Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning (HVAC/R) and Refrigeration

Business & Technology
Degree Awarded: Associate in Applied Science

Program Narrative (AAS)
HVAC/R technology continues to become more sophisticated with each technological development. Highly efficient and environmentally sustainable equipment provides affordable and reliable comfort in our factories, offices and homes. These systems create the demand for well-trained technicians who can service, maintain, install and retrofit complex equipment.

Graduates of Northampton's HVAC/R Technology associate's degree program are qualified to service and repair air conditioning equipment, oil and gas burners, heat pumps, ventilation and commercial refrigeration systems located in residences, offices, industrial plants, medical and educational institutions and retail establishments. Earning an associate's degree gives you an additional competitive edge, particularly if you are interested in growing into supervisory positions. It is also a stepping stone to an advanced degree, such as a bachelor of science.

Program Features
Northampton's Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration (HVAC/R) Technology program was developed with the assistance of many of the areas leading HVAC/R organizations. Because of this, you can be confident that your studies will meet the demands of local and national HVAC contractors and fuel companies.

Industry experienced instructors provide the basic fundamentals of electrical and mechanical systems with over 400 hours of in-depth, hands-on study of actual refrigeration, burner and ventilation systems. As a student in the program, you will be prepared to take the EPA Refrigerant Technician licensure test, which is held at NCC. The practicum course provides an internship experience with an employer, allowing you first-hand experience in HVAC and refrigeration field service. The associate's degree general education coursework rounds out your education, allowing you to communicate and work more effectively with diverse customers, suppliers and co-workers.

Our program can be completed on either a full-time or part-time evening basis. Check with your advisor for more information and options in course selection.

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an ability to work independently & collaboratively.
  • Demonstrate competent speaking skill when working with diverse groups.
  • Describe the operation and application of commonly used types of heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration systems used in residential and commercial facilities.
  • Demonstrate observational, integrative and synthetic skills.
  • Demonstrate proficient research and computer skills in data gathering and analysis.
  • Demonstrate a basic framework of technical vocabulary and graphics interpretation applicable to the area of equipment maintenance and design.
  • Describe the principles and function of the mechanical, electrical and fluid power components and assemblies used in HVAC/R systems.
  • Operate, program, troubleshoot, repair and modify equipment and associated components commonly found in air conditioners, heat pumps, gas burners, oil burners and commercial refrigeration systems.
  • Demonstrate the proper use of common mechanic tools and measuring gages used in HVAC/R construction and troubleshooting.
  • Apply mathematics to solving equipment related problems.
  • Analyze and present data in an acceptable and standardized manner.
  • Demonstrate the use of OSHA safety standards in servicing electromechanical equipment.
  • Demonstrate competent technical writing skills.

Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, (HVAC/R) and Refrigeration Technology
Associate in Applied Science Degree

Course Code Course Title

Credits

First Year
CISC 101 Introduction to Computers

3

EMEC 101 Electrical Fundamentals

3

EMEC 118 Hand and Power Tools

1

ENGL 101C English I

3

HVAC 101 Fundamentals of HVAC/R I

4

MATH 103 Applications in Mathematics

3

17

Second Semester
CMTH 102 Speech Communication

3

EMEC 135 Electrical Motors and Controls

4

ENGL 151T English II (Tech Writing)

3

HVAC 102 Fundmentals of HVAC/R II

3

HVAC 110 Print Reading for HVAC/R

1

PHYS 152 Physical Science II

3

17

Third Semester
ELTC 107 Wiring I

3

EMEC117 Industrial Rigging

1

HVAC 120 Heating: Oil Systems

2

HVAC 121 Heating: Gas Systems

2

HVAC 140 Heat Pump Systems

2

------------ Technical Elective+

3

------------ General Education Elective

3

 

 

16

Fourth Semester
HVAC 104 Refrigeration Troubleshooting

3

HVAC142 Geotermal Heat Pump Design and Installation

2

HVAC 150 Airflow and Distribution

3

HVAC 260G HVAC/R Technology Practicum

2

OSAH 100 Industry Outreach Safety Education

1

------------ General Education Elective

3

------------ Elective

3

17

Total Credits

67

 

 Students are strongly advised to select the Technical Writing option of ENGL 151T, but also could choose Report Writing (ENGL151R). Contact your advisor.
+ Technical Elective options: any EMEC, ELEC, ELTC, ENGG, CHEM, CISC, HVAC or WELD except ENGG 100.

  • For the General Education Electives, students must select one course from the list of approved courses in two of the following categories: Arts & Humanities (AH); Social Science: Societies and Institutions over Time (SIT); Social Science: Scientific Study of Human Behavior (SSHB).
  • One course should be designated as Diversity (D).
  • Completion of HVAC 260G satisfies the Writing Intensive (WI) requirement.

Career Potential: Facilities Maintenance Mechanic, HVAC Service Technician, Refrigeration Technician

Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning (HVAC/R) and Refrigeration Technology
Business & Technology
Specialized Diploma conferred

Program Narrative (SD)
As a graduate of Northampton's HVAC/R program, you will have the qualifications needed to well-paying employment in this highly technical field. Many of our graduates command above-average salaries as facilities maintenance technicians in commercial and industrial facilities, and as service and installation technicians in heating and air conditioning service organizations.

Our program was created in response to the needs of business and industry for short-term job training programs. Students gain in-depth understanding of cooling, heating, ventilation and refrigeration systems and maintenance practices at an accelerated pace.

Program Features
Our program offers the unique opportunity to learn the concepts and practices on components and equipment used in actual HVAC/R (heating, ventilating, air conditioning/refrigeration) systems. You will also learn the proper methods of recovery and handling of refrigerants and be prepared to take the EPA Refrigerant Technician licensure test.

The program's curriculum includes electrical theory, heating and cooling concepts, refrigeration cycle theory, equipment operation, component specification, whole system operation, system calculations, and diagnostic approaches. Depending on your choice of electives, you can gain many additional skills related to oil and gas-fired and electric heating systems, heat pumps, air conditioning, ventilation systems and unitary refrigeration systems such as icemakers and coolers. Our technical electives allow the student to specialize in certain areas of HVAC/R to meet the needs of a variety of employers.

If you decide to advance your education further, all of the course work in this specialized diploma program can be applied toward Northampton's associate's degree in Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration (HVAC/R) Technology, AAS. Courses are conveniently offered during the evening in the fall and spring semesters.

View Gainful Employment information on the HVAC/R Technology specialialized diploma.

Program Outcomes
Graduates of the program will:

  • Demonstrate an ability to work independently and collaboratively.
  • Demonstrate an ability to operate refrigeration, heating, and air conditioning systems.
  • Demonstrate proficient use of hand tools, equipment, and gauges commonly used in the repair and troubleshooting of commercial HVAC/R (heating, ventilating, air conditioning, and refrigeration) systems.
  • Describe the principles of operation of basic components and systems used in meeting specific needs in conditioning air, heating air, providing ventilating, and refrigerating objects.
  • Analyze and present data in acceptable and standardized manner.
  • Solve basic technical problems encountered in commercial refrigeration, cooling, and heating equipment.
  • Interpret and apply the EPA regulatory laws in properly handling refrigerants and other environmentally hazardous materials used with HVAC/R systems.
  • Demonstrate competent verbal communication skills when working with professional service technicians.
  • Demonstrate a basic framework of technical vocabulary applicable to the HVAC/R maintenance field.
  • Demonstrate observational, integrative, and synthetic skills.
  • Demonstrate the proper selection and application of HVAC/R components in maintenance of a commercial system.

Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration (HVAC/R) Technology
Specialized Diploma

Course Code Course Title

Credits

ELTC 107 Electrical Wiring I

3

EMEC 101 Electrical Fundamentals

3

EMEC117 Industrial Rigging

1

EMEC118 Hand and Power Tools

1

EMEC 135 Electrical Motors and Controls

4

OSAH 100 Industry Outreach Safety Education

1

HVAC 101 Fundamentals of HVAC/R I

4

HVAC 102 Fundamentals of HVAC/R II

3

HVAC ___ Technical Electives +

9

Total Credits

29

 

+ Technical Elective options: HVAC 104, 110, 120, 121, 140, 150

Career Potential: Facilities Maintenance Mechanic, HVAC Service Technician, and Refrigeration.

 

 

 

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