Kalamazoo Valley Community College

KVCC Catalog


HVAC 100 Shop Fundamentals
2-1-2 (Lecture/Standard Lab) This course will provide the student with an introduction to electrical, heating, and refrigeration fundamentals. The introduction includes terminology and math utilized within each specific category of study.

HVAC 104 Intro to Renewable Energy
2-2-0 (Lecture/Discussion) This course provides an overview of renewable energies, including solar energy, wind power, hydropower, geothermal, and alternatives to petroleum based products. Students will learn the principles of each technology. This introductory course is designed to provide basic information to understand the nature and extent of the problems, as well as some viable solutions that are currently available or in development.

HVAC 105 Heat Load Calculations
3-3-0 (Lecture/Discussion) This course will cover how heat gain and loss are calculated to determine load requirements for proper air conditioning, including external and internal loads as well as state mechanical requirements for proper ventilation. This course will also introduce duct design for residential and commercial applications and will be directly related to the heat loads of the structures. Proper design, size, shape and types, and duct construction will be covered. Also included will be equipment selection and common installation practices.

HVAC 110 Duct Design
2-2-0 (Lecture/Discussion) This course is a study of the various types of duct systems used in warm air heating and/or cooling systems of residential and commercial applications. The course includes the design, layout, installation, and operation of warm air heating and cooling systems. Topics covered include duct sizing, pressure drop in ducts, good duct installation practice, and fan performance. Recommended prerequisite: HVAC 105.

HVAC 118 Electricity/HVAC Controls I
3-2-2 (Lecture/Standard Lab) This course is the study of the principles, practices and uses of basic electricity as it pertains to heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration. It is a study and use of electrical instruments including basic terms, volts, ohms, amps, power factor, AC & DC circuits, single and three-phase, motor protection, overloads, basic transformers, and appropriate safety procedures.

HVAC 119 Electricity/HVAC Controls II
3-2-2 (Lecture/Standard Lab) This course is a continuation of Electricity for HVAC Controls I. The emphasis will be control and line voltage circuitry including: relays, contactors, transformers, motor-starters, ignition systems, and associated components. The course will include troubleshooting of failed HVAC equipment and advanced electrical diagram reading. The course will include the study of motors and generation of electricity. The course continues with application and maintenance of motors and power equipment that operate on single and three-phase electricity, power transmission, boost and buck transformers, and appropriate safety procedures. Recommended prerequisite: HVAC 118.

HVAC 123 Refrigeration I
3-2-2 (Lecture/Standard Lab) The fundamental concepts of heat transfer, pressure, temperature, and other basic concepts are studied and applied to each component of the refrigeration system. The compression refrigeration system is studied with emphasis placed on system and component construction and operation. The use of specialized tools and equipment as-well-as refrigeration tubing, soldering equipment, refrigerants, gauges, hand tools, catalogs and other material are covered. The course emphasizes servicing refrigeration units. Studies in this course are directed at electrical and refrigerant control, defrost mechanisms, specialized components and accessories, and service procedures.

HVAC 124 Refrigeration II
3-2-2 (Lecture/Standard Lab) This class emphasizes servicing refrigeration units. Studies in this course utilize the knowledge and techniques used in Refrigeration I as the background for continued studies of refrigeration and refrigerant control for both commercial and industrial refrigeration systems. Components of the course include: defrost mechanisms, specialized refrigeration components and accessories, and service procedures. Refrigeration system design and component selection are covered in both residential and commercial refrigeration systems. Recommended prerequisite: HVAC 123.

HVAC 125 EPA Recovery/Certification
1-1-0 (Lecture/Discussion) In this course the practical application of refrigerant recovery, reclamation and recycling will be studied.

HVAC 132 Heating Concepts & Systems I
3-2-2 (Lecture/Standard Lab) An introduction to heating systems utilizing various fuels is presented in this course. Heating systems and their components are studied. Installation, servicing, and testing procedures of gas fuel-fired heating systems are covered. Fuels and vent systems, humidifying equipment, relative humidity and the temperature humidity index are also studied. This course will include system balancing of forced air heating systems, duct flow for forced air systems, and ignition systems.

HVAC 133 Heating Concepts & Systems II
3-2-2 (Lecture/Standard Lab) This course is a continuation of Heating Concepts & Systems I. Further study of servicing, installation, and testing of complete system performance, proper gas piping layout and venting systems will be covered as-well-as combustion and ventilation air requirements by local mechanical codes. Advanced wiring diagrams will be utilized in system troubleshooting analysis. Recommended prerequisite: HVAC 132.

HVAC 141 Sheet Metal Layout I
3-1-4 (Lecture/Standard Lab) This course is a study of various duct fittings and construction design for forced air HVAC air handling systems. The course includes the design, layout and construction of sheet metal duct and fittings. This course includes properties of air flow and fluid systems, pressure drops, proper construction practices, fan performance and selection.

HVAC 200 Customer Relations
1-1-0 (Lecture/Discussion) This course will provide the student with necessary skills to explain the cause of the failure, corrective measures and how to present the bill. They will also be introduced to sales techniques for add on accessories and replacement equipment.

HVAC 209 Oil Burners
2-1-2 (Lecture/Standard Lab) This course is a study of the various types of oil burners used in warm air and hydronic heating systems for residential and commercial applications. The course includes the study of the installation and maintenance of oil burners, fuel supply systems, control systems, and venting systems and appropriate codes. Recommended prerequisite: HVAC 119 and HVAC 133.

HVAC 210 HVAC/R Controls I
3-2-2 (Lecture/Standard Lab) In this course the application of control devices to heating, cooling, humidification and ventilation systems for automatic manipulation of the environment is studied. The electrical circuitry required for the various types is included in addition to the means used to achieve automatic control action. Recommended prerequisite: HVAC 119, HVAC 124, HVAC 133.

HVAC 215 Hydronic Heat/Hot Water Boiler
2-1-2 (Lecture/Standard Lab) The course is the study of heating systems which use hot water for the heat transfer media and are referred to as hydronic systems. The course includes the design, layout installation, and maintenance and repair of these systems for domestic and commercial applications. Recommended prerequisite: HVAC 119 and HVAC 133.

HVAC 218 Steam Heating
2-1-2 (Lecture/Standard Lab) The study of steam heating systems which use steam for the heat transfer media. The course will include the design, layout, installation, operation, industry standards and maintenance and repair of residential and commercial steam systems. Recommended prerequisite: HVAC 133.

HVAC 220 Heat/Air Condition Systems Des
3-2-2 (Lecture/Standard Lab) This course provides engineering aspects of HVAC system design. There is an emphasis on proper terminology and engineering as it applies to standard field practices. Recommended prerequisite: HVAC 119, HVAC 124, HVAC 133.

HVAC 230 Heat Pumps & Chilled Water Sys
2-1-2 (Lecture/Standard Lab) This course will cover the fundamentals of heat transfer, flow rates, pressures, temperature ranges, temperature splits and refrigerant charging. There will be an emphasis of basic geo-thermal systems including open and closed loop, air to air systems and chillers including cooling towers. Recommended prerequisite: HVAC 110, HVAC 119, HVAC 124, HVAC 133, HVAC 210, HVAC 220, or instructor approval.

HVAC 278 HVAC Internship
1-0-0 to 9-0-0 (Variable) The HVAC Internship is a supervised on-the-job learning experience designed to provide students the opportunity to apply heating, air conditioning and refrigeration competencies in a work environment. Prerequisite: With some exceptions, students must have completed 75% of the coursework in the pursued degree/certificate program and have a grade point of 2.5 in the program and 2.0 overall. Comment: See Internships under Permission Codes for more information.