Keep temperatures where they need to be.

Prepare with the skills that get you hired.

People and businesses depend on climate-control and refrigeration systems to control temperature, humidity, and total air quality. Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC&R) technicians install, maintain, and repair these systems. Some specialize in only one system—heating, air conditioning, or refrigeration—and others specialize in certain types of equipment, such as water-based heating systems, solar panels, or commercial refrigeration.

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FAQ'S

  • How long will it take me to complete this Certificate of Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning Technology program?

    The program is designed to take 15 months to complete. Of those that completed the program in 2012-2013, *% finished in 15 months.

    *Less than 10 students completed this program in 2012-13. The number who finished within the normal time has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.

  • What financing options are available to help me pay for this Certificate of Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning Technology program?

    Financing for this program may be available through grants, scholarships, loans (federal and private) and institutional financing plans. The median amount of debt for program graduates is shown below:

    • Federal loans: *
    • Private education loans: *
    • Institutional financing plan: *

    * Less than 10 graduates received loans. Median amounts are withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the loan recipients.

  • How much will this Certificate of Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning Technology program cost me?

    Tuition and fees: $10,575
    Books and supplies: $2,400
    On-campus room & board: not offered*

    The amounts shown above include costs for the entire program, assuming normal time to completion. Note that this information is subject to change.

    * Housing is only available at the Flint, Muskegon and Owosso campuses. The estimated housing cost for this program is $3,600.

Program Availability

Program availability varies by campus. Please contact the Admissions Department on your campus to learn more.

General Requirements

A general education core is required for all Associate and Bachelor degrees. All graduates must meet the general education requirements established by each academic program.

College Success Strategies (COL111A) or College Success Online (COL112) is required for all first-time freshmen and all online students enrolled in a certificate or degree program. This course will inform students of campus services, policies and procedures, and address learning styles and study strategies.

Many of the courses and programs at Baker College are offered in an online delivery format. See Online Programs. Contact your campus Academic / Administrative Office for details about online courses.

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Joshua Steere, Baker College graduate
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[Baker] really helps to develop the critical thinking that's necessary in this field.

Joshua Steere
HVACR Associate Degree from Baker College

HVAC&R TechnologyAssociate of Applied Science

Keep temperatures where they need to be.

Prepare with the skills that get you hired.

People and businesses depend on climate-control and refrigeration systems to control temperature, humidity, and total air quality. Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC&R) technicians install, maintain, and repair these systems. Some specialize in only one system—heating, air conditioning, or refrigeration—and others specialize in certain types of equipment, such as water-based heating systems, solar panels, or commercial refrigeration.

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Career Facts

$43,640

Median salary for Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers

21%

Estimated employment increase by 2022 for Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers

$53,560

Median salary for Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators

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Overview

In Baker’s HVAC&R associate degree program, your classes are taught by industry professionals and combined with real-world work experience to give you the mechanical knowledge, troubleshooting skills, and hands-on training you need. 

You learn how each one of these systems functions, and develop the skills needed to install, operate, maintain, diagnose, and correct problems. You also learn how to design climate-control and refrigeration systems and develop cost estimates for HVAC&R applications, both of which are vital to the construction process. 

When you graduate, you’ll be fully prepared to use the tools and equipment required to install new systems, and keep them operating at peak performance. 

This program is part of the Baker College Smart Degree Option.

Course Information
Heating, Ventilation, AC, & Refrigeration Major59 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
ACT 191A
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2 Quarter Hours

Covers print layout of information, tolerance block, revision block, do not scale block, notes, bill of material, and product detail layout. Students sketch drawings of simple detail from selected architectural drawings to include dimensioning and notes as related to the understanding of reading a floor plan, elevation, and detailed blueprint.

Blueprint Reading for Architecture2
HVAC 101
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4 Quarter Hours

Focuses on various heating and cooling systems, components, and applications. Topics include heating and cooling requirements, heating fuels, the refrigeration cycle, electrical symbols and schematics, identification of component parts and uses, and the operation of HVAC equipment.

Introduction to Mechanical Systems4
HVAC 112A
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4 Quarter Hours

Expands on the knowledge students obtained in previous HVAC courses. Installation of heating and cooling systems, preventative maintenance, system inspections, and systematic troubleshooting of problems will be covered. 10 hours of lecture and 60 hours of lab are required.

HVAC Installation, Maintenance and Repair4
HVAC 115
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4 Quarter Hours

Covers the skills and techniques for the installation and operation of domestic and commercial heating systems. Topics include structural considerations, gas piping, gas pressure testing, chimneys, liners, venting, electrical and plumbing coordination, and general installation procedures with a focus on forced-air heating systems. 30 hours of lecture and 20 hours of lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
HVAC 101
Heating I4
HVAC 116
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4 Quarter Hours

Continues topics from HVAC115 and explores the theory and application of hydronic heating systems. Topics include boiler types and characteristics, copper piping, terminal devices, electrical and mechanical controls, and safety considerations. 30 hours of lecture and 20 hours of lab are required.

Heating II4
HVAC 121
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2 Quarter Hours

Covers the EPA regulations on recovery and recycling of all refrigerants. Topics also include refrigerant types and characteristics, leak testing, and repair.

Prerequisite(s):
HVAC 101
EPA Recovery/Certification2
HVAC 122
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4 Quarter Hours

Combines lecture and hands-on laboratory exercises. Students learn to diagnose and repair domestic and commercial refrigeration systems. Topics include lubricants, copper piping methods, compressor types, electrical and mechanical controls, an introduction to recovery, recycling and reclaiming of refrigerants, and safety considerations.

Introduction to Refrigeration4
HVAC 123A
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4 Quarter Hours

Covers the theory and application of heat pumps and air conditioners in domestic and commercial heating and cooling systems. Topics include heat pump principles and controls, air conditioning and heating cycles, defrost cycles, reverse cycles, maintenance, troubleshooting, and performance. 30 hours of lecture and 20 hours of lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
HVAC 101
Air Conditioning and Heat Pumps4
HVAC 131
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2 Quarter Hours

Familiarizes students with the methods and techniques used in field inspection of mechanical systems. The Uniform Mechanical Code will be covered along with appropriate portions of the Building Officials and Code Administrators (BOCA) Code.

Prerequisite(s):
HVAC 101.
Mechanical Code2
HVAC 151A
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides the foundational knowledge and skills to understand and safely install, service, and troubleshoot HVAC/R electrical circuits and electronics. Topics include basic electrical theories, HVAC/R electricity and electronic symbols and schematics, proper meter usage, motors, controls, and other electrical/electronic devices. The sequence of operation and diagnostic troubleshooting, utilizing pictorial, schematic, and hands-on approaches are also stressed.

Corequisite(s):
or satisfies developmental essential math concepts or placement exam.
HVAC Electrical Systems and Applications I4
HVAC 152
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4 Quarter Hours

Continues coverage from HVAC151A. Topics include selecting, installing, and troubleshooting HVAC components and systems. Heating systems include oil, gas, electric, and heat pumps. Refrigeration systems include residential and commercial systems. Modern control systems and solid-state control circuits are also included. Diagnostic troubleshooting utilizing schematic diagrams and test equipment are emphasized in this course.

HVAC Electrical Systems and Applications II4
HVAC 221
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4 Quarter Hours

Focuses on design, layout and construction of flat duct, offsets, and fittings to move air for heating and cooling equipment. Focuses on Manual D (R) from the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA), the industry standard for this type of work. 30 hours of lecture and 20 hours of lab are required.

Sheet Metal Layout4
HVAC 231A
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4 Quarter Hours

Focuses on the calculations for heat loss and gain for residential construction as prescribed in Manual J (R) from the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA), the industry standard for this type of work. Topics include heat loss, heat gain, furnace and air conditioning sizing, and duct sizing.

Heating and Cooling Analysis4
HVAC 241
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4 Quarter Hours

Covers topics related to home energy auditing, including the evaluation, diagnosis, and proposed treatment of an existing home. Students will gain experience in rating home energy efficiency using software modeling, blower doors, infrared cameras, and other related technology.

Home Energy Auditing4
MTH 112
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4 Quarter Hours

Examines more advanced elements of algebra including rational functions, quadratic equations, radical expressions, complex numbers, exponential functions, and logarithmic functions.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in MTH 111.
Intermediate Algebra4
WRK 291B
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1 Quarter Hours

Covers all phases of securing employment in a required seminar. Major topics include resume preparation, interview strategy, job application, job search action planning, personal appearance, and coordination of the graduate's employment search activity with the College Career Services Office. Students in degree programs may complete the seminar requirement any time during their final two quarters. Certificate students should attend in their last quarter.

Prerequisite(s):
Sophomore status.
Professional Career Strategies1
WRKTC 201
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides a 120-hour minimum learning experience in an appropriate work environment structured to allow students to develop skills and gain training in their major field.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 102 (Associate Degrees), ENG 101 (Certificates), minimum GPA 2.00.
Work Experience4
General Education Requirements32 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
ELECT 161A
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2 Quarter Hours

See General Information Elective List - Computer Literacy Electives.

Computer Literacy Elective2
ENG 101
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4 Quarter Hours

Emphasizes academic writing by reading and thinking critically to strengthen essential communication skills through the use of the writing process. Various assignments focus on summary and response, analysis, and informative writing. Research practices and research writing in APA style are essential to the course.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 091 or satisfies developmental writing or placement exam, or satisfies developmental reading or placement exam.
Composition I4
ENG 102
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4 Quarter Hours

Continues developing students' critical thinking and writing skills through reading and argumentative writing. Emphasizes academic writing to articulate the relationships among language, knowledge, and power. Various assignments focus on position, argument analysis, and argumentative proposal. Research practices and research writing in APA style are essential to the course.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in ENG 101 or placement exam and approved writing sample.
Composition II4
INF 112
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2 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to word processing software and applications. This will include demonstrating the ability to perform basic Windows operations commands and word processing commands, which include creating, saving, printing, formatting, editing, and retrieving documents.

Word Processing2
INF 113
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2 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to beginning electronic spreadsheet terminology, concepts, and applications. Students will gain the ability to enter/edit, save/retrieve files, format, and print spreadsheets and reports. Students are also introduced to basic formula development.

Electronic Spreadsheets2
INF 161
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2 Quarter Hours

Explores timely social, legal, philosophical, ethical, political, constitutional, and economic implications of computing and technology. Coverage of the issues related to a technological society including social networking, privacy topics such as cameras in cell phones, access to our search queries and all sorts of data we put on the Web, social networking, location tracking, high-tech surveillance systems, intellectual property, professional ethics and responsibilities, and crime.

Technology and Society2
MTH 111
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces elements of algebra including real numbers, linear graphing, variable expressions, linear equations, polynomial operations and factoring, systems of equations, quadratic equations, and rational functions.

Prerequisite(s):
or satisfies developmental pre-algebra or placement exam.
Introductory Algebra4
PSY 101
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides a foundation for understanding human relations with applications to both personal and professional growth. Focus is on examining the basic dynamics of human relations, how social influences shape thought and behavior, effective ways to develop skills of human relations, and the importance of multicultural competency within human relations.

Human Relations4
SPK 201
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4 Quarter Hours

Develops confidence and skill in many facets of oral communication. Students explore diverse topics and formats, using both organization and research to support themselves during oral presentations.

Oral Communication4
WRI 115
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4 Quarter Hours

Addresses professional standards of communication with a focus on 21st century technology. Continues  developing students' critical thinking and writing skills to prepare them to be effective communicators in the workplace. Students evaluate the audience before choosing and applying the appropriate communication medium and style. Required elements include an employment portfolio, a group project/presentation, and an exploration of communication in the student's individual career field.

Workplace Communication4

Quarter Hours Required for Graduation: 91

Program Description

This program will train heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration technicians to design HVAC&R applications as well as install, maintain, and repair heating, cooling, and refrigeration systems. Technicians often specialize in one type of equipment, for example furnaces, central air conditioning, or commercial refrigeration.

Accreditation

Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org

Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

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FAQ's

  • How long will it take me to complete this Certificate of Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning Technology program?

    The program is designed to take 15 months to complete. Of those that completed the program in 2012-2013, *% finished in 15 months.

    *Less than 10 students completed this program in 2012-13. The number who finished within the normal time has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.

  • What financing options are available to help me pay for this Certificate of Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning Technology program?

    Financing for this program may be available through grants, scholarships, loans (federal and private) and institutional financing plans. The median amount of debt for program graduates is shown below:

    • Federal loans: *
    • Private education loans: *
    • Institutional financing plan: *

    * Less than 10 graduates received loans. Median amounts are withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the loan recipients.

  • How much will this Certificate of Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning Technology program cost me?

    Tuition and fees: $10,575
    Books and supplies: $2,400
    On-campus room & board: not offered*

    The amounts shown above include costs for the entire program, assuming normal time to completion. Note that this information is subject to change.

    * Housing is only available at the Flint, Muskegon and Owosso campuses. The estimated housing cost for this program is $3,600.

Joshua Steere, Baker College graduate
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[Baker] really helps to develop the critical thinking that's necessary in this field.

Joshua Steere