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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 duct work, 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 required 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 a 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.

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Degree

Associate in Applied Science (Career Program)
Total Credit Hours: 70

Program Requirements

Select a course number below to see a course description.

Required General Education Courses

Course Name Credit Hours
HUMANITIES *3
SOCIAL SCIENCE *3
MATHEMATICS *3 to 4
LABORATORY SCIENCE/MATHEMATICS *4
ENGLISH *3
COMMUNICATION *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 3
REACT 130LIGHT COMMERCIAL REFRIGERATION 4
REACT 131COMMERCIAL REFRIGERATION AND ICE MACHINES 4
REACT 139RESIDENTIAL SYSTEMS INSTALLATION 1
REACT 211RESIDENTIAL EQUIPMENT DESIGN I 4
REACT 213RESIDENTIAL EQUIPMENT DESIGN II 4
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

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