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Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology

Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology

Degree Type: Associate of Applied Science Degree, AAS, Certificate, CER

Pathway: Technical and Professional Studies

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Why Choose HVAC at PPSC?

A degree in Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC) can offer you employment stability, plus the satisfaction of helping others save on expensive energy costs. This is a highly in-demand career, and a degree will give you an edge over technicians without it. 
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Career Options

With rising energy costs, more opportunities exist than ever before. Common employment positions are HVAC service technicians and HVAC installation technicians. Other career options in the HVAC industry may include: 
  • HVAC Installation/Repair
  • HVAC Contractor
  • HVAC Sales
  • Self-Employment/Business Owner
  • HVAC Instructor

Classes You Might Take

This program prepares you to enter the Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration field. This field of work involves different trade disciplines. The two-year program of core courses trains you in residential and commercial heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration. The emphasis will be on the servicing and maintenance of equipment found in residences, commercial buildings, and large facilities.

The AAS degree should enhance your initial entry placement and better prepare you for upward mobility within any of the three option areas. See more about the HVAC industry.

class 1

Introduces the basic theory of refrigeration systems, components, charging, recycling, and evacuation of refrigeration units.

class 2

Teaches resistance, current, voltage, and power in AC and DC circuits; measurements; computations of series and parallel circuits; circuit analysis and troubleshooting with basic test equipment.

class 3

Introduces students to the fundamentals of gas heating. Students work in a classroom and shop environment. Topics include the basics of gas heating systems, operation of gas valves and burners, gas pipe system design, gas piping system code requirements, and basic code requirements for heating systems.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Identify problems in the operation of commercial and residential heating electro-mechanical systems
  • Measure, calculate, and interpret a wide range of commercial and residential refrigeration systems
  • Follow safety policies and procedures related to the HVAC field
  • Troubleshoot commercial and residential heating electro-mechanical systems
  • Interpret, analyze, and evaluate the proper operation of commercial Air Conditioning roof top equipment
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1st semester plan

math & english requirements