Heating and Air Conditioning

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Heating and Air Conditioning

Subject Area: STEM, Advanced Manufacturing and Construction

Award: Diploma

Minimum Credits: 47.5

Location: Peosta

Entry: Fall

Contact email: orrr@nicc.edu


Learn the competencies required for successful heating and air conditioning mechanics. Competencies include installation and repair of equipment ranging in size from small residential systems to light commercial systems. Students will also have the opportunity to learn how to install, diagnose, and repair electric, gas-fired and oil-fired furnaces, motors, compressors and evaporators as well as following blueprints and design specifications. Each year, the class installs the heating and cooling equipment at the school housing project.

Admissions Requirements
  1. Apply for admission.
  2. Complete ACCUPLACER® admission testing. Testing may be waived based on previous college coursework or submission of valid ACT®, ACT Compass® or ALEKS® test scores. Scores are valid for three years.
  3. Submit official high school, high school equivalency and/or college transcripts to the Admissions Office of the campus you plan to attend.
Academic Requirements

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Term 1
HCR:117 Intro to Forced Air Heat 2.0
HCR:122 Gas Furnaces 5.0
HCR:403 Basic Electricity 4.0
HCR:515 Sheet Metal Fabrication 3.0
SDV:179 The College Experience 3.0
WEL:330 Welding Fundamentals 1.0


Term 2
HCR:108 Heating and Air Conditioning Trade Codes 2.0
HCR:123 Oil Furnaces 2.0
HCR:124 Hydronic Heat 1.0
HCR:202 Intro to Cooling 3.0
HCR:204 Principles of Air Conditioning 4.0
HCR:506 Air Distribution 3.0
* Communication Elective 3.0


Term 3
HCR:128 Principles of Electric Heat 2.0
HCR:141 Principles of Heat Pumps 3.0
HCR:815 Air Purification and Humidity 2.0
HCR:941 Practicum 1.5
* Math Elective 3.0


Communication Electives: COM:723, ENG:105
Computer Electives: BCA:112, BCA:212, SDV:200
Math Electives: MAT:102, MAT:744, MAT:772, MAT:773, transfer-level MAT

Note: Prior to the completion of Term 1, students are required to provide their program faculty with a copy of their First Aid/CPR certificate.

The EPA Freon Certification Test will be given if you seek to become certified in handling and purchasing freon.

Employment Information

With an annual income range of $27,788 - $47,964 and a projected growth of 6.1%, the career outlook for Heating and Air Conditioning graduates is growing.

Salary Source: Institutional Effectiveness; Salary range represents 10th-90th percentile earnings for related occupations in the NICC district. Growth rate based on projections from 2010-2020.

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Employers of NICC Alumni

All Seasons Heating & Cooling, Dubuque, IA
Don & Walt, Manchester, IA
Eastern Iowa Mechanical, Epworth, IA
Emmaus Bible College, Dubuque, IA
Fitzgerald Mechanical Services, Dyersville, IA
Gabrielson's Climate Solutions, Davenport, IA
Geisler Brothers Company, Dubuque, IA
Giese, Dubuque, IA
Leach Heating and Cooling, LaMotte, IA
Molo Heating & Cooling, Dubuque, IA
Schuster Heating & Pump, Peosta, IA
Service One, Dubuque, IA

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Lenny Graves
Dean of Career and Technical Education
800.728.2256, ext. 240

Robert Orr
Heating and Air Conditioning Instructor
800.728.7367, ext. 250