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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.

Course Sequence: 
Course Number Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Course Cr.
First Semester
AIR 121 Air Conditioning and Refrigeration I 2 3 3
BLD 110 Introductino to Construction 3 0 3
ELE 115 Basic Electricity 3 0 3
ITE 102 Computers and Information Systems 2 0 2
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1 0 1
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 17 3 12
Second Semester
AIR 122 Air Conditioning and Refrigeration II 2 3 3
BLD 105 Shop Practices and Procedures 2 3 3
BLD 111 Blueprint Reading and Building Code 2 2 3
BLD 200 Sustainable Construction 3 0 3
BLD 215 OSHA 30 Construction Safety 2 0 2
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 11 8 14
Summer Semester
AIR 99 Supervised Study in HVAC 0 3 1
BLD 190 or BLD 298 Coordinated Internship/Seminar and Project 0 9 3
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 0 12 4
Third Semester
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 Math 3 0 3
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 12 8 15
Fourth Semester
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
AIR 195 Topics in HVAC 2 3 3
BLD 290 or BLD 298 Coordinated Internship/Seminar and Project 0 9 3
ENG 1001 Basic Occupational Communication 3 0 3
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 10 15 15
Total Minimum Credits Required for this Curriculum 60
Notes: 

1ENG 137 may be substituted for ENG 100.

Students may only earn ONE Construction Technology Diploma. Completion of additional coursework in multiple Construction Technology tracks MAY lead to the awarding of Career Studies Certificates in the other tracks if appropriate. Consult with your faculty advisor if you wish to earn multiple awards.

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