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Industrial

Heating and Air Conditioning Technology Degree

Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration technicians, often referred to as HVACR technicians, work on heating, ventilation, cooling, and refrigeration systems that control the air quality in many types of buildings. Heating and air conditioning systems control the temperature, humidity, and overall air quality in homes, businesses, and other buildings. By providing a climate-controlled environment, refrigeration systems make it possible to store and transport food, medicine, and other perishable items.

The Heating and Air Conditioning Technology program prepares students for entry into the residential, commercial and industrial heating, ventilation, and air conditioning industry.

Entrance Advising

Due to the highly technical nature of this program and NIACC’s commitment to giving students the best possible opportunity for success, students will be scheduled for advisement sessions with counselors and program personnel. In these sessions, the student’s career plans, previous background, transcripts, test scores, life experiences, and motivation will aid in designing a positive education experience.

Career Opportunities

Completion of the Diploma program prepares graduates to enter the Heating and Air Conditioning Technology Degree program or to enter the following occupations:

    • Residential Heating/Air-Conditioning Service Mechanic
    • Heating/Air-Conditioning Installer
    • Heating/Air-Conditioning Parts Salesperson

Completion of the degree program prepares graduates to enter the following occupations:

    • Commercial Heating/Air-Conditioning Controls Technician
    • Commercial Heating/Air-Conditioning Service Technician
    • Heating/Air-Conditioning Lab Technician
    • Heating/Air-Conditioning Sales Engineer
    • Heating/Air-Conditioning Parts Manager
    • Manufacturer’s Field Service Representative

For specific information contact the NIACC Industrial Division.

Gainful Employment

Degree Earned

Upon successful completion of the Heating and Air Conditioning Technology two-year program curriculum with a grade point average of 2.00 (C) or higher, the student is awarded an Associate in Applied Science Degree. The student will then qualify for an HVAC Service Technician license through the State of Iowa.

Costs

Tuition is based on the number of credit hours and legal residence and is subject to change or modification. To see the current cost per semester hour click here.

Financial Aid/Scholarships

Financial assistance is available in the form of grants, scholarships, loans, and part-time employment (work study). Students apply for financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For more information on Financial Aid click here.

First Year - First Term

HCR-115 Residential Heating Systems 4 s.h.
HCR-155 Troubleshooting Heating Systems 3 s.h.
IND-190 Skills and Safety in Industry 1 s.h.
MAT-801 Applied Math A* 1 s.h.
MAT-802 Applied Math B** 1 s.h.
MAT-803 Applied Math C*** 1 s.h.
SDV-199 College Essentials 1 s.h.
WEL-335 Ag & Industry Welding 2 s.h.
14 s.h.
Second Term
BUS-161 Human Relations 3 s.h.
ELT-745 Maintenance Shop Operations 3 s.h.
ENG-701 Communications I 3 s.h.
HCR-210 Residential Air-Conditioning Systems**** 4 s.h.
HCR-240 Troubleshooting Air-Conditioning Systems***** 3 s.h.
16 s.h.
Second Year - Third Term
ELT-790 Fluid Power+ 3 s.h.
HCR-150 Commercial Heating Systems++ 5 s.h.
HCR-510 Sheet Metal Fabrication+++ 2 s.h.
HCR-802 Control Systems for HVAC++++ 4 s.h.
MFG-108 Computer Aided Drafting+++++ 2 s.h.
16 s.h.
Fourth Term
BUS-130 Introduction to Entrepreneurship 3 s.h.
BUS-162 Workplace Professionalism 3 s.h.
HCR-235 Commercial Air-Conditioning Systems 5 s.h.
HCR-923 Systems Design# 3 s.h.
14 s.h.
Total Program Hours 60 s.h.

*Prerequisite: COMPASS Pre-Algebra score of at least 49, or ACT math score of at least 16, or MAT-063 Pre-Algebra with a grade of C or higher, or Accuplacer Arithmetic score of at least 59, or Accuplacer Elementary Algebra score of at least 50, or Accuplacer College Math score of at least 21.
**Prerequisite: COMPASS Pre-Algebra score of at least 49, or ACT math score of at least 16, or MAT-063 Pre-Algebra with a grade of C or higher, or Accuplacer Arithmetic score of at least 59, or Accuplacer Elementary Algebra score of at least 50, or Accuplacer College Math score of at least 21.
***Prerequisite: MAT-801 Applied Math A and MAT-802 Applied Math B with a grade of C or higher, or by permission of the instructor.
****Prerequisite: HCR-115 Residential Heating System, HCR-155 Troubleshooting Heating Systems, or instructor permission.
*****Prerequisite: HCR-115 Residential Heating Systems, HCR-155 Troubleshooting Heating Systems; Corequisite: HCR-210 Residential Air-Conditioning Systems or instructor permission.

+Prerequisite/Corequisite: MAT-801 Applied Math A, MAT-802 Applied Math B, MAT-803 Applied Math C, and MAT-804 Applied Math D, or permission of instructor.
++Prerequisite: HCR-115 Residential Heating Systems, HCR-155 Troubleshooting Heating Systems, HCR-210 Residential Air-Conditioning Systems, HCR-240 Troubleshooting Air-Conditioning Systems; Corequisite: HCR-510 Sheet Metal Fabrication, HCR-802 Control Systems, or instructor permission.
+++Prerequisite: HCR-115 Residential Heating Systems, HCR-155 Troubleshooting Heating Systems, HCR-210 Residential Air-Conditioning Systems, HCR-240 Troubleshooting Air-Conditioning Systems; Corequisite: HCR-802 Control Systems, or instructor permission.
++++Prerequisite: HCR-115 Residential Heating Systems, HCR-155 Troubleshooting Heating Systems, HCR-210 Residential Air-Conditioning Systems, HCR-240 Troubleshooting Air-Conditioning Systems, Corequisite: HCR-150 Commercial Heating Systems, HCR-510 Sheet Metal Fabrication, or instructor permission.
+++++Prerequisite: MFG-120, Machine Trade Print Reading I and MFG-130, Machine Trade Print Reading II or instructor permission.

#Prerequisite: HCR-115 Residential Heating Systems, HCR-150 Commercial Heating Systems, HCR-155 Troubleshooting Heating Systems, HCR-210 Residential Air-Conditioning Systems, HCR-240 Troubleshooting Air-Conditioning System, HCR-510 Sheet Metal Fabrication, HCR-802 Control Systems; Corequisite: HCR-923 Systems Design, or instructor permission.