Hegis Code: 5317

Program Learning OutcomesCurriculum Code: HVAC-AAS

Fall 2015 Program Requirements Comparison

     The Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC/R) associate degree program prepares students for rewarding and challenging positions in the ever-changing and growing HVAC/R industry. This A.A.S. degree program 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 program is a part-time evening and weekend program that can be completed in seven semesters. The program begins only in the fall semester. 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 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 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.

Students who do not meet the Admissions criteria may be admitted on a provisional basis.

Some HVAC/R courses may be offered DAY and EVENING.

FIRST SEMESTER: 9.5 credits Credits
COL101: Freshman Seminar 1.5
ENG101: Standard Freshman Composition 3
HVA131: Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Systems 5
SECOND SEMESTER: 11 Credits Credits
ENG121: Technical Writing 3
HVA111: Computer Applications in Technology 4
MAT112: Technical Mathematics I 4
THIRD SEMESTER: 9 Credits Credits
HVA141: Heating Systems 5
PHY112: Technical Physics I 4
FOURTH SEMESTER: 9 Credits Credits
HVA222: HVAC/R Control Systems 4
HVA242: HVAC/R Diagnostics and Servicing 5
FIFTH SEMESTER: 8 credits Credits
COM102: Interpersonal Communication 3
HVA232: HVAC/R Commercial Systems 5
SIXTH SEMESTER: 10-11 credits Credits
Accounting or Business Elective 3-4
HVA252: HVAC/R System Design 4
Social Science Elective 3
SEVENTH SEMESTER: 9 credits Credits
HVA260: HVAC/R Internship 3
Liberal Arts Elective 3
Social Science Elective 3

These courses constitute the major courses in this curriculum.

HVAC/R 35 credits
Mathematics/Science 8 credits
English 6 credits
Communication 3 credits
Social Science 6 credits
Liberal Arts 3 credits
Business 3-4 credits
Freshman Seminar 1.5 credits