Energy Technology — HVAC

Program Information

Degree Type: 
Associate in Applied Science

Presents an overall study of the principles of energy production and its uses. It provides the student with a rounded background in the principles of measurement, conservation and operation and repair of residential/commercial heating, air conditioning and refrigeration equipment. Students have the opportunity to earn the Energy Technology — HVAC Basic Certificate and the Energy Technology — HVAC Advanced Certificate during his or her progress in this Associate Degree program, which may enable students to obtain career opportunities while completing the associate degree.

Learning Outcomes: 
  • Use proper tools, materials and equipment necessary for completing mechanical operations on residential and light commercial HVAC-R systems and equipment
  • Utilize standard safety procedures
  • Demonstrate both soft skills and communication skills including reading comprehension, computer skills, communication, and customer service
  • Troubleshoot electrical systems and controls in HVAC-R equipment
  • Interpret mechanical, electrical, and control diagrams relevant to the HVAC-R industry
  • Apply manufacturer specifications for HVAC-R equipment and systems
  • Demonstrate energy auditing and energy management for efficiency
  • Perform preventative maintenance according to service agreements
  • Demonstrate effective project management skills
  • Design and select equipment for HVAC-R systems including ductwork

Degree-Specific Requirements

All students receiving an Associate Degree are required to meet Degree-Specific Requirements AND General Education Requirements. Courses listed in the Required Core and/or Required Support Courses may also be used to fulfill Degree-Specific and General Education Requirements. Developmental courses (those numbered below 100) cannot be used to fulfill these requirements.

Attention: It is the student's responsibility to review the entire program form before making course selections for registration purposes. The College recommends that students meet with an advisor or counselor well in advance of registration deadlines and before making course selections.

General Education Requirements: 

Complete 15 credits from:

  1. American Society, Events, Institutions and Cultures Outcome: Complete at least one course:

  2. Computer Literacy Outcome: Complete at least one course:

  3. Critical Thinking Outcome: Complete at least one non-activity based course numbered 100 or higher

  4. Information Literacy and Written Communication Outcome: Take either English sequence:

Degree-Specific Requirements: 

Fulfill the Required Core, Required Support, and/or Elective Courses for this program.

Elective Courses

Minimum Credit Hours: 

Complete as many electives credits as necessary to meet the minimum number of credit hours to receive your associate degree.

Minimum Number Of Credits To Graduate: 
63.0 (Including Options/Electives)

Requirements are Subject to Change

The information represented here is for the current catalog year. If you were admitted prior to this year, please check your requirements under the Program Evaluation section of WebAdvisor.

Other Information

Year Established: 
Program Code: 
Industrial Technology
Energy Technology


Industrial Technology Division • (313) 845-9656 • • Technology Bldg • Room: E-172
James Elmer • (313) 317-4129 • • Technology Bldg • Room: E-164D

Transfer Information

Transfer Options/Requirements: 

The College has articulation agreements and/or transfer guides to help students who want to transfer to other institutions once they have completed their studies at HFC. Articulation agreements ensure that graduates from HFC can transfer to another institution and work towards a bachelor's degree without a loss of coursework completed at HFC. Transfer guides denote the transferability of HFC coursework toward specific degree programs at other institutions. It is important that students who intend to transfer to another institution consult the appropriate articulation agreements and/or transfer guides to ensure the transferability of the courses they take to the institution they plan to attend. Articulation agreements and transfer guides are available in the University Transfer, Advising, and Career Counseling Center (313-845-9612,, Learning Resource Center). Some of the institutions students enrolled in this program frequently transfer to include:

  • Eastern Michigan University
  • Ferris State University
  • Siena Heights University
  • Wayne State University
Career Opportunities: 
  • Energy Conservation Technician
  • Facilities Manager or Facilities Maintenance Technician
  • Field Application Engineer
  • Field Service Engineer
  • HVAC Design/Estimating or Sales Engineer
  • HVAC Project Manager
  • HVAC Service and Installation Technician
  • Licensed Power Engineer or Building Engineer
  • Plant/Building Energy Manager
  • Representative for power equipment or instrument and control equipment found in buildings of all sizes.
  • Residential/Commercial Energy Auditor