Residential HVAC

One-Year Embedded Technical Diploma


This embedded diploma is designed to prepare completers for entry-level employment in the area of residential heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) employment.  The diploma covers print reading and code, air conditioning fundamentals, refrigeration fundamentals, electrical fundamentals, computerized HVAC and refrigeration design, heating systems, motors and motor controls, air conditioning and refrigeration piping, charging methods, customer service essentials, trade mathematics, and communications.

Pathway Certificates and Embedded Technical Diplomas are part of a larger model of BTC’s Career Pathways that link related academic programs in sequence.  Each program offers direct job preparation and a path to the next level of academic programming. 

Service HVAC/R Systems

Troubleshoot HVAC/R Systems

Evaluate HVAC/R System Design

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
804-306 Shop Mathematics I 2
601-116 A/C Safety, Tools, Thermal Dynamics and HVAC Terminology 1
601-117 A/C Components, Refrigeration Cycle and Refrigeration Gauges 1
601-118 Air Flow Fundamentals 1
601-121 Electrical Safety, Meter Usage and Ohm's Law 1
601-122 Parallel Circuits, Combination Circuits and Capacitors 1
601-123 Electrical Services, Wire Sizing and Electrical Diagrams 1
601-128 Print Reading for HVAC/R 1
601-129 Mechanical Code 1
601-131 Access Valves, Compressors and Condensers 1
601-132 Evaporators, Metering Devices and Accessories 1
601-133 Heat Transfer Principles and Manual J 1
601-134 Wrightsoft Load Calculations and RESCheck 1
Semester 2
601-136 Split Phase Motor Identification, Testing and Replacement 1
601-137 Variable Speed Motors, Current Relays, Potential Relays and PTC Relays 1
601-138 Transformers, Contactors, Relays and Motor Starters 1
601-141 Gas Pipe Sizing, Gas Regulators and Gas Valves 1
601-142 Residential Gas Furnaces 1
601-143 Electric Heat and Air-to-Air Residential Heat Pump Systems 1
601-146 Flaring, Swagging and Soldering Copper Pipe 1
601-147 Air Acetylene and Oxy-Acetylene Brazing Copper Pipe 1
601-148 Refrig Recov, Deep Evac and Charging of Residential, Light Commercial, Geothermal and Ice Mach Equip 1
601-149 Refrig Recovery, Triple Evacuation and Charging of Heat Pumps and Refrig Equipment and EPA Test 1
462-322 Human Relations in the Industrial Setting 2
 Total Credits26