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*
*

Classes for the 24 credit certificate for one year towards licensure

Air Conditioning and Refrigeration I 2 3 3
AIR 126* Electrical and Control Systems 1 3 2
AIR 199* Supervised Study in HVAC 0 3 1
AIR 235* Heat Pumps 2 2 3
BLD 110 Introduction to Construction 3 0 3
BLD 215 OSHA 30 Construction Safety 2 0 2
ELE 115* Basic Electricity 3 0 3
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 13 11 17

Second Semester

Course Number Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Course Cr.
AIR 122* Air Conditioning and Refrigeration II 2 3 3
AIR 126 Electrical and Control Systems 1 3 2
AIR 158 Mechanical Codes 2 0 2
AIR 159 Heating and Cooling Safety 1 0 1
BLD 105 Shop Practices and Procedures 2 3 2
BLD 111 Blueprint Reading and the Building Code 2 2 3
BLD 200 Sustainable Construction 2 0 2
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 12 11 15
Second Year

Third Semester

Course Number Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Course Cr.
BLD 101 Construction Management I 3 0 3
ENE 105 Solar Thermal Active and Passive Technology 3 3 4
ENG 115 Technical Writing 3
IND 137 Team Concepts & Problem Solving 3
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1 0 1
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 7 3 14

Fourth Semester

Course Number Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Course Cr.
BLD 290 Coordinated Internship
or 0 9 3
BLD 298 Seminar and Project
BLD 290 Coordinated Internship
ENG 111 College Composition I 3 0 3
ITE 115 Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts 3 0 3
MTH 111 Basic Technical Math 3 0 3
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 9 9 12
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