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Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning**


(067) Associate in Applied Science

The heating, ventilation and air conditioning program provides the skills needed to install, service and maintain commercial and residential heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment. Upon completion of this program, students should be capable of installing a commercial or residential heating, ventilation and air conditioning system; performing routine maintenance on the unit; conducting standard tests on the unit to ensure operating efficiency; and following a logical procedure to troubleshoot a mechanical or electrical problem. The program is appropriate for pre-service entry-level students as well as current employees who desire to upgrade of their current knowledge and skills.

Work and Employment

Controlling the temperature of our environment and maintaining a comfort level is the task of a heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) technician. Heating and cooling systems control the temperature, humidity and often the cleanliness of the air in our homes, schools, stores, offices and factories. HVAC mechanics are skilled workers who install, maintain and repair those systems.

Special Considerations

Workers usually have the following skills and aptitudes: utilize analytical skills, work carefully and without much supervision, demonstrate good manual dexterity, have mechanical aptitude, display good judgment and initiative, are analytical, good problem solvers, responsible and patient.

Program Contacts at Sauk Valley Community College
Academic Advising, 815/835-6354; Christopher Carlson,  Professor of HVAC, 815/835-6221.

Estimated Program Cost

The following figures are based on 2020-21 tuition and fee rates and the course fees in the Class Schedule for the required number 65 credit hours.

Tuition $8,775.00 $23,416.90 $26,473.20
Fees $1,040.00 $1,040.00 $1,040.00
Course Fees * $351.00 * $351.00 * $351.00
Total Tuition and Fees $10,166.00 $24,807.90 $27,864.20

* Note: Course fees may vary depending upon the classes that a student completes within an academic program. The course fee above is only an estimation and represents the maximum course fees possible; it is likely that course fees will be lower than the estimation above.