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Associate of Applied Science Degree

Program Coordinator:         Mike Belcher, OTC 222, Ext. 2486
Length:                                  Four semesters**

**Program can be completed in day or evening classes. The day program starts in even numbered years and the evening program starts in odd numbered years.

Purpose: The Air Conditioning, Refrigeration, & Heating curriculum is designed to provide up-to-date technical skills for employment in the growing $150 billion HVACR industry. VHCC’s 4,500 sq. ft. lab is equipped with various manufacturers’ equipment, with student time divided in half between classroom theory and lab projects. Students will operate “live” equipment to improve skills in troubleshooting, maintenance, and installation. In addition, students will utilize manufacturer-training software, audiovisual materials, and specially designed trainers for electricity and refrigeration. There is a growing demand for trained HVACR technicians, due to record equipment sales, the introduction of new refrigerants, and technical improvements in equipment. The curriculum satisfies the entry-level training requirements for students new to the HVACR industry, as well as updating the skills of those who want to improve their current skills for advancement in the workplace. VHCC’s program content and entry-level skills of students are verified through the nationally recognized Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute’s Industry Competency Exam. For the 5 year period ending in 2004 VHCC students have a 92% pass rate on the residential heating and cooling exam, compared to a 60 percentile national average.

Occupational Objectives: 
    Air Conditioning Technician
    Heating Technician 
    Refrigeration Technician
    HVACR Technician 
    HVACR Contractor
    Controls Technician 
    Indoor Air Quality Technician 
    HVACR Technical Sales 
    HVACR Installation, Service, Maintenance Technician

Admission Requirements: Students are required to meet the general requirements of the college as contained in this catalog. Students from other schools or colleges or with appropriate industrial experience may submit transcripts or other documentation for evaluation and advanced placement.

Program Requirements: The major proportion of the curriculum will consist of courses in Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Heating, with the remaining courses in related subjects, general education, and electives. The program will consist of both theoretical concepts and practical applications needed for success in this skilled field. Each student is advised to consult with his/her advisor and counselor for program planning and in selecting electives.

Upon completion of the four-semester program listed in this catalog, the graduate will be awarded an Associate of Applied Science Degree.

Air Conditioning, Refrigeration, and Heating (AAS)

First Semester (Fall)

Course Number

Course Title

Lec. Hrs.

Lab Hrs.

Crs.

SDV 101

Orientation to College Success

1

0

1

ENG 111 or
ENG 115

College Composition I or
Technical Writing

3

0

3

AIR 111

Air Cond. & Ref. Controls I

2

2

3

AIR 171

Refrigeration I

6

6

9

Total

12

8

16

Second Semester (Spring)

EEE

1*Social Science Elective

3

0

3

AIR 112

Air Cond. & Ref. Controls II

2

2

3

AIR 172

Refrigeration II

6

6

9

MTH 103

Applied Technical Mathematics I

3

0

3

Total

14

8

18

Third Semester (Fall)

PED

2*Physical Education

0

2-3

1

EEE

3*Humanities Elective

3

0

3

AIR 134

Circuits and Controls I

2

2

3

AIR 176

Air Conditioning

4

4

6

AIR 235

Heat Pumps

2

2

3

Total

11

10-11

16

Fourth Semester (Spring)

EEE

1*Social Science Elective

3

0

3

AIR 154

Heating Systems I

2

2

3

AIR 165

Air Conditioning Systems I

2

3

3

AIR 205

Hydronics and Zoning

2

2

3

AIR 231

Circuits and Controls IV

3

3

4

Total

12

10

16

 

Total Minimum Credits required for the AAS Degree.......66

Footnotes*

1. Students may take 6 credits of social science. Recommended social science courses include ECO 201-202; GEO 210; GEO 220; HIS 101-102; HIS 121-122; PLS 135; PLS 211-212; PSY 200; SOC 200.

2. Students may substitute any HLT course for physical education requirements.

3. Students must take 3 credits of humanities. Recommended humanities courses include ART 201, 202; MUS 121, 122; REL 200, 210, 230; CST 130, 151, 152; PHI 101; foreign language or literature.

Last updated: 3/7/2014 1:49:09 PM