HVAC&R Engineering Design (CERT)


This certificate provides a focused study of the latest technology and procedures for the design of heating, ventilating, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVAC&R) systems and equipment. The required coursework emphasizes theoretical design as well as industry relevant skills and procedures. Prepares students to be highly competitive in the job market and to eventually take the Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) Examination in Mechanical – HVAC and Refrigeration. 

The certificate may not be eligible for federal financial aid. Speak with the Campus Hub for details. 

Catalog Year




Major Credits


Total Credits


Career Cluster

Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics

Program Requirements

Major Common Core

Communicating technical information about building systems including mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) systems. Students will learn to read and interpret mechanical plans as well as piping and instrumentation diagrams (P&ID).

Prerequisites: ME 103 or instructor permission or instructor permission.

Energy analysis and design of thermodynamic systems including power and refrigeration cycles. Thermodynamic relations. Application of thermodynamics to mixtures and solutions. Psychometrics. Introduction to chemical thermodynamics. Third law of thermodynamics. Includes significant design component.

Prerequisites: CHEM 191, ME 241

Exploration of the principles and application of Building Information Modeling (BIM) in the HVAC&R industry. Course will include a practice project in the HVAC field using Autodesk Revit.

Prerequisites: Instructor Permission

This course will focus on the typical HVAC&R systems and components in use today. Basic operation, advantages and disadvantages, as well as system integration will be discussed.

Prerequisites: ME 321, ME 324, ME 329 or instructor permission.

Refrigeration cycles and equipment, refrigerant properties, heating and cooling loads, psychometric analysis of air conditioning. Distribution of air conditioning medium and air quality as applied to design. Includes significant design component.

Prerequisites: ME 324, ME 329

Major Restricted Electives

Choose 3 Credit(s).

Minimum design loads for buildings using ASCE 7 guidelines and load distribution. Analysis of determinate structural systems including the case of moving loads. Analysis of indeterminate structures using the flexibility and moment distribution methods. Use of software to enhance the analysis.

Prerequisites: CIVE 223 or ME 223

The application of the principles of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and heat transfer to the design and analysis of selected energy systems of current interest, such as nuclear, solar, geothermal, and also conventional systems. Lecture and design projects.

Prerequisites: ME 324, ME 329

Planning, management, and economic justification of projects are supported by computer tools for scheduling, staffing, and economic analysis.

Prerequisites: STAT 154