Construction Technologies, Skills Certificate

Critical Systems

The Critical Systems Skills Certificate prepares students to install, maintain, service, troubleshoot, and repair critical systems in places such as data processing centers and hospitals. The program enables students to learn how to maintain, troubleshoot, and repair HVAC equipment for equipment cooling and other related machinery. Instruction includes classroom, laboratory, and hands-on work in the laboratory or in the field. Along with core classes, academic skills in math, science, and human relations are emphasized to help prepare students for challenges commonly found in the workplace.

Outcomes:

Students completing the certificate will:

  • Incorporate workforce safety principals while performing basic tasks of a Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration (HVAC/R) technician.
  • Interpret electrical/mechanical schematics on HVAC/R equipment to diagnose mechanical or electrical problems in a residential or light commercial environment.
  • Diagnose and repair electrical or mechanical problems on commercial air conditioning equipment; critical systems; chillers.

Skills Certificates provide training for entry level positions or career advancement and are designed to prepare students to take state, national and/or industry-recognized certifications or licensing exams. Skills certificates are awarded upon completion of coursework and marked on a student's transcripts at the end of the semester (Student are unable to declare intent to complete a skills certificate.) Skills Certificates are not eligible for Financial Aid. 

To earn a skills certificate, students must:

  1. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
  2. Have no financial or library obligation to the college
AC 107Electrical and Controls for HVAC6
AC 201HVAC Automatic Controls3
AC 205Commercial HVAC 23
AC 206Commercial HVAC Systems 33
Total Units15
Plan of Study Grid
1st semesterUnits
AC 107 Electrical and Controls for HVAC 6
AC 201 HVAC Automatic Controls 3
 Semester Total9
2nd semester
AC 205 Commercial HVAC 2 3
AC 206 Commercial HVAC Systems 3 3
 Semester Total6
 Total Units15