Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technician

Get the training needed to acquire an always in demand career

Students who are analytical, enjoy customer service and like to work with their hands will do well in the Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technician program. Students will learn to install, maintain, and repair heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems from residential to large size systems. Students who graduate will have a state electrical trainee license with 1,127 hours of field training credit, OSHA 30, and Universal refrigerant certifications and employment ready national certification for all types of heating air conditioning and refrigeration systems. According to the Bureau for Labor Statistics, the median income in 2017 for HVAC/R installers was $47,080. The job outlook for our students is strong, with 100% placement rates last year.

General Information

Admissions Officer / Recruiter: Patricia Chase
253.680.7302 | pchase@batestech.edu

Location: Downtown Campus
Hours: Mon-Fri, 7 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Program Length: Six Quarters

Students are required to pass the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute industry competency exam to complete the program: Two examinations to obtain a degree; one exam to obtain a certificate. Sufficient training is provided to qualify students to take the Environmental Protection Agency CFC certification examination required to work in the industry. A total of 1,100 hours of credit is applied toward the Washington State O6A electrical certificate.

  • National Median Salary$52,870
  • National Potential Annual Job Openings38,700

This information is base on data from August 2018. For updated information, visit careeronestop, a database sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Tuition and Fees

At Bates, our tuition is affordable and there are options to help make it even easier to gain an education. Federal aid is available for many of our students. Scholarships are also available through the Bates Foundation.

See if you qualify for other funding through our special funding programs with the Workforce Education office.

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HVAC/R TECHNICIAN -Welding Option A - Associate of Applied Science: 103 Credits

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General Education Requirements

Students may choose courses from the following options to fulfill their degree requirements.

Gen Ed Group Credits Required Course ID/Name Credits
Communication 5.0 ENGL&101 - English Composition I
An expository written communication course emphasizing critical thought, reflective reading, and information literacy with attention to rules and conventions of standard American English.
5
ENGL175 - Professional Writing
Enables students in career training programs to think logically and clearly and be effective and convincing in their professional and technical writing. It focuses on development of communication skills essential in a variety of forms of professional writing and technical writing.
5
HUM/SS/NS/O 5.0 BIOL&160 - General Biology
General Biology is intended to leave the student with an integrated view of the living world. The primary goal of the course is to provide students with exposure to and an appreciation of, basic cellular, molecular, genetic, evolutionary and ecological processes that will assist them in future advanced courses
5
BIOL&175 - Human Biology with Lab
This human anatomy and physiology course includes a brief overview of the human body for the non-science major. Basics of chemistry and cell structure are introduced and then the major systems of the human body are emphasized.
5
BIOL&241 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I
The first class in a two-quarter sequence in which human anatomy and physiology are studied using a body systems approach with emphasis on the interrelationships between form and function at the gross and microscopic levels of organization
5
BIOL&242 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II
This is the second in a two-quarter sequence in which human anatomy and physiology are studied using a body systems approach with emphasis on the interrelationships between form and function at the gross and microscopic levels of organization
5
BIOL&260 - Microbiology
This lab focused course is a survey of the biology of organisms too small to see without a microscope. It emphasizes the development of microscopy and culturing skills necessary to investigate the nutrition, grown, metabolism, isolation and identification of medically important bacteria. Lectures cover the concepts of microbial genetics and classification, infectious disease, immunity and immunization.
5
CHEM&121 - General Chemistry
Students in this course explore the structure of matter and how it behaves under various conditions in order to better understand the chemical world. Designed for students with little or no chemistry background. Laboratory activities and extended lecture concepts introduce the students to the experimental process.
5
CHEM&131 - Introduction to Organic/Biochemistry
Introduction to ogranic chemistry and biochemistry includes the study of the nomenclature, structure, reactions and synthesis of organic compounds and biochemistry applications in the nursing fields. The course is primarily intended for those who are interested in the application of the principles of organic chemistry and biochemistry to related areas of science, such as genetics, microbiology, physiology and nutrition.
5
CMST&102 - Introduction to Mass Media
This course critically examines core issues in the relationship between media and society, including news and entertainment media in print, electronic and digital format. Through readings, viewings, research and discussion, we examine the historical, cultural, political and economic contexts of media industries, representations and audiences.
5
CMST&152 - Intercultural Communication
This course is an introduction to the intercultural communication process and its importance in contemporary society. Students learn about the values and beliefse of a variety of cultures and develop skills to interact with people from those cultures. Emphasis is on acquiring an increased understanding of the relationship between culture and communication.
5
CMST&210 - Interpersonal Communication
This course is designed to increase students' awareness of the value and impact of utilizing improved interpersonal communication skills and strategies.
5
CMST&220 - Public Speaking
Introduction to the rhetoric of speech and the preparation and delivery of speech in an extemporaneous style, including ethical research methods, basic rhetoric and critical analysis, and organziation of various types of presentations. Two to four speaking assignments are required, plus regular quizzes, peer review and written examination. Online resources will be integrated.
5
CMST&230 - Small Group Communications
This course is designed to increase students awareness of the value and impact of utilizing improved small group communication skills and strategies.
5
ECON&201 - Microeconomics
This course focuses on the theory of the market systems as a method of allocating resources and distributing income and products. Analysis of current problems including government regulation, subsidies, monopoly and taxation
5
ECON&202 - Macroeconomics
Introduction to macroeconomics; elementary analysis of the determination of income through national income accounting. Covers macroeconomic issues including inflation, unemployment, economic growth, recessions, monetary/fiscal policy, and international trade and finance. Prerequisite: ECON& 201, MATH 098, and ENGL& 101 is recommended.
5
HIST101 - A History of Science and Technology
This course will trace the history of scientific and technological advancements in the western world. Students will be made aware of the evoultion in science from a philosophical and historical perspective. Part of the course will focus on the contributions that significant philosophers, scientists and institutions made to knowledge-making. At the same time, emphasis will also be directed toward the contributions of common, everyday artisans and craftsmen to "discovering", creating and recording scientific and technical knowledge.
5
HREL111 - College and Job Search Success
This course is an introduction to employment and life skills that encourage self-awareness, self-confidence, and self-discipline that are necessary for college and self-promotion success. Topics include: self-motivation, personal learning styles, self-management, emotional intelligence, study skills, cover letter and resume writing, and interviewing. Students exercise learned skills by journaling, participating in classroom discussions, creating cover letters and resumes, and participating in mock interviews and other work-related situational role plays.
5
NUTR&101 - Intro to Nutrition
Study of human nutrition and health. Topics include digestion, absorption and processing nutrients in the body; chemistry and functions of the major nutrients: carbohydrates, fat, protein; vitamin and mineral functions; food, culture and diet, energy balance, diet and metabolism; fitness and health; nutrition of the life cycle, food safety and local and world hunger issues
5
POLS&101 - Introduction to Political Science
This course is an introduction to American government and politics. Students will study the United States Constitution, governmental institutions, the political system, and the regulatory processes embedded within the document. The course format is lecture/discussion.
5
PSYC&100 - General Psychology
Introductory psychology for people with an interest in all that influences human behavior. Whether planning a career in psychology or gaining insights about yourself and others, you will find this a useful and interesting open enrollment course of study.
5
PSYC&200 - Lifespan Psychology
This course is an introduction to the various states of human development. Emphasis is on the major theories and perspectives and their relationship to the physical, cognitive and psychosocial aspects of development across the lifespan.
5
SOC&101 - Introduction to Sociology
This course is a general survey of sociology, the scientific study of the group life of humans in their environment. The course introduces the basic principles of social relationships, collective behavior, and human interaction. These principles are applied to the study of culture; race, gender, and class inequality; deviance; law; social institutions; and social change.
5
Quantitative 5.0 MATH&141 - Precalculus I
In this course students solve functions, function operations, rational, polynomial, exponential, logarithmic and linear functions and equation solving, function graphs, matrices and determinants, sequences and series.
5
MATH&142 - Precalculus II
Right and oblique triangle trigonometry, circular functions, graphs of trigonometric functions, identities, inverse trig functions, vectors and polar coordinates, and parametric equations
5
MATH&146 - Statistics
This course is designed to teach the student counting rules, probability, mean and standard deviation, graphing, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing and regression analysis. Also applications in business, health and technology
5
MATH&151 - Calculus
Limits and limit laws, continuity, tangents and rates of change, derivatives using definition and differentiation rules for polynomial, exponential, trigonometric, logarithmic and transcendental functions, max/min problems, LHospitals rule, Newtons method and antidifferentiation.
5
MATH&153 - Calculus III
Emphasizes the study of infinite sequences and series including power series. Topics include plane analytic geometry, graphing in polar coordinates, and an introduction to vectors.
5
MATH171 - Technical Math
Application of linear and quadratic equations, systems of equations, geometry and trigonometry and vectors and their applications in the technical workplace.
5
MATH172 - Business Math
Equation solving, exponents, markup, income tax, compoung interst, logarithms and finding time, annuities, amoritization and business statistics.
5
MATH174 - Math for Allied Health
Mathematical concepts for allied health fields including systems of measurement, use of formulas, ratios and proportions in health applications; and basic statistics
5

Required Coursework

Course ID Title Prerequisites Credits
HVAC101 HVAC101 - HVAC Fundamentals
This course is an introduction to the HVAC industry. It will introduce the student to HVAC history, environmental heating and cooling, food preservation, industry opportunities, professional organizations, useful publications, available certifications and what is required of an employee.
3
HVAC102 HVAC102 - Safety
This course focuses on Safety following the OSHA and WISHA procedures and regulations are presented. Students complete the Washington State Industrial First Aid/CPR program. The use of personal protection equipment and safe work practices are demonstrated.
2
HVAC103 HVAC103 - HVAC/R Science
This course will cover the importance of the properties of matter, laws of conservation of energy, energy conversion and electrical distribution. Temperature measurement and conversion, thermodynamics, pressures and vaccums are presented.
2
HVAC104 HVAC104 - Tools and Equipment
This course focuses on the proper use of hand tools, fasteners, electrical, refrigeration and heating test instrument and servicing equipment.
4
HVAC105 HVAC105 - Refrigerant/Refrigeration Systems I
In this course students study refrigeration system components and operation, refrigeration cycle, compressors, condenser, metering devices and evaporators.
4
HVAC106 HVAC106 - Refrigerant/Refrigeration Systems II
This course is a continuation of the concepts introduced in HVAC105. Students learn refrigerant properties, system piping, accessing sealed systems, refrigerant management, system evacuation and charging.
3
HVAC107 HVAC107 - HVACR Electrical Systems and Components
In this course, students will study basic electricity, power, circuts, electric motors, eletrical components, diagrams and controls.
5
HVAC108 HVAC108 - Electrical Troubleshooting
In this course, students will apply basic electricity, power, circuits, electric motors, electrical components, diagrams and controls reviewed in HVAC107 troubleshooting electrical problems in the lab.
2
HVAC109 HVAC109 - Soldering and Brazing Applications
In this course, students apply techniques of heat bonding copper tubing and dissimlar materials using soft solder and brazing allows common to the HVAC industry.
3
HVAC110 HVAC110 - Residential HVAC Systems
This course is an introduction to unitary systems split systems, and the arrangement, placement and matching of equipment. Students troubleshoot residetneial cooling and heating equipment.
5
HVAC111 HVAC111 - Light Commerical HVAC Systems
This course is a continuation of the concepts introduced in HVAC110, students review unitary and split air conditioning and heating equipment used in light commercial applications. Oil heating equipment is also presented.
5
HVAC112 HVAC112 - Heat Pump Systems
This course is a continuation of the concepts introduced in HVAC110 and HVAC111. This course is an introduciton to electric heating equipment, heat pump components, applications and troubleshooting.
4
HVAC201 HVAC201 - HVAC/R System Design, Sizing and Layout
This introduction course focuses on basic building construction, fans, airflow, duct design, installation, zone controls, test and balancing air systems, psychometrics, indoor air quality, filters, humidifiers and residential load calcuations.
4
HVAC210 HVAC210 - Drafting and Blueprint Reading
This course provides students with the basics of preparing plans and orthographic and isometric drawings used to create building blueprints. The identification and application of plumbing, electrical, air conditioning, and refrigeration symbols found on mechanical drawings is emphasized.
4
HVAC211 HVAC211 - Commercial Environmental Systems
This course provides students with the knowledge of commerical air conditioning systems, air handlers, accessorires, package units and controls.
5
HVAC212 HVAC212 - Chilled Water Systems
This course is an introduction to types of chilled water units, purge recovery, compressor arrangement, chiller economizers, oil return systems, and absorption chiller operation.
2
HVAC213 HVAC213 - Hydronic Heating Systems
In this course, students identify the uses of common terminal units, types of piping, configuration of multiple systems, motorized controls valves, radiant heating, mixing valves and the circulators used.
2
HVAC214 HVAC214 - Cooling Towers Basics
This course focuses on the basic types of cooling towers and cooling tower operation and maintenance.
1
HVAC215 HVAC215 - Introduction to Thermal Storage
This introduction course focuses on the basic types of cooling towers and cooling tower operation and maintenance.
2
HVAC216 HVAC216 - CFC Exam Preparation
This course is a precursor to taking the EPA Section 608 Exam. Employee must be certified by the EPA to handle refrigerant under penalty of law. Three types of exam are available: Type I, II, or III. All three require that a core exam also be passed. The minimium requirement for HVAC/R technicians is a Type II.
1
HVAC217 HVAC217 - Commercial Refrigeration
In this course, students identify high temperature, medium temperature, and low temperature refrigeration systems, food preservation, various types of systems used, and basic principles of operation.
3
HVAC218 HVAC218 - Installation/Maintenance/Troubleshooting
This course is an introduction to installation standards, equipment placement, piping procedures, determining the correct charge, planned maintenance and troubleshooting procedures.
2
HVAC219 HVAC219 - AHRI Industry Competency Exam # 1 (ICE)
This course is a precursor to taking industry recognized national AHRI Industry Competency Exam (ICE Exam). The three test areas include: Residential Heating and AC, Light Commercial Heating and AC, and Commercial Refrigeration. Completion of one exam of the three exams is required for Support Technician credential and AT Degree.
3
HVAC220 HVAC220 - AHRI Industry Competency Exam # 2 (ICE)
This course is a precursor to taking industry recognized national AHRI Industry Competency Exam (ICE Exam). The three test areas include: Residential Heating and AC, Light Commercial Heating and AC, and Commercial Refrigeration. Completion of an additional exam is required of AT Degree.
3
HVAC221 HVAC221 - HVAC/R Industry Math
This course is an introduction to the math calculations common to the industry, including algebraic formulas, calculation of angles, areas, and volumes of various geometric shapes and system load calculations.
5
WBAS101 WBAS101 - Welding Basics
This course is an introduction to industry-standard welding and cutting processes. Safety principles, equipment setup, and the use of tools and materials are presented
8

Electives

Course ID Title Credits
HVAC291 HVAC291 - Practical Applications
This course offers students an opportunity to work on a lab-based project instead of a work-based learning component. The project should be based on prior course work and should result in the achievement of advanced learning in the subject area chosen.
1-18
HVAC292 HVAC292 - Independent Projects I
This course offers students an opportunity to work independently on a project that is determined by both the instructor and the student. The project emphasis on integration of classroom learning based on prior course work and should result in the achievement of advanced skills in completion of independent project l.
1-5
HVAC293 HVAC293 - Independent Projects II
This course offers students an opportunity to work independently on a project that is determined by both the instructor and the student. The project emphasis on integration of classroom learning based on prior course work and should result in the achievement of advanced skills in completion of independent project lI.
5
HVAC296 HVAC296 - Work-Base LRN EXPERIENCE
This course is Work-based learning (WBL) allows students to participate in on-the-job training in the field in which they are studying. They apply the skills they have learned in the classroom to specific areas of employment in a variety of businesses/industries in the area. The learning activity is based on a written agreement with the participating training provider.
1-13

HVAC/R TECHNICIAN-Sheet Metal Option B - Associate of Applied Science: 103 Credits

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General Education Requirements

Students may choose courses from the following options to fulfill their degree requirements.

Gen Ed Group Credits Required Course ID/Name Credits
Communication 5.0 ENGL&101 - English Composition I
An expository written communication course emphasizing critical thought, reflective reading, and information literacy with attention to rules and conventions of standard American English.
5
ENGL175 - Professional Writing
Enables students in career training programs to think logically and clearly and be effective and convincing in their professional and technical writing. It focuses on development of communication skills essential in a variety of forms of professional writing and technical writing.
5
HUM/SS/NS/O 5.0 BIOL&160 - General Biology
General Biology is intended to leave the student with an integrated view of the living world. The primary goal of the course is to provide students with exposure to and an appreciation of, basic cellular, molecular, genetic, evolutionary and ecological processes that will assist them in future advanced courses
5
BIOL&175 - Human Biology with Lab
This human anatomy and physiology course includes a brief overview of the human body for the non-science major. Basics of chemistry and cell structure are introduced and then the major systems of the human body are emphasized.
5
BIOL&241 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I
The first class in a two-quarter sequence in which human anatomy and physiology are studied using a body systems approach with emphasis on the interrelationships between form and function at the gross and microscopic levels of organization
5
BIOL&242 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II
This is the second in a two-quarter sequence in which human anatomy and physiology are studied using a body systems approach with emphasis on the interrelationships between form and function at the gross and microscopic levels of organization
5
BIOL&260 - Microbiology
This lab focused course is a survey of the biology of organisms too small to see without a microscope. It emphasizes the development of microscopy and culturing skills necessary to investigate the nutrition, grown, metabolism, isolation and identification of medically important bacteria. Lectures cover the concepts of microbial genetics and classification, infectious disease, immunity and immunization.
5
CHEM&121 - General Chemistry
Students in this course explore the structure of matter and how it behaves under various conditions in order to better understand the chemical world. Designed for students with little or no chemistry background. Laboratory activities and extended lecture concepts introduce the students to the experimental process.
5
CHEM&131 - Introduction to Organic/Biochemistry
Introduction to ogranic chemistry and biochemistry includes the study of the nomenclature, structure, reactions and synthesis of organic compounds and biochemistry applications in the nursing fields. The course is primarily intended for those who are interested in the application of the principles of organic chemistry and biochemistry to related areas of science, such as genetics, microbiology, physiology and nutrition.
5
CMST&102 - Introduction to Mass Media
This course critically examines core issues in the relationship between media and society, including news and entertainment media in print, electronic and digital format. Through readings, viewings, research and discussion, we examine the historical, cultural, political and economic contexts of media industries, representations and audiences.
5
CMST&152 - Intercultural Communication
This course is an introduction to the intercultural communication process and its importance in contemporary society. Students learn about the values and beliefse of a variety of cultures and develop skills to interact with people from those cultures. Emphasis is on acquiring an increased understanding of the relationship between culture and communication.
5
CMST&210 - Interpersonal Communication
This course is designed to increase students' awareness of the value and impact of utilizing improved interpersonal communication skills and strategies.
5
CMST&220 - Public Speaking
Introduction to the rhetoric of speech and the preparation and delivery of speech in an extemporaneous style, including ethical research methods, basic rhetoric and critical analysis, and organziation of various types of presentations. Two to four speaking assignments are required, plus regular quizzes, peer review and written examination. Online resources will be integrated.
5
CMST&230 - Small Group Communications
This course is designed to increase students awareness of the value and impact of utilizing improved small group communication skills and strategies.
5
ECON&201 - Microeconomics
This course focuses on the theory of the market systems as a method of allocating resources and distributing income and products. Analysis of current problems including government regulation, subsidies, monopoly and taxation
5
ECON&202 - Macroeconomics
Introduction to macroeconomics; elementary analysis of the determination of income through national income accounting. Covers macroeconomic issues including inflation, unemployment, economic growth, recessions, monetary/fiscal policy, and international trade and finance. Prerequisite: ECON& 201, MATH 098, and ENGL& 101 is recommended.
5
HIST101 - A History of Science and Technology
This course will trace the history of scientific and technological advancements in the western world. Students will be made aware of the evoultion in science from a philosophical and historical perspective. Part of the course will focus on the contributions that significant philosophers, scientists and institutions made to knowledge-making. At the same time, emphasis will also be directed toward the contributions of common, everyday artisans and craftsmen to "discovering", creating and recording scientific and technical knowledge.
5
HREL111 - College and Job Search Success
This course is an introduction to employment and life skills that encourage self-awareness, self-confidence, and self-discipline that are necessary for college and self-promotion success. Topics include: self-motivation, personal learning styles, self-management, emotional intelligence, study skills, cover letter and resume writing, and interviewing. Students exercise learned skills by journaling, participating in classroom discussions, creating cover letters and resumes, and participating in mock interviews and other work-related situational role plays.
5
NUTR&101 - Intro to Nutrition
Study of human nutrition and health. Topics include digestion, absorption and processing nutrients in the body; chemistry and functions of the major nutrients: carbohydrates, fat, protein; vitamin and mineral functions; food, culture and diet, energy balance, diet and metabolism; fitness and health; nutrition of the life cycle, food safety and local and world hunger issues
5
POLS&101 - Introduction to Political Science
This course is an introduction to American government and politics. Students will study the United States Constitution, governmental institutions, the political system, and the regulatory processes embedded within the document. The course format is lecture/discussion.
5
PSYC&100 - General Psychology
Introductory psychology for people with an interest in all that influences human behavior. Whether planning a career in psychology or gaining insights about yourself and others, you will find this a useful and interesting open enrollment course of study.
5
PSYC&200 - Lifespan Psychology
This course is an introduction to the various states of human development. Emphasis is on the major theories and perspectives and their relationship to the physical, cognitive and psychosocial aspects of development across the lifespan.
5
SOC&101 - Introduction to Sociology
This course is a general survey of sociology, the scientific study of the group life of humans in their environment. The course introduces the basic principles of social relationships, collective behavior, and human interaction. These principles are applied to the study of culture; race, gender, and class inequality; deviance; law; social institutions; and social change.
5
Quantitative 5.0 MATH&141 - Precalculus I
In this course students solve functions, function operations, rational, polynomial, exponential, logarithmic and linear functions and equation solving, function graphs, matrices and determinants, sequences and series.
5
MATH&142 - Precalculus II
Right and oblique triangle trigonometry, circular functions, graphs of trigonometric functions, identities, inverse trig functions, vectors and polar coordinates, and parametric equations
5
MATH&146 - Statistics
This course is designed to teach the student counting rules, probability, mean and standard deviation, graphing, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing and regression analysis. Also applications in business, health and technology
5
MATH&151 - Calculus
Limits and limit laws, continuity, tangents and rates of change, derivatives using definition and differentiation rules for polynomial, exponential, trigonometric, logarithmic and transcendental functions, max/min problems, LHospitals rule, Newtons method and antidifferentiation.
5
MATH&153 - Calculus III
Emphasizes the study of infinite sequences and series including power series. Topics include plane analytic geometry, graphing in polar coordinates, and an introduction to vectors.
5
MATH171 - Technical Math
Application of linear and quadratic equations, systems of equations, geometry and trigonometry and vectors and their applications in the technical workplace.
5
MATH172 - Business Math
Equation solving, exponents, markup, income tax, compoung interst, logarithms and finding time, annuities, amoritization and business statistics.
5
MATH174 - Math for Allied Health
Mathematical concepts for allied health fields including systems of measurement, use of formulas, ratios and proportions in health applications; and basic statistics
5

Required Coursework

Course ID Title Prerequisites Credits
HVAC101 HVAC101 - HVAC Fundamentals
This course is an introduction to the HVAC industry. It will introduce the student to HVAC history, environmental heating and cooling, food preservation, industry opportunities, professional organizations, useful publications, available certifications and what is required of an employee.
3
HVAC102 HVAC102 - Safety
This course focuses on Safety following the OSHA and WISHA procedures and regulations are presented. Students complete the Washington State Industrial First Aid/CPR program. The use of personal protection equipment and safe work practices are demonstrated.
2
HVAC103 HVAC103 - HVAC/R Science
This course will cover the importance of the properties of matter, laws of conservation of energy, energy conversion and electrical distribution. Temperature measurement and conversion, thermodynamics, pressures and vaccums are presented.
2
HVAC104 HVAC104 - Tools and Equipment
This course focuses on the proper use of hand tools, fasteners, electrical, refrigeration and heating test instrument and servicing equipment.
4
HVAC105 HVAC105 - Refrigerant/Refrigeration Systems I
In this course students study refrigeration system components and operation, refrigeration cycle, compressors, condenser, metering devices and evaporators.
4
HVAC106 HVAC106 - Refrigerant/Refrigeration Systems II
This course is a continuation of the concepts introduced in HVAC105. Students learn refrigerant properties, system piping, accessing sealed systems, refrigerant management, system evacuation and charging.
3
HVAC107 HVAC107 - HVACR Electrical Systems and Components
In this course, students will study basic electricity, power, circuts, electric motors, eletrical components, diagrams and controls.
5
HVAC108 HVAC108 - Electrical Troubleshooting
In this course, students will apply basic electricity, power, circuits, electric motors, electrical components, diagrams and controls reviewed in HVAC107 troubleshooting electrical problems in the lab.
2
HVAC109 HVAC109 - Soldering and Brazing Applications
In this course, students apply techniques of heat bonding copper tubing and dissimlar materials using soft solder and brazing allows common to the HVAC industry.
3
HVAC110 HVAC110 - Residential HVAC Systems
This course is an introduction to unitary systems split systems, and the arrangement, placement and matching of equipment. Students troubleshoot residetneial cooling and heating equipment.
5
HVAC111 HVAC111 - Light Commerical HVAC Systems
This course is a continuation of the concepts introduced in HVAC110, students review unitary and split air conditioning and heating equipment used in light commercial applications. Oil heating equipment is also presented.
5
HVAC112 HVAC112 - Heat Pump Systems
This course is a continuation of the concepts introduced in HVAC110 and HVAC111. This course is an introduciton to electric heating equipment, heat pump components, applications and troubleshooting.
4
HVAC201 HVAC201 - HVAC/R System Design, Sizing and Layout
This introduction course focuses on basic building construction, fans, airflow, duct design, installation, zone controls, test and balancing air systems, psychometrics, indoor air quality, filters, humidifiers and residential load calcuations.
4
HVAC206 HVAC206 - Basic Metalworking
This course focuses on the components, equipment, and operation for sheet metal layout and fabrication.
2
HVAC207 HVAC207 - Basic Layout and Patterns
This course is a continuation of the concepts introduced in HVAC213, students fabricate patterns and join them in a line of fittings.
2
HVAC208 HVAC208 - Fabrication Practices
This course is a continuation of the concepts introduced in HVAC213, students fabricate patterns and join them in a line of fittings.
2
HVAC209 HVAC209 - Air Balance and Duct Sizing
This course is an introduction to the techniques and procedures used in the residential construction industry to determine proper sizing of HVAC equipment and ducts to meet the requirements for a high-quality, comfortable climate in terms of heating, cooling, humidifying, dehumidifying, ventilation and air cleaning or filtering.
2
HVAC210 HVAC210 - Drafting and Blueprint Reading
This course provides students with the basics of preparing plans and orthographic and isometric drawings used to create building blueprints. The identification and application of plumbing, electrical, air conditioning, and refrigeration symbols found on mechanical drawings is emphasized.
4
HVAC211 HVAC211 - Commercial Environmental Systems
This course provides students with the knowledge of commerical air conditioning systems, air handlers, accessorires, package units and controls.
5
HVAC212 HVAC212 - Chilled Water Systems
This course is an introduction to types of chilled water units, purge recovery, compressor arrangement, chiller economizers, oil return systems, and absorption chiller operation.
2
HVAC213 HVAC213 - Hydronic Heating Systems
In this course, students identify the uses of common terminal units, types of piping, configuration of multiple systems, motorized controls valves, radiant heating, mixing valves and the circulators used.
2
HVAC214 HVAC214 - Cooling Towers Basics
This course focuses on the basic types of cooling towers and cooling tower operation and maintenance.
1
HVAC215 HVAC215 - Introduction to Thermal Storage
This introduction course focuses on the basic types of cooling towers and cooling tower operation and maintenance.
2
HVAC216 HVAC216 - CFC Exam Preparation
This course is a precursor to taking the EPA Section 608 Exam. Employee must be certified by the EPA to handle refrigerant under penalty of law. Three types of exam are available: Type I, II, or III. All three require that a core exam also be passed. The minimium requirement for HVAC/R technicians is a Type II.
1
HVAC217 HVAC217 - Commercial Refrigeration
In this course, students identify high temperature, medium temperature, and low temperature refrigeration systems, food preservation, various types of systems used, and basic principles of operation.
3
HVAC218 HVAC218 - Installation/Maintenance/Troubleshooting
This course is an introduction to installation standards, equipment placement, piping procedures, determining the correct charge, planned maintenance and troubleshooting procedures.
2
HVAC219 HVAC219 - AHRI Industry Competency Exam # 1 (ICE)
This course is a precursor to taking industry recognized national AHRI Industry Competency Exam (ICE Exam). The three test areas include: Residential Heating and AC, Light Commercial Heating and AC, and Commercial Refrigeration. Completion of one exam of the three exams is required for Support Technician credential and AT Degree.
3
HVAC220 HVAC220 - AHRI Industry Competency Exam # 2 (ICE)
This course is a precursor to taking industry recognized national AHRI Industry Competency Exam (ICE Exam). The three test areas include: Residential Heating and AC, Light Commercial Heating and AC, and Commercial Refrigeration. Completion of an additional exam is required of AT Degree.
3
HVAC221 HVAC221 - HVAC/R Industry Math
This course is an introduction to the math calculations common to the industry, including algebraic formulas, calculation of angles, areas, and volumes of various geometric shapes and system load calculations.
5

Electives

Course ID Title Credits
HVAC291 HVAC291 - Practical Applications
This course offers students an opportunity to work on a lab-based project instead of a work-based learning component. The project should be based on prior course work and should result in the achievement of advanced learning in the subject area chosen.
1-18
HVAC292 HVAC292 - Independent Projects I
This course offers students an opportunity to work independently on a project that is determined by both the instructor and the student. The project emphasis on integration of classroom learning based on prior course work and should result in the achievement of advanced skills in completion of independent project l.
1-5
HVAC293 HVAC293 - Independent Projects II
This course offers students an opportunity to work independently on a project that is determined by both the instructor and the student. The project emphasis on integration of classroom learning based on prior course work and should result in the achievement of advanced skills in completion of independent project lI.
5
HVAC296 HVAC296 - Work-Base LRN EXPERIENCE
This course is Work-based learning (WBL) allows students to participate in on-the-job training in the field in which they are studying. They apply the skills they have learned in the classroom to specific areas of employment in a variety of businesses/industries in the area. The learning activity is based on a written agreement with the participating training provider.
1-13

HVAC/R SUPPORT TECHNICIAN - Certificate of Competency: 99 Credits

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General Education Requirements

Students may choose courses from the following options to fulfill their degree requirements.

Gen Ed Group Credits Required Course ID/Name Credits
Communication 5.0 ENGL&101 - English Composition I
An expository written communication course emphasizing critical thought, reflective reading, and information literacy with attention to rules and conventions of standard American English.
5
ENGL175 - Professional Writing
Enables students in career training programs to think logically and clearly and be effective and convincing in their professional and technical writing. It focuses on development of communication skills essential in a variety of forms of professional writing and technical writing.
5
HUM/SS/NS/O 5.0 BIOL&160 - General Biology
General Biology is intended to leave the student with an integrated view of the living world. The primary goal of the course is to provide students with exposure to and an appreciation of, basic cellular, molecular, genetic, evolutionary and ecological processes that will assist them in future advanced courses
5
BIOL&175 - Human Biology with Lab
This human anatomy and physiology course includes a brief overview of the human body for the non-science major. Basics of chemistry and cell structure are introduced and then the major systems of the human body are emphasized.
5
BIOL&241 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I
The first class in a two-quarter sequence in which human anatomy and physiology are studied using a body systems approach with emphasis on the interrelationships between form and function at the gross and microscopic levels of organization
5
BIOL&242 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II
This is the second in a two-quarter sequence in which human anatomy and physiology are studied using a body systems approach with emphasis on the interrelationships between form and function at the gross and microscopic levels of organization
5
BIOL&260 - Microbiology
This lab focused course is a survey of the biology of organisms too small to see without a microscope. It emphasizes the development of microscopy and culturing skills necessary to investigate the nutrition, grown, metabolism, isolation and identification of medically important bacteria. Lectures cover the concepts of microbial genetics and classification, infectious disease, immunity and immunization.
5
CHEM&121 - General Chemistry
Students in this course explore the structure of matter and how it behaves under various conditions in order to better understand the chemical world. Designed for students with little or no chemistry background. Laboratory activities and extended lecture concepts introduce the students to the experimental process.
5
CHEM&131 - Introduction to Organic/Biochemistry
Introduction to ogranic chemistry and biochemistry includes the study of the nomenclature, structure, reactions and synthesis of organic compounds and biochemistry applications in the nursing fields. The course is primarily intended for those who are interested in the application of the principles of organic chemistry and biochemistry to related areas of science, such as genetics, microbiology, physiology and nutrition.
5
CMST&102 - Introduction to Mass Media
This course critically examines core issues in the relationship between media and society, including news and entertainment media in print, electronic and digital format. Through readings, viewings, research and discussion, we examine the historical, cultural, political and economic contexts of media industries, representations and audiences.
5
CMST&152 - Intercultural Communication
This course is an introduction to the intercultural communication process and its importance in contemporary society. Students learn about the values and beliefse of a variety of cultures and develop skills to interact with people from those cultures. Emphasis is on acquiring an increased understanding of the relationship between culture and communication.
5
CMST&210 - Interpersonal Communication
This course is designed to increase students' awareness of the value and impact of utilizing improved interpersonal communication skills and strategies.
5
CMST&220 - Public Speaking
Introduction to the rhetoric of speech and the preparation and delivery of speech in an extemporaneous style, including ethical research methods, basic rhetoric and critical analysis, and organziation of various types of presentations. Two to four speaking assignments are required, plus regular quizzes, peer review and written examination. Online resources will be integrated.
5
CMST&230 - Small Group Communications
This course is designed to increase students awareness of the value and impact of utilizing improved small group communication skills and strategies.
5
ECON&201 - Microeconomics
This course focuses on the theory of the market systems as a method of allocating resources and distributing income and products. Analysis of current problems including government regulation, subsidies, monopoly and taxation
5
ECON&202 - Macroeconomics
Introduction to macroeconomics; elementary analysis of the determination of income through national income accounting. Covers macroeconomic issues including inflation, unemployment, economic growth, recessions, monetary/fiscal policy, and international trade and finance. Prerequisite: ECON& 201, MATH 098, and ENGL& 101 is recommended.
5
HIST101 - A History of Science and Technology
This course will trace the history of scientific and technological advancements in the western world. Students will be made aware of the evoultion in science from a philosophical and historical perspective. Part of the course will focus on the contributions that significant philosophers, scientists and institutions made to knowledge-making. At the same time, emphasis will also be directed toward the contributions of common, everyday artisans and craftsmen to "discovering", creating and recording scientific and technical knowledge.
5
HREL111 - College and Job Search Success
This course is an introduction to employment and life skills that encourage self-awareness, self-confidence, and self-discipline that are necessary for college and self-promotion success. Topics include: self-motivation, personal learning styles, self-management, emotional intelligence, study skills, cover letter and resume writing, and interviewing. Students exercise learned skills by journaling, participating in classroom discussions, creating cover letters and resumes, and participating in mock interviews and other work-related situational role plays.
5
NUTR&101 - Intro to Nutrition
Study of human nutrition and health. Topics include digestion, absorption and processing nutrients in the body; chemistry and functions of the major nutrients: carbohydrates, fat, protein; vitamin and mineral functions; food, culture and diet, energy balance, diet and metabolism; fitness and health; nutrition of the life cycle, food safety and local and world hunger issues
5
POLS&101 - Introduction to Political Science
This course is an introduction to American government and politics. Students will study the United States Constitution, governmental institutions, the political system, and the regulatory processes embedded within the document. The course format is lecture/discussion.
5
PSYC&100 - General Psychology
Introductory psychology for people with an interest in all that influences human behavior. Whether planning a career in psychology or gaining insights about yourself and others, you will find this a useful and interesting open enrollment course of study.
5
PSYC&200 - Lifespan Psychology
This course is an introduction to the various states of human development. Emphasis is on the major theories and perspectives and their relationship to the physical, cognitive and psychosocial aspects of development across the lifespan.
5
SOC&101 - Introduction to Sociology
This course is a general survey of sociology, the scientific study of the group life of humans in their environment. The course introduces the basic principles of social relationships, collective behavior, and human interaction. These principles are applied to the study of culture; race, gender, and class inequality; deviance; law; social institutions; and social change.
5
Quantitative 5.0 MATH&141 - Precalculus I
In this course students solve functions, function operations, rational, polynomial, exponential, logarithmic and linear functions and equation solving, function graphs, matrices and determinants, sequences and series.
5
MATH&142 - Precalculus II
Right and oblique triangle trigonometry, circular functions, graphs of trigonometric functions, identities, inverse trig functions, vectors and polar coordinates, and parametric equations
5
MATH&146 - Statistics
This course is designed to teach the student counting rules, probability, mean and standard deviation, graphing, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing and regression analysis. Also applications in business, health and technology
5
MATH&151 - Calculus
Limits and limit laws, continuity, tangents and rates of change, derivatives using definition and differentiation rules for polynomial, exponential, trigonometric, logarithmic and transcendental functions, max/min problems, LHospitals rule, Newtons method and antidifferentiation.
5
MATH&152 - Calculus II
Course content includes the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, definite and indefinite integrals, methods of integration, applications of integration, and improper integrals. The course also includes an introduction to first order differential equations, antiderivatives, definite and indefinite integrals, and methods of integration.
5
MATH&153 - Calculus III
Emphasizes the study of infinite sequences and series including power series. Topics include plane analytic geometry, graphing in polar coordinates, and an introduction to vectors.
5
MATH171 - Technical Math
Application of linear and quadratic equations, systems of equations, geometry and trigonometry and vectors and their applications in the technical workplace.
5
MATH172 - Business Math
Equation solving, exponents, markup, income tax, compoung interst, logarithms and finding time, annuities, amoritization and business statistics.
5
Math173 - Mathematic Concepts for Child Care/Early Education
Mathematics for Early Childhood Educators focuses on the conceptual understanding, connections between and the application of math concepts. Concepts include number systems and computation, geometry, measurement, data analysis, probability and statistics, and problem solving. Emphasis is placed on the ability to communicate mathematical concepts in ways appropriate for young children.
5

Required Coursework

Course ID Title Prerequisites Credits
HVAC101 HVAC101 - HVAC Fundamentals
This course is an introduction to the HVAC industry. It will introduce the student to HVAC history, environmental heating and cooling, food preservation, industry opportunities, professional organizations, useful publications, available certifications and what is required of an employee.
3
HVAC102 HVAC102 - Safety
This course focuses on Safety following the OSHA and WISHA procedures and regulations are presented. Students complete the Washington State Industrial First Aid/CPR program. The use of personal protection equipment and safe work practices are demonstrated.
2
HVAC103 HVAC103 - HVAC/R Science
This course will cover the importance of the properties of matter, laws of conservation of energy, energy conversion and electrical distribution. Temperature measurement and conversion, thermodynamics, pressures and vaccums are presented.
2
HVAC104 HVAC104 - Tools and Equipment
This course focuses on the proper use of hand tools, fasteners, electrical, refrigeration and heating test instrument and servicing equipment.
4
HVAC105 HVAC105 - Refrigerant/Refrigeration Systems I
In this course students study refrigeration system components and operation, refrigeration cycle, compressors, condenser, metering devices and evaporators.
4
HVAC106 HVAC106 - Refrigerant/Refrigeration Systems II
This course is a continuation of the concepts introduced in HVAC105. Students learn refrigerant properties, system piping, accessing sealed systems, refrigerant management, system evacuation and charging.
3
HVAC107 HVAC107 - HVACR Electrical Systems and Components
In this course, students will study basic electricity, power, circuts, electric motors, eletrical components, diagrams and controls.
5
HVAC108 HVAC108 - Electrical Troubleshooting
In this course, students will apply basic electricity, power, circuits, electric motors, electrical components, diagrams and controls reviewed in HVAC107 troubleshooting electrical problems in the lab.
2
HVAC109 HVAC109 - Soldering and Brazing Applications
In this course, students apply techniques of heat bonding copper tubing and dissimlar materials using soft solder and brazing allows common to the HVAC industry.
3
HVAC110 HVAC110 - Residential HVAC Systems
This course is an introduction to unitary systems split systems, and the arrangement, placement and matching of equipment. Students troubleshoot residetneial cooling and heating equipment.
5
HVAC111 HVAC111 - Light Commerical HVAC Systems
This course is a continuation of the concepts introduced in HVAC110, students review unitary and split air conditioning and heating equipment used in light commercial applications. Oil heating equipment is also presented.
5
HVAC112 HVAC112 - Heat Pump Systems
This course is a continuation of the concepts introduced in HVAC110 and HVAC111. This course is an introduciton to electric heating equipment, heat pump components, applications and troubleshooting.
4
HVAC210 HVAC210 - Drafting and Blueprint Reading
This course provides students with the basics of preparing plans and orthographic and isometric drawings used to create building blueprints. The identification and application of plumbing, electrical, air conditioning, and refrigeration symbols found on mechanical drawings is emphasized.
4
HVAC211 HVAC211 - Commercial Environmental Systems
This course provides students with the knowledge of commerical air conditioning systems, air handlers, accessorires, package units and controls.
5
HVAC212 HVAC212 - Chilled Water Systems
This course is an introduction to types of chilled water units, purge recovery, compressor arrangement, chiller economizers, oil return systems, and absorption chiller operation.
2
HVAC213 HVAC213 - Hydronic Heating Systems
In this course, students identify the uses of common terminal units, types of piping, configuration of multiple systems, motorized controls valves, radiant heating, mixing valves and the circulators used.
2
HVAC214 HVAC214 - Cooling Towers Basics
This course focuses on the basic types of cooling towers and cooling tower operation and maintenance.
1
HVAC215 HVAC215 - Introduction to Thermal Storage
This introduction course focuses on the basic types of cooling towers and cooling tower operation and maintenance.
2
HVAC216 HVAC216 - CFC Exam Preparation
This course is a precursor to taking the EPA Section 608 Exam. Employee must be certified by the EPA to handle refrigerant under penalty of law. Three types of exam are available: Type I, II, or III. All three require that a core exam also be passed. The minimium requirement for HVAC/R technicians is a Type II.
1
HVAC217 HVAC217 - Commercial Refrigeration
In this course, students identify high temperature, medium temperature, and low temperature refrigeration systems, food preservation, various types of systems used, and basic principles of operation.
3
HVAC218 HVAC218 - Installation/Maintenance/Troubleshooting
This course is an introduction to installation standards, equipment placement, piping procedures, determining the correct charge, planned maintenance and troubleshooting procedures.
2
HVAC219 HVAC219 - AHRI Industry Competency Exam # 1 (ICE)
This course is a precursor to taking industry recognized national AHRI Industry Competency Exam (ICE Exam). The three test areas include: Residential Heating and AC, Light Commercial Heating and AC, and Commercial Refrigeration. Completion of one exam of the three exams is required for Support Technician credential and AT Degree.
3
HVAC220 HVAC220 - AHRI Industry Competency Exam # 2 (ICE)
This course is a precursor to taking industry recognized national AHRI Industry Competency Exam (ICE Exam). The three test areas include: Residential Heating and AC, Light Commercial Heating and AC, and Commercial Refrigeration. Completion of an additional exam is required of AT Degree.
3
HVAC221 HVAC221 - HVAC/R Industry Math
This course is an introduction to the math calculations common to the industry, including algebraic formulas, calculation of angles, areas, and volumes of various geometric shapes and system load calculations.
5

Students prepare for certified entry-level employment in the heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration industry. The technical skills acquired in this program may be applied in areas such as air conditioning, systems controls, energy management systems, heating and ventilation technicians, and sales. For those individuals already in the HVAC/R trade, customized training to upgrade skills is also provided, as well as applicable sustainable construction practices. The program also provides extended learning opportunities for persons previously or currently employed in related professions.

At the successful completion of the program curriculum, students will be able to:

  1. Follow safe working practice.
  2. Apply the principles and strategies used for the installation of air condition systems, heat pump systems, electric furnace, fossil fuel furnace, and system controls.
  3. Apply the principles and strategies used to troubleshoot and service air condition systems, heat pump systems, electric furnaces, hydronic systems, fossil fuel furnace, and system controls.
  4. Recognize components and design principles used in air distribution systems.
  5. Use mathematical skills to solve problems in electrical, heating, and air conditioning systems.
  6. Apply troubleshooting skills to diagnose and repair the following: air distribution, electrical, heating systems, hydronic systems, cooling systems, and system controls.
  7. Use tools and equipment required for repairing, testing, and installation of air conditioning systems, heat pump systems, hydronic systems, electric furnace, fossil fuel furnace, and system controls.
  8. Perform basic business, employability and customer service skills as related to the HVA/C-R industry.
  9. Complete AHRI Industry Heating and Cooling Competency Exam (ICE exam).
  10. Handle refrigerant by completing EPA Section 608 Type II Technician Certification.
  11. Apply the basic principles of energy management.

In addition to the following college-wide learning outcomes reflect the guiding expectations of all programs at Bates Technical College:

  • Human Diversity
  • Effective Communication
  • Critical Thinking

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Bates instructors are industry experts who enjoy working with and teaching students.

Instructors

  • Joe Lyon

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