Academics

HVAC/R Technology

The Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology (HVAC/R) program trains technicians to install, maintain, and repair residential, commercial, and industrial refrigeration and air conditioning systems. They follow blueprints, design specifications, and manufacturers instructions to install motors, compressors, condensing units, and evaporators, connect equipment to ductwork, refrigerant lines and electrical power sources, charge the system with refrigerant, and check for proper operation. Technicians also diagnose problems, test and overhaul compressors, relays, and thermostats, and do require chlorofluor-carbon refrigerants and all the new refrigerants used in air conditioning and refrigeration systems. They use a variety of pipe cutters, benders, acetylene torches, voltmeters, thermometers, pressure gauges, and manometers to check air flow, refrigerant pressure electrical circuits.

To pursue a career as an HVAC/R technician, you must be courteous, tactful, in good physical condition because you are sometimes required to lift heavy equipment and work in awkward, cramped positions, detail-oriented, and able to work independently. A basic understanding of shop math, mechanical drawing, applied physics and chemistry, electronics blueprint reading, and microelectronics is helpful. Although this program is not intended to be transferable to a four-year college, many of the courses will transfer. Discuss this with your advisor.

Request Information

Want to know more about this program or any of ICC’s AIT programs?

Degree

Associate in Applied Science (Career Program)
Total Credit Hours: 69

Program Requirements

Select a course number below to see a course description.

Required General Education Courses

Course Name Credit Hours
ENGLISH *3
COMMUNICATION *3
SOCIAL SCIENCE *3
MATHEMATICS *3 to 4
LABORATORY SCIENCE/MATHEMATICS *4
HUMANITIES *3

Required Program Courses

Course Name Credit Hours
ARCTK 119BLUEPRINT READING - CONSTRUCTION 1
ELCTK 111RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL WIRING 2
REACT 110INTRODUCTION TO REFRIGERATION 4
REACT 112RESIDENTIAL AIR CONDITIONING 4
REACT 118ELECTRICITY AS IT APPLIES TO HVAC/R 4
REACT 119SHEET METAL FOR HVAC/R 2
REACT 120RESIDENTIAL FURNACES 4
REACT 121HEAT PUMPS AND GEOTHERMAL 4
REACT 122RESIDENTIAL HYDRONIC SYSTEMS 4
REACT 130LIGHT COMMERCIAL REFRIGERATION 4
REACT 131COMMERCIAL REFRIGERATION AND ICE MACHINES 4
REACT 139RESIDENTIAL SYSTEMS INSTALLATION 1
REACT 211RESIDENTIAL EQUIPMENT DESIGN I 3
REACT 213RESIDENTIAL EQUIPMENT DESIGN II 3
REACT 219DUCT FABRICATION 2
REACT 220BALANCING AND TESTING HVAC SYSTEMS 2
REACT 237OCCUPATION INTERNSHIP I 1
REACT 238OCCUPATION INTERNSHIP II 1

* Recommended general education courses: HUMAN 124; ECON 110; PSY 110; HIST 201; MATH 106 or MATH 115; PHYSC 110; ENGL 125; COMM 110

Although this program is not intended to be transferable to a four-year college, many of the courses will transfer into the HVAC/R Engineering Technology and Energy Management Bachelor of Science Degree at Ferris State University. 

Students must provide the following items: safety glasses with side shields, work gloves, basic scientific calculator, and thumb drive.

Recommended Course Sequence

Semester Courses
Fall Semester 1REACT 110; REACT 118; REACT 119; REACT 120; REACT 112; ARCTK 119
Spring Semester 1REACT 139; REACT 121; REACT 130; REACT 122; REACT 131; ELCTK 111
Fall Semester 2REACT 211; REACT 219; REACT 237; Social Science; Mathematics; English
Spring Semester 2REACT 213; REACT 238; REACT 220; Communication; Laboratory Science/Mathematics; Humanities

Program Contact Information

Agricultural and Industrial Technologies Department

Dirksen Building, Room 09
(309)694-8566

Illinois Career Cluster

Architecture and Construction

Career Pathway:
Maintenance/Operations


Career Pathway

Pathway programs at ICC have a map that shows the courses/degree requirements that will lead students to their desired education and employment goals.

Career Cluster: Architecture and Construction
Pathway: Maintenance/Operations
ICC Pathway: HVAC

Early College

If you are a high school junior or senior, you can get a head start on your future by taking college-level courses now! Visit our Dual Credit webpage for a listing of area high schools with courses available

Humanities | Introduction to Communication (COMM 110) | Introduction to Psychology (PSY 110) | Lab Science | Mathematics

Point of Entry

High School Diploma or GED

Getting Started: Apply to ICC | Paying for College | Career Information: Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers | Student Information

Certificate of Completion

HVAC Residential Installer (16 credit hours)

Industry Credentials

Section 608 of the Federal Clean Air Act; HVAC Excellence Employment Ready Certification in Electrical, Gas Heat & Air Conditioning

Employment Information

Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning (HVAC) Installer; HVAC Mechanic; HVAC Service Technician; Heating and Air Conditioning Mechanic and Installer; Refrigeration Mechanic and Installer $17-39/hr

Certificate of Completion

HVAC Technician (28 credit hours)

Industry Credentials

HVAC Excellence Employment Ready Certification in Electric Heat, Heat Pump & Hydronic Heat

Employment Information

Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning (HVAC) Installer; HVAC Mechanic; HVAC Service Technician; Heating and Air Conditioning Mechanic and Installer; Refrigeration Mechanic and Installer$17-39/hr

OR

Certificate of Completion

Commercial Refrigeration Technician (28 credit hours)

Industry Credentials

HVAC Excellence Employment Ready Certification in Basic Refrigeration and Charging Procedures & Light Commercial Refrigeration

Employment Information

Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning (HVAC) Installer; HVAC Mechanic; HVAC Service Technician; Heating and Air Conditioning Mechanic and Installer; Refrigeration Mechanic and Installer$17-39/hr

Associate of Applied Science Degree

HVAC/R Technology(69 credit hours)

Industry Credentials

4 Part HVAC Excellence System Performance Certification

Employment Information

Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning (HVAC) Installer; HVAC Mechanic; HVAC Service Technician; Heating and Air Conditioning Mechanic and Installer; Refrigeration Mechanic and Installer$17-39/hr

OCCUPATION BACHELOR DEGREE TRANSFER OPTIONS

There are no current articulation agreements to Bachelor degree programs at this time.

CAREER CLUSTER BACHELOR DEGREE TRANSFER OPTIONS

Program transfer guides layout course work to be taken at ICC and the transfer institution to complete specific programs of study or majors.
Many of the courses will transfer into the on-line HVAC/R Engineering Technology and Energy Management Bachelor of Science Degree at Ferris State University.

GENERAL BACHELOR DEGREE TRANSFER OPTIONS

General transfer agreements formalize the transfer process from ICC to other colleges and universities.

For additional transfer information:
Transfer Assistance
Useful Transfer Links
Transfer Agreements

Related Programs

Commercial Refrigeration Technician certificate
HVAC Residential Installer
HVAC Technician certificate