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Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Engineering Technology

College of Lake County
4 semesters
Associate's degree
Scholarships available

Program description

Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Engineering Technology

This Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) program provides instruction in air conditioning, heating and refrigeration. Introductory courses in electricity, electric motors and theory of refrigeration are included. Advanced work in commercial HVAC includes reach-in and walk-in units found in stores, dairies, and markets. Other areas of study include uses of air conditioning, temperature and humidity control, air circulation, cleaning, installation and troubleshooting of equipment. Students are required to provide their own basic tools.

Admission requirements

To qualify for unconditional admission to these programs, students must provide evidence that they have attained a certain level of knowledge in the arts and sciences through previous learning.

Evidence may be provided by observing the following procedures:

  1. Successfully complete the admission requirements.
  2. Submit either a high school transcript or a student profile report from the American College Testing (ACT) Program

International Students test scores required for placement in college level classes:

For the College’s academic college-level programs, students must verify their language proficiency by:

  • a minimum score of 153 on the Language Skills section of the College of Lake County Academic Proficiency Test
  • a minimum TOEFL score of 527 on the Paper Based Test, 197 on the Computer Based Test, 71 on the Internet Based Test
  • ELI Accuplacer score of 320 or higher
  • 6.0 – Academic Format – on the IELTS
  • ELS Language Centers, Completing Level 112

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the website.

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Program content

First Semester

  • Basic Refrigeration
  • HVACR Electricity I
  • EPA Certification
  • HVAC/R Blueprint Reading
  • Applied Mathematics I
  • Applied Mathematics II
  • Technical Mathematics I

Second Semester

  • HVACR Electricity II
  • Heating I Residential Appliances
  • Refrigeration II Commercial Appliances
  • HVAC/R Load Calculation
  • Economics for Business and Industry or Social Science Elective

Summer Session

  • Air Conditioning Split-Systems

Third Semester

  • Technical Composition I
  • English Composition I
  • Air Movement and Ventilation
  • Critical Thinking or Humanitities or Fine Art
  • Elective
  • Technical Elective

Fourth Semester

  • Sheet Metal Fabricatio
  • A/C III Installation and Service
  • Communication Skills
  • Fundamentals of Speech
  • Business and Professional Speaking
  • Dynamics of Small Group Discussion
  • Interviewing Practices
  • Technical Elective

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the website for more information.

Tuition fees

Tuition Fees for Spring 2021 (per credit hour):

  • In-district: $125.00
  • Out-of-district: $322.00
  • Out-of-state and international residents: $436.00

For more information about tuition fees, please visit the website.


Degree: Associate in Applied Science, HVAC/R Engineering Technology

Career opportunities

HVAC technicians work on both residential and commercial systems. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, demand for these specialists is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations.

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College of Lake County

The College of Lake County (CLC) is a comprehensive community college committed to equitable high-quality education, cultural enrichment and partnerships to advance the diverse communities it serves. CLC is located in Grayslake, Illinois, 45 minutes northwest of Chicago, Illinois. There...

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College of Lake County

19351 West Washington Street
60030 Grayslake Illinois
United States of America (USA)

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