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2019-2020 Academic Catalog 
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Heating, Ventilation, Air-conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC) Apprentice, CTS

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Completion of this program satisfies the Montana Department of Labor and Industry requirement for the educational component of the HVAC apprenticeship program.  The program is intended for currently registered HVAC apprentices only and is scheduled for a succession of five semesters.  In conjunction with the required work experience, this program provides students the training necessary to work in the field of heating, ventilation, air-conditioning, and refrigeration in residential and commercial applications.  Upon completion of this program, students will:

  • Differentiate among 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 operating a boiler;
  • Explain the significance of healing 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.

First Year

First Semester Total: 5

Second Semester Total: 5

Summer Semester

Third Semester Total: 6

Second Year

Fall Semester

First Semester Total: 6

Spring Semester

Second Semester Total: 6

Total Credits: 28

Program Information

  • This program is sponsored by local Refrigeration Service Engineers Society (RSES) employers.
  • Students in this program must earn a “C-” or better in all HVC classes.


  • NATE Certified Curriculum
  • RSES membership program

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


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