ABC Heating, Ventilation, & Air Conditioning

A four-year Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) apprenticeship program. Applications should be directed to Associated Builders and Contractors, 13825 Kirkham Way, Poway CA 92064; (858) 513-4700. Only students accepted as apprentices under Associated Builders and Contractors are eligible for enrollment in the following HVAC courses.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Demonstrate preparedness for successful transition to the Journeyman level designation and professional certification by the California Division of Apprenticeship Standards for ABC HVAC.
  • Illustrate procedures utilized for ABC HVAC practices in use of tools techniques and handson skills and competencies for Journeyman-level practices in the HVAC field.
  • Identify and utilize equipment and related components of HVAC to meet ABC standards for measurement, calibration and HVAC practices at Journeyman levels.
  • Read, comprehend and apply HVAC instructions and design standards for construction or production outcomes as required by ABCA HVAC practices and industry standards in HVAC.



301 Introduction to HVAC I - 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab, 3 units (Grade Only)

Advisory: English 48 and Mathematics 38, each with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent, or Assessment Skill Levels R5 and M30.
Limitation on Enrollment: Student must be a state registered apprentice in this trade.
In this course, trade mathematics and drawings, the tools of the trade, blueprint terminology and basic rigging equipment and procedures as applicable to HVAC are covered. This course is designed to give the HVAC apprentice student an understanding of copper and plastic piping practices. (FT) AA/AS.

302 Introduction to HVAC II - 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab, 3 units (Grade Only)

Advisory: Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning 301 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent.
Limitation on Enrollment: Student must be a state registered apprentice in this trade.
This course introduces the HVAC trainee to the basic concepts and environmental concerns related to heating, ventilation, and air conditioning including soldering, brazing, ferrous metal piping practices, basic electricity, heating and cooling. This course also describes the HVAC program and the career opportunities available in the HVAC trade. (FT) AA/AS.

303 Intermediate HVAC I - 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab, 3 units (Grade Only)

Advisory: Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning 302 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent.
Limitation on Enrollment: Student must be a state registered apprentice in this trade.
This course instructs the HVAC trainee in the properties of air and covers chimneys, flues and vents. Students are introduced to basic mechanical procedures commonly performed in HVAC service work such as the operation, installation and servicing of electric furnaces. This course also introduces the student to alternating current and electronic components and circuits used in HVAC systems. (FT) AA/AS.

304 Intermediate HVAC II - 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab, 3 units (Grade Only)

Advisory: Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning 303 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent.
Limitation on Enrollment: Student must be a state registered apprentice in this trade.
This course instructs the HVAC trainee in HVAC controls and metering devices and introduces the trainee to control circuit analysis. This course also covers compressors and heat pumps and instructs the student in leak detection, evacuation, recovery and charging service procedures used to troubleshoot, repair and/or maintain proper operation of the mechanical refrigeration system. (FT) AA/AS.

305 Advanced HVAC I - 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab, 3 units (Grade Only)

Advisory: Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning 304 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent.
Limitation on Enrollment: Student must be a state registered apprentice in this trade.
This course instructs the HVAC trainee in preventive maintenance and provides an introduction to troubleshooting applying to all types of HVAC equipment. This course also covers troubleshooting electronic controls, gas heating, electric heating and oil heating. (FT) AA/AS.

306 Advanced HVAC II - 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab, 3 units (Grade Only)

Advisory: Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning 305 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent.
Limitation on Enrollment: Student must be a state registered apprentice in this trade.
This course instructs the HVAC trainee in troubleshooting cooling, accessories, heat pumps and commercial heating and cooling systems. This course also covers water and air balance, steam systems and customer relations. (FT) AA/AS.

307 HVAC Specialties - 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab, 3 units (Grade Only)

Advisory: Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning 306 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent.
Limitation on Enrollment: Student must be a state registered apprentice in this trade.
This course offers advanced blueprint reading and specifications as they relate to HVAC, indoor air quality and energy conservation equipment commonly used in HVAC systems. This course also covers energy management systems and the methods of water treatment and water treatment equipment used with HVAC systems. (FT) AA/AS.

308 HVAC Specialties II - 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab, 3 units (Grade Only)

Advisory: Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning 307 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent.
Limitation on Enrollment: Student must be a state registered apprentice in this trade.
This course covers commercial heating and cooling systems, maintenance of these systems and system start-up and shut down. This course also covers commercial and industrial refrigeration systems, equipment, refrigerated warehouses, walk-in coolers display cases, etc. (FT) AA/AS.

349 HVAC Work Experience - Hours by Arrangement, 300 hours total, 1-4 units (Pass/No Pass Only)

Advisory: English 42 and English 43, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent, or Assessment Skill Levels R4 and W4.
Limitation on Enrollment: Student must be a state registered apprentice in this trade and concurrently enrolled in a related apprenticeship class.
This course consists of on-the-job learning experiences in the occupational field of HVAC. Student must be an indentured HVAC apprentice and be currently enrolled in a related apprenticeship class. The combined maximum credit for all work experience courses from all disciplines may not exceed 16 units. (FT) AA/AS.