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2024 - 2025 Catalog Year
HVAC Light Commercial & Residential Service (Full-time)

Degree: One-year Technical Certificate
Division: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

This Sample Program Pathway is designed to provide an example of course selections in a term by term sequence. Please see an Academic Advisor for a plan specific to your academic needs.

Fall Semester (First Year)
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Prerequisites: DEV 0035 and MAT 0600 or MAT 0100 or MAT 1110

Description: Designed to improve speaking and listening skills through the study and application of public speaking structure, content and style. This course requires 5 speeches in front of a live audience. The online course sections require the recordings to be created by the student with at least 8 adults present for each speech. Any questions, please contact the Communication Department at

Prerequisites: DEV 0035 or Other (Any other college level English course)

Description: Basic concepts and theory of heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration systems. Foundations in the applications of cooling principles in light commercial equipment. Major components include refrigerant flow through equipment, applications of equipment to the refrigeration cycle, heat transfer fundamentals, customer service, and preparation for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) refrigerant handler's certification exam. Two classroom, two lab hours per week.

Prerequisites: MAT 0100 or MAT 0600 or MAT 1110

Description: Introduction to the basic concepts of all heating systems found in light commercial applications for the experienced and inexperienced in HVAC. A comprehensive presentation of HVAC systems, including rooftop packaged systems, heat pumps, packaged low-pressure boiler systems, and packaged unitary heaters. Includes low-pressure hot water and steam generation, including the fundamentals of heat generation in water-based heating systems. Two classroom, two lab hours per week.

Prerequisites: DEV 0015

Description: Use ratio and proportion to solve applications in technology; convert within and between metric and customary systems of measurement; read and interpret measurement tools and gauges; simplify algebraic expressions; solve linear equations; apply the geometry of lines, angles, and circles to technology applications. Traditional testing (proctored or in Testing Center) is used in all online sections.

Prerequisites: MAT 0050 or Other (Satisfactory score on math placement test)

Description: Applied computer tools to solve engineering technology problems, emphasizing the integration of word processing, spreadsheets, presentation software and engineering research skills using the Internet. Applications of an integrated approach to research papers, engineering technology analysis, technical laboratory reports and technical presentations. One-half classroom, one and one-half lab hours per week.

Prerequisites: MAT 0100 or MAT 0600 or MAT 1110

Description: This course helps prepare the student for the first of the LEED Green Associate Exams and meets the requirement of the student having involvement on a LEED- registered project, or employment in a sustainable field of work or completion of an education program that addresses green building principles in LEED, to qualify to take the LEED Green Associate Exam. One classroom, two lab hours per week.

Notes: HVA Program Elective - At least 2 credit hours from CAT-1201, CAT-1401, CAT-1741, EGV-1251, EGV-1301, EGV-1401, EGV-2351, or HVA-2700 (For the Internship, please contact the Built Environment department prior to contacting the Work-Based Learning Office. This should occur the TERM BEFORE the term the internship is planned.)


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Spring Semester (First Year)
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An introduction to building electrical and control systems for HVAC technicians. Includes AC/DC circuits, single phase and three phase motors and motor control, HVAC equipment control, wiring techniques, control components including sequencers, and an introduction to building pneumatic and DDC control. Two classroom, four lab hours per week.

Description: Rules, interpretations, record keeping and standards required by Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) (29CFR Part 1926) for the construction industry to ensure employees a safe, healthful workplace. Successful completion of the course provides the 30 hour OSHA Construction Safety Card.

Description: A discussion and demonstration of the importance of proper air distribution systems and principles of balanced heat distribution, including design considerations for light commercial applications. Loads will be calculated using commercially available software. Testing, Adjusting and Balancing procedures are included. One classroom, six labs hours per week.

Prerequisites: DEV 0015 and MAT 0100 or MAT 1110 or MAT 1130 or MAT 1445

Description: Basic practices required for new installation and replacement of HVAC equipment including an introduction to sheet metal skills, and copper and black pipe plumbing. Hands-on skills and code requirements will be stressed along with good safety practices. Includes installation of a complete residential HVACR system. One classroom, six lab hours per week.


Prerequisites: HVA 1201

Description: Diagnostic methods of mechanical, electrical and control system problems in heating and cooling systems. Other topics include common faults and how to reduce future failures. Two lecture, three lab hours per week.


Prerequisites: HVA 1201 and HVA 1221


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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.