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Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Program
(AIR) Program Woodbridge Campus
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Why Choose HVACR*?
• Technicians are in great demand
• Good pay
– Starting annual wages $25,000 to $30,000
• Interesting and fulfilling work
• Many opportunities for advancement
*HVACR (Heating, Ventilating, Air Conditioning, & Refrigeration)
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Why Choose AIR classes at NOVA?
• Instructors
– HVACR experience
– Master licensed
• Courses
– Relevant and practical
– Hands-on lab experience
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More Reasons to Choose NOVA AIR
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State-of-the-art classrooms and labs
Accredited by HVAC Excellence
HVACR companies prefer NOVA students
Most employers pay for NOVA student’s
courses
• All good students will get hired!
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AIR Labs & Classrooms
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FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
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How much does it cost?
How long is each course?
How many courses should I take?
Do I have to get a certificate or degree?
How much study time outside each class?
How soon can I get a job in HVACR?
Is there financial aid available?
How do I get started at NOVA?
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How Much Does It Cost?
As of the Spring 2013 semester:
Virginia residents
• $145.25 per credit
Non-Virginia residents
• Out of state :
– $340.00 per credit
• Military contract-out of state :
– $160.75 per credit
• Business contract-out of state :
– $220.75 per credit
• AIR courses are 3 or 4 credits each
Plus textbooks and safety glasses
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How Long is Each Course?
• 16 week semester
• Course meetings
– one class per week
• 4 to 5 hours long
– Class time is usually half lecture, half lab.
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How many courses should I take?
• If you are already working full-time:
– We recommend only 1 or 2 courses per semester
• If you want to go to NOVA full-time:
– We recommend 16 to 18 credits per semester
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Must I get a certificate or degree?
• No, you may take whatever courses you like.
– However, employers like certificates and degrees
• First level is a Career Studies Certificate
– Five AIR program courses, one elective
• Second level is A/C and Refrigeration Certificate
– One more AIR course, English, Physics or Math, elective
• The Associate Degree (a 2-year college degree)
– Six more AIR courses, three electives
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HVACR and Facilities Services Technology
Career Studies Certificate
• Course number, description, and credits:
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AIR 121 A/C & Refrigeration I
AIR 122 A/C & Refrigeration II
AIR 111 A/C & Refrigeration Controls 1
AIR 134 Circuits and Controls
AIR 154 Basic Heating
• Or BLD 20 Intro to Plumbing
(4 credits)
(4 credits)
(3 credits)
(3 credits)
(4 credits)
(2 credits)
– English or Communication (CST) elective (3 credits)
– SDV 100 College Success Skills
(1 credit)
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Air Conditioning and Refrigeration
Certificate
• The Career Studies Certificate, plus:
– AIR 213 A/C & Refrigeration Controls III(4 credits)
– ENG 111 College Composition I
(3 credits)
• If not already taken for the Career Studies Certificate
– PHY 101 Intro to Physics
(3 credits)
• Or MTH 151 Mathematics for Liberal Arts (3 credits)
– Social Science elective
(3 credits)
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Air Conditioning and Refrigeration
Associate of Applied Science Degree
• The A/C and Refrigeration Certificate, plus:
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AIR 205 Hydronics and Zoning
AIR 207 Heat Loads and Psychrometrics
AIR 235 Heat Pumps
AIR 238 Advanced Troubleshooting
AIR 251 Air Conditioning Systems I
AIR 252 Air Conditioning Systems II
AIR 257 Gas-Fired Warm Air Furnaces
Humanities/Fine Arts elective
PED 116 Lifetime Fitness & Wellness
(4 credits)
(4 credits)
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(1 credit)
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How much study time outside each class?
• About 1 hour per week for each course credit.
– Example: a 3-credit course requires 3 hours of
study per week
• This is an average depending on your study habits
• The Student Development (SDV 100) course teaches
study skills, test taking, and more.
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How soon can I get a job in HVAC?
• When you have the basic skills for HVACR
– Employers prefer a Career Studies Certificate:
• Two courses in Air Conditioning & Refrigeration
• Two courses in Electricity & Controls
• One course in Basic Heating Systems
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Is there financial aid available?
• Yes, apply at the financial aid office
– Many NOVA students are receiving financial help
• Most employers help pay for learning
– They cover your tuition to continue HVACR studies
http://www.nvcc.edu/future-students/paying-for-college/index.html
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How do I get started at NOVA?
• First, enroll online at www.nvcc.edu
– There is no charge to enroll
– Enrolling provides NOVA with your personal info
and educational history
– You will receive a student I.D. # and email address
• Then, go to Student Services room 202
Woodbridge campus
– Our counselors will give you some good advice
• Finally, register for classes online
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Miscellaneous Info
Woodbridge Campus
15200 Neabsco Mills Road
Woodbridge, VA 22191
Less than 2 miles off I-95 South Exit 156
The Air Conditioning and Refrigeration
program is part of the
Natural Science and Math Division
Room 208, Seefeldt Building
703.878.5741
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