• Program: Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration
  • Degree: Associate in Applied Science Degree
  • Credits: Total Associate in Applied Science Degree Credits 72
  • Academic Planning Guide:


Trained personnel are in critical short supply for the demands of the residential and commercial heating and air conditioning industry. With the increased need for energy efficient heating and cooling systems, new energy codes and exploding technology advancements, opportunities in the residential/commercial HVAC field are unlimited. The residential/commercial air conditioning, heating and refrigeration areas include working on heat/cool rooftop units, high-efficiency electronically controlled forced air furnaces and hydronic boilers, chillers and large-building computerized energy management control systems, ice cube machines, walk-in coolers/freezers and display cases. The HVAC technician should have the ability to install, retrofit, service and repair residential/commercial air handling units that have the capabilities of cooling, heating, humidifying, dehumidifying and filtration of air for environmental control.

Career Opportunities

Employment opportunities in the residential/commercial heating, cooling, air conditioning and refrigeration field are based on each individual`s goals and qualifications. Opportunities exist in management, sales, service, installation and maintenance of HVAC and refrigeration equipment. Possible positions include: installer, quality control technician, service technician, manufacturer`s representative, sales consultant, layout person and designer. In addition, the A.A.S. degree will help qualify individuals for management positions in the sales, installation, and service of HVAC equipment.

Award Outcomes:

  • Obtain OSHA 30 Certification.
  • Obtain the EPS Section 608 Refrigerant Handling License.
  • Practice human relation skills.
  • Demonstrate basic tool usage.
  • Apply mathematical, reading, and communication skills essential to the HVAC industry.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of International Fuel, Gas and Mechanical codes.
  • Troubleshoot electrical motors.
  • Troubleshoot control circuits for refrigeration and A/C equipment.
  • Troubleshoot gas heating equipment.
  • Adjust water systems for HVAC and refrigeration equipment.
  • Troubleshoot airflow systems for HVAC equipment.
  • Solve problems using analytical thinking.

Required Credits

Technical Studies Requirements 55 Credits
General Education Requirements 9 Credits
  • COMM2050 Interpersonal Communication 3
  • Choose one course from MnTC Goal Area 1 (Communication) 3
  • PHIL2100 Critical Thinking 3
  • PHYS2001 Introductory Physics 3
  • Choose one course from MnTC Goal Area 2 (Critical Thinking) 3
  • SOCI2100 Introduction to Sociology 3
  • Choose one course from MnTC Goal Area 5 (History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences) 3

Elective Credits

Technical Studies Electives 2 Credits
General Education Electives 6 Credits
  • Hennepin Technical College‚Äôs 2000-level general education courses meet the guidelines of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC).

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