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 and 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 equipment, 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 area's 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 +

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 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 OSHA

1

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

3

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

3

17

Total Credits

67

+ Students are strongly advised to select the Technical Writing option - ENGL 151T, but also could choose Report Writing (ENGL151R). Contact your advisor.
++ Elective options: any EMEC, ELEC, ELTC, ENGG, CHEM, CISC, HVAC or WELD except ELEC 115, 235; 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 and Global Awareness(D).
  • Completion of HVAC 260G satisfies the Writing Intensive (WI) requirement.

****Due to Semester Schedule Variations (FA/SP), Meeting with your HVAC Advisor is critical for success.*****

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

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

Business & Technology
Certificate conferred

Program Narrative

As a graduate of Northampton's HVAC/R certificate program, you will have the qualifications needed to find good-paying employment in this highly technical field. Many of our graduates command above-average salaries as service and installation technicians with HVAC/Mechanical contractors or as maintenance technicians in commercial and industrial facilities.

Program Features

Our program offers the unique opportunity to learn the concepts and service practices on components and equipment used in HVAC/R 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.

If you decide to advance your education further, all of the course work in this certificate program can be applied toward Northampton's Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree: Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration (HVAC/R) Technology.

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the program will:

  • Demonstrate an ability to work independently and collaboratively.
  • Analyze and present data in an acceptable and standardized manner.
  • Demonstrate a basic framework of technical vocabulary applicable to the HVAC/R field.
  • Demonstrate the proficient use of the tools and diagnostic equipment utilized within the industry.
  • Interpret and apply the EPA regulatory laws applicable to refrigerant handling and other environmentally hazardous materials used with HVAC/R systems.
  • Be able to describe the principles of operation of residential, commercial, institutional, and industrial HVAC/R equipment.
  • Demonstrate the ability to service and repair these systems utilizing industry proven methods and procedures.
  • Be able to explain commercial/industrial control systems and demonstrate the troubleshooting skills necessary to solve complex problems.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of airflow dynamics and the proper application of components in a commercial refrigeration system.
  • Apply math concepts in solving equipment related problems and service invoicing.
  • Demonstrate competent communication and technical writing skills.
  • Demonstrate observational, integrative, and synthetic skills.

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

Certificate Program

Course Code Course Title

Credits

First Semester
EMEC 101 Electrical Fundamentals 3
EMEC 118 Hand and Power Tools 1
EMEC 117 Industrial Rigging 1
HVAC 101 Fundamentals of HVAC/R I 4
HVAC 140 Heat Pump Systems 2
MATH 103 Applications in Mathematics 3
OSAH 100 Industry Outreach Safety Education 1
15
Second Semester
ELTC 107 Electrical Wiring I 3
ENGL 101 English I 3
HVAC 102 Fundamentals of HVAC/R II 3
HVAC 120 Heating: Oil Systems 2
HVAC 121 Heating: Gas Systems 2
HVAC 142 Geothermal Heat Pump System Design and Installation 2
15
Third Semester
EMEC 135 Electrical Motors and Controls 4
HVAC 104 Refrigeration Troubleshooting* 3
HVAC 150 Airflow and Distribution* 3
HVAC 110 Print Reading for HVAC/R* 1
--------------- Technical Electives ++ 6/7
17/18
Total Credits Required 47/48

* Current course scheduling for HVAC 104, 150, 110 is to offer in Spring semester only. Check with HVAC advisor for most recent schedule details.
++ Technical Elective options: any EMEC, ELEC, ELTC, ENGG, CHEM, CISC, HVAC or WELD, except ENGG100.

****SCHEDULING WITH HVAC ADVISOR IS CRITICAL FOR SUCCESS

Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Technology

Business & Technology
Specialized Diploma conferred

Program Narrative (SD)

As a graduate of Northampton's Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Technology program, you will have the qualifications needed to find employment in this highly technical field. Many of our graduates command competitive salaries in facilities maintenance jobs and as service and installation technicians in heating and air conditioning service companies.

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 HVAC 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 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.

Coursework includes electrical theory, heating and cooling concepts, the refrigeration cycle, equipment operation and maintenance, component specification, and diagnostic approaches. Progressive courses train in the skills related to commercial AC, residential power wiring/NEC code, oil and gas-fired heating equipment, air-to-air heat pumps, and geothermal system design and installation.

All of the course work in this specialized diploma program can be applied toward Northampton's higher level, HVAC/R Certificate and the Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration (HVAC/R) Technology.

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the program will:

  • Demonstrate an ability to work independently and collaboratively.
  • Analyze and present data in an acceptable and standardized manner.
  • Demonstrate a basic framework of technical vocabulary applicable to the HVAC/R field.
  • Demonstrate the proficient use of the tools and diagnostic equipment utilized within the industry.
  • Interpret and apply the EPA regulatory laws applicable to refrigerant handling and other environmentally hazardous materials used with HVAC/R systems.
  • Be able to describe the principles of operation of residential and light commercial heating and cooling equipment.
  • Demonstrate the ability to service and repair these systems utilizing industry proven methods and procedures.

Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning Technology (HVAC)

Specialized Diploma

Course Code Course Title

Credits

First Semester

EMEC 101 Electrical Fundamentals

3

EMEC 117 Industrial Rigging

1

EMEC 118 Hand and Power Tools

1

OSAH 100 Industry Outreach Safety Education

1

HVAC 101 Fundamentals of HVAC/R I *

4

HVAC 140 Heat Pump Systems

2

12

Second Semester

ELTC 107 Electrical Wiring I

3

HVAC 102 Fundamentals of HVAC/R II

3

HVAC 120 Heating: Oil Systems

2

HVAC 121 Heating: Gas Systems

2

HVAC 142 Geothermal Heat Pump System Design & Installation

2

12

Total Credits

24

* In conjunction with this course the seminar/testing session: ACRNC108 EPA Refrigerant Usage Certification is offered.

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

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