HVAC Systems Design

Associate in Science Degree (AS)

Certificate of Achievement (COA)

This degree is designed for students pursuing employment or upgrade in employment in the fields of Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems design utilizing Manual and CAD drafting applications in Architectural, Engineering, or Construction related offices.

Engineering Design Technology is studied in lecture and drafting practice classes. Mathematics, science, and engineering fundamentals, which are all related to the content of this program, are studied in the Engineering Design Technology program or through recommended elective courses. General Education courses complete the recommended classes for the Engineering Design Technology curriculum.

Career Opportunities

This program is designed for students pursuing entry level employment in architectural, electrical, and mechanical engineering, and commercial construction drafting fields. Depending on their technical field of interest and capabilities, students who complete the program may find employment in any of the following types of jobs: Engineering Aide I, Engineering Aide II, Drafting Aide I, Drafting Aide II, Junior Drafter, Architectural Drafter, Mechanical Drafter/Designer Trainee, Electrical Drafter/Designer Trainee, Structural Drafter/Designer Trainer, Topographical Drafter/Designer Trainee, General Construction Drafter/Designer Trainee, General Construction Estimator Trainee, Computer Aided Drafter, or Technical Sales representatives.

Program Costs

Normal student expenses for textbooks, personal equipment, and supplies may be required. These expenses may vary each semester. If these expenses create a financial burden, students should consult the Financial Aid Office for possible assistance.

Recommended High School Preparation

Completion of English and general mathematics. It is desirable, but not required, that a student complete courses in drafting, industrial arts shop courses, one year of algebra, plane geometry, general science, and introduction to computers.

Transfer Students

Students who, after completing this program, are planning to continue specialization in this field by transferring to a four-year college, should consult the Requirements of Transfer Institutions section in this catalog and the engineering or related major sections of the specific catalog for the institution to which they wish to transfer. Consultation with an SCC counselor is advised.

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • prepare mechanical designs (HVAC) for buildings that conform with current industry standards.
  • demonstrate an understanding of the process of mechanical design (HVAC) by applying design principles to building design projects.

Associate in Science Degree

The HVAC Systems Design Associate in Science (A.S.) degree may be obtained by completion of the required program, plus general education requirements, plus sufficient electives to meet a 60-unit total. See SCC graduation requirements.

Certificate of Achievement (COA)

The Certificate of Achievement may be obtained by completion of the required program with grades of “C” or better or equivalent.