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Need skills? Our technical degrees (A.A.S.) and certificates launch you into a career. Some certificates can be completed in just one semester.

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Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning (HVAC) & Refrigeration

Offered at: Loveland

 HVAC Degree

A.A.S. in HVAC/R

60 credits
(4 semesters)

This A.A.S. degree provides basic to advanced training in heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration. Other topics in the program include: basic electricity and electrical components for HVACR, refrigerant tubing, fabrication, soldering, brazing, and trouble shooting, plus residential and commercial heating, hot water heating, industrial controls, advanced troubleshooting, customer service, teamwork, and communication.

Students must complete these Industry Competency Exams (ICE): Residential Air Conditioning and Heating, Light Commercial Air Conditioning and Heating, and Commercial Refrigeration.

FRCC’s HVAC/R Program is nationally accredited by PAHRA, the Partnership for Air Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration Accreditation, which is the only accreditation supported by major industry associations.

A.A.S degree in HVAC/R: See required courses by semester.

See degree requirements.

See HVAC/R course descriptions.

HVAC Certificates

 

Residential A/C & Heating

35 credits 
(2 semesters)

 This certificate provides training in the design, diagnosis, service and repair of residential HVAC systems and hot-water heating systems. In addition, it provides training in the application of the International Residential Code with attention to the sizing requirements of parts V and VI of the code.

Residential HVAC certificate: See required courses by semester.

See certificate requirements.

See gainful employment information.

 

Light Commercial A/C & Heating

37 credits 
(2 semesters)

This certificate provides training in the design, diagnosis, service and repair of residential and light commercial HVAC systems including commercial building controls. In addition, it provides training on the application of the International Residential Code with attention to the sizing requirements of parts V and VI of the code.

Light Commercial HVAC certificate: See required courses by semester.

See certificate requirements.

See gainful employment information.

Commercial Refrigeration

28 credits
(2 semesters)

This certificate provides training in the diagnosis, service and repair of commercial icemakers, walk-in coolers and freezers, and self-contained refrigeration units. 

Commercial Refrigeration certificate: See required courses by semester.

See certificate requirements.

See gainful employment information.

 

HVAC/R Fundamentals

15 credits 
(2 semesters)

This certificate teaches basic skills in HVAC/R including brazing/soldering, copper tubing fabrication, EPA certification and basic electrical skills. To become industry certified by passing the Industry Competency Exam (ICE), students are advised to pursue one of the additional HVAC/R certificates or A.A.S. degree listed here.

HVAC/R Fundamentals certificate: See required courses by semester.

See certificate requirements.

 

What You Will Learn

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate compliance with HVAC/R safety guidelines established by OSHA.
  2. Be knowledgeable in the common tools used in the HVAC/R trade, including their function and safe/proper use.
  3. Safely handle and work with refrigerants.
  4. Demonstrate proper and safe use of HVAC/R electrical measurement meters in energized and un-energized circuits.
  5. Troubleshoot common HVAC/R electrical devices/components in HVAC/R systems.
  6. Identify the correct part replacement needed for an HVAC/R system using equipment model/serial numbers, distributor catalogs and useful websites.
  7. Safely operate a gas fuel torch used in soft soldering and brazing.
  8. Read and apply the information on a pressure/temperature chart to determine superheat, sub cooling, and proper system pressures.
  9. Interpret what the superheat and sub cooling readings are telling them about the states of the refrigerant in the system.
  10. Perform general maintenance/service on HVAC/R systems.
  11. Demonstrate professionalism, including excellent communication skills.

HVAC Classes in Loveland.

Our HVAC/R training classes are held at the FRCC Larimer Campus at FRCC-Loveland. See map and directions.



You can take your general-education classes as classroom- based courses at any campus or online.

Transfer Option

FRCC has a transfer agreement with Ferris State University for admission into its Bachelor of Science degree in HVACR Engineering Technology and Energy Management. Its bachelor degree fits a variety of positions: application and/or project engineering, systems control, estimating, engineering, field technician, systems reps, marketing, control systems training, and HVEM in-plant engineering.

HVAC Salaries

Jobs Entry Average Experienced
Mechanics & Installers $37,085
$54,186
$62,737
Colorado Dept. of Labor & Employment (2016)
  Learn more about employment and career pathways in this industry.

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