HVAC - Associate of Applied Technology Degree

Prepares students for positions in the heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration industry. Graduates will be prepared for entry-level positions as service technicians, building maintenance technicians, equipment assemblers, and start-up residential and light commercial installers. Students will participate in work-based training through realistic training activities on campus.

Included in this program are academic courses in communication, quantitative reasoning, and social sciences that provide knowledge and abilities that enhance personal development and serve as a foundation for technical skills.

This program is approved as an HVAC/Refrigeration (06A) specialty electrical training program in the state of Washington.

Upon successful completion of the program, graduates applying to become an HVAC/Refrigeration (06A) specialty electrician can be credited with an estimated 960 hours of work experience. This program is not applicable to any other electrical specialty or sub-category.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Heating & Air Conditioning Refrigeration Service Technician degree, students will be able to:

  • Employ modern practices used in the industry in order to fix and maintain heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration equipment.
  • Formulate solutions to common problems associated with heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration equipment based on knowledge of traditional theory and formulas.
  • Use HVAC/R diagnostic equipment and tools skillfully.
  • Use industry safety and environmental standards at all times in the shop.
  • Troubleshoot residential, commercial, and industrial heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems in order to conduct repairs.
  • Summarize the test standards and information in order to pass national HVAC/R certification tests.

Completion Requirements

Prerequisite(s)

None.

Program Course List

HAC 102Basic Electricity

5

HAC 105Electrical Circuits

4

HAC 120Advanced Controls & Troubleshooting

4

HAC 162Electric Motors & Their Applications

4

HAC 163Refrigeration Controls

3

HAC 164Electric Motors & Troubleshooting

3

HAC 169Advanced Motor Theory

2

HAC 170Heating I

7

HAC 175Heating I Lab

5

HAC 181Heating II

6

HAC 184Heating II Lab

4

HAC 202Advanced Refrigeration

10

HAC 230EPA Refrigerant Certification

1

HAC 237Basic Refrigeration I

7

HAC 242Basic Refrigeration I Lab

5

HAC 246Basic Refrigeration II

6

HAC 249Job Readiness

5

HAC 255CAPBasic Refrigeration II Lab

3

HAC 257CAPCommercial Refrigeration/Advanced Refrigeration

7

Computer Literacy Requirement

3

Total Credit Hours:94

Computer Literacy Requirements: Complete an approved computer literacy course or successfully pass the computer literacy exam

Note: HAC 102-169 are prerequisites for Heating & Refrigeration.

AAT Requirements

Technical Course Requirements

94

AAT General Education Requirements

18

Total Credit Hours:112

AAT General Education Requirements: See list above

Highly Recommended Class

(class could be taken while waiting to start the program)

CAS 105Keyboarding

3

NOTE: CAS 105 or Orientation to Computers and MS Office

General Degree Requirements

AAT Degree General Education Requirements (18 credits)

ENGL& 101English Composition I

5

Or

CMST& 220Public Speaking

5

 

Any 100-Level Math Class

5

PSYC& 100DIVGeneral Psychology

5

COLL 102College Success for All

3

NOTE: CMST& 220 or higher

PSYC& 100DIV: PSY 112DIV, SOC& 101DIV, or other humanities course that meets the diversity requirement

Students pursuing an AAT or AAS-T degree must complete all college degree requirements prior to graduation. This includes courses that meet the requirements for diversity, computer literacy, and the capstone project. Students are required to pass seven nationally recognized certification exams during the program. All technical courses must be completed with a minimum “C” grade to receive the certificate degree.

Program Length

This program is approximately four quarters long, depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements.

Admission Dates

Summer, fall, winter, and spring quarters.