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Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Technology (HVAC)

Associate Applied Science - Transfer

BTC’s Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration program will prepare you for a career as an HVAC & Refrigeration Technician. You’ll learn new, higher-efficiency technologies and practices, with the valuable hands-on training that employers are looking for.

In two years, you can be well-positioned for high-wage employment with heating and air conditioning contractors, refrigeration contractors, hotels, school systems, or industrial processing plants.

Employment Information

97% BTC graduate placement rate

$42,016 starting annual wage

$54,891 average annual wage

$67,413 potential annual wage

Employment and wage data sources

Student Chapter of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating & Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)

Jobs & Employment

About 97% of BTC HVAC & Refrigeration students are employed within nine months of graduation. The average annual wage in this field is $54,891, with an earning potential of about $67,413 per year.*

Criminal convictions may restrict or prevent student participation with internships and employment in this industry.

Potential Positions

Most program graduates work as technicians for private heating, air conditioning, or refrigeration service companies. Opportunities may also exist to work for heating and air conditioning dealers, manufacturing companies, food processors and in self-employment.

Potential positions include heating and air conditioning technician, heating and air conditioning service person, heating and air conditioning installer, contractor, estimator, food industry mechanic, or gasfitter.

Courses

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Courses are from the 2018-19 Catalog

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS103 credits

  • Quarter 1
  • HVACR 101Fundamentals of Refrigeration8 credits

    This course presents safety in the workplace, the fundamentals of vapor compression refrigeration, HVAC/R tools, equipment and refrigerants. Students will build a working refrigeration system in the lab portion of this course. Instructors will have the students pressure test, evacuate, and charge their systems with industry standard equipment.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Arithmetic score of 38 or MATH 090 with a C or better or ABE 050 with a C or better, and ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension score of 71 or RDG 085 with a C or better, and ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills score of 71 or ENGL 092 with a C or better or Instructor permission.
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    HVACR 102 with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in HVACR 102 or Instructor permission.

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  • HVACR 102Basic Electricity for HVACR8 credits

    This course presents the fundamentals of electrical theory, controls, motors, and applications. Emphasis is placed on proper diagnostic and troubleshooting procedures. Lectures and assigned readings are supplemented by the student's individual work on projects in the lab on an electrical circuitry trainer. Proper electrical safety and codes are observed in the coursework.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Arithmetic score of 38 or MATH 090 with a C or better or ABE 050 with a C or better, and ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension score of 71 or RDG 085 with a C or better, and ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills score of 71 or ENGL 092 with a C or better or Instructor permission.
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    HVACR 101 with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in HVACR 101 or Instructor permission.

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  • MATH& 107 *Math in Society5 credits

    College level coverage of practical applications in many fields of study. Topics will include probability, statistics, finance, geometry, graphing, growth & decay, and right triangle trigonometry.

    Prerequisite:
    BTC College Level Math score of 75 or a C grade in MATH 099.

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  • Quarter 2
  • HVACR 121Commercial Self-Contained Systems7 credits

    This course analyzes medium and low temperature refrigeration systems and components used in commercial applications. Emphasis is placed on safe trouble-shooting techniques on live equipment as installed in industry.

    Prerequisite:
    HVACR 101 with a C- or better and HVACR 102 with a C- or better or Instructor permission.
    CoRequisites:
    HVACR 122.

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  • HVACR 122Commercial Ice Systems7 credits

    This course introduces the various types and makes of commercial ice production systems used in restaurants, institutions, and process applications. Wiring diagrams and sequence of operations are emphasized. Proper installation, maintenance, cleaning, sanitizing and troubleshooting techniques are emphasized. The student will verify proper production, learn how to build a wiring schematic, identify faults inserted by instructor and repair the inserted faults. Students must test for EPA section 608 certification and pass with a minimum of Type 2 certification in order to pass this course.

    Prerequisite:
    HVACR 101 with a C- or better and HVACR 102 with a C- or better or Instructor permission.
    CoRequisites:
    HVACR 121.

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  • ENGL& 101 *English Composition I5 credits

    A composition course in which students read, analyze, and write essays using a variety of rhetorical strategies, as well as develop and verbally express ideas clearly and effectively. The critical reading of essays will provide a basis for the student's own critical writing, which will reflect a command of college-level literacy standards. Attention to writing fundamentals and stylistic techniques will also be included. Word processing, email and internet knowledge required.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in AENGL 100.

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  • Quarter 3
  • HVACR 131Furnace Technology7 credits

    This course introduces gas piping, venting and control systems for several different types of furnaces in residential and commercial applications. Emphasis is placed on electrical safety, BTU calculations, and airflow calculations, cost analysis, wiring diagrams, and troubleshooting techniques. Classroom discussion and hands on lab activities are designed to enable students to quickly identify system problems and propose solutions.

    Prerequisite:
    HVACR 121 with a C- or better and HVACR 122 with a C- or better or Instructor permission.
    CoRequisites:
    HVACR 132.
  • HVACR 132Boilers and Hydronic Heat7 credits

    This course explores the use of boilers and hydronics to heat residential and commercial buildings. Students will apply proper tools and techniques to identify components, design, install, maintain and troubleshoot problems in hydronic heating systems. Systems used in the lab will use natural gas, propane, or fuel oil for residential and commercial boilers.

    Prerequisite:
    HVACR 121 with a C- or better and HVACR 122 with a C- or better or Instructor permission.
    CoRequisites:
    HVACR 131.
  • Quarter 4
  • HVACR 201A/C & Airflow8 credits

    This course prepares the student to install, start-up, troubleshoot and diagnose problems in comfort cooling air conditioning systems. Emphasis is given to wiring techniques, proper refrigeration piping, controls, start-up and maintenance.

    Prerequisite:
    HVACR 131 with a C- or better and HVACR 132 with a C- or better or Instructor permission.
    CoRequisites:
    HVACR 202.
  • HVACR 202Applied Heat Pump Systems5 credits

    This course prepares the student to install, start-up, troubleshoot and diagnose problems in residential and commercial heat pump systems. Emphasis is given to wiring techniques, proper refrigeration piping, controls, start-up and maintenance. Integration of auxiliary heat components, balance point identification, cost analysis to other fuels, and geothermal systems are all introduced and applied in the lab.

    Prerequisite:
    HVACR 131 with a C- or better and HVACR 132 with a C- or better or Instructor permission.
    CoRequisites:
    HVACR 201.
  • *Five Credits from the AAS-T Acceptable Transferable Courses list5 credits

  • Quarter 5
  • HVACR 221Commercial Refrigeration8 credits

    This course expands on commercial refrigeration systems presented in HVACR 121 and HVACR 122. Five different commercial systems will be utilized in the lab area in conjunction with the lecture portion of this course. Each ancillary component is analyzed for compatibility, proper selection, operation, need, energy savings and equipment reliability. Wiring diagrams are emphasized and diagnosis of failed components is also addressed. How the system operates as a whole is critical and students are encouraged to research new and innovative applications for these systems.

    Prerequisite:
    HVACR 201 with a C- or better and HVACR 202 with a C- or better or Instructor permission.
    CoRequisites:
    HVACR 222.

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  • HVACR 222Industrial Refrigeration7 credits

    This course will provide an in-depth study of industrial applications of chilled water-cooling systems. Classroom activities are supplemented by student’s individual and group work on five lab projects including screw compressors and a cooling tower. Analyzing various systems for cost benefits, installation, service and proper annual maintenance procedures are emphasized. Transcritical and ammonia systems and all the related safety implications are included in this course.

    Prerequisite:
    HVACR 201 with a C- or better and HVACR 202 with a C- or better or Instructor permission.
    CoRequisites:
    HVACR 221.

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  • Quarter 6
  • HVACR 231Control Theory for HVAC/R8 credits

    This course presents basic control theory for energy management and control systems. Systems covered in-depth include electric, electronic, distributed digital control, pneumatic, VAV and VVT.

    Prerequisite:
    HVACR 221 with a C- or better and HVACR 222 with a C- or better or Instructor permission.
    CoRequisites:
    HVACR 232.
  • HVACR 232Commercial & Industrial Boilers2 credits

    This course presents commercial and industrial boilers and combustion controls, advanced flame safeguards, safety, code compliance and efficiency testing of gas and oil fired systems. Classroom activities are supplemented by the student’s individual and group work on mocked-up and actual operating systems.

    Prerequisite:
    HVACR 221 with a C- or better and HVACR 222 with a C- or better or Instructor permission.
    CoRequisites:
    HVACR 231.
  • HVACR 233Employment Preparation1 credits

    This course prepares students with the necessary skills to research companies in the HVAC/R industry, successfully create a professional resume and cover letter, and practice articulating their HVAC/R skills and experience in mock interviews.

    Prerequisite:
    HVACR 221 with a C- or better and HVACR 222 with a C- or better or Instructor permission.
  • CMST& 210 *Interpersonal Communications5 credits

    Designed to introduce students to the application of basic interpersonal communication theory, with a focus on achieving success in the workplace. Topics explored include self-awareness, self-disclosure, conversation skills, relationship development and maintenance, assertiveness, teamwork and group dynamics, conflict management strategies, and diversity issues.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

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TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS103 credits

* Minimum requirement. List of other AAS-T class options and alternatives

Entry Information

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When Can I Start?


  • This program admits students twice a year, in the fall and spring quarter.

What Are The Minimum Entry Requirements?


These requirements are for the AAS-T degree and are higher than those for the AAS degree. Please see AAS Entry Page for AAS requirements.

  • BTC College Level Math score of 75 or a C grade in MATH 099.
  • Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in AENGL 100.

What Are My Next Steps?


  1. Apply to BTC and Financial Aid
  2. Take the ACCUPLACER/Placement Test
  3. Attend an Advising & Registration Session
  4. Prepare to Attend

Program Outcomes

After successfully completing this program, students will be able to:

  • Safely and properly install and service systems adhering to environmental laws and regulations as they apply to the HVAC/R industry.
  • Demonstrate positive work traits and good customer service skills as a member of a technical team.
  • Diagnose and repair common electrical and mechanical problems in HVAC/R residential, commercial and industrial systems.
  • Communicate effectively in writing and verbally with customers, managers, and co-workers.
  • Identify and use appropriate technical literature to install, maintain and service HVAC/R systems.

Marty Vande Kamp - Instructor image

Marty Vande Kamp

Area of Instruction


Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration

Degrees and Certifications


Certificate, Refrigeration Service Engineers Society Certification in Proper Refrigerant Usage

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


360 752-8454
mvandekamp@btc.edu
U Building (U) - Room U7


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Robert Edwards

Area of Instruction


Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration

Degrees and Certifications


A.A.S., C/I Refrigeration, Bellingham Technical College

Contact Info


360-752-8413
redwards@btc.edu
U Building (U) - Room U7


Associate of Applied Science Degree

BTC’s Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration program will prepare you for a career as an HVAC & Refrigeration Technician. You’ll learn new, higher-efficiency technologies and practices, with the valuable hands-on training that employers are looking for.

In two years, you can be well-positioned for high-wage employment with heating and air conditioning contractors, refrigeration contractors, hotels, school systems, or industrial processing plants.

Employment Information

97% BTC graduate placement rate

$42,016 starting annual wage

$54,891 average annual wage

$67,413 potential annual wage

Employment and wage data sources

Student Chapter of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating & Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)

Jobs & Employment

About 97% of BTC HVAC & Refrigeration students are employed within nine months of graduation. The average annual wage in this field is $54,891, with an earning potential of about $67,413 per year.*

Criminal convictions may restrict or prevent student participation with internships and employment in this industry.

Potential Positions

Most program graduates work as technicians for private heating, air conditioning, or refrigeration service companies. Opportunities may also exist to work for heating and air conditioning dealers, manufacturing companies, food processors and in self-employment.

Potential positions include heating and air conditioning technician, heating and air conditioning service person, heating and air conditioning installer, contractor, estimator, food industry mechanic, or gasfitter.

Courses

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Courses are from the 2018-19 Catalog

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS98 credits

  • Quarter 1
  • AMATH 100 *Applied Occupational Math5 credits

    This course emphasizes mathematics used in the professional technical occupations. Students will learn mathematical skills in the following: fractions, decimals, percents, ratios & proportions, U.S. Customary Units and metric measurement systems, basic geometry and elementary algebra. The course will include relevent technical applications and the use of a calculator.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Arithmetic score of 38 or ABE 050 with a C or better or approved alternative placement criteria.

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    9/19-12/7MWF 8:30a-9:50aHEGEBERG LOpenings: 22
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    9/18-12/6TTh 6:00p-8:10pTHATCHER ROpenings: 18
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    9/19-12/5MW10:10a-11:30aNEWTON KOpenings: 20
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    9/18-12/6TTh 8:00a-10:10aNEWTON KOpenings: 9
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    9/18-12/6TTh10:30a-12:40pTHATCHER ROpenings: 21
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    1/8-3/19TTh 1:10p-3:20pSTAFFOpenings: 24
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    1/3-3/21TTh 8:00a-10:10aSTAFFOpenings: 28
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    1/4-3/22MWF 2:10p-3:30pSTAFFOpenings: 28
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    1/3-3/22Online STAFFOpenings: 24
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  • HVACR 101Fundamentals of Refrigeration8 credits

    This course presents safety in the workplace, the fundamentals of vapor compression refrigeration, HVAC/R tools, equipment and refrigerants. Students will build a working refrigeration system in the lab portion of this course. Instructors will have the students pressure test, evacuate, and charge their systems with industry standard equipment.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Arithmetic score of 38 or MATH 090 with a C or better or ABE 050 with a C or better, and ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension score of 71 or RDG 085 with a C or better, and ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills score of 71 or ENGL 092 with a C or better or Instructor permission.
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    HVACR 102 with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in HVACR 102 or Instructor permission.

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    9/18-10/24DAILY 8:00a-11:00aVANDEKAMP MOpenings: 5
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  • HVACR 102Basic Electricity for HVACR8 credits

    This course presents the fundamentals of electrical theory, controls, motors, and applications. Emphasis is placed on proper diagnostic and troubleshooting procedures. Lectures and assigned readings are supplemented by the student's individual work on projects in the lab on an electrical circuitry trainer. Proper electrical safety and codes are observed in the coursework.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Arithmetic score of 38 or MATH 090 with a C or better or ABE 050 with a C or better, and ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension score of 71 or RDG 085 with a C or better, and ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills score of 71 or ENGL 092 with a C or better or Instructor permission.
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    HVACR 101 with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in HVACR 101 or Instructor permission.

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    10/25-12/7DAILY 8:00a-11:00aVANDEKAMP MOpenings: 5
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  • Quarter 2
  • AENGL 100 *Applied English5 credits

    This applied English course focuses on the workplace communication skills needed to send, receive, and process oral and written information. Along with a review of writing fundamentals, learners will use principles of clear communication, professionalism, and cultural awareness in occupational contexts. Learners will sharpen their reading, writing, and presentation skills.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

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  • HVACR 121Commercial Self-Contained Systems7 credits

    This course analyzes medium and low temperature refrigeration systems and components used in commercial applications. Emphasis is placed on safe trouble-shooting techniques on live equipment as installed in industry.

    Prerequisite:
    HVACR 101 with a C- or better and HVACR 102 with a C- or better or Instructor permission.
    CoRequisites:
    HVACR 122.

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    9/18-10/24MTWTh 8:00a-11:00aVANDEKAMP MOpenings: 10
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  • HVACR 122Commercial Ice Systems7 credits

    This course introduces the various types and makes of commercial ice production systems used in restaurants, institutions, and process applications. Wiring diagrams and sequence of operations are emphasized. Proper installation, maintenance, cleaning, sanitizing and troubleshooting techniques are emphasized. The student will verify proper production, learn how to build a wiring schematic, identify faults inserted by instructor and repair the inserted faults. Students must test for EPA section 608 certification and pass with a minimum of Type 2 certification in order to pass this course.

    Prerequisite:
    HVACR 101 with a C- or better and HVACR 102 with a C- or better or Instructor permission.
    CoRequisites:
    HVACR 121.

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    10/25-12/7MTWTh 8:00a-11:00aVANDEKAMP MOpenings: 10
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  • Quarter 3
  • HVACR 131Furnace Technology7 credits

    This course introduces gas piping, venting and control systems for several different types of furnaces in residential and commercial applications. Emphasis is placed on electrical safety, BTU calculations, and airflow calculations, cost analysis, wiring diagrams, and troubleshooting techniques. Classroom discussion and hands on lab activities are designed to enable students to quickly identify system problems and propose solutions.

    Prerequisite:
    HVACR 121 with a C- or better and HVACR 122 with a C- or better or Instructor permission.
    CoRequisites:
    HVACR 132.
  • HVACR 132Boilers and Hydronic Heat7 credits

    This course explores the use of boilers and hydronics to heat residential and commercial buildings. Students will apply proper tools and techniques to identify components, design, install, maintain and troubleshoot problems in hydronic heating systems. Systems used in the lab will use natural gas, propane, or fuel oil for residential and commercial boilers.

    Prerequisite:
    HVACR 121 with a C- or better and HVACR 122 with a C- or better or Instructor permission.
    CoRequisites:
    HVACR 131.
  • Quarter 4
  • HVACR 201A/C & Airflow8 credits

    This course prepares the student to install, start-up, troubleshoot and diagnose problems in comfort cooling air conditioning systems. Emphasis is given to wiring techniques, proper refrigeration piping, controls, start-up and maintenance.

    Prerequisite:
    HVACR 131 with a C- or better and HVACR 132 with a C- or better or Instructor permission.
    CoRequisites:
    HVACR 202.
  • HVACR 202Applied Heat Pump Systems5 credits

    This course prepares the student to install, start-up, troubleshoot and diagnose problems in residential and commercial heat pump systems. Emphasis is given to wiring techniques, proper refrigeration piping, controls, start-up and maintenance. Integration of auxiliary heat components, balance point identification, cost analysis to other fuels, and geothermal systems are all introduced and applied in the lab.

    Prerequisite:
    HVACR 131 with a C- or better and HVACR 132 with a C- or better or Instructor permission.
    CoRequisites:
    HVACR 201.
  • Quarter 5
  • HVACR 221Commercial Refrigeration8 credits

    This course expands on commercial refrigeration systems presented in HVACR 121 and HVACR 122. Five different commercial systems will be utilized in the lab area in conjunction with the lecture portion of this course. Each ancillary component is analyzed for compatibility, proper selection, operation, need, energy savings and equipment reliability. Wiring diagrams are emphasized and diagnosis of failed components is also addressed. How the system operates as a whole is critical and students are encouraged to research new and innovative applications for these systems.

    Prerequisite:
    HVACR 201 with a C- or better and HVACR 202 with a C- or better or Instructor permission.
    CoRequisites:
    HVACR 222.

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  • HVACR 222Industrial Refrigeration7 credits

    This course will provide an in-depth study of industrial applications of chilled water-cooling systems. Classroom activities are supplemented by student’s individual and group work on five lab projects including screw compressors and a cooling tower. Analyzing various systems for cost benefits, installation, service and proper annual maintenance procedures are emphasized. Transcritical and ammonia systems and all the related safety implications are included in this course.

    Prerequisite:
    HVACR 201 with a C- or better and HVACR 202 with a C- or better or Instructor permission.
    CoRequisites:
    HVACR 221.

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  • Quarter 6
  • HVACR 231Control Theory for HVAC/R8 credits

    This course presents basic control theory for energy management and control systems. Systems covered in-depth include electric, electronic, distributed digital control, pneumatic, VAV and VVT.

    Prerequisite:
    HVACR 221 with a C- or better and HVACR 222 with a C- or better or Instructor permission.
    CoRequisites:
    HVACR 232.
  • HVACR 232Commercial & Industrial Boilers2 credits

    This course presents commercial and industrial boilers and combustion controls, advanced flame safeguards, safety, code compliance and efficiency testing of gas and oil fired systems. Classroom activities are supplemented by the student’s individual and group work on mocked-up and actual operating systems.

    Prerequisite:
    HVACR 221 with a C- or better and HVACR 222 with a C- or better or Instructor permission.
    CoRequisites:
    HVACR 231.
  • HVACR 233Employment Preparation1 credits

    This course prepares students with the necessary skills to research companies in the HVAC/R industry, successfully create a professional resume and cover letter, and practice articulating their HVAC/R skills and experience in mock interviews.

    Prerequisite:
    HVACR 221 with a C- or better and HVACR 222 with a C- or better or Instructor permission.
  • CMST& 210 *Interpersonal Communications5 credits

    Designed to introduce students to the application of basic interpersonal communication theory, with a focus on achieving success in the workplace. Topics explored include self-awareness, self-disclosure, conversation skills, relationship development and maintenance, assertiveness, teamwork and group dynamics, conflict management strategies, and diversity issues.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

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TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS98 credits

* Minimum requirement. List of other Certificate or AAS General Education class options and alternatives

Entry Information

Check out the information below to learn how you can get started!

When Can I Start?


  • This program admits students twice a year, in the fall and spring quarter.

What Are The Minimum Entry Requirements?


These requirements are for the AAS degree and are lower than those for the AAS-T degree. Please see the AAS-T Entry Page for AAS-T requirements.

  • Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 38 or a C grade in MATH 090 or ABE 050.
  • Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

What Are My Next Steps?


  1. Apply to BTC and Financial Aid
  2. Take the ACCUPLACER/Placement Test
  3. Attend an Advising & Registration Session
  4. Prepare to Attend

Program Outcomes

After successfully completing this program, students will be able to:

  • Safely and properly install and service systems adhering to environmental laws and regulations as they apply to the HVAC/R industry.
  • Demonstrate positive work traits and good customer service skills as a member of a technical team.
  • Diagnose and repair common electrical and mechanical problems in HVAC/R residential, commercial and industrial systems.
  • Communicate effectively in writing and verbally with customers, managers, and co-workers.
  • Identify and use appropriate technical literature to install, maintain and service HVAC/R systems.

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Marty Vande Kamp

Area of Instruction


Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration

Degrees and Certifications


Certificate, Refrigeration Service Engineers Society Certification in Proper Refrigerant Usage

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


360 752-8454
mvandekamp@btc.edu
U Building (U) - Room U7


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Robert Edwards

Area of Instruction


Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration

Degrees and Certifications


A.A.S., C/I Refrigeration, Bellingham Technical College

Contact Info


360-752-8413
redwards@btc.edu
U Building (U) - Room U7