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Heating, Refrigeration, & Air Conditioning: Entry Level Technician

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Heating, Refrigeration, & Air Conditioning: Entry Level Technician - Certificate (H84)

This program is designed to prepare students for employment in heating and air conditioning service work.

Work and Employment

The technician is an entry-level position. The program graduate will troubleshoot and repair heating and air conditioning systems. The technician will be required to use and have knowledge of special testing equipment. Work conducted as an entry-level technician is usually supervised by a seasoned professional.

Special Considerations

The technician must be able to work in wide range of environments including a construction type environment and finished residential and light commercial buildings. The technician must be able to lift 50 pounds frequently and 80 pounds occasionally.

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Program Contacts at Sauk Valley Community College

  • Academic Advising, 815-835-6354
  • Jeff Johnson, Multicraft Instructor, 815-835-6572

Total Hours Required - 16.5 Hours

Major Field Requirements - 16.5 Hours

  • ELT120 - Fund of Elec w/ Applied Math ( 3 Semester Hours)

    This course provides basic electricity fundamentals, basic control strategies and electrical symbols. The class will provide the student with an understanding of basic electrical theory, schematic and wiring diagram symbols, motor theory, wiring and electrical troubleshooting. Conventional current will be used to define current flow. Applied mathematical concepts are incorporated into the course as required for successful understanding of objectives. 3 Semester hour(s) Lecture/Lab Hours: 2 lec, 2 lab/week

  • HRS100 - EPA Certification ( 0.5 Semester Hours)

    The course will contain all the information needed for a technician to successfully complete EPA certification. This is required to work in the HVAC field. .5 Semester hour(s) Lecture/Lab HoursL .5 lec/week

  • HRS114 - Sheet Metal Fabrication ( 3 Semester Hours)

    The students will obtain a working knowledge of layout and fabrication of common fittings used today. The student will learn how to use the tooling in a sheet metal shop safely and efficiently. This is a basic class and does not go into advanced layout procedures. 3 Semester hour(s) Lecture/Lab Hours: 1 lec, 3 lab/week

  • HRS120 - Basic Refrigeration ( 3 Semester Hours)

    This course will allow the student to become proficient in the use of tools and proficient in the correct materials to use for a given task. The tools will be specific to air conditioning operations for proper operations of components an system performance. Prerequisite: ELT 120 (may be taken concurrently) or EET 107 (can be taken concurrently) or consent of instructor. 3 Semester hour(s) Lecture/Lab Hours: 2 lec, 2 lab/week

  • HRS130 - Basic Heating ( 3 Semester Hours)

    This class covers the basic residential forced air heating system. The class will address basic concepts involved in the combustion process for safe operation of a home forced air heating system. Furnace components and parts will be studied and how to properly hook components together for safe and efficient operation. The class will explore different furnace efficiencies and how they differ. Prerequisite: ELT 120 or EET 107 or consent of instructor. 3 Semester hour(s) Lecture/Lab Hours: 2 lec, 2 lab/week

  • IND118 - Mechanical Systems ( 3 Semester Hours)

    The course will contain all information needed for a maintenance technician to successfully perform at a high level in their job. The course material will cover mechanical systems focusing on analysis of mechanical components, their relationships to each other, and failure prediction. General rigging will also be covered. Prerequisite: EET 107 (may be taken concurrently) or ELT 120 (may be taken concurrently). 3 Semester hour(s) Lecture/Lab Hours: 2 lec, 2 lab/week

  • IND131 - OSHA Standards ( 1 Semester Hours)

    Provides students with information regarding basic safety principles in industry. A brief overview of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will be discussed. The primary focus will be on OSHA regulations and standards that pertain to the construction and maintenance of industrial electro-mechanical systems. 1 Semester hour(s) Lecture/Lab Hours: 1 lec. week

Suggested Program

First Semester - 9 Hours

  • ELT120 - Fund of Elec w/ Applied Math ( 3 Semester Hours)

    This course provides basic electricity fundamentals, basic control strategies and electrical symbols. The class will provide the student with an understanding of basic electrical theory, schematic and wiring diagram symbols, motor theory, wiring and electrical troubleshooting. Conventional current will be used to define current flow. Applied mathematical concepts are incorporated into the course as required for successful understanding of objectives. 3 Semester hour(s) Lecture/Lab Hours: 2 lec, 2 lab/week

  • HRS114 - Sheet Metal Fabrication ( 3 Semester Hours)

    The students will obtain a working knowledge of layout and fabrication of common fittings used today. The student will learn how to use the tooling in a sheet metal shop safely and efficiently. This is a basic class and does not go into advanced layout procedures. 3 Semester hour(s) Lecture/Lab Hours: 1 lec, 3 lab/week

  • IND118 - Mechanical Systems ( 3 Semester Hours)

    The course will contain all information needed for a maintenance technician to successfully perform at a high level in their job. The course material will cover mechanical systems focusing on analysis of mechanical components, their relationships to each other, and failure prediction. General rigging will also be covered. Prerequisite: EET 107 (may be taken concurrently) or ELT 120 (may be taken concurrently). 3 Semester hour(s) Lecture/Lab Hours: 2 lec, 2 lab/week

Second Semester - 7.5 Hours

  • HRS100 - EPA Certification ( 0.5 Semester Hours)

    The course will contain all the information needed for a technician to successfully complete EPA certification. This is required to work in the HVAC field. .5 Semester hour(s) Lecture/Lab HoursL .5 lec/week

  • HRS120 - Basic Refrigeration ( 3 Semester Hours)

    This course will allow the student to become proficient in the use of tools and proficient in the correct materials to use for a given task. The tools will be specific to air conditioning operations for proper operations of components an system performance. Prerequisite: ELT 120 (may be taken concurrently) or EET 107 (can be taken concurrently) or consent of instructor. 3 Semester hour(s) Lecture/Lab Hours: 2 lec, 2 lab/week

  • HRS130 - Basic Heating ( 3 Semester Hours)

    This class covers the basic residential forced air heating system. The class will address basic concepts involved in the combustion process for safe operation of a home forced air heating system. Furnace components and parts will be studied and how to properly hook components together for safe and efficient operation. The class will explore different furnace efficiencies and how they differ. Prerequisite: ELT 120 or EET 107 or consent of instructor. 3 Semester hour(s) Lecture/Lab Hours: 2 lec, 2 lab/week

  • IND131 - OSHA Standards ( 1 Semester Hours)

    Provides students with information regarding basic safety principles in industry. A brief overview of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will be discussed. The primary focus will be on OSHA regulations and standards that pertain to the construction and maintenance of industrial electro-mechanical systems. 1 Semester hour(s) Lecture/Lab Hours: 1 lec. week