Energy Technology — HVAC

Program Information

Degree Type: 
Associate in Applied Science

Presents an overall study of the principles of energy production and its uses. Course work provides students who are successful with a well-rounded background in the principles of measurement, conservation and operation and repair of residential/commercial heating, and air conditioning and refrigeration equipment. While working on this degree, students also have the opportunity to earn the Energy Technology — HVAC Basic Certificate and the Energy Technology — HVAC Advanced Certificate.

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 duct work.

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: 

The following courses are required in this program and satisfy HFC's General Education Outcomes for this program. Students who change their program will need to confirm in advance that they are completing all required courses for their specific program of study, including additional General Education courses. All Associate in Applied Science degrees require at least 15 General Education credits total, including at least three credit hours from each of the five areas below. For this program:

  1. Civil Society & Culture: Complete at least one of the following:

  2. Communication: Complete the following:

  3. Computer Technology: Complete the following:

  4. Critical Thinking & Information Literacy: Complete the following:

  5. Quantitative Literacy: Complete at least one of the following:

NOTE: For this program, General Education minimum credits: 16

Degree-Specific Requirements: 

Fulfill the Required Core Courses for this program.

Minimum Number Of Credits To Graduate: 
68.0 (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 Division: 313-845-9656,, Technology Bldg, Room: E-172
Gregory Laskowsky: 313-317-1550,, Technology Bldg, Room: E-115D

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 on the HFC Transfer Resources page. For additional resources and assistance with transferring, students are encouraged to work with HFC’s University Transfer, Advising, and Career Counseling Center (313-845-9612,, Learning Resource Center). Students enrolled in this program frequently transfer to institutions such as:

  • 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