Sep 19, 2020  
2017-2018 Academic Catalog 
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Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning, CTS

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This program will prepare students for entry-level positions within the HVAC career field. The curriculum consists of a series of theory courses provided through distance learning and related electrical classes that provide the “hands-on” experience of applying the theory. All courses are taught to the standards of performance required for the North American Technician Excellence (NATE) certification. Graduates of the HVAC short-term certificate possess the entry-level skills required to:

  • Differentiate between the use of ammeters, voltmeters, watt meters, and multi-meters in testing and trouble-shooting electrical components;

  • Summarize the functional aspects of various electromechanical control systems;

  • Explain the fundamentals of operations of a boiler;

  • Explain the significance of heating and cooling loads;

  • Interpret detailed instructions for electrical circuits; and

  • Explain the concepts of a refrigerant cycle diagram and label each of the basic components.

Required Courses

Total Credits: 28

*Indicates prerequisite or corequisite needed.  Check course description.

Optional Program Offerings:

Program Information

  • This program is sponsored by local Refrigeration Service Engineers Society (RSES) employers.
  • An internship is optional for this program. Students must apply for internship placement for this program the prior semester. See Internships  for more information and application deadlines.
  • Students in the Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning program must earn a “C-” or better in all Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVC) classes.


  • NATE Certified Curriculum
  • RSES membership program
  • First Aid/CPR Certification

Opportunities After Graduation

  • Graduates may work as HVAC technicians, refrigeration specialists or facility maintenance technicians. Growth in the construction industry has led to increased demand for workers in this area. Experience may lead to management and self-employment opportunities.

Advising Information:

For more information about this program, contact the FVCC Student Support Center.

Student Support Center Advisor
Will Richards
OT 204
(406) 756-4862


Gainful Employment

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