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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.

Frequently Asked Questions
  • What is the high school GPA requirement to enroll into Baker?
    Baker College has a “right-to-try” admission policy. That means all students who have earned a high school diploma or its equivalent, such as a General Educational Development  (GED) certificate, are accepted at Baker. Find out more by reading our Undergraduate Admissions Requirements or by talking with an admissions advisor.
  • Can I take classes without a high school diploma or GED?
    If you haven't earned a diploma or a GED certificate, you may be able to take classes at Baker College. We will ask you to take placement tests to ensure you have the foundation of knowledge you need to successully complete college-level studies. Please contact the Admissions Office to learn more about our placement testing and admissions policy. Note: This does not apply to online students; for Baker Online, a diploma or GED certificate is required.
  • How do I apply for Financial Aid?
    Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using the school code for the Baker College Campus that you plan to attend. Remember, you must apply for financial aid every year. New applications are available after January 1st each year. Always complete your FAFSA as early as possible. To help speed the application process, we encourage you to have your taxes completed prior to applying. The Federal government’s FAFSA website allows you and/or your parent or guardian to link to the IRS website to retrieve tax information. Note: Students and parents of dependent students are required to apply for a Personal Identification Number (PIN) in order to sign the FAFSA application electronically. Please visit www.pin.ed.gov for more information.
  • How do I apply for a student loan?
    Once you have applied for financial aid, you will receive a Financial Aid Notification package from the Financial Aid office. Your FAFSA serves as the application for the Student Loan. If it is determined that you qualify for student loan funds, the eligibility amounts will be listed on your award notification, and a student Loan Request Form will be included with the award package. The Loan Request Form must be completed and returned to the Financial Aid Office before the loan process can begin. If you are a new student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:
    • Complete the paper loan request form indicating the amount you would like to borrow.
    • Sign and date the form.
    • Return the form to the Financial Aid office.
    If you are a returning student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:
    • Log into the SOLAR system.
    • Select STAR System.
    • Select Financial Aid office.
    • Select Loan Request.
    • Select the appropriate financial aid year and click Continue.
    • Select the type of loan you would like to request and click Continue.
    • Read the Stafford Loan Request Authorization information and click I Agree.
    • Type in the requested dollar amount and click Submit Request.
  • How do online classes work?

    After you enroll, and are accepted to your online program, you sign-up, or "register" for your first courses. Like all Baker Online students, you will begin your online experience with a three-week online class designed to orient you to the Baker Online classroom, and review the expectations and requirements of Baker Online students. When you have completed this course successfully, you can move on to additional online courses.
  • Is Baker College Online accredited?
    Baker Online is part of Baker College, a private, non-profit, accredited, degree granting, higher educational institution with locations throughout Michigan. As an accredited college, Baker College has been granted legal authority by the state of Michigan to operate as a nonprofit educational corporation and is empowered to grant certificates, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. It is approved for veterans’ benefits. Baker College is recognized as an institution of higher education by the U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education. All Baker Online undergraduate and graduate programs are 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. Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:
  • Does Baker provide any help in my job search?

    As a graduate of Baker College, you are eligible for our Lifetime Employment Services, which include:
    • Job searching techniques
    • Resume and cover letter assistance
    • Job interview questions
    • Job postings
    • Relocation tips
  • Is Baker accredited?
    Yes. Baker College is 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.

    Additional Accreditations

    Baker has also earned specialized accreditations for programs and degrees in:
    • Business Administration
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • Human Services
    • School of Education
    • School of Nursing
    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages.
  • How can I send a copy of my official transcripts to another organization?
    To access your transcripts, log into the SOLAR System, select the Star System and select the Academic Office. Once there, click on the transcripts link.

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 Online (COL112) is required for all first-time undergraduate 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.

An Introduction to Your Life at Baker College

The Academic Welcome Experience provides students with a smooth and helpful transition to college life. Students will become familiar with campus life, academic requirements, student expectations, learning environments, and the many services and resources available to them. It is also an important time for forming relationships and connections with fellow students, program advisors, and other members of the Baker College community.

Throughout the Academic Welcome Experience, students participate in a wide array of academic, intellectual, social, and professional experiences available at Baker College. Students connect with their advisors and participate in informational sessions aimed toward exploring career opportunities, networking with professionals in their fields, and sharing program information.

Getting Started

There’s a lot you can learn about Baker College here on the Web, but talking with an admissions advisor will help you get a better understanding of everything we offer. Contact us to request more information, schedule a visit to the campus nearest you, or get started by applying online.

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HVAC Technology

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.

Career Facts

$44,630

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

14%

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

$59,870

Average salary for Boilermakers

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Overview

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

Course Information

Major Requirements47 Hours
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
ACT 191A

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 Architecture 2
ENG 101

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 I 4
HVAC 101

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 Systems 4
HVAC 112A

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 Repair 4
HVAC 115

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 151A
HVAC 101
Heating I 4
HVAC 116

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 II 4
HVAC 121

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 151A
HVAC 101
Corequisite(s):
HVAC 123A
EPA Recovery/Certification 2
HVAC 123A

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 151A
HVAC 101
Air Conditioning and Heat Pumps 4
HVAC 131

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 Code 2
HVAC 151A

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 I 4
HVAC 152

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 II 4
MTH 111

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 equations.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 099E or satisfies developmental pre-algebra or placement exam.
Introductory Algebra 4
WRK 291B

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 Strategies 1
WRKTC 201

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), 108 Credit Hours in CYBER DEFENSE MAJOR, 48 Credit Hours in GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS, minimum GPA 2.00.
Work Experience 4
Quarter Hours Required for Graduation 47
Program Description

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

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

  • What is the high school GPA requirement to enroll into Baker?
    Baker College has a “right-to-try” admission policy. That means all students who have earned a high school diploma or its equivalent, such as a General Educational Development  (GED) certificate, are accepted at Baker. Find out more by reading our Undergraduate Admissions Requirements or by talking with an admissions advisor.
  • Can I take classes without a high school diploma or GED?
    If you haven't earned a diploma or a GED certificate, you may be able to take classes at Baker College. We will ask you to take placement tests to ensure you have the foundation of knowledge you need to successully complete college-level studies. Please contact the Admissions Office to learn more about our placement testing and admissions policy. Note: This does not apply to online students; for Baker Online, a diploma or GED certificate is required.
  • How do I apply for Financial Aid?
    Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using the school code for the Baker College Campus that you plan to attend. Remember, you must apply for financial aid every year. New applications are available after January 1st each year. Always complete your FAFSA as early as possible. To help speed the application process, we encourage you to have your taxes completed prior to applying. The Federal government’s FAFSA website allows you and/or your parent or guardian to link to the IRS website to retrieve tax information. Note: Students and parents of dependent students are required to apply for a Personal Identification Number (PIN) in order to sign the FAFSA application electronically. Please visit www.pin.ed.gov for more information.
  • How do I apply for a student loan?
    Once you have applied for financial aid, you will receive a Financial Aid Notification package from the Financial Aid office. Your FAFSA serves as the application for the Student Loan. If it is determined that you qualify for student loan funds, the eligibility amounts will be listed on your award notification, and a student Loan Request Form will be included with the award package. The Loan Request Form must be completed and returned to the Financial Aid Office before the loan process can begin. If you are a new student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:
    • Complete the paper loan request form indicating the amount you would like to borrow.
    • Sign and date the form.
    • Return the form to the Financial Aid office.
    If you are a returning student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:
    • Log into the SOLAR system.
    • Select STAR System.
    • Select Financial Aid office.
    • Select Loan Request.
    • Select the appropriate financial aid year and click Continue.
    • Select the type of loan you would like to request and click Continue.
    • Read the Stafford Loan Request Authorization information and click I Agree.
    • Type in the requested dollar amount and click Submit Request.
  • How do online classes work?

    After you enroll, and are accepted to your online program, you sign-up, or "register" for your first courses. Like all Baker Online students, you will begin your online experience with a three-week online class designed to orient you to the Baker Online classroom, and review the expectations and requirements of Baker Online students. When you have completed this course successfully, you can move on to additional online courses.
  • Is Baker College Online accredited?
    Baker Online is part of Baker College, a private, non-profit, accredited, degree granting, higher educational institution with locations throughout Michigan. As an accredited college, Baker College has been granted legal authority by the state of Michigan to operate as a nonprofit educational corporation and is empowered to grant certificates, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. It is approved for veterans’ benefits. Baker College is recognized as an institution of higher education by the U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education. All Baker Online undergraduate and graduate programs are 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. Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:
  • Does Baker provide any help in my job search?

    As a graduate of Baker College, you are eligible for our Lifetime Employment Services, which include:
    • Job searching techniques
    • Resume and cover letter assistance
    • Job interview questions
    • Job postings
    • Relocation tips
  • Is Baker accredited?
    Yes. Baker College is 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.

    Additional Accreditations

    Baker has also earned specialized accreditations for programs and degrees in:
    • Business Administration
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • Human Services
    • School of Education
    • School of Nursing
    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages.
  • How can I send a copy of my official transcripts to another organization?
    To access your transcripts, log into the SOLAR System, select the Star System and select the Academic Office. Once there, click on the transcripts link.
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