Create comfortable indoor climates.

Gain the skills to work with confidence.

Building owners—homeowners, corporations, healthcare facilities, and more—all rely on Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning (HVAC) technicians, who install, maintain, and repair the systems that make life in any climate comfortable year-round. Often, HVAC technicians specialize in one type of environmental technology, such as furnaces, central air conditioning, 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.

  • What are my chances of getting a job when I graduate from this Certificate of Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning Technology program?

    The job placement rate for students who completed this program in 2012-2013 is *%.

    * This institution is not currently required to calculate a job placement rate for program completers.

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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HVAC Technology Certificate from Baker College

HVAC TechnologyCertificate

Create comfortable indoor climates.

Gain the skills to work with confidence.

Building owners—homeowners, corporations, healthcare facilities, and more—all rely on Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning (HVAC) technicians, who install, maintain, and repair the systems that make life in any climate comfortable year-round. Often, HVAC technicians specialize in one type of environmental technology, such as furnaces, central air conditioning, or commercial refrigeration.

Discover Your Future HVAC Career

Career Facts

$43,640

Average 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

$56,560

Average salary for Boilermakers

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Overview

As a student in Baker’s HVAC technology certificate program, you learn how these systems function, and develop the knowledge and skills you need to install, operate, maintain, diagnose, and correct problems. 

Studying under industry professionals who share their knowledge and insights. You learn in class, in labs, and on the job through an internship that prepares you with real-world, hands-on training. It’s a curriculum designed to help you develop the mechanical, trouble-shooting, and customer service skills that this career requires. 

When you graduate, you’ll be prepared to sit for the HAVC exam, and have the skills and confidence needed to install HVAC systems, and keep them operating at peak performance.

Course Information
Major Requirements47 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
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, ENG 098B or satisfies developmental reading or placement exam.
Composition I4
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.

Prerequisite(s):
HVAC 115, HVAC 123A.
Corequisite(s):
HVAC 116.
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, HVAC 151A.
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.

Prerequisite(s):
HVAC 115.
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, HVAC 151A.
Corequisite(s):
HVAC 123A.
EPA Recovery/Certification2
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, HVAC 151A.
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):
MTH 091 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.

Prerequisite(s):
HVAC 151A.
HVAC Electrical Systems and Applications II4
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):
MTH 099E or satisfies developmental pre-algebra or placement exam.
Introductory 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

Quarter Hours Required for Graduation: 47

Program Description

This program will prepare students to 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 and a member of the North Central Association / 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.

  • What are my chances of getting a job when I graduate from this Certificate of Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning Technology program?

    The job placement rate for students who completed this program in 2012-2013 is *%.

    * This institution is not currently required to calculate a job placement rate for program completers.

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