Those seeking positions in:
- Facilities management
- HVAC system design, development, maintenance and repair
- Other related fields
What You'll Learn
- Learn the principles and practices to effectively design, implement and maintain HVAC systems.
- Examine new technology and best practices currently being utilized in systems.
- Review and understand real design challenges and performance measures.
- View current systems to evaluate designs and maintenance issues.
- Examine the application of controls and equipment, especially in the areas of commercial and industrial projects.
What You Can Do With This Certificate
Positions are available in a variety of industries all over the world, and can be found in private companies, government, or nonprofit organizations. They might include:
- HVAC Specialists
- Refrigeration Mechanic
- HVAC Installer
- Field Manager
“Now that I have earned my award, I have a higher level of theoretical and practical knowledge. I'm looking forward to using my new expertise in HVAC.”
Senior Custodian, Building Services
UCR Physical Plant
Earning the Certificate
Prior to enrolling, please ensure that you meet the following minimum requirements:
- High school education or equivalent
For more information see How to Earn a Certificate
Our certificate programs are designed to be flexible, allowing you the option to take just a few courses or to earn the complete certificate. If choosing to complete the certificate, we recommend you get the most out of your experience by following the suggested completion path below.
Surveys air conditioning, heating and ventilation systems including cost and energy efficiency, load requirements, system design elements and tradeoffs in performance when evaluating various systems. Additional time is devoted to examine new technology and best practices currently being utilized in systems. Topics include:
- Principles of constant volume, variable air volume, VVT and multizone applications
- Heat pumps, fan coil, electrohydronic systems, double duct and water-cooled units
- Refrigeration theory and its relation to HVAC systems
- Duct systems, including design, materials, construction, sizing, and sample systems
- Air distribution, indoor air quality, diffusers, and grills
- Fan principles, fan types, selection and fan laws
- Sound and vibration in fan systems
- Exhaust and ventilation systems – design considerations
- Piping system design, materials, sizing, and centrifugal pumps
- Auxiliary correspondents, dampers, air filters, humidifiers, and duct heaters
Examines HVAC controls and equipment and their application to the many elements of heating, ventilating, and air conditioning systems. Emphasis is placed on commercial or industrial projects. Topics include control basics - pneumatic, electric, electronic, and digital controls; engineering data, such as equipment sizing, use of a psychrometric chart and conversion formulas; building management systems configuration; air handling units, terminal units, chillers, boilers; and building airflow, water and steam distribution systems.
Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC): Principles and Practice
Survey the principles and practices to effectively design, implement, and maintain HVAC systems.
- Heating and air conditioning system requirements
- Airflow calculations
- Design elements and constraints
- New building designs
- Retrofitting older buildings
- Green technology
- Use and cost calculations
- Current codes
- Industry best practices
“Whatever your goal, completing a professional certificate program will give you confidence to reach for the top. Join thousands of UCR Extension students whose lives have been transformed by our programs.”
Dr. Sharon Duffy
UCR Extension Professional Studies
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