HVAC : Emily Griffith Technical College

HVAC

We have full-time and part-time start dates throughout the year! Give us a call at 720-423-4700 to find out when our next available start date is.

Enjoy working with your hands? Love building and repairing complex systems? A career in HVAC may be right for you. 

What is HVAC? HVAC stands for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. Functioning HVAC systems are important for people to be comfortable in their homes or offices, and they can be essential for running and maintaining certain types of businesses like hospitals and data centers. 

At Emily Griffith, our hybrid program will give you hands-on experience building and maintaining all types of heating and refrigeration systems in our state-of-the-art learning laboratory. You will gain skills in working with electrical control components, as well as in piping and fabrication. 

Latest technology: Our HVAC learning lab features real heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration equipment that you will learn how to build and repair. 

Convenient classes: Take classes two days a week and complete career-relevant projects at home.

High-demand career: Enjoy a 93 percent job placement rate in the HVAC field with your Emily Griffith HVAC certificate. Many of our students have jobs before they complete the program. 

Want more information? Get the HVAC Program Flyer and the HVAC Program Checklist.

What Can I Do with an Emily Griffith HVAC Certificate?

Graduates from Emily Griffith’s HVAC program use their certificate to work in jobs such as the following:

  • HVAC Installers
  • HVAC service techs
  • HVAC design engineers

Other potential career paths include jobs with air conditioning supply companies, building contractors, building management companies, heating, and air conditioning contractors, hotel maintenance departments, retailers, wholesale supply houses

Skilled Trades
$9,323
Approximate cost. Additional material and book fees may apply
Part Time Program
8 Months
Program length
8/16/2021
Next Start Date
8/23/21, 9/13/21, 1/4/22
Available Start Dates
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Course Information

Required Courses

HVA 100 Safety Training for the Trades

Introduces the student the basic concepts of workplace hazards and the need for continuing education with regard to safety. The reasons behind confined space training and proper safety equipment will be covered.

Start Date: 01/04/2022
Instructor: Matt Langan
HVA 102 Basic Refrigeration

Introduces the basic theory of refrigeration systems, components, charging, recycling, and evacuation of refrigeration units.

Start Date: 01/06/2022
Instructor: Matt Langan
HVA 104 Electrical Components

Covers electrical power, distribution, transformers, capacitors, relays, and electric motors. Laboratory experiences consist of using electrical devices to electrical loads.

Start Date: 02/10/2022
Instructor: Matt Langan
HVA 105 Electricity for HVAC/R

Teaches resistance, current, voltage and power in AC and DC circuits; measurements; computations of series and parallel circuits; circuit analysis and troubleshooting with basic test equipment.

Start Date: 03/24/2022
Instructor: Matt Langan
HVA 110 Fundamentals of Gas Heating

Introduces students to the fundamentals of gas heating. Students work in a classroom and shop environment. Topics include the basics of gas heating systems, operation of gas valves and burners, gas pipe system design, gas piping system code requirements and basic code requirements for heating systems.

Start Date: 03/17/2022
Instructor: Matt Langan
HVA 111 Piping Skills for HVAC

Studies the different types of tubing and piping materials used in HVAC/R applications. Studies the proper tubing and piping installation methods used in the HVAC/R field. Subjects covered will be the proper cutting and bending procedures including, pipe math and how to make piping offsets. Common types of piping joints will be discussed, including, swaging, flaring, soldering, and brazing. Also covered will be cutting and threading of steel pipe and other alternative mechanical piping connections. Shop projects will include both bench projects and also mock up installation projects.

Start Date: 01/04/2022
Instructor: Matt Langan
HVA 111 Piping Skills for HVAC

Studies the different types of tubing and piping materials used in HVAC/R applications. Studies the proper tubing and piping installation methods used in the HVAC/R field. Subjects covered will be the proper cutting and bending procedures including, pipe math and how to make piping offsets. Common types of piping joints will be discussed, including, swaging, flaring, soldering, and brazing. Also covered will be cutting and threading of steel pipe and other alternative mechanical piping connections. Shop projects will include both bench projects and also mock up installation projects.

Start Date: 08/16/2021
Instructor: Matt Langan
HVA 113 Refrigerant Recovery Training

Explains the laws regarding refrigerant recovery. The course includes hands-on use of recovery equipment. Upon successful completion of this course students will be prepared to take the EPA certification test. Test is offered following the class. Test fee is not included in course fee.

Start Date: 02/10/2022
Instructor: Matt Langan
HVA 113 Refrigerant Recovery Training

Explains the laws regarding refrigerant recovery. The course includes hands-on use of recovery equipment. Upon successful completion of this course students will be prepared to take the EPA certification test. Test is offered following the class. Test fee is not included in course fee.

Start Date: 01/26/2022
Instructor: Matt Langan
HVA 124 Advanced Air Conditioning

Covers design, installation, and testing of residential heating and cooling systems. Additional areas emphasized are duct design and sheet metal work.

Start Date: 09/27/2021
Instructor: Matt Langan
HVA 142 Residential Air Conditioning

Details the principles of operation, servicing, and installation of air conditioning systems as they apply to humidifying, cooling, and dehumidifying a residential structure. Basic load calculations will be covered

Start Date: 04/28/2022
Instructor: Matt Langan
HVA 143 Residential HVAC Trouble Shooting

Troubleshooting practical and techniques will be covered. Use of computer simulation as well as actual equipment will be utilized.

Start Date: 08/16/2021
Instructor: Matt Langan
HVA 143 Residential HVAC Trouble Shooting

Troubleshooting practical and techniques will be covered. Use of computer simulation as well as actual equipment will be utilized.

Start Date: 06/06/2022
Instructor: Matt Langan
HVA 143 Residential HVAC Trouble Shooting

Troubleshooting practical and techniques will be covered. Use of computer simulation as well as actual equipment will be utilized.

Start Date: 08/23/2021
HVA 204 Direct Digital Controls

Introduces the student to the field of direct digital controls.

Start Date: 09/20/2021
Instructor: Matt Langan
HVA 204 Direct Digital Controls

Introduces the student to the field of direct digital controls.

Start Date: 09/20/2021
Instructor: Matt Langan
HVA 222 HVAC&R Systems Troubleshooting

Studies troubleshooting industrial and commercial heating, ventilating, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems.

Start Date: 05/10/2022
Instructor: Matt Langan
HVA 222 HVAC&R Systems Troubleshooting

Studies troubleshooting industrial and commercial heating, ventilating, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems.

Start Date: 11/03/2021
Instructor: Vince Guerrie
HVA 222 HVAC&R Systems Troubleshooting

Studies troubleshooting industrial and commercial heating, ventilating, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems.

Start Date: 04/21/2022
Instructor: Matt Langan
HVA 233 Advanced Refrigeration

Builds on the skills acquired in refrigeration fundamentals. The student will have an opportunity to study and to work on rooftop units, ice machines, and commercial reach-in and walk-in coolers

Start Date: 02/03/2022
Instructor: Matt Langan
HVA 247 Hot Water Heating Systems

Covers the theory of operation behind these systems, as well as installation, maintenance and repair. The course also examines air elimination, circulator pump and pipe sizing. Boiler and heat convector sizing are also discussed.

Start Date: 08/16/2021
Instructor: Matt Langan
HVA 247 Hot Water Heating Systems

Covers the theory of operation behind these systems, as well as installation, maintenance and repair. The course also examines air elimination, circulator pump and pipe sizing. Boiler and heat convector sizing are also discussed.

Start Date: 08/16/2021
Instructor: Matt Langan
HVA 252 Building Automation II, Service

Covers operating and modifying an installed building automation system. This is a highly interactive course where you will learn and exercise common applications of a building management system.

Start Date: 10/21/2021
Instructor: Matt Langan
HVA 252 Building Automation II, Service

Covers operating and modifying an installed building automation system. This is a highly interactive course where you will learn and exercise common applications of a building management system.

Start Date: 10/21/2021
Instructor: Matt Langan
HVA 261 A/C Systems Service and Repair

Emphasizes the service of HVAC systems. Students will develop a preventative maintenance program for various types of equipment, both commercial and residential. Troubleshooting techniques and equipment repair and rebuilding are discussed. Additional time is spent on equipment change outs, upgrading and retrofitting different refrigerants.

Start Date: 02/17/2022
Instructor: Matt Langan
HVA 261 A/C Systems Service and Repair

Emphasizes the service of HVAC systems. Students will develop a preventative maintenance program for various types of equipment, both commercial and residential. Troubleshooting techniques and equipment repair and rebuilding are discussed. Additional time is spent on equipment change outs, upgrading and retrofitting different refrigerants.

Start Date: 10/04/2021
Instructor: Vince Guerrie
HVA 261 A/C Systems Service and Repair

Emphasizes the service of HVAC systems. Students will develop a preventative maintenance program for various types of equipment, both commercial and residential. Troubleshooting techniques and equipment repair and rebuilding are discussed. Additional time is spent on equipment change outs, upgrading and retrofitting different refrigerants.

Start Date: 03/10/2022
Instructor: Matt Langan
HVA 100 Safety Training for the Trades

Introduces the student the basic concepts of workplace hazards and the need for continuing education with regard to safety. The reasons behind confined space training and proper safety equipment will be covered.

Start Date: No upcoming starts available.
HVA 102 Basic Refrigeration

Introduces the basic theory of refrigeration systems, components, charging, recycling, and evacuation of refrigeration units.

Start Date: No upcoming starts available.
HVA 104 Electrical Components

Covers electrical power, distribution, transformers, capacitors, relays, and electric motors. Laboratory experiences consist of using electrical devices to electrical loads.

Start Date: No upcoming starts available.
HVA 105 Electricity for HVAC/R

Teaches resistance, current, voltage and power in AC and DC circuits; measurements; computations of series and parallel circuits; circuit analysis and troubleshooting with basic test equipment.

Start Date: No upcoming starts available.
HVA 110 Fundamentals of Gas Heating

Introduces students to the fundamentals of gas heating. Students work in a classroom and shop environment. Topics include the basics of gas heating systems, operation of gas valves and burners, gas pipe system design, gas piping system code requirements and basic code requirements for heating systems.

Start Date: No upcoming starts available.
HVA 111 Piping Skills for HVAC

Studies the different types of tubing and piping materials used in HVAC/R applications. Studies the proper tubing and piping installation methods used in the HVAC/R field. Subjects covered will be the proper cutting and bending procedures including, pipe math and how to make piping offsets. Common types of piping joints will be discussed, including, swaging, flaring, soldering, and brazing. Also covered will be cutting and threading of steel pipe and other alternative mechanical piping connections. Shop projects will include both bench projects and also mock up installation projects.

Start Date: No upcoming starts available.
HVA 113 Refrigerant Recovery Training

Explains the laws regarding refrigerant recovery. The course includes hands-on use of recovery equipment. Upon successful completion of this course students will be prepared to take the EPA certification test. Test is offered following the class. Test fee is not included in course fee.

Start Date: No upcoming starts available.
HVA 124 Advanced Air Conditioning

Covers design, installation, and testing of residential heating and cooling systems. Additional areas emphasized are duct design and sheet metal work.

Start Date: No upcoming starts available.
HVA 142 Residential Air Conditioning

Details the principles of operation, servicing, and installation of air conditioning systems as they apply to humidifying, cooling, and dehumidifying a residential structure. Basic load calculations will be covered

Start Date: No upcoming starts available.
HVA 143 Residential HVAC Trouble Shooting

Troubleshooting practical and techniques will be covered. Use of computer simulation as well as actual equipment will be utilized.

Start Date: No upcoming starts available.
HVA 204 Direct Digital Controls

Introduces the student to the field of direct digital controls.

Start Date: No upcoming starts available.
HVA 222 HVAC&R Systems Troubleshooting

Studies troubleshooting industrial and commercial heating, ventilating, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems.

Start Date: No upcoming starts available.
HVA 233 Advanced Refrigeration

Builds on the skills acquired in refrigeration fundamentals. The student will have an opportunity to study and to work on rooftop units, ice machines, and commercial reach-in and walk-in coolers

Start Date: No upcoming starts available.
HVA 247 Hot Water Heating Systems

Covers the theory of operation behind these systems, as well as installation, maintenance and repair. The course also examines air elimination, circulator pump and pipe sizing. Boiler and heat convector sizing are also discussed.

Start Date: No upcoming starts available.
HVA 252 Building Automation II, Service

Covers operating and modifying an installed building automation system. This is a highly interactive course where you will learn and exercise common applications of a building management system.

Start Date: No upcoming starts available.
HVA 261 A/C Systems Service and Repair

Emphasizes the service of HVAC systems. Students will develop a preventative maintenance program for various types of equipment, both commercial and residential. Troubleshooting techniques and equipment repair and rebuilding are discussed. Additional time is spent on equipment change outs, upgrading and retrofitting different refrigerants.

Start Date: No upcoming starts available.
EMILY’S STORIES


“I had to figure out how to organize my life and my family and how to be successful in the U.S.”
— Adnan

In Syria, Adnan studied pharmacology in college and worked as a Pharmaceutical Representative and in medical sales for 7 years. When he first arrived here in Denver, he heard about Emily Griffith and started taking English classes. “One of the challenges I faced upon arriving was getting familiar with new words, new language, new environment, new expectations,” explains Adnan. “I had to figure out how to organize my life and my family and how to be successful in the U.S. It was really expensive in Colorado and a challenge to get a job. I got a job as a driver, but it wasn’t in my field and I didn’t make enough to pay my expenses.”

He says that Tiffany Jaramillo helped him in the CAREERS program and once his English was good enough he worked on getting into the Pharmacy Tech program. “I needed to get my high school diploma from my country, but this was too hard because my country was in the war. I had to get the documents I had translated and then work with the Health Science department to get approved with what I had,” explains Adnan.

The Pharmacy Tech classes have had their own challenges for Adnan. “I had to learn a new vocabulary and medical words. My primary language is Arabic and most of the people in my class speak English,” he says. “Mr. Joe has helped me if I need specific or more help or clarifications. He is a helpful man.”

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