Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning Technician (AAS)

Degree: Associate of Applied Science
Major: Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning
Program Code: 1388

About This Major . . .

The Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Program prepares the student with entry-level skills required by employers in this industry.

It is industry focused, with the student having the opportunity to earn their EPA certification, plus ICE certification (Industry Competency Exams), administered by the Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration Institute, located in Arlington, Virginia. ICE exams are supported by the Refrigeration Service Engineers Society (RSES), Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA), Gas Appliance Manufacturer’s Association (GAMA), Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Contractors Association (PHCC), Heating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI) and the Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration Institute (AHRI).

The Heating focus of the program consists of education in job safety, soldering and brazing, basic electricity, forced air gas furnace service, hydronic service, air flow problems, duct sizing, and troubleshooting gas fired equipment. Performance testing after repairs is emphasized. State-of-the-art Simutech computer simulation programs are used along with live equipment in the lab.

The Air Conditioning focus of the program consists of basic refrigeration, refrigerant recovery training, principles of A/C operation, heat pumps, further air flow problems, analysis and troubleshooting the total system. Performance testing after repairs is emphasized. State-of-the-art Simutech computer simulation programs are used along with live equipment in the lab.

Important information about this program:

EPA certification is part of this program and students will be required to pay the examination fee.

For more information on what you can do with this major, visit WCCC's Programs of Study page.

All CMU/WCCC technical certificate graduates are expected to demonstrate proficiency in communication fluency, quantitative fluency, specialized knowledge/applied learning, and critical thinking. In addition to these campus‐wide student learning outcomes, graduates of this major will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate professional behavior and communication skills to include listening, speaking, and writing specific to the HVAC industry. (Communication Fluency)
  2. Demonstrate safe work habits in performance of tasks in the HVAC industry. (Specialized Knowledge, Applied Learning)
  3. Demonstrate professional and ethical behavior, and work place responsibility as a HVAC repair technician. \ (Personal and Social Responsibility)
  4. Demonstrate basic troubleshooting skills and repair skills to fulfill the requirements of HVAC service and repair technicians. (Critical Thinking)
  5. Utilize mathematical concepts to analyze and implement troubleshooting systems to include systems containing hardware and software components of HVAC systems. (Quantitative Fluency)

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Institutional Degree Requirements

The following institutional degree requirements apply to all CMU and WCCC Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degrees. Specific programs may have different requirements that must be met in addition to institutional requirements.

  • 60 semester hours minimum.
  • Students must complete a minimum of 15 of the final 30 semester hours of credit at CMU/WCCC.
  • 2.00 cumulative GPA or higher in all CMU/WCCC coursework.
  • A course may only be used to fulfill one requirement for each degree/certificate.
  • No more than six semester hours of independent study courses can be used toward the degree.
  • Non-traditional credit, such as advanced placement, credit by examination, credit for prior learning, cooperative education and internships, cannot exceed 20 semester credit hours for an AAS degree.
  • Pre-collegiate courses (usually numbered below 100) cannot be used for graduation.
  • Capstone exit assessment/projects (e.g., Major Field Achievement Test) requirements are identified under Program-Specific Degree Requirements.
  • The Catalog Year determines which program sheet and degree requirements a student must fulfill in order to graduate. Visit with your advisor or academic department to determine which catalog year and program requirements you should follow.
  • See “Requirements for Undergraduate Degrees and Certificates” in the catalog for a complete list of graduation requirements.

Specific to this degree:

  • 61 semester hours required for AAS in Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning Technician.

Essential Learning Requirements

(15 semester hours)
See the current catalog for a list of courses that fulfill the requirements below. If a course is an Essential Learning option and a requirement for your major, you must use it to fulfill the major requirement and make a different selection for the Essential Learning requirement.

ENGL 111English Composition I-GTCO13
Select one of the following courses:3
English Composition II-GTCO2
Interpersonal Communications
MATH 107Career Math (or higher)3
Other Essential Learning Core Courses
Select one Social and Behavioral Sciences, History, Natural Sciences, Fine Arts, or Humanities course3
Select one Social and Behavioral Sciences, History, Natural Sciences, Fine Arts, or Humanities course3
Total Semester Credit Hours15

Other Lower Division Requirements

Wellness Requirements
KINE 100Health and Wellness1
Select one Activity course1
Total Semester Credit Hours2

Program Specific Requirements

(44 semester hours)

HVAC 102Basic Refrigeration4
HVAC 103Basic Electricity3
HVAC 106Introduction to Service Technician Training1
HVAC 110Fundamentals of Gas Heating4
HVAC 111Piping Skills for HVAC4
HVAC 113Refrigerant Recovery Training1
HVAC 117OSHA Ten-Hour Voluntary Compliance1
HVAC 122Commercial Refrigeration4
HVAC 146Residential Duct Design2
HVAC 202Troubleshooting and Customer Service3
HVAC 204Direct Digital Controls4
HVAC 222Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Systems Troubleshooting5
HVAC 240Servicing Forced Air Systems4
HVAC 261Air Conditioning Systems Service and Repair4
Total Semester Credit Hours44
Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterSemester Credit Hours
HVAC 102 Basic Refrigeration 4
HVAC 103 Basic Electricity 3
HVAC 106 Introduction to Service Technician Training 1
HVAC 110 Fundamentals of Gas Heating 4
HVAC 117 OSHA Ten-Hour Voluntary Compliance 1
MATH 107 Career Math 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring Semester
HVAC 111 Piping Skills for HVAC 4
HVAC 113 Refrigerant Recovery Training 1
HVAC 240 Servicing Forced Air Systems 4
ENGL 111 English Composition I-GTCO1 3
Select one Social and Behavioral Sciences, History, Natural Sciences, Fine Arts or Humanities course 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Second Year
Fall Semester
HVAC 122 Commercial Refrigeration 4
HVAC 146 Residential Duct Design 2
HVAC 202 Troubleshooting and Customer Service 3
Select one of the following: 3
English Composition II-GTCO2  
Interpersonal Communications  
Select one Social and Behavioral Sciences, History, Natural Sciences, Fine Arts or Humanities course 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
HVAC 204 Direct Digital Controls 4
HVAC 222 Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Systems Troubleshooting 5
HVAC 261 Air Conditioning Systems Service and Repair 4
KINE 100 Health and Wellness 1
KINA 1xx Activity Course 1
 Semester Credit Hours15
 Total Semester Credit Hours61

Advising Process and DegreeWorks

Documentation on the pages related to this program is intended for informational purposes to help determine what courses and associated requirements are needed to earn a degree. The suggested course sequencing outlines how students could finish degree requirements. Some courses are critical to complete in specific semesters, while others may be moved around. Meeting with an academic advisor is essential in planning courses and altering the suggested course sequencing. It is ultimately the student’s responsibility to understand and fulfill the requirements for her/his intended degree(s).

DegreeWorks is an online degree audit tool available in MAVzone. It is the official record used by the Registrar’s Office to evaluate progress towards a degree and determine eligibility for graduation. Students are responsible for reviewing their DegreeWorks audit on a regular basis and should discuss questions or concerns with their advisor or academic department head. Discrepancies in requirements should be reported to the Registrar’s Office.

Graduation Process

Students must complete the following in the first two months of the semester prior to completing their degree requirements:

  • Review their DegreeWorks audit and create a plan that outlines how unmet requirements will be met in the final semester.
  • Meet with their advisor and modify their plan as needed. The advisor must approve the final plan.
  • Submit the “Intent to Graduate” form to the Registrar’s Office to officially declare the intended graduation date and commencement ceremony plans.
  • Register for all needed courses and complete all requirements for each degree sought.

Submission deadlines and commencement details can be found at http://www.coloradomesa.edu/registrar/graduation.html.

If a student’s petition for graduation is denied, it will be her/his responsibility to consult the Registrar’s Office regarding next steps.