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Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration

Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration

The Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology Certificate Program prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to install, service, repair and maintain the equipment used in heating, air conditioning and refrigeration systems.

The curriculum includes instruction in system operations; diagnostic techniques; the use of testing equipment; principles of mechanics; and electricity and electronics as they relate to heating, air conditioning and refrigeration systems.

Admissions Requirements

  • Student will be required to purchase a selection of hand tools.
  • Student should have a basic understanding of mathematics and have completed the MT003 level or higher.
  • Students should possess a basic understanding of English language skills. A student should be able to read, speak, and write clearly.  Students must achieve the EN022 level or higher on the English Placement Test.
  • Basic mechanical ability is beneficial.

Program Competencies

Upon successful completion of the Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration certificate program, the student will be able to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of basic refrigeration theory and the operation of an HVAC/R system;
  • show an ability to use the hand tools required by the HVAC/R technician to install and service an HVAC/R system;
  • show an ability to use the tools required to leak test, evacuate, and charge an HVAC/R system;
  • demonstrate the ability to troubleshoot an HVAC/R system problem;
  • demonstrate an understanding of basic electrical theory and circuitry;
  • demonstrate the ability to read and interpret schematic diagrams;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the proper methods used for refrigerant recovery, reclaiming and recycling;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the proper operation of refrigerant recovery equipment;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the operational requirements of commercial air conditioning systems;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the various control systems used on commercial air conditioning systems;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the importance of establishing good working practices and maintaining good customer relations;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the EPA regulations regarding refrigerant handling certification and have the opportunity to achieve that certification; and
  • demonstrate an understanding of basic mechanical and electrical safe working practices.

Curriculum

Total Degree Credits: 31.0

First Year, Fall Semester
BM 101 - Tools, Equipment and Materials Credit Hours: 3 or
BM 252 - Mechanics of Energy II Credit Hours: 4
BM 105 - Refrigeration Principles Credit Hours: 3
BM 120 - Electricity for HVAC/R Credit Hours: 3
BM 243 - Heating Systems I Credit Hours: 3
______ - Approved Technical Elective Credit Hours: 3 (Choose One Below)
BM 225 - Energy Management Credit Hours: 3
BM 240 - Plumbing Systems Credit Hours: 3
BM 266 - Green HVAC & Plumbing Credit Hours: 3
BM 281 - Facilities Maintenance & Environmental Topics Credit Hours: 3
ME 120 - Industrial Refrigeration I Credit Hours: 3
CO 120 - Architectural Blueprint Reading Credit Hours: 3

First Year, Spring Semester
BM 142 - Refrigerant Handling Certification Credit Hours: 1
BM 210 - Commercial Air Conditioning Systems Credit Hours: 3
BM 215 - Workplace Practicum Credit Hours: 3
BM 241 - Electrical Systems II Credit Hours: 3
BM 244 - Air Conditioning and Ventilation Credit Hours: 3
BM 246 - Heating Systems II Credit Hours: 3

Note: This is a recommended sequence. Student should consult his/her academic adviser prior to registering.

Available At:

North Campus

Career Opportunities/Further Education:

Gainful Employment Information

Hegis Code:

5317

Curriculum Code:

2239.HVA

Division:

Engineering & Technologies
HVAC and Refrigeration

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Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration

Lynn Wardour
City Campus
Room G57
121 Ellicott Street
Buffalo, NY 14203
P: (716) 851-1025