Associate Degree in HVAC
The PTI Associate Degree in HVAC has been designed to provide you both the fundamentals of HVAC technology as well as the practical hands-on experience in the installation, troubleshooting, and repair of heat pumps, high efficiency and standard furnaces, refrigeration units, and air conditioning systems found in residential and commercial facilities.
In addition, specific career building courses in areas such as critical thinking, personal finance, and career success have been added to give you more tools to begin a successful career. You will graduate with an associate degree complete with the general education curriculum designed to prepare you for the competitive workforce. Students who are interested in continuing their education will find the associate degree credential extremely valuable.
The program includes a hands-on internship where you will practice your HVAC skills in a real world setting.
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Associates in HVAC Courses
- Fundamentals of Electricity
- This course will provide the student with working knowledge and theory of electrical safety and various types of HVAC-R electrical components used in the HVAC-R industry. A 70% grade must be attained at this level to continue on to HVA127 and HVA131.
- Heating Systems 1
- This course is designed to give the student a working knowledge of various types of heating systems: gas furnaces, both natural gas and propane fuels, oil heat. This course will provide the student with theory connected to the installation, service, and troubleshooting. A 70% grade must be attained at this level to continue on to HVA127 and HVA131.
- Welding and Sheet Metal Fabrication
- This course will introduce the students to the skills associated with the welding and sheet metal fabrication needed for the HVAC industry.
- Customer Service and Career Development for HVAC
- This course will provide the students with the skills and working knowledge associated with the interaction with customers and clients in the HVAC industry. The course will also provide the students with the tools needed to enter and then be successful in the HVAC career field.
- Heating Systems 2
- This course is designed to give the student a working knowledge of various types of heating systems: heat pumps and electrical furnaces. This course will provide the student with theory connected to the installation, service, and troubleshooting of heat pumps and electrical furnaces. A 70% grade must be attained at this level to continue on to HVA136 and HVA147
- Residential Refrigeration
- This course is designed to give the student the ability to understand refrigeration theory. The student will understand the basic refrigeration cycle; have the working knowledge of residential refrigerators and air conditioning systems. The student will be able to braze copper tubing and demonstrate the ability to use hand tools that is required in the HVAC-R field. A 70% grade must be attained at this level to continue on to HVA147.
- This course will provide the student with the working knowledge of low-pressure boilers, zoning applications relative to hot water heat application of electronic and mechanical controls specific to hot water heating. A 70% grade must be attained at this level to continue on to HVA162.
- HVAC-R Controls
- This course will provide the student with working knowledge and theory of electrical safety and various types of HVAC-R controls used in the HVAC-R industry
- Commercial Refrigeration
- This course will provide the student with the working knowledge of controls and circuits. The student will understand refrigeration theory and operation for commercial refrigeration, Ice Machine and commercial roof top units. A 70% grade must be attained at this level to continue on to HVA162. Prerequisite: HVA136.
- Load Calculations and Psychrometrics
- This course will provide the student with the working knowledge of controls to hand calculate heating and cooling loads and determine heating and air conditioning equipment size. They will also understand air and its properties.
- Troubleshooting and Diagnostics
- This course will provide the student with the working knowledge necessary to identify and troubleshoot problems that occur in HVAC-R equipment.
- Chiller Systems
- This course will provide the student with the working knowledge of low-pressure and high pressure chillers, Chiller application of electronic and mechanical controls specific to chillers systems. Students will prepare and take the EPA 608 Universal Exam. Pre-requisite: HVA147.
- Certification Preparation
- This course will prepare the students to take the Industry Competency Exam (ICE), and the North American Technician Excellence exam (NATE®). The successful completion of these certification exams will provide the opportunity for the students to illustrate their knowledge and competency when entering the HVAC-R industry.
- The Internship is a cooperative effort between the Institute and the professional community. It is designed to provide the students with an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills learned in their major in a related working environment. This internship requires 240 hours work experience.
- Steps to Career Success 1
- The purpose of this course is to acclimate students to the available resources to maintain their focus on achieving career goals. The course is scheduled for all students in the 1st quarter, one hour per week.
- Steps to Career Success 2
- The purpose of this course is to develop an understanding of the nuances of industry. Topics will include industry related organizations, social networking, employer expectations and other professional skills. The course offering will vary by quarter depending on the program offered, one hour per week.
- English Composition 1
- This writing course focuses on the writing of descriptive narrative, cause and effect, and process essays from the initial stage of prewriting to final revisions and editing. Topics included are purpose, audience, development, focus and organization, as well as word usage and sentence structure. Elements of grammar, spelling, and punctuation are reviewed. Assigned readings are part of class discussion and writing assignments. Prerequisite: Satisfactory performance on the writing proficiency exam; otherwise, students must have concurrent success with GEE099 and GEE100 before proceeding on to GEE150.
- English Composition 2
- This writing course is a continuation of the fundamentals introduced in GEE100 English Composition 1. Library and electronic research techniques and guidelines are thoroughly covered. Advanced persuasive writing and research-based persuasion are emphasized using citations and works cited according to MLA guidelines. Analytical and critical thinking skills are developed through students’ evaluation of their own writing and assigned readings. Prerequisite: Satisfactory performance on the writing proficiency exam or GEE100.
- Effective Speech
- This course focuses on the various dimensions of effective speaking with emphasis on audience analysis, reasoning, organization, evidence, and delivery. Throughout the course, the student is acquainted with the various types of speeches and their effectiveness through critical and analytical reading, individualized and group exercises and projects, and class discussions. Students deliver a variety of speeches, including informative and persuasive speeches.
- Principles of Mathematics
- This general studies course involves a review of the principles of mathematics. Topics to be discussed include whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percentages, ratios, measurement (both English and Metric systems), and an introduction to Algebra. For programs that require additional mathematics classes, students must earn a “C” or better grade in this course to advance to the next required math course.
- This general studies course involves various algebraic operations including signed numbers, evaluating expressions, simplifying and solving algebraic equations, factoring, functions and their graphs, and word problems relative to the respective fields. Prerequisite: Satisfactory performance on the mathematics proficiency examination or GEM100.
- This general studies course focuses on ethical and legal principles and social responsibilities as they relate to everyday challenges. Students explore modes of applying ethical standards to issues such as personal accountability, environmental problems, interpersonal relations, and emerging social systems.
- Critical Thinking
- In today’s information age, critical thinking skills are vital for success. This course utilizes case studies to teach reasoning, analysis, and evaluation skills in everyday situations. Students learn the importance and benefits of critical and creative thinking, work through steps to understand, analyze, and evaluate specifics of argument and persuasion, and practice solving problems using critical thinking skills.
- Human Relations in Organizations
- This general studies course focuses on effective human relations in organizations. Specific areas of study include work relationships, ethical choices, team building, conflict management strategies, diversity in the workplace, and work-related stress.
**This course can be replaced by another approved General Education course.
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