Energy Technology - Heating and Cooling Advanced Certificate of Achievement (Certificate of Achievement, 2020-2021)

Program Info

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Degree Type
Certificate of Achievement

Program Description


Designed for individuals interested in taking the next step into the residential and light commercial heating and cooling industry. Provides entry-level theory and laboratory experiences as well as advanced course work in commercial heating and refrigeration, light commercial controls, heating and cooling mechanical codes, installation, energy management, and energy system design. All courses in the certificate program may be applied to an Associate of Applied Science degree in Energy Technology — HVAC.

NOTE: Students who successfully complete this certificate may choose to pursue employment opportunities by taking certificate exams through the Air Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA), EPA Refrigerant Recovery, and eventually sit for the State of Michigan Mechanical Contractors Test. However, these exams are not included in this program.

Program Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Use proper tools, materials and equipment necessary for completing mechanical operations on residential and light commercial HVAC-R systems and equipment.
  2. Utilize standard safety procedures.
  3. Demonstrate both soft skills and communication skills including reading comprehension, computer skills, communication, and customer service.
  4. Troubleshoot electrical systems and controls in HVAC-R equipment.
  5. Interpret mechanical, electrical, and control diagrams relevant to the HVAC-R industry.
  6. Apply manufacturer specifications for HVAC-R equipment and systems.
  7. Demonstrate energy auditing and energy management for efficiency.
  8. Perform preventive maintenance according to service agreements.
Career Opportunities
  • Energy Conservation Technician
  • Facilities Maintenance Technician
  • HVAC Service and Installation Technician
  • Representative for power equipment or instrument and control equipment found in buildings of all sizes.

Requirements are subject to change. The information represented here is effective starting Fall 2020 and applies to the current catalog year. If you were admitted prior to this year, please check your requirements under the My Progress section of HFC Self Service.