HVAC

Heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) affect almost every aspect of our lives. From indoor living comfort to industrial process environments, every building has a need for temperature and air quality control. The employment opportunities in this vast field are many and varied.

Through lecture and lab procedures, the HVAC program provides students with the theoretical and practical knowledge necessary to enter this growing and vital field. The major courses combine the mechanical and electrical concepts with engineering design and apply these principles to residential, commercial, and industrial applications. Special emphasis is put on computer applications and the utilization of design and business software for the HVAC industry.

Students will get a diverse training with a broad base from which students can enter the industry in a variety of professional occupations, including designer, CAD operator, estimator, project manager, sales representative, and service and installation technician. Our graduates are sought by consulting engineers, mechanical contractors, utilities, building automation contractors, equipment manufacturers and representatives, and our own HVAC alumni.

The Building Systems Energy Management Option of the HVAC Program is an associate degree curriculum designed to provide graduates with skills and knowledge for employment in the Facilities Management field. The curriculum is a core of HVAC, Architectural, and Diesel technology courses designed to familiarize the graduate with the various energy consuming and emergency energy production systems in modern buildings as well as basic building design concepts. This core, coupled with a foundation in mathematics, physical science, written, computer, and verbal skills, provides a solid base for the graduate to develop the necessary technical and communicative abilities to enter the workforce in the Facilities Management field or to advance to a Baccalaureate program.

Below is a sample listing of job categories:

• Drafting• Energy Conservation• Project Management
• HVAC System Design• HVAC Controls• Service & Installation
• Estimating• Sales 

The HVAC Technology program is affiliated with professional organizations including the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers; the Air Conditioning Contractors of America; the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute; the Refrigeration Service Engineers Society; and the North American Heating, Air Conditioning, Refrigeration, and Wholesalers Association.