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					HEATING,
  Ventilation & Air Conditioning


  New technology and the ever-changing standards                    More information is available on BSC’s Web site at
  for indoor air quality have created major demand               bismarckstate.edu/faculty/hvac
  for knowledgeable individuals trained in heating,
  ventilation, and air conditioning service. Bismarck            APTITUDE/PREPARATION
  State College is a nationally registered training                 High school or college courses in physical science,
  center for sheet metal and HVAC through the                    math, mechanical drafting, and computers provide
  National Center for Construction Education and                 a good foundation for this field. Some knowledge
  Research (NCCER). Students are placed on a national            of plumbing or electricity is also helpful. A basic
  registry after successfully completing individual              understanding of electronics is becoming more
  module exams.                                                  important due to its increasing use in equipment
                                                                 controls. Because technicians often deal directly with the
      BSC’s one-year program prepares students to handle         public, good interpersonal skills are an asset. Strength
  the newest technology in this rapidly expanding field.         and fitness are needed for lifting and moving heavy
  Students learn logical, step-by-step procedures to install     equipment. The majority of technicians work at least a
  and repair heating, ventilation and air conditioning           40-hour week, plus overtime or irregular hours during
  systems in the Technical Center’s modern, well-equipped        peak seasons.
  lab, where students immediately apply what they learn.
  Classes meet for six hours, five days a week, with part of     GRADUATION
  each day spent in the classroom studying basic theory,            The basic Program Certificate takes 42 weeks to
  shop management, and related subjects. Instruction             complete. Classes start in August and end in July.
  includes HVAC components, systems, troubleshooting,            Students may also be placed on a national NCCER
  and domestic and light commercial refrigeration. In the        registry. Additional course work may lead to a Program
  extensive sheet metal course, students study layout and        Diploma or an Associate in Applied Science degree.
  fabrication skills, learning duct design, blueprint reading,
  and load calculations.                                         CAREERS
      As a class project, students make and install a               Specialists in this industry create, install, maintain and
  complete heating and air conditioning system in a new          repair equipment in homes, buildings, and transportation
  house. Training also includes safety standards set by          systems. Another related career involves creating and
  the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for          maintaining special climates for perishables such as
  construction work and refrigerant handling. Students           food, medicine, computers and electronic components.
  have the option of taking the Environmental Protection         Graduates are prepared for entry-level positions in air
  Agency’s refrigerant use exam, required for anyone             conditioning, heating, refrigeration, sheet metal and
  working with refrigerants.                                     maintenance. Some technicians advance to positions as
      A $100 deposit is required upon acceptance into the        supervisors or service managers. Others move into sales
  program and applies toward tuition. Students need a            and marketing or become building superintendents, cost
  tool kit the first week of class, which can be purchased       estimators, or teachers. Some open their own contracting
  from a vendor at the college, a pocket calculator, and a       business.
  drafting kit, both available at the BSC Bookstore.                BSC provides career counseling services to help
      Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning is a limited     students find employment. Instructors also maintain
  enrollment program that offers graduates a certificate,        contacts with local and regional employers to help
  diploma, or associate degree. The HVAC program                 graduates find job openings. Between 85 and 90 percent
  enrollment is limited to sixteen students starting in the      find jobs before or shortly after graduation, and more
  fall. If the number of students drops below sixteen,           than half remain in North Dakota.
  new students have the option of enrolling in the spring
  semester. Graduates enter the workforce job ready.
EMPLOYMENT
   Job prospects are expected to be excellent,                                        DIPLOMA PROGRAM AND ASSOCIATE IN
particularly for those with training from an accredited                               APPLIED SCIENCE STUDENTS
technical school or formal apprenticeship training.                                         Students receive a program certificate in HVAC from
Employment of heating, air-conditioning, and                                          BSC, along with their national registration with NCCER,
refrigeration technicians is projected to increase faster                             upon successful completion of all three semesters.
than average for all occupations, according to the                                    Successful completion is determined by passing grades in
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Emphasis on better                                   both HVAC program courses and sheet metal technology
energy management should lead to replacement of                                       courses. Additional course work may lead to a program
older systems with more efficient systems in existing                                 diploma or an Associate in Applied Science degree. See
homes and buildings. Also, demand for maintenance                                     catalog for general education requirements.
and service work has increased as businesses and
homeowners strive to keep increasingly complex systems                                COMBINATION TECHNICIAN
operating at peak efficiency. Obtaining certification                                       The Combination Technician option is another area
through one of several organizations is increasingly                                  of study students can select. This area of study requires
recommended by employers and may increase                                             the student to complete the Lineworker program and then
advancement opportunities.                                                            enroll in the Combination Technician area of the HVAC
                                                                                      program. Students in this area of study learn sheet metal,
CURRICULUM                                                                            gas distribution fundamentals, and HVAC service through a
FALL                                                                  CREDITS         combination of traditional classroom instruction and online
Sheet Metal I (SMTL 105) .............................................. 3             classes. Students who complete this area of study would
Sheet Metal II (SMTL 106) ............................................. 6             qualify for employment by utility companies.
Sheet Metal III (SMTL 107) ............................................ 4
Practical Applications of Sheet Metal I (SMTL 115) ........ 4                         FALL                                                                  CREDITS
Total credits .................................................................. 17   Sheet Metal Retrofit Applications (SMTL 118).................5
                                                                                      Basic Print Reading (online) (ENRT 112) ..........................2
SPRING                                                                                Gas Operations and Safety Procedures (HVAC 102) .......5
Introduction to Heating, Ventilation and                                              Total credits ...................................................................12
Air Conditioning (HVAC 100)...........................................3
Air Conditioning Theory and Components                                                FACULTY
((HVAC 103) .....................................................................5       For information about the Heating, Ventilation and Air
Heating Theory and Components (HVAC 104) ...............4                             Conditioning program, contact Arlan Okerson, associate
Heating Systems Troubleshooting (HVAC 114) ...............5                           professor of heating, ventilation and air conditioning, at
Total credits ...................................................................17   701-224-5593, Arlan.Okerson@bsc.nodak.edu.

SUMMER                                                                                HOW TO REACH US
Air Conditioning Systems Troubleshooting                                              BSC Web site: bismarckstate.edu
(HVAC 213) ......................................................................5    Application information: 1-800-445-5073 or
Light Commercial Refrigeration (REFG 215)................... 2                        1-701-224-5429 or bismarckstate.edu/
Domestic Refrigeration (REFG 216) .................................3                  prospectivestudents/application.asp
Total credits ...................................................................10   Financial Aid: 1-701-224-5494 or
                                                                                      bismarckstate.edu/student/finaid
CERTIFICATE PROGRAM STUDENTS                                                          BSC Foundation Scholarships: 1-701-224-2486 or
     Students are encouraged to enroll in two classes of                              bismarckstate.edu/scholarships
general education studies. Suggested classes for general
education:
     CSCI 101 Introduction to Computers
     PSYC 100 Human Relations in Organizations
     See catalog for general education requirements.



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