Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technology

Refrigeration and air conditioning technology degree

The courses in this curriculum are theory-designed and service-oriented. Theory courses study heat laws, gas laws, pressures and thermodynamics for energy conservation. Service courses are designed around a strong hands-on philosophy. Emphasis is placed on operation maintenance, service and repairs of heating, air-conditioning and refrigeration systems;

Graduates from this 61 credit-hour program may be employed as service technicians, technical consultants, equipment installers, facility operation engineers, property managers, project managers, insurance adjusters and sales personnel.


Courses Credits
ELT 110 Introductory Electronics 4
HVA 101 Refrigeration Fundamentals 3
HVA 103 Heating Principles 3
HVA 104 Residential Comfort Systems 3
MTH 0971 Basic Technical Mathematics 3
Courses Credits
ENG 101 Composition 3
HVA 102 Refrigeration Systems 3
HVA 105 Heating and Cooling Controls 3
HVA 108 Domestic Refrigeration Appliances 3
  Natural Science [Natural Science] 3
Courses Credits
ELT 144 AC and DC Motors 2
ENG 103 Technical and Report Writing 3
HVA 106 Pneumatic Controls Systems 3
HVA 107 Commercial Air Conditioning Systems 3
HVA 109 Commercial Heating Systems 3
HVA 110 Blueprints and Plans for HVAC 2
Courses Credits
ELT 145 Variable Frequency Drives 2
HVA 200 HVAC/R Mechanical Codes and Standards 2
HVA 201 Refrigeration System Design 2
HVA 203 Load Calculations 2
HVA 204 Air Distribution 2
HVA 205 Customer Service and Support 1
  Humanities [Humanities]+ or
Social and Behavioral Science
[Social and Behavioral Science]+
  Total Credits 61

Students may take MTH080, MTH 097, MTH 101, MTH 103, or higher

+The Humanities or Social and Behavioral Science course must meet the World Cultures and Diversity graduation requirement.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this program will be able to:

  • Use tools of the trade to properly cut, bend, form, flare, solder and braze refrigeration copper tubing.
  • Utilize several techniques for locating refrigerant leaks and make repairs on a refrigeration system.
  • Operate a recovery machine to properly recover refrigerant from a refrigeration system to a recovery cylinder.
  • Properly charge refrigeration and air-conditioning system.
  • Troubleshoot refrigeration and air conditioning systems.
  • Read, interpret and draw electrical schematic diagrams of HVAC equipment.
  • Electrically test and determine the conditions of controls and components of HVAC equipment with a multi-meter.
  • Take pressure temperature readings, graph linear measurements and perform mathematical calculations.
  • Gather data and information on HVAC equipment, components and controls.
  • Recognize tool / instruments of the HVAC trade and know how to properly use them with HVAC equipment.

Next Steps

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