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Iowa Western Community College

HVAC/R Maintenance Certificate

August 20 - December 14, 2018

Classes meet in Kinney Hall at IWCC in Council Bluffs.

FREE Education 2 Employment Tuition Assistance

This career training is approved for FREE tuition assistance through our Education 2 Employment program for eligible Iowa residents. Financial assistance may include training tuition, textbooks, tools, certification fees, required materials and other services. Email lwoods@iwcc.edu or call 712.256.7088 for more information!

About the Program

The program provides the basic skills necessary to gain meaningful employment as an entry-level Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC) apprentice or assistant. The certificate program is designed to train you to assist in becoming HVAC technicians. You will learn to troubleshoot and service HVAC/R systems. The certificate does not qualify graduates for the State of Iowa's specialty license.  

Program to Include

  • Technical Math
    Tuesday, 5:30pm-6:45pm
    Includes operations with real numbers, use of fractions, ratios, measurement conversion, algebraic equations, functions, geometry, and right angle trigonometry. Applications are designed to the program specific needs that you encounter in industrial settings.
  • Introduction to HVAC/R and Safety
    Tuesday, 7pm-9:30pm
    Introduces you to OSHA safety standards and the various components, tools, characteristics and installation techniques of HVAC/R systems. Environmental controls in regards to temperature, moisture and air quality are examined.
  • Forced Air Heating Systems
    Wednesday, 5:30pm-7:30pm
    Learn the application of energy sources and equipment as they apply to heating, ventilation, air humidification and filtration systems.
  • Electricity for HVAC/R
    Thursday, 5:30pm-7:30pm
    Learn basic electrical safety, electrical theory, circuit schematics and circuit characteristics/symbols as it applies to DC and AC circuits in the HVAC/R industry. Electric motor theories, as well as specific information on HVACR electrical component devices, are covered.
  • Applied Practices I: Repair & Service
    Wednesday and Thursday, 7:30pm-9:30pm
    Provides hands-on practice in servicing and repair of heating and cooling equipment. Students develop a basic understanding of servicing and repair practices as seen in the industry. 

Career & Salary Information

Choosing a career as an HVAC technician presents you with an exciting professional path that promises job security and excellent earnings potential. 

People in this career have knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair and maintenance. They often install, repair and test equipment; figure out what is causing equipment to not work; listen to others and ask good questions. Median earnings for Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers is $21.75/hr. 

Suggested job titles are: HVAC Apprentice, HVAC Assistant, Installer, HVAC Mechanic, HVAC Service Tech or
Technician, A/C Tech, Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers. HVACR technicians work mostly in homes, schools, hospitals, office buildings, or factories.  

HVAC technicians can advance from service technicians to installers, operation managers and distribution managers based on their hard work and commitment to their field. Source EMSI

Cost $2832

Textbooks not included. Estimated cost is $594. 

Non-Credit to Credit

Graduates of this program are awarded a certificate. Enter the workforce, or students who wish to complete an advanced degree may continue on to complete:

  • HVAC/R Technology Diploma 

To Register

Contact Denise Norman at dnorman@iwcc.edu  or 712.325.3415.