Heating and Air Conditioning
Heating and Air Conditioning
Subject Area: STEM, Advanced Manufacturing and Construction
Minimum Credits: 47.5
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.
- Apply for admission.
- Submit official high school, high school equivalency and/or college transcripts to the Admissions Office of the campus you plan to attend.
- Complete ACCUPLACER® reading and writing assessment. 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.
Prior to the completion of Term 1, students are required to provide their program faculty with a copy of their First Aid/ CPR certificate.
Term 1 Course Title Credits 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 Course Title Credits 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 Course Title Credits 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
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.
Certification/Licensure: The EPA Freon Certification Test will be given if you seek to become certified in handling and purchasing freon.
With an annual income range of $30,282 - $42,157 and a projected growth of 8.5%, the career outlook for Heating and Air Conditioning graduates is growing.
Source: EMSI; Salary range represents 10th percentile - median annual wage for related occupations in the NICC district. Growth rate based on projections from 2016-2020.
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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Dean of Career and Technical Education
800.728.2256, ext. 240
Heating and Air Conditioning Instructor
800.728.7367, ext. 250