Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning

LIMITED ENROLLMENT
Delivery method: On campus
Program begins: Fall and Spring

Program Description

The Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) program at BSC prepares students to handle the newest technology in this rapidly expanding field. Much of the program is devoted to work in the modern, well-equipped lab, where students master installation and repair procedures, use and care of basic tools and equipment, and how to operate by EPA standards and safety standards set by OSHA regulations. Instruction includes HVAC components, systems, troubleshooting, domestic and light commercial refrigeration1, and sheet metal2.

HVAC is a limited enrollment, 10½-month program that prepares graduates for entry-level jobs.

Students enroll either fall or spring semester.

1

Students have the option to take the Environmental Protection Agency’s refrigerant use exam, required for anyone working with refrigerants.

2

Sheet metal is an integral part of the air conditioning and heating industry. Bismarck State College is a nationally registered training center for sheet metal and HVAC through the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER). Students are placed on a national registry after successfully completing individual module exams and related tasks.

Preparation

Background in these areas is recommended: basic algebra and geometry, physical science, computer technology, basic knowledge of drafting, and working knowledge of a scientific calculator. Some knowledge of plumbing or electricity is helpful. Strength and fitness are needed for lifting and moving heavy equipment.

Program Requirements

Students who complete the curriculum requirements earn a Program Certificate (44 credits) in HVAC. Additional coursework may lead to a Diploma (60 credits) or Associate in Applied Science degree (60 credits).

Required program entrance scores:

  • ACCUPLACER:  Math - 41 (elementary algebra), Reading - 60
  • ACT:  Math - 16, Reading - 15
  • COMPASS:  Math - 34 (Pre-Algebra), Reading – 70

Special Costs

A $100 deposit, required upon acceptance into the program, is applied toward tuition. Fee is non-refundable if you decide not to attend BSC.

Students need a specified tool kit, pocket calculator and drafting kit the first week of class.

Career Opportunities

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, over the next six to 10 years the Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration (HVACR) field is expected to be one of the fastest growing fields in the United States. Graduates can expect to find positions in service, installation, sales, building maintenance, and testing and balancing. Positions also are available in marketing, controls, bidding and estimating. After gaining experience in the field, some graduates can move into positions as foremen, supervisors or teachers. Others will open their own contracting business.

Additional Information

Industry Technical Standards

Awareness of these HVAC industry standards may help students determine suitability for this career:

  • Must have the ability to perform close accurate work, communicate effectively with others, present information in a clear concise manner, and follow verbal and written instructions.
  • Requires good finger dexterity, good vision and hearing.
  • Requires continuous walking, frequent standing, bending, stooping, climbing ladders and stairs, kneeling, lifting and carrying up to 50 pounds, and carrying long or oversized loads.
  • Frequently requires working over your head.
  • Requires continuous use of hand tools and frequent use of power tools.
  • Frequently exposed to noise, dirt, dust, fumes, chemicals, extreme heat and cold, vibration, and confined areas.
 

Contact

Ryan Okerson • Tech Center 239A
701-224-5593
Ryan.Okerson@bismarckstate.edu

HVAC 100. Introduction to Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: SPRING
This course is an introduction to the heating, ventilation and air conditioning trades and covers safety, tools, test equipment and basic electricity.

HVAC 103. Air Conditioning Theory and Components

Credits: 5
Typically Offered: SPRING
This lecture and discussion course covers the theory of residential cooling. This class will include different types of compressors, evaporators, condensers, metering devices, refrigerants and electrical components.

HVAC 104. Heating Theory and Components

Credits: 4
Typically Offered: SPRING
This lecture and discussion course covers residential heating systems. This class will include the operation and maintenance of gas, oil and electric furnaces as well as electronic air cleaners and humidifiers.

HVAC 114. Heating Systems Troubleshooting

Credits: 5
Typically Offered: SPRING
This lecture, discussion, and lab class covers the wiring and troubleshooting of residential gas, oil and electric furnaces through the use of trainers and live equipment.

HVAC 192. Experimental Course

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
An experimental course is one that is being tested to determine its suitability for inclusion in the course catalog. Testing may continue for two semesters, after which the course should be discontinued or approved through the established college procedures, assigned a permanent course number and title, and included in the master catalog.

HVAC 194. Independent Study

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
An independent study course is one designed jointly by the student and faculty member to address an advanced topic of particular interest to the student and in the instructor's field of expertise. The course, when developed, must be approved by the department chair as being relevant to the discipline and of sufficient rigor for the credits to be awarded.

HVAC 195. Service Learning

Credits: 1
Repeat Status: Repeatable up to 6.00 credits.
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Designed to increase off-campus community involvement and awareness of civic responsibility, Service Learning gives students the opportunity to earn up to six semester hours of college credit while pursuing volunteer activities that have positive impact in the community. Some examples of activities that may serve as vehicles for Service Learning include: volunteer work at non-profit organizations (e.g., Kiwanis, Lions, etc.); serving as unpaid interns in local and state government; and organizing and participating in activities that are beneficial to the community as a whole (e.g. spring clean-up drives, neighborhood watch programs, meals-on-wheels, etc.). Students interested in Service Learning should discuss options with their academic advisors and/or faculty in areas related to the proposed activity.

HVAC 196. Study Tour

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Study Tour courses provide students with unique learning opportunities in locations, either foreign or domestic. These learning opportunities should be directly related to the academic field of study under which credits are to be awarded. Some students may not qualify for study tours if their travel abroad is restricted for legal reasons.

HVAC 197. Cooperative Education/Internship

Credits: 1-3
Repeat Status: Repeatable up to 6.00 credits.
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Cooperative education and internships provide students with real-world experience in business and industry as they explore careers or gain experience in chosen fields of study. The work experiences must be directly related to the discipline under which the credits are to be awarded.

HVAC 199. Special Topics

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Special topics courses are developed by the faculty member to take advantage of unique learning opportunities that either are not repeatable (such as a presidential election) or address advanced topics not normally covered in the curriculum. Topics covered must be directly related to the discipline under which credits are to be awarded.

HVAC 213. Air Conditioning Systems Troubleshooting

Credits: 5
Prerequisites: Must have successfully completed the spring semester or obtain departmental approval.
Typically Offered: SUMMER
This lecture, discussion and lab course covers residential cooling systems. This will include electrical components, wiring, electrical troubleshooting and mechanical troubleshooting using trainers and live equipment.

HVAC 292. Experimental Course

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
An experimental course is one that is being tested to determine its suitability for inclusion in the course catalog. Testing may continue for two semesters, after which the course should be discontinued or approved through the established college procedures, assigned a permanent course number and title, and included in the master catalog.

HVAC 294. Independent Study

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
An independent study course is one designed jointly by the student and faculty member to address an advanced topic of particular interest to the student and in the instructor's field of expertise. The course, when developed, must be approved by the department chair as being relevant to the discipline and of sufficient rigor for the credits to be awarded.

HVAC 296. Study Tour

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Study Tour courses provide students with unique learning opportunities in locations, either foreign or domestic. These learning opportunities should be directly related to the academic field of study under which credits are to be awarded. Some students may not qualify for study tours if their travel abroad is restricted for legal reasons.

HVAC 297. Cooperative Education/Internship

Credits: 1-3
Repeat Status: Repeatable up to 6.00 credits.
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Cooperative education and internships provide students with real-world experience in business and industry as they explore careers or gain experience in chosen fields of study. The work experiences must be directly related to the discipline under which the credits are to be awarded.

HVAC 299. Special Topics

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Special topics courses are developed by the faculty member to take advantage of unique learning opportunities that either are not repeatable (such as a presidential election) or address advanced topics not normally covered in the curriculum. Topics covered must be directly related to the discipline under which credits are to be awarded.

REFG 192. Experimental Course

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
An experimental course is one that is being tested to determine its suitability for inclusion in the course catalog. Testing may continue for two semesters, after which the course should be discontinued or approved through the established college procedures, assigned a permanent course number and title, and included in the master catalog.

REFG 194. Independent Study

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
An independent study course is one designed jointly by the student and faculty member to address an advanced topic of particular interest to the student and in the instructor's field of expertise. The course, when developed, must be approved by the department chair as being relevant to the discipline and of sufficient rigor for the credits to be awarded.

REFG 195. Service Learning

Credits: 1
Repeat Status: Repeatable up to 6.00 credits.
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Designed to increase off-campus community involvement and awareness of civic responsibility, Service Learning gives students the opportunity to earn up to six semester hours of college credit while pursuing volunteer activities that have positive impact in the community. Some examples of activities that may serve as vehicles for Service Learning include: volunteer work at non-profit organizations (e.g., Kiwanis, Lions, etc.); serving as unpaid interns in local and state government; and organizing and participating in activities that are beneficial to the community as a whole (e.g. spring clean-up drives, neighborhood watch programs, meals-on-wheels, etc.). Students interested in Service Learning should discuss options with their academic advisors and/or faculty in areas related to the proposed activity.

REFG 196. Study Tour

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Study Tour courses provide students with unique learning opportunities in locations, either foreign or domestic. These learning opportunities should be directly related to the academic field of study under which credits are to be awarded. Some students may not qualify for study tours if their travel abroad is restricted for legal reasons.

REFG 197. Cooperative Education/Internship

Credits: 1-3
Repeat Status: Repeatable up to 6.00 credits.
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Cooperative education and internships provide students with real-world experience in business and industry as they explore careers or gain experience in chosen fields of study. The work experiences must be directly related to the discipline under which the credits are to be awarded.

REFG 199. Special Topics

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Special topics courses are developed by the faculty member to take advantage of unique learning opportunities that either are not repeatable (such as a presidential election) or address advanced topics not normally covered in the curriculum. Topics covered must be directly related to the discipline under which credits are to be awarded.

REFG 215. Light Commercial Refrigeration

Credits: 2
Prerequisite: Must have successfully completed the spring semester or have departmental approval.
Typically Offered: SUMMER
This lecture, discussion, and lab course covers some smaller commercial systems, ice machines, system accessories and troubleshooting of this equipment.

REFG 216. Domestic Refrigeration

Credits: 3
Prerequisite: Must have successfully completed the spring semester or have departmental approval.
Typically Offered: SUMMER
The operation, components, wiring and troubleshooting of residential refrigerators and freezers are covered in this course. This class consists of lecture, discussion and lab.

REFG 292. Experimental Course

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
An experimental course is one that is being tested to determine its suitability for inclusion in the course catalog. Testing may continue for two semesters, after which the course should be discontinued or approved through the established college procedures, assigned a permanent course number and title, and included in the master catalog.

REFG 294. Independent Study

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
An independent study course is one designed jointly by the student and faculty member to address an advanced topic of particular interest to the student and in the instructor's field of expertise. The course, when developed, must be approved by the department chair as being relevant to the discipline and of sufficient rigor for the credits to be awarded.

REFG 296. Study Tour

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Study Tour courses provide students with unique learning opportunities in locations, either foreign or domestic. These learning opportunities should be directly related to the academic field of study under which credits are to be awarded. Some students may not qualify for study tours if their travel abroad is restricted for legal reasons.

REFG 297. Cooperative Education/Internship

Credits: 1-3
Repeat Status: Repeatable up to 6.00 credits.
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Cooperative education and internships provide students with real-world experience in business and industry as they explore careers or gain experience in chosen fields of study. The work experiences must be directly related to the discipline under which the credits are to be awarded.

REFG 299. Special Topics

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Special topics courses are developed by the faculty member to take advantage of unique learning opportunities that either are not repeatable (such as a presidential election) or address advanced topics not normally covered in the curriculum. Topics covered must be directly related to the discipline under which credits are to be awarded.

SMTL 105. Sheet Metal I

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: FALL
This course is a lecture and drafting class providing an introduction to the sheet metal industry. Covered in this course are tools of the sheet metal industry, trade math I, and parallel line pattern development.

SMTL 106. Sheet Metal II

Credits: 6
Typically Offered: FALL
This course is a lecture, drafting and lab class covering trade math II, basic piping practices, sheet metal duct fabrication standards, soldering, insulation, and radial line pattern development.

SMTL 107. Sheet Metal III

Credits: 4
Typically Offered: FALL
This discussion, lecture, and lab class covers the following aspects of the sheet metal industry: principles of airflow; associated equipment; fiberglass duct; field measuring and fitting and triangulation.

SMTL 115. Practical Applications of Sheet Metal

Credits: 4
Typically Offered: FALL
This lecture and lab course applies theory to actual shop practices including: principles of layout; parallel line development; fasteners, hangers, and supports.

SMTL 192. Experimental Course

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
An experimental course is one that is being tested to determine its suitability for inclusion in the course catalog. Testing may continue for two semesters, after which the course should be discontinued or approved through the established college procedures, assigned a permanent course number and title, and included in the master catalog.

SMTL 194. Independent Study

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
An independent study course is one designed jointly by the student and faculty member to address an advanced topic of particular interest to the student and in the instructor's field of expertise. The course, when developed, must be approved by the department chair as being relevant to the discipline and of sufficient rigor for the credits to be awarded.

SMTL 195. Service Learning

Credits: 1
Repeat Status: Repeatable up to 6.00 credits.
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Designed to increase off-campus community involvement and awareness of civic responsibility, Service Learning gives students the opportunity to earn up to six semester hours of college credit while pursuing volunteer activities that have positive impact in the community. Some examples of activities that may serve as vehicles for Service Learning include: volunteer work at non-profit organizations (e.g., Kiwanis, Lions, etc.); serving as unpaid interns in local and state government; and organizing and participating in activities that are beneficial to the community as a whole (e.g. spring clean-up drives, neighborhood watch programs, meals-on-wheels, etc.). Students interested in Service Learning should discuss options with their academic advisors and/or faculty in areas related to the proposed activity.

SMTL 196. Study Tour

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Study Tour courses provide students with unique learning opportunities in locations, either foreign or domestic. These learning opportunities should be directly related to the academic field of study under which credits are to be awarded. Some students may not qualify for study tours if their travel abroad is restricted for legal reasons.

SMTL 197. Cooperative Education/Internship

Credits: 1-3
Repeat Status: Repeatable up to 6.00 credits.
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Cooperative education and internships provide students with real-world experience in business and industry as they explore careers or gain experience in chosen fields of study. The work experiences must be directly related to the discipline under which the credits are to be awarded.

SMTL 199. Special Topics

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Special topics courses are developed by the faculty member to take advantage of unique learning opportunities that either are not repeatable (such as a presidential election) or address advanced topics not normally covered in the curriculum. Topics covered must be directly related to the discipline under which credits are to be awarded.

SMTL 292. Experimental Course

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
An experimental course is one that is being tested to determine its suitability for inclusion in the course catalog. Testing may continue for two semesters, after which the course should be discontinued or approved through the established college procedures, assigned a permanent course number and title, and included in the master catalog.

SMTL 294. Independent Study

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
An independent study course is one designed jointly by the student and faculty member to address an advanced topic of particular interest to the student and in the instructor's field of expertise. The course, when developed, must be approved by the department chair as being relevant to the discipline and of sufficient rigor for the credits to be awarded.

SMTL 296. Study Tour

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Study Tour courses provide students with unique learning opportunities in locations, either foreign or domestic. These learning opportunities should be directly related to the academic field of study under which credits are to be awarded. Some students may not qualify for study tours if their travel abroad is restricted for legal reasons.

SMTL 297. Cooperative Education/Internship

Credits: 1-3
Repeat Status: Repeatable up to 6.00 credits.
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Cooperative education and internships provide students with real-world experience in business and industry as they explore careers or gain experience in chosen fields of study. The work experiences must be directly related to the discipline under which the credits are to be awarded.

SMTL 299. Special Topics

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Special topics courses are developed by the faculty member to take advantage of unique learning opportunities that either are not repeatable (such as a presidential election) or address advanced topics not normally covered in the curriculum. Topics covered must be directly related to the discipline under which credits are to be awarded.