Feb 06, 2023  
Academic Program Manuals 2021-2022 
Academic Program Manuals 2021-2022 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

HVAC & Refrigeration Program Policies & Procedures

Non-Discrimination Statement

To view the full Non-Discrimination Statement, please visit the College Catalog & Student Handbook or the college website.

Disability Services/Accommodations

Disability Services office for assistance. Services are available to students who need classroom accommodations, interpreters and/or specialized equipment.

Students who are requesting accommodations must document their disability by providing a written statement signed by a school counselor, physician, psychologist or other health care professional. Statements must include: (a) a description of the disability, (b) a statement of how the disability prohibits one or more major life activities and is a barrier to the student’s full participation in the program, and (c) a description of the specific accommodations to be provided. (Requested accommodations must be related to the individual’s specific disability.)

All requests for accommodations should be made prior to enrollment.

Students should make their requests for accommodations to the Disability Services office at the time they are applying for admission and, preferably, no later than six weeks prior to the beginning of each academic term. All student requests are dealt with in a confidential manner. Students should contact Disability Services by calling (641) 683-5749 (Ottumwa) or (641) 856-2143, ext. 2214 (Centerville) or by email at [email protected].


Indian Hills Community College is a public post-secondary institution accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the Higher Learning Commission, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602-2504, and (800)621-7440.

Indian Hills Community College is also accredited by the State of Iowa, Iowa Department of Education, Grimes State Office Building, Des Moines, IA 50319-0146, (515)281-8260.

Program Learning Outcomes

The following list of program learning outcomes describes the knowledge and skills the student should be able to demonstrate upon completion of the program.

  • Assist students in understanding basic principles of heating/cooling systems, components and design.
  • Illustrate the basic concepts of heat exchangers, refrigerant flow control and types of fuels.
  • Assist students in developing the ability to assess the proper installation, piping and venting of heating/cooling systems.
  • Assist students in the operational theory, parts identification, component parts rebuilding, replacement, unit repair and operational procedures.
  • Assist students in developing the ability to install and troubleshoot basic controls and related devices in heating systems.
  • Develop students who can identify recover/recycle/reclaim refrigerant utilizing acceptable refrigerant management procedures.
  • Develop students in their understanding of the basic provisions of the Clean Air Act Amendments and Montreal Protocol as they specifically affect the service technician.
  • Assist students in developing their skills with the basic concepts of both direct (DC) and alternating (AC) currents as it applies to the HVAC industry.
  • Develop students who understand and practice safe work practices encountered as a HVAC Technician.


  • No horseplay at any time.
  • Safety glasses must be worn when operating power tools.
  • No application of power to any lab project until the instructor approves the wiring.
  • Equipment and tools are required to be back each day.
  • A Clean workspace is the student’s responsibility each day.  In other words, if you make a mess, clean it up.

Required Personal Tools 

  • Screwdrivers – Straight and Philips
  • Wire stripper