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Career and Technical Studies
Degree: 
Construction Technology Diploma, HVAC Track
Length: 
Five semesters
Purpose: 

A shortage of qualified HVAC technicians, Mechanical (HVAC) Tradesman, and workers with Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning experience has created the need for trained personnel in the construction industry. The Construction Technology HVAC Diploma track is designed  for those seeking entry level employment in the Mechanical (HVAC) Trades and is a pathway to Virginia Tradesman Licensure. Successful completion of the two year Construction Technology HVAC Diploma meets eligibility requirements for those seeking Virginia Tradesman Licensure. In addition, a minimum of two years of documented work experience in the trade is required for licensure The HVAC Diploma (including the integrated HVAC Career Studies Certificate) provides training based on the current Virginia adoption of the Mechanical Code.  In addition, the track provides training and a pathway that can lead to a number of construction related credentials including Contractor Licensure, OSHA 10-30 Construction Industry Safety Training, NABCEP Entry Level Solar Thermal Installer Testing, and EPA 608/410A Certification.

Occupational Objectives: 
  • Journeyman Mechanical (HVAC) Tradesman
  • Entry Level Air Conditioning Service Technician
  • Entry Level Mechanical Trades Worker

In addition to the admission requirements established for the college, entry into the Construction Technology Diploma Program requires competency in English ENF 1 and Math Essentials MTE 1-3 as demonstrated through the placement and diagnostic tests, or by satisfactorily completing the required ENF or MTE units or equivalent.

 The following list is a suggested sequence in which students may plan their class schedules to ensure graduation in two years.

First Year
First Semester
Course Number Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Course Cr.
AIR 121*
*

Integrated 24 credit HVAC Career Studies Certificate

Air Conditioning and Refrigeration I 2 3 3
BLD 110 Introduction to Construction 3 0 3
ELE 115* Basic Electricity 3 0 3
BLD 215 OSHA 30 Construction Safety 2 0 2
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1 0 1
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 11 3 12
Second Semester
Course Number Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Course Cr.
AIR 122* Air Conditioning and Refrigeration II 2 3 3
BLD 105 Shop Practices and Procedures 2 3 2
BLD 111 Blueprint Reading and the Building Code 2 2 3
BLD 200 Sustainable Construction 3 0 3
ENG 100 Basic Occupational Communication 3 0 3
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 12 8 14
Summer Semester
Course Number Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Course Cr.
AIR 99* Supervised Study in HVAC 0 3 1
BLD 190* Coordinated Internship
or 0 9 3
BLD 198 Seminar and Project
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 0 12 4
Second Year
Third Semester
Course Number Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Course Cr.
AIR 126* Electrical and Control Systems 1 3 2
AIR 235* Heat Pumps 2 2 3
BLD 101 Construction Management I 3 0 3
ENE 105 Solar Thermal Active and Passive Technology 3 3 4
MTH 103 Applied Technical Mathematics I 3 0 3
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 12 8 15
Fourth Semester
Course Number Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Course Cr.
AIR 158* Mechanical Codes 2 0 2
AIR 159* Heating and Cooling Safety 1 0 1
AIR 165* Air Conditioning Systems I 2 3 3
BLD 290 Coordinated Internship
or 0 9 3
BLD 298 Seminar and Project
MTH 104 Applied Technical Mathematics II 3 0 3
Elective**
**

Core Electives: ELE 110, ELE 127, BLD 140, BLD 141, BLD 142

Core Elective 3 0 3
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 11 12 15
Notes:

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