Associate of Applied Science (Heating Ventilation & Air Conditioning)

Developed with the assistance of employers in this field, this competency-based, modularised programme usually takes two years to complete. Students will experience lectures, practical assignments, and self-directed activities as they proceed through the modules, working with a lecturer and being evaluated on a skills basis. In addition to instruction in the theoretical aspects of heating, ventilating and air conditioning repair, extensive practical experience in an internship is an integral part of the programme.

Graduates will be eligible to receive an industry-recognised certificate in HVAC from the National Centre for Construction Education and Research (NCCER), and also meet the Bermuda National Training Board standard for entering the Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning Technology trade.

Pre-requisite: NCCER Core (8CR) 

Programme Details


Year 1 

First semester - 15 credits

CSC 1110 Learning Strategies for Student Success 1
CIS 1120 Introduction to Business Applications of Computers 3
ENG 1111 Freshman Composition 3
MAT 1105 College Algebra I 3
Career Concentration:
HVA 1101 Fundamentals of Heating and Cooling 5

Second semester - 16 credits

ENG 1115 Writing for Professionals 3
MAT 1141 Pre-Calculus 3
Career Concentration:
HVA 1102 Mechanical Maintenance 3
HVA 1103 HVAC Controls 3
HVA 1104 Refrigeration Systems Service 4

Year 2

First semester - 20 credits

MGN 1114 Introduction to Business 3
PHY 1121 Principles of Physics I 4
Elective Course in Social Science 3
Career Concentration:
HVA 1105 Senior Student Project I 2
HVA 1106 Troubleshooting Heating 3
HVA 2107 Troubleshooting Cooling 3
HVA 2108 Hydronics 2

Second semester - 18 credits

MGN 2245 Introduction to Small Business Management 3
PHY 1122 Principles of Physics II 4
Career Concentration:
HVA 2109 Senior Student Project II 2
HVA 2110 System Performance 3
HVA 2111 Energy Management 3Management 3
HVA 2112 System Design

NCCER Core Courses

Basic Safety NCC 1101 1 SP/SM

Complies with OSHA-10 training requirements. Explains the safety obligations of workers, supervisors, and managers to ensure a safe workplace. Discusses the causes and results of accidents and the impact of accident costs. Reviews the role of company policies and OSHA regulations. Introduces common job-site hazards and identifies proper protections. Defines safe work procedures, proper use of personal protective equipment, and working with hazardous chemicals. Identifies other potential construction hazards, including hazardous material exposures, welding and cutting hazards, and confined spaces.

Mathematics NCC 1102 1 SP/SM

Reviews basic mathematical functions such as adding, subtracting, dividing, and multiplying whole numbers, fractions and decimals, and explains their applications to the construction trades. Explains how to use and read various length measurement tools, including standard and metric rulers and tape measures, and the architect’s and engineer’s scales. Explains decimal-fraction conversions and the metric system, using practical examples. Also reviews basic geometry as applied to common shapes and forms.

Hand Tools NCC 1103 1 SP/SM

Introduces trainees to hand tools that are widely used in the construction industry, such as hammers, saws, levels, pullers, and clamps. Explains the specific applications of each tool and shows how to use them properly. Also discusses important safety and maintenance issues related to hand tools. 

Power Tools NCC 1104 1 SP/SM

Provides detail descriptions of commonly used power tools, such as drills, saws, grinders, and sanders. Reviews applications, proper use, safety, and maintenance. Many illustrations show power tools used in on-the-job settings. 

Introduction to Construction Drawings NCC 1105 1 SP/SM

Familiarises trainees with basic terms for construction drawings, components, and symbols. Explains the different types of drawings (civil, architectural, structural, mechanical, plumbing/piping, electrical, and fire protection) and instructs trainees on how to interpret and use drawing dimensions. Four oversized drawings are included. 

Basic Communication Skills NCC 1107 1 SP/SM

Provides trainees with techniques for communicating effectively with co-workers and supervisors. Includes practical examples that emphasise the importance of verbal and written information and instructions on the job. Also discusses effective telephone and e-mail communication skills. 

Employability Skills NCC 1108 1 SP/SM

Identifies the roles of individuals and companies in the construction industry. Introduces trainees to critical thinking and problem solving skills and computer systems and their industry applications. Also reviews effective relationship skills, effective self-presentation and key workplace issues such as sexual harassment, stress and substance abuse. 

Introduction to Materials Handling NCC 1109 1 SP/SM

Recognises hazards associated with materials handling and explains proper materials handling techniques and procedures. Also introduces materials handling equipment and identifies appropriate equipment for common job-site tasks. 

Credit Course Descriptions