater/equal to 60; OR ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16 AND English score greater/equal to 16; OR preparatory course-contact an academic advisor at 920-498-5444)
SEMESTER TOTAL
16
SECOND SEMESTER
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)
10-601-127 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)
10-601-113 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 )
10-601-121 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)
10-601-128 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.)
10-801-136 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: Placement value of 1500; OR Accuplacer Rdg score greater/equal to 55 AND Sentence Skills greater/equal to 75; OR ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16 AND Eng greater/equal to 18; OR preparatory courses-contact academic advisor at 920-498-5444)
SEMESTER TOTAL
18
THIRD SEMESTER
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)
10-601-131 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)
10-601-147 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)
10-601-117 HVAC/R DESIGN APPLICATIONS ...this course introduces the learner to basic building construction, green buildings and systems, indoor air quality evaluation and equipment selection, heating and cooling load calculations and equipment selection, air distribution system design, and HVAC/R controls selection. (Prerequisites: Corequisites: 10-601-131, HVAC/R Heating System Applications; 10-601-132, HVAC/R Air Conditioning Applications)
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: A placement value of 6200; OR Accuplacer Rdg score greater/equal to 55 AND Sentence Skills greater/equal to 60; OR ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16 AND English greater/equal to 15; OR prep courses-contact academic advisor at 920-498-5444)
SEMESTER TOTAL
15
FOURTH SEMESTER
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)
10-601-145 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)
10-601-143 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)
10-601-141 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)
10-601-139 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)
10-809-198 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY ...survey of theoretical foundations of human behavior such as sensation and perception, motivation, emotions, learning, personality, psychological disorders, therapy, stress, and human diversity in personal, social and vocational settings. (Prerequisite: Cumulative GPA of 2.6 or greater OR satisfactory reading and writing assessment scores OR 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR Corequisite: 10-831-102, English Comp Prep)
SEMESTER TOTAL
16
TOTAL CREDITS
65
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.

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 Programs 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 or visit nwtc.edu/studyabroad.

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