HVAC

This degree is designed to prepare students to enter the Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Technology field.  Instruction includes both theory and practical application with heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration machinery and with electrical equipment, as well as the related mathematics. Students receiving the degree will have the knowledge and skills essential for employment in a variety of careers; including AC Technicians, Heating Technicians, Refrigeration Technicians, HVAC Mechanics, and HVAC Installers. HVAC Advisory Minutes March 1, 2018
Learning Outcome(s):
  1. Problem solve, troubleshoot and perform maintenance and repair on residential and commercial heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems.
  2. Interpret and process wiring and pipe diagrams.
  3. Demonstrate safety, honesty, and integrity when dealing with customers and employers and when performing mechanical and electrical installations of heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems.
PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS: (24 UNITS)
Units: 24
HVAC 201
Basic Electrical Theory (Active)
4
HVAC 202
Basic Refrigeration (Active)
4
HVAC 203
Heating Systems (Active)
4
HVAC 204
Air-Conditioning and Heat Pumps (Active)
4
HVAC 205
Commercial Refrigeration and Ice Machines (Active)
4
HVAC 206
HVAC Controls (Active)
4
General Education Requirements:
Units: 35-39
A student may complete the Gavilan College A.A./A.S. general education plus sufficient electives to meet a 60 unit total. See a counselor for details. NOTE: A course may be used to satisfy both general education and major requirements. See "Double Counting Rule".
Total: 59-63
This certificate is designed to prepare students to enter the Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Technology field.  Instruction includes both theory and practical application with heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration machinery and with electrical equipment, as well as the related mathematics. Students receiving the certificate will have the knowledge and skills essential for employment in a variety of careers; including AC Technicians, Heating Technicians, Refrigeration Technicians, HVAC Mechanics, and HVAC Installers. HVAC Advisory Minutes March 1, 2018
Learning Outcome(s):
  1. Problem solve, troubleshoot and perform maintenance and repair on residential and commercial heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems.
  2. Interpret and process wiring and pipe diagrams.
  3. Demonstrate safety, honesty, and integrity when dealing with customers and employers and when performing mechanical and electrical installations of heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems.
PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS: (24 UNITS)
Units: 24
HVAC 201
Basic Electrical Theory (Active)
4
HVAC 202
Basic Refrigeration (Active)
4
HVAC 203
Heating Systems (Active)
4
HVAC 204
Air-Conditioning and Heat Pumps (Active)
4
HVAC 205
Commercial Refrigeration and Ice Machines (Active)
4
HVAC 206
HVAC Controls (Active)
4
Total: 24
HVAC 201Basic Electrical Theory (4.0)Historical
3.0 Lecture, 3.0 Lab. Students will study concepts of electricity, controls, and electrical loads found on air conditioning and refrigeration circuits. The course includes both the theory and practices of electricity applicable to the air conditioning and refrigeration industries. The course establishes a thorough understanding of electron theory, voltage, current, resistance, Ohm's law, magnetism, mathematical concepts, and common units of electrical measurements. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Fall 2018 to Fall 2020.
HVAC 201Basic Electrical Theory (4.0)Active
3.0 Lecture, 3.0 Lab. Students will study concepts of electricity, controls, and electrical loads found on air conditioning and refrigeration circuits. The course includes both the theory and practices of electricity applicable to the air conditioning and refrigeration industries. The course establishes a thorough understanding of electron theory, voltage, current, resistance, Ohm's law, magnetism, mathematical concepts, and common units of electrical measurements. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Fall 2020.
HVAC 202Basic Refrigeration (4.0)Active
3.0 Lecture, 3.0 Lab. Students will study concepts of the vapor compression refrigeration system. The course includes both the theory and practice applicable to the mechanical function of air conditioning and refrigeration systems. The student will learn the major components and accessories of the sealed system including metering devices, evaporators, compressors and condensers. The practices for oxy-acetylene torch safety are emphasized along with different techniques for connecting tubing such as brazing and soldering copper refrigerant lines and the proper procedures for cutting, bending, swaging and flaring. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Fall 2020.
HVAC 202Basic Refrigeration (4.0)Historical
3.0 Lecture, 3.0 Lab. Students will study concepts of the vapor compression refrigeration system. The course includes both the theory and practice applicable to the mechanical function of air conditioning and refrigeration systems. The student will learn the major components and accessories of the sealed system including metering devices, evaporators, compressors and condensers. The practices for oxy-acetylene torch safety are emphasized along with different techniques for connecting tubing such as brazing and soldering copper refrigerant lines and the proper procedures for cutting, bending, swaging and flaring. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Fall 2018 to Fall 2020.
HVAC 203Heating Systems (4.0)Active
3.0 Lecture, 3.0 Lab. This course will cover gas furnaces, electric furnaces and oil heat. The students will learn about split system applications and package unit applications. Mechanical and electrical safety will be covered as well as: types of gas and fuels used, function of controls, combustion efficiency tests, gas pressure adjustment, sequence of operation, limit switches, sequencers and proper ventilation. PREREQUISITE: HVAC 201 and HVAC 202 with a grade of "C" or better. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Fall 2018.
HVAC 204Air-Conditioning and Heat Pumps (4.0)Active
3.0 Lecture, 3.0 Lab. This course provides instruction on the service and installation of Air-Conditioning and Heat Pump systems (commercial rooftop package equipment and residential split systems). Charging methods will be covered which include superheat, sub-cooling, by weight and using the manufacturers charging charts. Emphasis is placed on proper installation techniques required by code. The student will repair an air-conditioning system, using mechanical and electrical troubleshooting techniques such as electrical wiring diagram interpretation. Upon completion the student should be able to service, repair and perform preventative maintenance on residential/ commercial air-conditioning and heat pump systems. PREREQUISITE: HVAC 201 and HVAC 202 with a grade of "C" or better. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Fall 2018.
HVAC 205Commercial Refrigeration and Ice Machines (4.0)Historical
3.0 Lecture, 3.0 Lab. This course introduces refrigeration and applications. Topics include defrost methods, safety and operational control, refrigerant piping, refrigerant recovery and charging, and leak testing. This course covers the installation and startup of common commercial refrigeration systems. Topics include display/storage boxes or cases, walk-in systems, and supermarket racks. In addition to that this course introduces the students to commercial ice machines. Emphasis is placed on dispensing machines, ice making equipment, electrical and mechanical operation sequences, control adjustment procedures, preventative maintenance, repair, and installation procedures using a variety of refrigerants and blends. PREREQUISITE: HVAC 201 and HVAC 202 with a grade of "C" or better. Advisory: MATH 430. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Fall 2018 to Fall 2020.
HVAC 205Commercial Refrigeration and Ice Machines (4.0)Active
3.0 Lecture, 3.0 Lab. This course introduces refrigeration and applications. Topics include defrost methods, safety and operational control, refrigerant piping, refrigerant recovery and charging, and leak testing. This course covers the installation and startup of common commercial refrigeration systems. Topics include display/storage boxes or cases, walk-in systems, and supermarket racks. In addition to that this course introduces the students to commercial ice machines. Emphasis is placed on dispensing machines, ice making equipment, electrical and mechanical operation sequences, control adjustment procedures, preventative maintenance, repair, and installation procedures using a variety of refrigerants and blends. PREREQUISITE: HVAC 201 and HVAC 202 with a grade of "C" or better. Advisory: MATH 430. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Fall 2020.
HVAC 206HVAC Controls (4.0)Active
3.0 Lecture, 3.0 Lab. Students will study theory, application, and operation of Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) control systems; including electric, pneumatic, solid state, and digital control systems. They will also study Energy Management Systems (EMS), Building Management Systems (BMS), building applications, and green technology; including fire/smoke, lighting, and heating and ventilation controls. PREREQUISITE: HVAC 201 and HVAC 202 with a grade of "C" or better. Advisory Eligible for MATH 430. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Spring 2020.