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Building Sciences

 Checking Thermal ReadingsNorthWest Arkansas Community College (NWACC) has three distinct Building Science programs. Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC), Plumbing Apprenticeship and Electrical Apprenticeship Programs.

Electrical Apprenticeship

Program Length:  4 Years

Curriculum Description:
The program provides expert training to students seeking a career in Electricity.  The apprenticeship program is a four-year program sanctioned by the State of Arkansas Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship Training. 
The program requires both classroom instruction hours (160 contact hours/year) as well as on-the-job training hours (2000/year). The student will receive an apprentice license, issued by the State of Arkansas, while an active participant in this program.  Upon completion of the 4-year program the student will be eligible to take the Journeyman Electrician Exam, administered by the State of Arkansas.  This class cannot be registered online.


Prerequisites: 
·  GED or High School Diploma.
·  Students must be 18 years of age.
·  Employed with an electrical contractor in the state of Arkansas.


Contact 479.936.5164 / 479.936.5175 for more information.

 

Plumbing Apprenticeship

Program Length:  4 Years

Curriculum Description:
The program provides expert training to students seeking a career in Plumbing.  The apprenticeship program is a four-year program sanctioned by the State of Arkansas Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship Training.  The program requires both classroom instruction hours (160 contact hours/year) as well as on-the-job training hours (2000/year).  The classes are conducted one evening per week in the college's Shewmaker Center.  The student will receive an apprentice license, issued by the State of Arkansas, while an active participant in this program.  Upon completion of the 4-year program the student will be eligible to take the Journeyman Plumbing Exam, administered by the State of Arkansas.  This class cannot be registered online.


Prerequisites: 
·  GED or High School Diploma.
·  Students must be 18 years of age.
·  Employed with a company and placed under the supervision of another employee who holds a Master
Plumbing License in the State of Arkansas.


Contact 479.936.5164 / 479.936.5175 for more information.

 

Heating, Ventilation, & Air Conditioning (HVAC)

Program Length: 324 classroom hours

Prerequisites: 
·  GED or High School Diploma.
·  Students must be 18 years of age.
 

Curriculum Description:
This program provides training to students interested in a career in HVAC, or those currently working in the trade seeking to improve their knowledge.  The three semester program provides knowledge and skills relevant to HVAC technicians, and incorporates energy efficiency and green installation techniques.

In addition, the coursework can help prepare students for the EPA Exam; and we do offer participants the opportunity to take the exam during their time in the program.  The courses combine classroom and hands-on lab experience taught by qualified experts in the trade (on-the-job hours not required). 

108 contact hours per semester. 

Prerequisites: 
·  GED or High School Diploma.
·  Students must be 18 years of age.
 

Fundamentals of HVAC
This interactive course introduces students to the Heating and Air Conditioning trade. Students will learn theory and fundamentals, tools, equipment, and instruments' proper use and safety. Proper techniques for tubing, piping, soldering, and brazing of copper. Cooling system components—why and how they are used. Systems including: refrigerant recovery and management; lubrication; leak testing; evacuation; charging; and cooling trouble-shooting. 
*Class meets two nights per week.


Basic Electricity Applied to HVAC
This interactive course introduces electricity as applied to HVAC, theory, and safety including: types of HVAC controls in HVAC systems; electric motors theory and application; trouble shooting controls and electrical components.
*Class meets two nights per week.


HVAC Systems
This interactive course introduces various systems used in HVAC including: gas heating; electric heat and heat pump applications and trouble-shooting; comfort system and energy efficient design; air distribution layout and sizing; review of cooling systems operation.
*Class meets two nights per week.

Prerequisite:
·  Fundamentals of HVAC and Basic Electricity Applied to HVAC

Contact 479.936.5164 / 479.936.5175 for more information.

 


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