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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

Renewable Energy

Technical Diploma  |  30-401-3

Start Dates: August

Effective: August 2024

First Semester

Course #Course TitleCreditsPrerequisites/Comments

601-106Refrigeration Theory1This course will cover the basic refrigeration cycle and components. Different refrigerants and proper handling will also be included.

601-107Heating Theory1This course will cover the basics of how heat is transferred, moved and the properties of combustion.

601-125Safety - HVAC1Program studentThis course provides OSHA based safety training for the HVAC industry.

601-140Electricity Theory1This course will cover the fundamentals of electricity as related to air conditioning, heating, and refrigeration. Ohms Law, circuits, direct and alternating current will be introduced.

601-146Schematic Wiring-HVACR1601-140 and 601-148 or concurrentThe primary focus of this class is learning to read and interpret schematic symbols and diagrams. Students will be able to wire and operate various HVAC equipment using the schematics found on the equipment. They will also be able to identify individual circuits and their function when given a schematic diagram.

601-148Electricity Principles2601-140 or concurrentWiring and physical properties as they are related to electricity will be covered. Motors, controls and electrical meters used in the HVAC/R industry will be covered and applied.


Second Semester

Course #Course TitleCreditsPrerequisites/Comments

601-118Sustainability for HVAC1Winter termThe purpose of this course is to answer the question, what is sustainability? The student will explore how sustainability is integrated into HVAC/R systems and building management systems. Improving efficiencies in systems and buildings would be the major goal.

601-144Solar/Wind Applications2This course provides an overview of solar water heating, solar air heating, solar photovoltaic and wind applications. Students will be involved in the installation, maintenance, service and performance of these systems. Passive and active solar systems will be reviewed. The declination angle and the effect it has on the sun's radiation during winter and summer is detailed in site evaluation. The student will be given the opportunity to explore and evaluate small wind systems.

601-145Geothermal Applications1This course explores the use of air source heat pumps and geothermal heat pumps in the HVAC industry. Students work on actual systems and learn the basics of installation, operations, maintenance and troubleshooting. The economics and practical applications are also examined.

601-147Schematic Wiring-Trblshtng1601-140 and 601-148 and 601-146 or concurrentThis course focuses on having students use their knowledge of schematics and electricity to troubleshoot a variety of HVAC/R systems. Both computer simulations and actual working equipment will be used to provide experience in troubleshooting. Emphasis will be on proper use of multi-meters and other electrical testing equipment to determine underlying faults.

801-196Oral/Interpersonal Comm3Focuses on developing effective listening techniques and verbal and nonverbal communication skills through oral presentation, group activity, and other projects. The study of self, conflict, and cultural contexts will be explored, as well as their impact on communication.


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Minimum Program Credits Required: 15

2.0 Minimum Program Cumulative GPA Required for Graduation
If a student does not enroll in any courses at CVTC for two or more consecutive semesters, the student will be required to reapply with Admissions. Students must abide by any changes in admission requirements and degree requirements.

Updated: 2/17/2022 9:05 a.m.  |  Printed: 7/15/2024 4:41 a.m.

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