HEGIS Code - 5317, CIP Code - 47.0201

Program Learning OutcomesCurriculum Code: HVAC-AAS

     The Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC/R) associate degree prepares students for rewarding and challenging positions in the ever-changing and growing HVAC/R industry. This A.A.S. degree provides students with a well-rounded education in HVAC/R technology that includes a thorough understanding and working knowledge of the theory and practical applications necessary for superior systems operation. As new technologies are developed and incorporated in the manufacture and upgrading of equipment, the need for skilled technicians continues to expand. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment needs for this area are expected to outpace the average employment needs for other service-based industries.

     By combining comprehensive, career-based courses such as system design, diagnostics, servicing and controls with real-life, hands-on training through internships and intensive laboratory sessions, the HVAC/R curriculum, teamed with a grounding in the liberal arts, provides students with the credentials and experience needed to obtain immediate employment upon successfully completing the program.

     The HVAC/R degree includes some courses offered day or evening and others offered on the weekend. Prior to matriculation, however, students may take some courses that would apply to the program.

Admission Procedures and Requirements

     This program begins only in the fall semester and admission is competitive. All applicants must take the SCCC placement tests (CPT) unless waived by the Admissions Office based upon academic credentials. Entering students should be qualified for Standard Freshman Composition (ENG101), Technical Math (MAT112) and Advanced College Reading (RDG101).

     Students already enrolled in college must have successfully completed Algebra I (MAT007) or higher and Developmental Writing (ENG010) or the equivalent.

FIRST SEMESTER: 15 credits Credits
  COL101: College Seminar
     or BUS115: College/Workplace Skills Seminar
  ENG101: Standard Freshman Composition 3
HVA111: Computer Applications for Technology 3
HVA121: Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Systems 3
HVA122: Electricity for HVAC/R 2
  Social Sciences Elective 3

SECOND SEMESTER: 15-16 Credits Credits
  Accounting or Business Elective 3-4
  ENG121: Technical Writing 3
  MAT112: Technical Mathematics I 4
HVA141: Heating Systems 4
  Physical Education Elective 1

THIRD SEMESTER: 17 Credits Credits
  COM102: Interpersonal Communication 3
  PHY112: Technical Physics I 4
HVA222: HVAC/R Control Systems 4
HVA242: HVAC/R Diagnostics and Servicing 5
  Physical Education Elective 1

FOURTH SEMESTER: 17-18 credits Credits
  Accounting or Business Elective 3-4
HVA232: HVAC/R Commercial Systems 5
HVA252: HVAC/R System Design 3
HVA260: HVAC/R Internship 3
  Social Sciences Elective 3


These courses constitute the major courses in this curriculum.