Heating, Ventilating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration (HVACR) Engineering Technology HVACR.S.AAS

Associate of Applied Science - 63 - 64 Credit Hours

Division: Science, Mathematics and Engineering
Department: HVAC-R Engineering Technology
Effective as of Fall 2017

What is the program about?

This degree is designed for entry-level students pursuing careers in the HVAC-R industries, as well as experienced technicians in need of upgrade training. The program focuses on the basic operating principles of commercial and industrial HVAC systems, allowing one to pursue careers in sales, service, design, facilities operation, project management or as a laboratory technician for an equipment manufacturer. These principles are presented through lecture and laboratory exercises in a step-by-step fashion by addressing refrigeration, heating, distribution, filtration and control as individual subsystems. Upper-level courses tie the subsystems together to discuss how they interact, providing the HVAC-R technician or designer with knowledge regarding proper system operation.

Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the troubleshooting, commissioning, design and documentation processes for commercial HVACR systems and subsystems via the application of industry accepted techniques, methods, and tools including but not limited to handbooks, manuals, codes and software.
  • Communicate effectively in a technical environment, including written and oral communication, effective listening and technical presentation.
  • Recognize professional, ethical and societal responsibilities, respect diversity and commit to life-long learning.
  • Apply principles of mathematics, physics, chemistry, thermodynamics, psychrometrics and fluid mechanics to HVACR systems.
  • Apply principles of environmental safety and health to HVACR system operation, maintenance, troubleshooting and design.


Formal articulation agreements with other colleges and universities indicate how Sinclair programs and courses will transfer to other institutions.


Students test for EPA Technician Certification as Refrigerant Handlers under Section 608 of the Clean Air Act as well as a certificate in the proper handling of Refrigerant R-410a.

Additional Information

The Program Educational Objectives are as follows:

  • Graduates have the knowledge and skills necessary to function as a design technician or closely related position in industry.
  • Graduates have the knowledge and skills necessary to transfer into a baccalaureate degree program.

Important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended this program: View the Gainful Employment Information


Course Title Credits
CAT 1111 Mechanical Systems Blueprint Reading 1
CAT 1131 Introduction to Revit MEP 3
CAT 1601 Building Electric & Controls 4
COM 2211 Effective Public Speaking 3
ENG 1101 English Composition I 3
HVA 1201 Basic HVAC Systems with Cooling 3
HVA 1221 Heating Systems 3
HVA 1241 HVAC Installation Techniques & Practices 4
HVA 1261 HVAC Loads & Distribution for Small Buildings 4
HVA 1352 Psychrometrics, Health & Comfort in HVAC 2
HVA 1301 Air & Water Distribution Systems 3
HVA 1401 HVAC Mechanical & Electrical Troubleshooting 3
HVA 2251 Primary HVAC Equipment Operation & Selection 3
HVA 2351 HVAC Systems & Controls 5
HVA 2780 HVACR Engineering Technology Capstone Project 3
MET 1131 Personal Computer Applications for Engineering Technology 1
MET 2711 Ethics for Engineering Technology Professionals 1
PHY 1141 College Physics I 4
HVACR Elective 2
Ohio Transfer Module: Social & Behavioral Sciences Elective 3
(MAT 1470 AND MAT 1570 OR MAT 1580) 5 - 6
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Program Accreditation Information

Accredited by Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc., www.abet.org

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This information is for planning purposes only. Sinclair College will make every effort to offer curriculum listed above but reserves the right to change, add and cancel curriculum offerings for unforeseen circumstances. View current catalog.