Trades Management – Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC) Associate of Applied Science
Earn your Associate Degree in HVAC! You’ll receive an in-depth education which will prepare you to seek work in the HVAC industry in a streamlined, hands-on classroom environment. By attending classes during the day or evening, you can earn your AAS Degree in Trades Management – HVAC in as little as 70 weeks* if you’re enrolled full-time.
Our Trades Management – HVAC AAS Degree program will give you the knowledge you need to look for a position as a technician in the HVAC industry. Our well-rounded curriculum will also prepare you to seek employment in other crucial roles as well such as manager, supervisor, or business advisor.
*Based on successful, full-time enrollment
You’ll Learn How To:
- Create and analyze financial statements
- Provide customer service
- Perform a breakeven analysis
- Apply HVAC concepts regarding electricity, refrigeration, and more
|Course #||Course Title||Credits|
|CFT100||Basic Craft Skills||6.5|
|HVA101||Introduction to HVAC *||6.5|
|HVA102||Principles of Electricity *||6.5|
|HVA103||Brazing, Soldering and Piping *||6.5|
|HVA104||Duct Systems *||6.5|
|HVA105||Air Conditioning *||6.5|
|HVA107||Commercial HVAC *||6.5|
|HVA108||Commercial Refrigeration *||6.5|
|HVA201||Supervisory Skills and Crew Leadership *||6.5|
|PM209||Project Management *||8|
|GE201||Introduction to College Mathematics||9|
|GE202||Introduction to Computer Science||4.5|
|GE203||Introduction to Psychology||4.5|
|GE206||English Composition I||4.5|
|GE207||English Composition II *||4.5|
Basic Craft Skills
This course introduces students to basic craft skills including the proper use of hand tools, power tools, and rigging. Students will receive instruction on handling techniques for hazardous and non-hazardous construction materials, basic skills in drawing and reading blue prints, and working in confined spaces. In addition, students review basic mathematical functions, communication, and job readiness skills.
Introduction to HVAC
Students will be instructed in the fundamental theories, knowledge and skills pertaining to the HVAC trade.
Principles of Electricity
Students will be introduced to the concept of power generation and distribution, common electrical components, AC and DC circuits, and reading and interpreting wiring diagrams.
Brazing, Soldering and Piping
Students will be introduced to types and sizes of tubing, the purposes of tubing and piping, tubing insulation, cutting tubing, bending tubing, heat sources for soldering and brazing, brazing techniques, soldering techniques, make flare joints, swaging techniques, general safety practices and tools and equipment.
Students will be introduced to plenum systems, duct system standards, duct materials, galvanized-steel duct, fiberglass duct, combination duct systems and air distribution and balance.
Students will be introduced to refrigeration systems applied to air conditioning, air distribution and balance, installation, controls, typical operating conditions, and troubleshooting. Additional topics include compressors, refrigerant and oils, leak detection, evacuation, recovery, and charging.
Students will be introduced to gas-fired forced-hot-air furnaces, other types of furnaces, multi-purposes of multi-positional gas fuels, manifold pressures, oil heat, oil-fired forced-warm air furnaces, hydronic heat, indoor air quality, electric heat, and troubleshooting.
Students will be introduced to high-pressure, low-pressure, and absorption chilled-water systems; cooling towers and pumps and operation; maintenance; and troubleshooting of chilled- water air-conditioning systems. Hydronic systems and water treatment principles will also be explored.
Students will be introduced to the evaporator and the refrigeration system, condensers, compressors, expansion devices, special refrigeration system components, application of refrigeration systems, commercial ice machines and troubleshooting, and typical operating conditions for commercial refrigeration.
Supervisory Skills and Crew Leadership
This course introduces students to human resource criteria, concepts, and skills for craftspeople in leadership roles. Topics include leadership styles, communication, delegating, problem solving, job-site safety, project planning, scheduling, and estimating. Students will also study green topics as they relate to HVAC.
This course provides a fundamental understanding of the concepts, principles, and operations of the private enterprise system. Students compare and contrast sole proprietorships, partnerships, and corporations, as they evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of each. This course also discusses the functions of modern business management, marketing, human resources, motivating employees, ethics and social responsibility. Bookkeeping, accounting, financial management, and financial statements are also examined.
Students build on their knowledge of business by analyzing the essential aspects of project management. Students will explore project management topics such as modern practices in project management, planning, budgeting, scheduling, leadership, teamwork, and project management information systems. Students will address business organizational systems and communication, as well as evaluate employee selection processes and methods for managing employee success.
In this course, students will analyze strategies for successful customer-focused service in the service-sector industry. Verbal and nonverbal communication skills are fully developed and effective listening skills are practiced. In addition, students will learn how to effectively communicate amongst colleagues using a teamwork mentality to be successful in the workplace. Furthermore, various components of human resources will be explored including: motivating and managing employees, designing and evaluating roles of employees, compensation and incentive pay.
Introduction to College Mathematics
Introduction to College Mathematics covers basic math topics such as solving for whole numbers and equations, understanding proper and improper fractions, converting decimals and figuring percentages. Other topics covered include calculating simple interest, annuities, loan amortization, checkbook reconciliation, and business statistical problems such as mean, median and mode.
Introduction to Computer Science
This course introduces various information and communications technologies and explains how information systems are used to solve problems.
Introduction to Psychology
This course includes the study of the theories and concepts of psychology including the scope of psychology, biological foundations and the brain, sensation, perception, motivation, personality, learning/memory, emotion, states of consciousness, personality theories, cognition, life-span development, and applied psychology.
English Composition I
This course introduces students to critical reading and writing, research techniques, citation and documentation formats, as well as the use of correct grammar and sentence structure to communicate effectively.
English Composition II
This course builds on the skills learned in English Composition I. It develops written communication skills with an emphasis on the use of the writing process, the analysis of readings, and the practice of writing for personal and professional applications.