Program Description The Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) program 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 refrigeration*, and sheet metal**.
HVAC is a limited enrollment, 11-month program that prepares graduates for entry-level jobs.
Students enroll either fall or spring semester. A $100 equipment deposit is required upon acceptance and applies toward tuition.
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 Program Diploma (60 credits) or Associate in Applied Science degree (60 credits). Required minimum placement scores: ACT Math - 15 ACT Reading - 14 COMPASS Math (Pre-Algebra) - 33 COMPASS Reading - 69
Students need a specified tool kit, pocket calculator and drafting kit the first week of class.
Career Opportunities Building maintenance is one of the fastest growing fields in the United States. A bright future awaits those trained in the related fields of heating, ventilation and air conditioning. Some HVAC technicians advance to positions as supervisors or service managers. Others move into sales and marketing or become building superintendents, cost estimators or teachers. Some open their own contracting business.
Additional Information * Students have the option to take the Environmental Protection Agency's refrigerant use exam, required for anyone working with refrigerants. ** 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. Students are placed on a national registry after successfully completing individual module exams and related tasks.
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.