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Heating, Ventilation, & Air Conditioning

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The HVAC - Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning graduate will be able to design residential and light commercial central heating and air conditioning systems according to load requirements, install, troubleshoot, and repair all residential and light commercial heating and air conditioning equipment, design, fabricate, and install forced air and hot water distribution systems using sheet metal, ductboard, copper tubing, Wirsbo tubing, Pex tubing, PVC , and other accepted materials, install a wide range of oil and gas boilers and forced-air furnaces, design, fabricate, and install home and light commercial ventilation systems, including both exhaust and fresh air make-up exchangers.

The graduate will be knowledgeable in electric theory, motor and heating-air conditioning controls and switching relays, pumps, compressors, various design variables, and code requirements. This comprehensive program of technical and general education will give the graduate knowledge and hands-on experience in both the electrical and mechanical aspects of heating, ventilation and air conditioning. This combination prepares students to build and install ductwork, and the ability to troubleshoot today's sophisticated high-efficiency heating units.

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Program Accreditation

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:
Reading Comprehension: 46
Arithmetic: 50

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
  Program Specific Electives ( *See Elective Course Options Listed Below ) 3 credits
TOTAL CREDITS: 37 credits

Program Specific Elective Course Options


Electives for this program may be selected from the following list of courses below. Need help? Schedule an appointment with a Northland Academic Advisor for assistance in selecting courses.

Course # Course Name Credits
#MNTE3MN Transfer Elective 3 credits
SSCI 1101Human Relations 3 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 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. In addition, the demand for maintenance and service work will increase as businesses and home owners strive to keep systems operating at peek efficiency.

The employment outlook for heating and cooling system mechanics in the state of Minnesota from 2010 to 2020 is 39%, a very high growth career.

Program Faculty

East Grand Forks Campus

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