Heating Service Certificate

Learn residential and industrial heating system installation and repair

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  • Credit hours: 22
  • Stackable to degree: Yes
  • Potential job outcome: Heating and air conditioning mechanic and installer

Get a solid introduction to performing preventative maintenance service and repairs on residential and commercial heating systems with this 22-credit-hour certificate program. You’ll complete seven courses focusing on practical application to developing troubleshooting techniques, installation of residential heating systems and performing commercial boiler maintenance.

Prepare for a career in the service, installation/design, consulting and sales of residential and industrial heating systems. As a Harper student, you’ll also be highly regarded by local employers who routinely seek out recent graduates to hire.

Credit earned for this program can be applied to Harper’s Refrigeration/Air Conditioning Technology Degree AAS Degree.

Certificate program requirements

This 22 credit-hour certificate program is designed provide students the skill set to perform preventative maintenance service and repairs on residential and commercial heating systems. Emphasis is placed on practical application to develop troubleshooting techniques, installation of residential heating systems, and perform commercial boiler maintenance.


Number Course Title Credits
ELT 110 4

Description: Introduces fundamentals of electricity and magnetism. Covers basic electrical laws and principles. Presents electrical quantities, units, symbols and notation. Examines foundational electronic materials and components. Presents elementary DC (direct current) and AC (alternating current) network analysis, key semiconductor devices, and simple analog and digital circuits. Also covers electrical safety considerations, laboratory instrumentation and test and measurement techniques.

Class Schedule:  Fall 2021

HVA 103 3

Description: Introduces vocabulary, concepts and scientific principles used in the heating industry. Studies heat laws, heat transfer, and examines fundamentals of the combustion process. Covers gas, oil, and electric forced-air systems for residential comfort heating. Emphasizes practical application for testing and adjusting system performance, troubleshooting electrical systems and control, working with gas pipe, preventative maintenance, service and repair.

Prerequisite: MTH 097 (Basic Technical Mathematics) with a grade of C or better, or consent of coordinator.

Class Schedule:  Fall 2021

HVA 104 3

Description: Builds on concepts learned in HVA 101, HVA 103 and HVA 105. Incorporates additional systems' accessories and controls used to improve indoor air quality (IAQ). Examines psychrometrics principles, air flow measurements and basic residential air distribution systems. Emphasizes installation of residential HVAC systems, accessories and controls; includes basic concepts of duct design, sheet metal fabrication and installation.

Prerequisite: Prior or concurrent enrollment in HVA 103 (Heating Principles) with a grade of C or better, or consent of coordinator.

Class Schedule:  Fall 2021

HVA 105 3

Description: Introduces electrical principles and concepts, electrical safety, electrical controls and electrical wiring diagrams utilized in residential and light commercial HVAC systems. Covers electrical symbols, Ohms' Law, series and parallel circuits, power distribution, magnetism, transformers, switches, relays, contactors, AC motors, motor starters and capacitors. Emphasizes the practical application for electrical system diagnosing; measuring volts, ohms and amps; troubleshooting, testing and adjusting electrical controls; interpreting wiring schematics, and wiring electrical circuits.

Prerequisite: MTH 097 (Basic Technical Mathematics) with a grade of C or better.

Class Schedule:  Fall 2021

HVA 106 3

Description: Builds on concepts learned in HVA 105. Introduces pneumatic system controls and accessories found in commercial heating and air- conditioning systems, and variable/constant air volume air handling units. Covers pneumatic relays, dampers, valve actuators, controller receivers, temperature and humidity controls, and air compressors. Emphasizes practical application to develop diagnostic and troubleshooting techniques, focusing on interpreting pneumatic diagrams, testing and measuring system components, service, repair and installation; and introduces commercial heating and cooling systems.

Prerequisite: HVA 105 with a grade of C or better.

Class Schedule:  Fall 2021

HVA 109 3

Description: Builds on concepts learned in HVA 103, HVA 105 and HVA 106. Introduces low pressure steam and hot water boilers used in commercial heating. Studies heat laws, heat transfer theories, and examines the combustion process of gas, oil and coal. Covers boiler construction, boiler safe operating practices, pressure controls, and steam systems' accessories. Includes hydronic piping systems, circulating pumps and water treatment. Emphasizes practical application for boiler operation, preventive maintenance and service.

Prerequisite: HVA 103, HVA 105 and HVA 106 with grades of C or better.

Class Schedule:  Fall 2021

MTH 097 1 3

Description: Reviews arithmetic, introduces basic algebraic and right triangle trigonometric techniques. Includes arithmetic, elementary algebra, geometry, ratio and proportions, measurements, right triangle trigonometry and their application to solve a variety of career and technical problems. Draws practical problems the student’s career area, including emergency services, graphic communications, building trades, culinary arts and information technology. Intended for students pursuing Harper degrees and certificates in career program fields. This course: is not transferable, does not satisfy the prerequisite for any other mathematics course, and does not satisfy any general education requirements.

Class Schedule:  Fall 2021

1 - Students may take MTH 080, MTH 097, MTH 101, MTH 103, or higher.

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Next steps

For more information about the Heating Service Certificate program, contact Admission Outreach at 847.925.6700, or submit a request information form. You can also apply online.

Last Updated: 8/19/21