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Heating, Ventilation, & Air Conditioning/Construction Plumbing

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The program prepares students to begin a career in Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Plumbing. Coursework provides a technical understanding of HVAC and Plumbing technology, and prepares students with the practical skills to install, maintain, and troubleshoot such systems. The program prepares students in blueprint reading and sketching; design, fabrication, and installation of forced air and hot water heating and ventilation systems; installation of a wide range of oil and gas boilers and forced-air furnaces; installation of water systems, piping procedures, plumbing and piping systems in residential and commercial settings. Successful graduates are eligible for employment in a variety of businesses found in rural and metropolitan areas. Successful graduates are further eligible for employment at an advanced plumbing apprenticeship level.

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Program Accreditation

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College Accreditation

Northland Community & Technical College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

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Program Specific Requirements

Students achieving assessment scores below the established minimums must register and successfully complete (with a grade of C or better) the required developmental courses in order to meet graduation requirements.

The program minimum scores for the Accuplacer Assessment test are as follows:
Arithmetic: 50
Reading Comprehension: 78

Program Course Listings

Required Courses

Course # Course Name Credits
BLDG 1102 Construction Safety 1 credits
BLDG 1106 Grades/Cap/Elec Calc 3 credits
BLDG 1114 Blueprint Reading I 2 credits
HEAT 1101 HVAC Circuit Theory 4 credits
HEAT 1102 Sheet Metal Design 3 credits
HEAT 1104 Control Electricity 2 credits
HEAT 1110 Refrig, A/C & Htg Prin 3 credits
HEAT 1128 Heat Sys Design & Install 3 credits
HEAT 2202 Air Handling 2 credits
HEAT 2206 Heating Sys Maintenance 2 credits
HEAT 2210 Com Air Conditioning 2 credits
HEAT 2214 Hydronic Heating Sys 4 credits
HEAT 2220 HVAC Troubleshooting 3 credits
PLBG 1104 Bldg Sewers/Drainage Sys 3 credits
PLBG 1108 Plumbing/Piping Drawings 2 credits
PLBG 1110 Copper Pipe Procedures 2 credits
PLBG 1112 Plastic Pipe Procedures 2 credits
PLBG 1114 Steel Pipe Procedures 3 credits
PLBG 1116 Plumbing Theory/Sys 3 credits
PLBG 1118 State Plbg Code Interpret 1 credits
PLBG 1120 Residential Plbg Install 3 credits
PLBG 1122 Plbg Repair/Service Work 2 credits
ENGL 1111 Composition I 3 credits
PHIL 1102 Intro to Ethics 3 credits
  MN Transfer Curriculum Electives 9 credits
TOTAL CREDITS: 70 credits

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Program Learner Outcomes

1. Student will demonstrate appropriate safety practices and procedures at all times in the classroom, shop, and building sites as required by the construction industry.
2. Student will demonstrate effective oral and written communications with all clients and customers with respect for diversity of culture, age and gender.
3. Student will draw and interpret symbols and blueprints accurately for residential and commercial HVAC projects.
4. Student will apply proper design and installation techniques to residential and commercial HVAC ductwork systems.
5. Student will estimate cost and site management accurately for HVAC construction projects.
6. Student will demonstrate professional workplace habits including punctuality, attitudes, behaviors, and craftsmanship expected of the construction industry.
7. Student will perform required tasks and duties within existing ethical and legal parameters of the construction industry.

Employment Outlook & Opportunities

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Graduates of this program will find employment with heating and cooling service companies, local plumbing and heating shops, heating contractors, wholesale supply companies, and manufacturing firms.

Very fast growth in employment is projected in Minnesota over the next few years. Nationwide, above average growth is expected. A growing concern for energy conservation should also spur the installation of new energy-saving systems in homes and buildings. As the population and economy grow, so does the demand for new residential, commercial, and industrial plumbing and climate-control systems. This emphasis on better energy management leading to the replacement of older systems and the installation of newer systems will account for a large part of the increase demand for these technicians.

The HVAC and plumbing trades offer challenging and interesting work for those with the desire to work as designers, installers, and troubleshooters. There is also opportunity to advance and operate your own business.

The employment outlook for heating and cooling system mechanics in the state of Minnesota from 2010 to 2020 is 41%, a very high growth career.

Program Faculty

East Grand Forks Campus

  • Karl Krogfoss
  • HVAC Heating, Ventillation, A/C Instructor
  • (218) 793-2603