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Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration (BP/EP) Associate in Applied Science Degree

Overview and Award Outcomes

Overview

Trained personnel are in critical short supply for the demands of the residential and commercial heating and air conditioning industry. With the increased need for energy efficient heating and cooling systems, new energy codes and exploding technology advancements, opportunities in the residential/commercial HVAC field are unlimited. The residential/commercial air conditioning, heating and refrigeration areas include working on heat/cool rooftop units, high-efficiency electronically controlled forced air furnaces and hydronic boilers, chillers and large-building computerized energy management control systems, ice cube machines, walk-in coolers/freezers and display cases. The HVAC technician should have the ability to install, retrofit, service and repair residential/commercial air handling units that have the capabilities of cooling, heating, humidifying, dehumidifying and filtration of air for environmental control.

Award Outcomes

Obtain OSHA 30 Certification

Obtain the EPS Section 608 Refrigerant Handling License

Practice human relation skills

Demonstrate basic tool usage

Apply mathematical, reading, and communication skills essential to the HVAC industry

Demonstrate knowledge of International Fuel, Gas and Mechanical codes

Troubleshoot electrical motors

Troubleshoot control circuits for refrigeration and A/C equipment

Troubleshoot gas heating equipment

Adjust water systems for HVAC and refrigeration equipment

Troubleshoot airflow systems for HVAC equipment

Solve problems using analytical thinking

Career Opportunities

Employment opportunities in the residential/commercial heating, cooling, air conditioning and refrigeration field are based on each individual`s goals and qualifications. Opportunities exist in management, sales, service, installation and maintenance of HVAC and refrigeration equipment. Possible positions include: installer, quality control technician, service technician, manufacturer`s representative, sales consultant, layout person and designer. In addition, the A.A.S. degree will help qualify individuals for management positions in the sales, installation, and service of HVAC equipment.

Program Requirements

Technical Studies Required 55 Credits

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
HVAC1000Electrical Circuits

3

HVAC1005OSHA 30-Hour Construction Safety Training

2

HVAC10101PH Motors and Auxiliary Controls

2

HVAC1020Tube and Pipe Fabrication

2

HVAC1030Sheet Metal

2

HVAC1040Basic Refrigeration

4

HVAC1050Refrigerant Transition and Recovery

1

HVAC1055Refrigeration Certification Exam

0

HVAC1071Gas Heat Systems

4

HVAC1110Electrical Diagrams

2

HVAC1120Psychrometrics

1

HVAC1140Central Air Conditioners

3

HVAC1146Residential Heat Pumps

2

HVAC1151Hydronic Heat Systems

2

HVAC2001Packaged Heating and Cooling Equipment

4

HVAC2005Commercial HVAC/R Safety and Servicing Procedures

2

HVAC2010Commercial Heat Pump Systems

2

HVAC2030Commercial Ice Making Machines

3

HVAC2041Gas/Refrigeration (Mechanical) Code

1

HVAC2050Electrical for Commercial HVAC&R Equipment

2

HVAC2111Low Pressure Steam and Water Boilers

2

HVAC2121Refrigerated Coolers and Cases

4

HVAC2130Supermarket Refrigeration

3

MATH1007Math for the Trades

2

General Education Required 9 Credits

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
COMM2050Interpersonal Communication

3

or

Choose one course from MnTC Goal Area 1 (Communication)

3

 

PHIL2100Critical Thinking for College Success

3

or

PHYS2001Introductory Physics

3

or

Choose one course from MnTC Goal Area 2 (Critical Thinking)

3

 

SOCI2100Introduction to Sociology

3

or

Choose one course from MnTC Goal Area 5 (History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences)

3

General Education Elective 6 Credits

Choose credits from Hennepin Technical College’s 2000-level general education courses.

Technical Studies Elective 2 Credits

Recommended:

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
HVAC1015Residential Heat Load Calculation

1

HVAC1025Mini-Split Air Conditioners

1

HVAC1081Oil Heat Systems

1

HVAC1100Service Call Completion

1

HVAC1155Radiant Heat Systems

1

HVAC1160Air Quality Systems

1

HVAC1175R-410A Certification Training

1

HVAC1181MN Class CBoiler Operator License

3

HVAC1185R-410A Certification Exam

0

HVAC1190MN Special Boilers License

1

HVAC2020Pneumatic Controls

2

HVAC2060Computer Room Air Conditioning

1

HVAC2100Water Chiller Machines

3

HVAC2165Air Handling Units

1

Total Associate in Applied Science Degree Credits 72

Semester Sequence

Offered at Brooklyn Park and Eden Prairie 

First Semester

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
HVAC1000Electrical Circuits

3

HVAC1005OSHA 30-Hour Construction Safety Training

2

HVAC10101PH Motors and Auxiliary Controls

2

HVAC1020Tube and Pipe Fabrication

2

HVAC1040Basic Refrigeration

4

HVAC1050Refrigerant Transition and Recovery

1

HVAC1055Refrigeration Certification Exam

0

HVAC1110Electrical Diagrams

2

Total Credits  16

Second Semester

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
HVAC1030Sheet Metal

2

HVAC1071Gas Heat Systems

4

HVAC1120Psychrometrics

1

HVAC1140Central Air Conditioners

3

HVAC1146Residential Heat Pumps

2

HVAC1151Hydronic Heat Systems

2

MATH1007Math for the Trades

2

SOCI2100Introduction to Sociology

3

or

Choose 3 credits from MnTC Goal Area 5

3

Total Credits  19

Summer Semester

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
General Education Electives

6

Total Credits  6

Third Semester

(HVAC Courses offered at Eden Prairie only)

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
HVAC2001Packaged Heating and Cooling Equipment

4

HVAC2005Commercial HVAC/R Safety and Servicing Procedures

2

HVAC2010Commercial Heat Pump Systems

2

HVAC2030Commercial Ice Making Machines

3

HVAC2041Gas/Refrigeration (Mechanical) Code

1

HVAC2050Electrical for Commercial HVAC&R Equipment

2

PHIL2100Critical Thinking for College Success

3

or

PHYS2001Introductory Physics

3

or

Choose 3 credits from MnTC Goal Area 2

3

Total Credits 17

Fourth Semester

(HVAC Courses offered at Eden Prairie only)

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
HVAC2111Low Pressure Steam and Water Boilers

2

HVAC2121Refrigerated Coolers and Cases

4

HVAC2130Supermarket Refrigeration

3

COMM2050Interpersonal Communication

3

or

Choose 3 credits from MnTC Goal Area 1

3

Technical Studies Electives

2

Total Credits  14

Technical Studies Electives

Recommended:

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
HVAC1015Residential Heat Load Calculation

1

HVAC1025Mini-Split Air Conditioners

1

HVAC1081Oil Heat Systems

1

HVAC1100Service Call Completion

1

HVAC1155Radiant Heat Systems

1

HVAC1160Air Quality Systems

1

HVAC1175R-410A Certification Training

1

HVAC1181MN Class CBoiler Operator License

3

HVAC1185R-410A Certification Exam

0

HVAC1190MN Special Boilers License

1

HVAC2020Pneumatic Controls

2

HVAC2060Computer Room Air Conditioning

1

HVAC2100Water Chiller Machines

3

HVAC2165Air Handling Units

1

Choose a Total of:  2 Credits

General Education Electives

Hennepin Technical College’s 2000-level general education courses meet the guidelines of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC).

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits

Choose a Total of:  6 Credits

MnTC Goal Area 1

A complete list of MnTC courses and Goal Areas that can be used to meet General Education requirements can be found at www.hennepintech.edu.  The same course cannot satisfy more than one MnTC Goal Area requirement.

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
COMM2020Intercultural Communication

3

COMM2050Interpersonal Communication

3

COMM2060Small Group Communication

3

COMM2130Public Speaking

3

ENGL2001Workplace Correspondence

2

ENGL2050Short Form Composition and Reporting

4

ENGL2121Writing and Research

4

ENGL2125Technical Writing

3

ENGL2130Introduction to Creative Writing

3

MnTC Goal Area 2

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
BIOL2001Biology in Society

4

BIOL2003Nutrition and Health

3

BIOL2005General Biology I

4

BIOL2040Introduction to Forensic Science

3

BIOL2045Human Biology

4

BIOL2125Anatomy and Physiology I

4

BIOL2225Anatomy and Physiology II

4

BIOL2235Microbiology

4

COMM2060Small Group Communication

3

MATH2050Applications of Quantitative Reasoning

3

PHIL2100Critical Thinking for College Success

3

PHYS2001Introductory Physics

3

PHYS2015Introductory Physics II

3

SOCI2100Introduction to Sociology

3

MnTC Goal Area 5

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
ECON2200Principles of Microeconomics

3

ECON2300Principles of Macroeconomics

3

HIST1400Contemporary World History

3

POLI1000Introduction to American Government and Politics

3

PSYC2300General Psychology

3

PSYC2310Psychology Throughout the Lifespan

3

PSYC2330Abnormal Psychology

3

SOCI2000Marriage and Family

3

SOCI2100Introduction to Sociology

3

SOCI2120Introduction to Criminal Justice

3

SOCI2130Food and Society

3

SOCI2200Race in America

3

Graduation (72 credits)

Semester listings reflect the recommended sequence. Due to circumstances beyond our control, the information herein is subject to change without notice.

 

3/31/2021 : BP 3304 / EP 3305