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Refrigeration & HVAC Technician Courses

Refrigeration & HVAC Technician Courses

Control Climate Change with Technology Know-How.Enjoy a hands-on career where you make people feel comfortable in their environment. At IntelliTec College, you’ll learn how to install, maintain and repair heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration systems. You’ll also build professional customer service skills that will benefit your future success.

Students will prepare for the future through 90 credit hours of academic work including:

Major: Refrigeration & HVAC

Degree: Refrigeration & HVAC
Credit Hours: 90.0
Time: 18 months 

Objective:
The Refrigeration & HVAC program is designed to develop the skills and knowledge for entry-level employment as a Refrigeration/Air Conditioning-Heating Systems Repair Technician in the commercial, residential, or industrial refrigeration and heating industry. Graduates are prepared to sit for Mechanic IV Licensing, EPA Certification, and additional certifications.

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
COM-110 Organizational Communication & Etiquette 3.0
ENG-110 Business English 4.5
EL-101 Fundamentals of Electricity I 4.5
EL-102 Fundamentals of Electricity II 3.0
AR-201 Electric Motors & Controls 3.0
AR-202 Automotive Accessories & HVAC Fundamentals 4.5
AR-203 Basic Gas Furnaces & Safety 4.5
AR-204 Advanced Gas Furnaces & Codes 3.0
AR-205 Heating Fuels & Combustion Analysis 4.5
AR-206 Customer Service for HVAC/R Technicians 3.0
AR-207 Alternative Heating Systems 4.5
AR-208 Hydronics and Pumps 3.0
AR-209 Refrigeration Theory and EPA Certification 4.5
AR-210 Basic Refrigeration Systems 3.0
AR-215 Advanced Refrigeration I 4.5
AR-216 Advanced Refrigeration II 3.0
AR-217 Residential Air Conditioning 4.5
AR-218 Commercial A/C Systems 3.0
AR-219 Commercial Refrigeration I 4.5
AR-220 Commercial Refrigeration II 3.0
AR-223 Pneumatics and Controls 4.5
AR-224 Advanced Control Systems 3.0
BP-110 Duct Design & Blueprint Reading 4.5
BP-210 Performing Load Calculations 3.0
  TOTAL CREDIT HOURS 90.0

COM-110 Organizational Communication & Etiquette

Credit Hours: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): None

The course examines the role of communication and etiquette in organizations. Concepts like teamwork, ethics and diversity are addressed as they relate to organizational effectiveness. Basic workplace technology, including Microsoft Office, is also covered.

ENG-110 Business English

Credit Hours: 4.5
Prerequisite(s): None

This course emphasizes principles and techniques for organizing, writing, and revising documents for industry, business, and government. This course includes grammar and writing mechanics. Resume writing and job interview techniques are taught and practiced.

EL-101 Fundamentals of Electricity

Credit Hours: 4.5
Prerequisite(s): None

This course is designed to introduce the student to the production, transmission, and safe use of common electricity. OHM’s Law and other pertinent laws of electricity will be discussed and practiced so the student will develop a knowledge and respect for electricity. Students will understand that circuit development and distribution lay the groundwork for understanding electricity. Topics include voltage, amperage, watts, and resistance as well as proper identification, application and measurement.

EL-102 Fundamentals of Electricity II

Credit Hours: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): None

This course is intended to further enhance the student’s knowledge of electricity as it pertains to HVAC/R. The student should become familiar with applications of simple parallel and series circuits along with proper wiring practices for controls and devices as they practice in a hands-on lab environment. Safety is a primary concern when working with electricity and is emphasized at every opportunity throughout the course.

AR-201 Basic Automatic Controls

Credit Hours: 4.5
Prerequisite(s): EL-101, EL-102

This course is designed to help develop familiarity and understanding of electrical current flow as it is used in many types of automatic controls and its effect as it interacts with various components of a control circuit. Studies will include the style, type, application and operation of various controls common to the HVAC/R occupational field. The student will also develop a basic understanding of heating and cooling controls as well as troubleshooting controls and control circuits commonly found in commercial and residential heating and cooling applications.

AR-202 Electric Motors & Controls

Credit Hours: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): EL-101, EL-102

Students will gain an understanding of controls to include a familiarity with electrical motors and the related automatic controls. Types of motors and their applications will be explored along with the controls and applications commonly found in the HVAC/R occupational field. Motors are manufactured in many voltages and configurations to fit the HVAC/R equipment. Students will learn proper identification, application and operation as well as the proper maintenance and installation methods.

AR-203 Basic Gas Furnaces & Safety

Credit Hours: 4.5
Prerequisite(s): AR-201, AR-202

This course segment introduces the student to the different styles and types of gas heating appliances most commonly encountered in the residential and light commercial trade areas. Fundamentals of industry standards for the installation, operation, and maintenance of common systems will be covered in detail as well as in-depth industry safety practice programs to include gas detection, carbon monoxide detection and all preventative measures for safe operations.

AR-204 Advanced Gas Furnaces & Codes

Credit Hours: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): AR-201, AR-202

This course provides an in-depth study of the different designs and requirements for proper installation per the International Fuel Gas Code standards and the International Mechanical Code installation requirements. Student will gain an understanding of how installation requirements change as new equipment is made available. Newer types of equipment and methods will be discussed as well as the code issues that surround the installation. Students will learn how to read and comprehend code books within this course.

AR-205 Heating Fuels & Combustion Analysis

Credit Hours: 4.5
Prerequisite(s): AR-203, AR-204

This course is intended to educate the student in understanding the cost involved with heating appliances and the environmental impact of fossil fuels. Students will learn about the environment and the impact of our carbon footprint as well as the Federal regulations that require proper use of fuels and energy efficiency standards are published for use in using gas appliances. Studies of the economic impact, as compared to the use of different fuels, will be discussed. Students will learn that combustion analysis is the study of fuel efficiency as used in today’s modern furnaces.

AR-206 Customer Service for HVAC/R Technicians

Credit Hours: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): None

This course introduces the importance of good customer service skills that are necessary when working in the HVAC/R field. The student will gain an understanding of the position of “company representative” when doing field service work. Students will learn various methods to assist them in becoming the best employee they can be as well as how to handle customer complaints in an effective manner.

AR-207 Alternative Heating Systems

Credit Hours: 4.5
Prerequisite(s): None

This course has been designed to introduce other sources used for space heating. The student will gain an understanding of hot water heating and radiant heating as well as solar and geo-thermal systems. Useful and practical systems as well as the potential for their uses are discussed as all manufacturers are looking for cost effective products.

AR-208 Hydronic & Pumps

Credit Hours: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): None

This alternative heating course focuses on the hydronics and pumps that are being used widely on large single family and apartment complexes today. Students will gain an understanding of how the basic systems, valves, zones and thermostats heat water as well as how modern pumps of all types are used in conjunction with a variety of designs to achieve the desired circulation of the water and heating of rooms. The student will discuss and observe the normal operations and control circuits for wiring and repairs as well as troubleshooting.

AR-209 Refrigeration Theory & EPA Certification

Credit Hours: 4.5
Prerequisite(s): Co-requisite(s): AR-201

This course is designed as the basic introduction to refrigeration. Students will gain an understanding of the physics and practical application of refrigeration theory. Students learn about the Federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidelines and their role in overseeing all refrigerant usage. An overview of EPA guidelines is provided to students as well as EPA Certification Exam Study guides and study materials to assist in preparing them to take and pass the EPA Certification Exam.

AR-210 Basic Refrigeration Systems

Credit Hours: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): Co-requisite(s): AR-202

This course is designed to educate students in the basic operation of most commonly found refrigeration systems. Mechanical applications, operations, maintenance and repairs as well as basic controls, motors, fans, and pressures will be studied. Students continue to learn in a hands-on laboratory environment practicing maintenance on Refrigeration trainers to help the students learn basic systems.

AR-215 Advanced Refrigerations

Credit Hours: 4.5
Prerequisite(s): Co-requisite(s): AR-209 & AR-210

This course is intended to educate the student on the importance of developing proficiency in the maintenance and repair of commercial and domestic refrigeration systems to include components, application, function and diagnosis of the mechanical refrigeration equipment.

AR-216 Advanced Refrigeration II

Credit Hours: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): AR-209 & AR-210

This course continues to develop proficiency in the maintenance and repair of commercial and domestic refrigeration systems. Students continue to gain skills in control systems, components, application, function and diagnosis of the mechanical refrigeration equipment.

AR-217 Residential Air Conditioning

Credit Hours: 4.5
Prerequisite(s): AR-209, AR-210

The student will develop familiarity and a basic proficiency with split system air conditioning to include operating conditions and troubleshooting, identifying controls of air conditioning, and heat pump systems.

AR-218 Commercial A/C Systems

Credit Hours: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): AR-209, AR-210

The student will develop familiarity and a basic proficiency with package air conditioning to include operating conditions and troubleshooting of chilled-water systems, water tower systems and pumps, and variable refrigerant flow and air volume.

AR-219 Commercial Refrigeration

Credit Hours: 4.5
Prerequisite(s): AR-209, AR-210

The student will develop familiarity and a basic proficiency with package air conditioning to include operating conditions and troubleshooting of chilled-water systems, water tower systems and pumps, and variable refrigerant flow and air volume.

AR-220 Commercial Refrigeration II

Credit Hours: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): AR-209, AR-210

Students learn commercial refrigeration practices found in a variety of equipment such as commercial reach-ins, walk-ins, rack refrigeration, and other commercial applications. Proficiency is developed in operations and maintenance.

AR-223 Pneumatics & Controls

Credit Hours: 4.5
Prerequisite(s): AR-209 & AR-210

The student will develop familiarity and a basic understanding of industrial level controllers as they apply to commercial/industrial HVAC systems. Specifically, the student will learn the function and diagnosis of the pressure sensing devices and controls in pneumatics.

AR-224 Advanced Control Systems

Credit Hours: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): AR-201, AR-202

The student will develop familiarity and a basic understanding of industrial level controllers as they apply to commercial/industrial HVAC systems. Specifically, the student will learn the function and diagnosis of pressure sensing devices of programmable control systems and the function and diagnosis of mechanical control systems.

BP-110 Duct Design & Blueprint Reading

Credit Hours: 4.5
Prerequisite(s): None

After successful completion of this course, students will be familiar with duct design, air balancing, air pressure testing and blueprint reading for the HVAC industry in most residential and commercial equipment.

BP-210 Performing Load Calculations

Credit Hours: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): BP-110

After successful completion of this course, the students will be able to view and interpret basic mechanical blueprints to perform basic block load calculations as they apply to the HVAC industry. A green awareness component provides environmental knowledge on how we impact the carbon footprint in the HVAC/R industry.