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Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration

Associate Applied Science - Transfer

BTC’s Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration program will prepare you for a career as an HVAC & Refrigeration Technician. You’ll learn new, higher-efficiency technologies and practices, with the valuable hands-on training that employers are looking for.

In two years, you can be well-positioned for high-wage employment with heating and air conditioning contractors, refrigeration contractors, hotels, school systems, or industrial processing plants.

Program Facts

85% Average placement rate for program graduates

Average annual wage $53,529

Wage potential $67,142 annually

Employment and wage data sources

Student Chapter of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating & Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)

Jobs & Employment

About 85% of BTC HVAC & Refrigeration students are employed within nine months of graduation. The average annual wage in this field is $53,529, with an earning potential of about $67,142 per year.*

Criminal convictions may restrict or prevent student participation with internships and employment in this industry.

Potential Positions

Most program graduates work as technicians for private heating, air conditioning, or refrigeration service companies. Opportunities may also exist to work for heating and air conditioning dealers, manufacturing companies, food processors and in self-employment.

Potential positions include heating and air conditioning technician, heating and air conditioning service person, heating and air conditioning installer, contractor, estimator, food industry mechanic, or gasfitter.

Courses

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  • Quarter 1
  • CREF 122Fundamentals of Refrigeration5 credits

    This course presents safety in the workplace, the fundamentals of vapor compression refrigeration, HVAC/R tools, equipment and refrigerants. Students prepare for certification under Section 608 of the E.P.A. regulations. Lectures are supplemented by student’s individual work on projects in the concurrent course.


    Future Offerings
    4/7-5/13MWF 8:00a-8:55aVANDEKAMP MOpenings: 14
     MWF10:30a-11:00a
     TTh 8:00a-9:40a
  • CREF 123Fundamentals Lab I5 credits

    This Course places emphasis on safe work practices during system assembly, diagnostics, troubleshooting procedures and refrigerant handling. Students will learn how to install a simple control system on a refrigeration trainer. The concurrent course, CREF 122 is supplemented by student’s individual work on projects in this course. Prerequisites: Concurrent Course CREF 122

    Prerequisite:
    None; Co-requisite: CREF 122

    Future Offerings
    4/7-5/13DAILY12:00p-3:00pVANDEKAMP MOpenings: 14
  • CREF 126Basic Electricity for HVAC/R5 credits

    This course presents the fundamentals of controls, motors, electrical theory and applications. Emphasis is placed on proper diagnostic and troubleshooting procedures. Lectures and bookwork are supplemented by student’s individual work on projects in concurrent course CREF 127. Proper electrical codes are observed in the coursework. Prerequisites: CREF 122 & CREF 123

    Prerequisite:
    CREF 122, CREF 123

    Future Offerings
    5/14-6/23MWF 8:00a-9:00aVANDEKAMP MOpenings: 14
     MWF10:30a-11:00a
     TTh 8:00a-11:00a
  • CREF 127Fundamentals Lab II5 credits

    This course provides the opportunity to use the fundamentals of electricity, tools and equipment, controls, motors, electrical theory. Emphasis is placed on safe use of electricity while building electrical circuits on an electrical trainer and refrigeration trainer. Lectures in the concurrent course, CREF 126, are supplemented by student’s individual work on projects in this course. Prerequisites: CREF 122 & CREF 123

    Prerequisite:
    CREF 122, CREF 123

    Future Offerings
    5/14-6/23DAILY12:00p-3:00pVANDEKAMP MOpenings: 14
  • MATH& 141 *Precalculus I5 credits

    The focus of this course will be functions. Students manipulate and graph linear, polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic and quadratic functions. The course will also cover systems of equations, matrices and determinants, and their applications.

    Prerequisite:
    BTC College Level Math score of 32 or a C grade in MATH 099.

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aBILLS MOpenings: 21
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pBILLS MOpenings: 20
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
  • Quarter 2
  • CREF 132Commercial Self Contained Systems5 credits

    This course analyses medium and low temperature refrigeration systems and components used in commercial applications. Lectures are supplemented by student’s individual work on projects in concurrent course. Prerequisites: Completion of CREF 120 series

    Prerequisite:
    Completion of CREF 120 series

    Future Offerings
    1/7-2/13MWF 8:00a-9:55aVANDEKAMP MOpenings: 17
     TTh 8:00a-9:55a
  • CREF 133Commercial Self Contained Systems Lab5 credits

    This course presents medium and low temperature refrigeration systems and equipment used in commercial applications. Emphasis is placed on trouble-shooting techniques on live equipment as installed in industry. The concurrent course, CREF 132 is supplemented by student’s individual work on projects in this course. Prerequisites: Completion of CREF 120 series

    Prerequisite:
    Completion of CREF 120 series

    Future Offerings
    1/7-2/13MWF12:00p-12:55pVANDEKAMP MOpenings: 17
     TTh12:00p-3:00p
  • CREF 135Commercial Ice Systems Theory and Applications3 credits

    This course introduces the various types and makes of commercial ice production systems used in restaurants, institutions, and process applications. Wiring diagrams and sequence of operations are emphasized. Proper installation, maintenance and troubleshooting techniques are discussed. Students will test for EPA section 608 certification and pass with a minimum of type 2 certification.

    Prerequisite:
    Completion of CREF 133.

    Future Offerings
    2/17-3/26MWF 8:00a-9:55aVANDEKAMP MOpenings: 17
     TTh 8:00a-9:55a
  • CREF 137Commercial Ice Systems Lab4 credits

    This course is applying concepts learned in CREF135 for commercial ice systems. The student will install, maintain, and diagnose problems on a variety of actual operating ice machines. Students will be exposed to different manufacturer’s designs, as all are different. The student will verify proper production, learn how to build a wiring schematic, identify faults inserted by instructor and repair. Maintenance and proper cleaning and sanitation are also stressed in the coursework.

    Prerequisite:
    Completion of CREF 133.

    Future Offerings
    2/17-3/26MWF12:00p-12:55pVANDEKAMP MOpenings: 17
     TTh12:00p-3:00p
  • CREF 139Commercial Ice Systems Interactive Learning2 credits

    This course utilizes the subject of commercial ice production for the student to research a particular commercial ice machine. The student will prepare and deliver a presentation to their peer group on one selected brand and model of ice machine, and essentially teach the peer group on the aspects of installation, wiring, sequence of operation and maintenance. Steps included in this lesson are; research, public speaking, audio visual aids, audience participation and self/peer-evaluation are addressed in this course.

    Prerequisite:
    Completion of CREF 133.

    Future Offerings
    2/17-3/26MWF10:00a-11:00aVANDEKAMP MOpenings: 17
     TTh10:00a-11:00a
  • ENGL& 101 *English Composition I5 credits

    A composition course in which students read, analyze, and write essays using a variety of rhetorical strategies, as well as develop and verbally express ideas clearly and effectively. The critical reading of essays will provide a basis for the student's own critical writing, which will reflect a command of college-level literacy standards. Attention to writing fundamentals and stylistic techniques will also be included. Word processing, email and internet knowledge required.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in AENGL 100.

    Future Offerings
    1/13-3/24T 9:00a-11:05aNEWTON DOpenings: 23
    1/8-3/26TTh12:00p-2:05pNEWTON DOpenings: 7
    1/7-3/25MW 9:00a-10:25aNEWTON DOpenings: 11
    1/7-3/26Online VANLEUVEN NOpenings: 5
    4/8-6/22MW 9:00a-10:25aNEWTON DOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MW11:00a-12:25pNEWTON DOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MW 3:00p-4:25pNEWTON DOpenings: 26
    4/7-6/23Online VANLEUVEN NOpenings: 24
  • Quarter 3
  • CREF 141Air Properties & Psychrometrics3 credits

    This course prepares the student with information about air and its properties, moisture levels, enthalpy, volume, relative humidity and density. Air measurement techniques are also explored. Classroom discussion is aided by hands-on lab activities on operating equipment. Math100, HR 180 or COM 170

    Prerequisite:
    CREF 132 thru CREF 139.

    Future Offerings
    1/7-1/30MWF 8:00a-9:00aMARICLE DOpenings: 21
     MWF10:30a-11:00a
     TTh 8:00a-11:00a
    4/7-4/29MWF 8:00a-9:00aMARICLE DOpenings: 24
     MWF10:30a-11:00a
     TTh 8:00a-11:00a
  • CREF 143HVAC System Design3 credits

    Understanding of the elements of proper HVAC system design is essential for the HVAC installer and service technician. This course focuses on Heat loss/Gain BTU requirements for buildings, ventilation rates, duct design and application, system selection and installation variables. The student will design a complete system using an existing structure or assigned blueprint plans. 0

    Prerequisite:
    CREF 132 thru CREF 139, CREF 141.

    Future Offerings
    2/2-3/3MWF 8:00a-9:00aMARICLE DOpenings: 21
     MWF10:30a-11:00a
     TTh 8:00a-11:00a
    4/30-5/29MWF 8:00a-9:00aMARICLE DOpenings: 24
     MWF10:30a-11:00a
     TTh 8:00a-11:00a
  • CREF 145Duct Layout & Fabrication4 credits

    This entry level fabrication course is to prepare students for the HVAC sheet metal installation industry. Parallel line, radial line and triangulation layout techniques are utilized to develop sheet metal patterns of common fittings used in the installation of HVAC systems. Students will apply these techniques in the lab and fabricate assigned fittings.

    Prerequisite:
    CREF 132 thru CREF 139.

    Future Offerings
    1/7-2/4DAILY12:00p-3:00pMARICLE DOpenings: 21
    4/7-5/5DAILY12:00p-3:00pMARICLE DOpenings: 24
  • CREF 147Applied Air Conditioning Systems4 credits

    This course prepares the learner to install, start-up, troubleshoot and diagnose problems in comfort cooling air conditioning systems. Emphasis is given to wiring techniques, proper refrigeration piping, controls, start-up and maintenance.

    Prerequisite:
    CREF 132 thru CREF 139, CREF 145.

    Future Offerings
    3/4-3/13MWF 8:00a-9:00aMARICLE DOpenings: 21
     MWF10:30a-11:00a
     TTh 8:00a-11:00a
     DAILY12:00p-3:00p
    6/1-6/10MWF 8:00a-9:00aMARICLE DOpenings: 24
     TTh10:30a-11:00a
     DAILY12:00p-3:00p
  • CREF 149Applied Heat Pump Systems4 credits

    This course prepares the learner to install, start-up, troubleshoot and diagnose problems in residential and commercial heat pump systems. Emphasis is given to wiring techniques, proper refrigeration piping, controls, start-up and maintenance. Integration of auxiliary heat components, balance point identification, cost analysis to other fuels, and geothermal systems are all introduced and applied in the lab. Prerequisites: CREF 132 -139, CREF 141- 147, HR 180 or COM 170

    Prerequisite:
    CREF 132 thru CREF 139, CREF 141 thru CREF 147.

    Future Offerings
    3/16-3/26MWF 8:00a-9:00aMARICLE DOpenings: 21
     MWF10:30a-11:00a
     TTh 8:00a-11:00a
     DAILY12:00p-3:00p
    6/11-6/23MWF 8:00a-9:00aMARICLE DOpenings: 24
     MWF10:30a-11:00a
     TTh 8:00a-11:00a
     DAILY12:00p-3:00p
  • CMST& 210 *Interpersonal Communications5 credits

    Designed to introduce students to the application of basic interpersonal communication theory, with a focus on achieving success in the workplace. Topics explored include self-awareness, self-disclosure, conversation skills, relationship development and maintenance, assertiveness, teamwork and group dynamics, conflict management strategies, and diversity issues.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/25MWF 1:00p-2:25pOEKERMAN COpenings: 19
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pOEKERMAN COpenings: 3
    1/7-3/25MWF 3:00p-4:25pMUDD SOpenings: 8
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aBURNS JOpenings: 14
    1/7-3/26Online OEKERMAN CWaitlisted: 0
    1/7-3/26Online LIPPMAN LOpenings: 17
    4/8-6/22MWF 1:00p-2:25pOEKERMAN COpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aOEKERMAN COpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23TTh12:00p-2:25pOEKERMAN COpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23Online LIPPMAN LOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23Online OEKERMAN COpenings: 24
  • Quarter 4
  • CREF 221Electric Heating Technology4 credits

    This course introduces electricity as a heat source for stationary and forced air systems. Emphasis is placed on electrical safety, BTU calculations, and airflow calculations, cost analysis, wiring diagrams, and troubleshooting techniques. Classroom discussion and hands on lab activities are designed to enable students to quickly identify system problems and propose solutions.

    Prerequisite:
    CREF 132 thru CREF 139.

    Future Offerings
    1/7-1/14DAILY 9:45a-11:00aVANDEKAMP MOpenings: 16
     DAILY12:00p-3:00p
     DAILY 8:00a-9:45a
    4/7-4/13DAILY 9:45a-11:00aVANDEKAMP MOpenings: 24
     DAILY12:00p-3:00p
  • CREF 223Gas Heating Technology7 credits

    This course provides hands- on theory and application of forced air and stationary gas heating systems used in residential and light commercial buildings. Natural gas (methane) and LPG systems are discussed and implemented. Emphasis is placed on diagnosis and troubleshooting techniques for service technicians.

    Prerequisite:
    CREF 132 thru CREF 139, CREF 221.

    Future Offerings
    1/15-2/25DAILY10:00a-11:00aVANDEKAMP MOpenings: 16
     DAILY12:00p-3:00p
     DAILY 8:00a-9:45a
    4/15-5/28DAILY 9:45a-11:00aVANDEKAMP MOpenings: 24
     DAILY12:00p-3:00p
  • CREF 225Fuel Oil Heating Technology4 credits

    This course provides hands- on theory and application of oil fired heating systems in homes and commercial buildings. Proper system installation, set-up, diagnosis and troubleshooting techniques are emphasized.

    Prerequisite:
    CREF 132 thru CREF 139, CREF 221 thru CREF 223.

    Future Offerings
    2/26-3/10DAILY10:00a-11:00aVANDEKAMP MOpenings: 16
     DAILY12:00p-3:00p
     DAILY 8:00a-9:45a
    5/29-6/6DAILY 9:45a-11:00aVANDEKAMP MOpenings: 24
     DAILY12:00p-3:00p
  • CREF 227Hydronic Heating Technology5 credits

    This course explores the use of hydronics to heat residential and commercial buildings. Students will apply proper tools and techniques to identify components, design, install, maintain and troubleshoot problems in hydronic heating systems for residential and commercial use. Radiant heat systems and most types of commercially available fuels are utilized.

    Prerequisite:
    CREF 132 thru CREF 139, CREF 221 thru CREF 225.

    Future Offerings
    3/11-3/26DAILY10:00a-11:00aVANDEKAMP MOpenings: 16
     DAILY12:00p-3:00p
     DAILY 8:00a-9:45a
    6/9-6/24DAILY 9:45a-11:00aVANDEKAMP MOpenings: 24
     DAILY12:00p-3:00p
  • PSYC& 100 *General Psychology5 credits

    An overview of the factors affecting behavior including topics related to theories of learning, the senses, perceptions, nervous system, emotions, personality theory, motivation, abnormal behavior and therapy, and social psychology.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in AENGL 100.

    Future Offerings
    1/8-3/26TTh 9:00a-11:05aOEKERMAN COpenings: 21
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pMUDD SOpenings: 11
    1/7-3/25MWF 1:00p-2:25pMUDD SOpenings: 20
    1/7-3/26Online MUDD SOpenings: 9
    4/7-6/23TTh 6:00p-8:05pMUDD SOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF11:00a-12:25pMUDD SOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 1:00p-2:25pMUDD SOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23Online MUDD SOpenings: 24
  • Quarter 5
  • CREF 231Commercial/Industrial Refrigeration Applied Components5 credits

    This course expands on commercial refrigeration systems presented in CREF 132-139. Industrial systems such as chillers for RSW, supermarket refrigeration, commercial chillers for process control, industrial open drive compressors, and associated components are studied. Each ancillary component is analyzed for compatibility, proper selection, operation, need, energy savings and equipment reliability. Wiring diagrams are emphasized and diagnosis of failed components is also addressed. How the system operates as a whole is critical and students are encouraged to research new and innovative applications for these systems.

    Prerequisite:
    CREF 227, AMATH 100, AENGL 100.
  • CREF 233Commercial/Industrial Refrig Applied Components Lab5 credits

    Students apply the theory and application skills acquired in CREF231 to operating systems in the lab. A proper start-up technique, adjustments, wiring schematics and evaluation of the operation of the systems is emphasized. Students work in teams, and rotate shifts weekly, allowing each student the diversity to work with all team members. Safety is foremost as most of these systems are high voltage multi-phase systems. Students diagnose and solve instructor inserted problems into the systems, make repairs and invoice the instructor.

    Prerequisite:
    Concurrent with CREF 231, AMATH 100, AENGL 100.
  • CREF 236Commercial/Industrial Chilled Water Systems3 credits

    Chilled water systems that are covered in depth include commercial/industrial applications of chilled water-cooling systems. Classroom activities are supplemented by student’s individual and group work on lab projects including centrifugal and screw compressors, application of part winding start and 460 Volt Star Delta starter. Analyzing various systems for cost benefits, installation, service and proper annual maintenance procedures are emphasized.

    Prerequisite:
    CREF 231, CREF 233, AMATH 100, AENGL 100.
  • CREF 237Cooling Towers & Water Treatment1 credits

    This course presents a study of cooling towers and the treatment of the water used.

    Prerequisite:
    CREF 236, AMATH 100, AENGL 100.
  • CREF 238Cascade/Transport Refrigeration Systems5 credits

    Commercial systems that are covered in depth include ultra-low temp freezing systems and transport refrigeration systems. Classroom activities are supplemented by student’s individual and group work on projects.

    Prerequisite:
    CREF 237, AMATH 100, AENGL 100.
  • CREF 239Absorption Refrigeration Systems1 credits

    This course presents a continuation of the course of study of refrigeration systems. Commercial systems that are covered in depth are three types of absorption refrigeration systems.

    Prerequisite:
    CREF 238, AMATH 100, AENGL 100.

    Future Offerings
    12/8-12/12DAILY 8:00a-11:00aVANDEKAMP MOpenings: 11
     DAILY12:00p-3:00p
     DAILY 8:00a-11:00a
     DAILY12:00p-3:00p
  • Quarter 6
  • CREF 241Control Theory for HVAC Automation Systems5 credits

    This course presents basic control theory for energy management and control systems. Systems covered in depth include electric, electronic, distributed digital control, pneumatic, VAV and VVT. Classroom activities are supplemented by concurrent course Cref242 Control Theory Lab.

    Prerequisite:
    CREF 120 series, CREF 130 series, CREF 140 series, CREF 220 series, CREF 230 series, CMST& 210.

    Future Offerings
    1/7-2/13DAILY 8:00a-10:00aMARICLE DOpenings: 22
    4/7-5/13DAILY 8:00a-10:00aMARICLE DOpenings: 24
  • CREF 242Control Theory Lab5 credits

    This course presents the student with opportunities to apply knowledge gained in concurrent course 241 Control Theory. System start-up, proper operation, calibration and electrical safety and codes are emphasized. Students work individually and in teams on projects.

    Prerequisite:
    CREF 120 series, CREF 130 series, CREF 140 series, CREF 220 series, CREF 230 series, CMST& 210.

    Future Offerings
    1/7-2/13DAILY10:00a-11:00aMARICLE DOpenings: 22
     DAILY12:00p-3:00p
    4/7-5/13DAILY10:00a-11:00aMARICLE DOpenings: 24
     DAILY12:00p-3:00p
  • CREF 245Commercial & Industrial Boilers2 credits

    This course presents commercial and industrial boilers and combustion controls, advanced flame safeguards, safety, code compliance and efficiency testing of gas and oil fired systems. Classroom activities are supplemented by the student’s individual and group work on mocked-up and actual operating systems.

    Prerequisite:
    CREF 120 series, CREF 130 series, CREF 140 series, CREF 220 series, CREF 230 series, CMST& 210.

    Future Offerings
    2/17-2/25DAILY 8:00a-11:00aMARICLE DOpenings: 22
     DAILY12:00p-3:00p
    5/14-5/22DAILY 8:00a-11:00aMARICLE DOpenings: 24
     DAILY12:00p-3:00p
  • CREF 246HVAC System Design & Commissioning2 credits

    This course presents an opportunity to review the design and commissioning of various types of building hvac energy management and control systems, and how the LEED certification process is implemented and steps to arrive at LEED certification. Air balancing is introduced and the basic requirements and documentation are explored, as well as requirements to become a certified individual.

    Prerequisite:
    CREF 120 series, CREF 130 series, CREF 140 series, CREF 220 series, CREF 230 series, CMST& 210.

    Future Offerings
    2/26-3/6DAILY 8:00a-11:00aMARICLE DOpenings: 22
     DAILY12:00p-3:00p
    5/26-6/3DAILY 8:00a-11:00aMARICLE DOpenings: 24
     DAILY12:00p-3:00p
  • CREF 247Job, Internship & National Testing Prep5 credits

    This course prepares students with the necessary skills to successfully create a professional resume and cover letter, practice interviewing for employment and research companies to work for. An internship opportunity to gain on the job experience is required as part of this course and often leads to a permanent position. Preparation and review for ARI national testing is also included as part of this course.

    Prerequisite:
    CREF 120 series, CREF 130 series, CREF 140 series, CREF 220 series, CREF 230 series, CMST& 210.

    Future Offerings
    3/9-3/26DAILY 8:00a-9:40aMARICLE DOpenings: 22
     DAILY12:00p-3:00p
    6/4-6/23DAILY 8:00a-11:00aMARICLE DOpenings: 24
     DAILY12:00p-3:00p
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS136 credits

* Minimum requirement. List of other AAS-T General Education class options

Program Entry Information

Program Start

  • This program admits students twice a year, in the fall and spring quarter.

Testing Requirements

These requirements are for the AAS-T degree and are higher than those for the AAS degree. Please see AAS Entry Page for AAS requirements.

  • BTC College Level Math score of 32 or a C grade in MATH 099.
  • Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in AENGL 100.

Program Outcomes

  • Graduates will be able to diagnose, repair and maintain common HVAC/R electrical and mechanical system problems
  • Graduates will be able to communicate effectively with customers, managers and fellow workers
  • Graduates will be able to adhere to environmental laws and regulations as applied to HVAC/R
  • Graduates will be able to demonstrate employability behaviors and work ethics
  • Graduates will be able to embrace the model of life long learning, accessing new information to remain current in industry trends

Dave Maricle - Instructor image

Dave Maricle

Area of Instruction


Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration

Degrees and Certifications


Certificate, Certified HVAC/R Electrician

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


360 752-8413
dmaricle@btc.ctc.edu
U Building (U) - Room U7

Background


Profile
Dave Maricle is in his 17th year at Bellingham Technical College. He holds a Washington State vocational instructor certification; is EPA certified un...

    • Dave Maricle is in his 17th year at Bellingham Technical College. He holds a Washington State vocational instructor certification; is EPA certified under section 608; and is an L&I Electrical Journeyman under section 06A. He entered BTC in 1974; received his certificate in 1975; and went to work for Marr's Heating & Air Conditioning as a service technician and heat pump installer. Eighteen months later he moved to a larger company, Barron Heating, and worked primarily on controls and commercial systems. In 1986, he left to help start Bel-Aire Heating and Air Conditioning. He later returned to Barron for two more years before moving to Blythe Plumbing and Heating. When Dave left Blythe, to take the instructor position at Bellingham Technical College, he was vice-president in charge of the HVAC division.


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Marty Vande Kamp

Area of Instruction


Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration

Degrees and Certifications


Certificate, Refrigeration Service Engineers Society Certification in Proper Refrigerant Usage

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


360 752-8454
mvandekamp@btc.ctc.edu
U Building (U) - Room U7


Associate of Applied Science Degree

BTC’s Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration program will prepare you for a career as an HVAC & Refrigeration Technician. You’ll learn new, higher-efficiency technologies and practices, with the valuable hands-on training that employers are looking for.

In two years, you can be well-positioned for high-wage employment with heating and air conditioning contractors, refrigeration contractors, hotels, school systems, or industrial processing plants.

Program Facts

85% Average placement rate for program graduates

Average annual wage $53,529

Wage potential $67,142 annually

Employment and wage data sources

Student Chapter of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating & Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)

Jobs & Employment

About 85% of BTC HVAC & Refrigeration students are employed within nine months of graduation. The average annual wage in this field is $53,529, with an earning potential of about $67,142 per year.*

Criminal convictions may restrict or prevent student participation with internships and employment in this industry.

Potential Positions

Most program graduates work as technicians for private heating, air conditioning, or refrigeration service companies. Opportunities may also exist to work for heating and air conditioning dealers, manufacturing companies, food processors and in self-employment.

Potential positions include heating and air conditioning technician, heating and air conditioning service person, heating and air conditioning installer, contractor, estimator, food industry mechanic, or gasfitter.

Courses

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  • Quarter 1
  • CREF 122Fundamentals of Refrigeration5 credits

    This course presents safety in the workplace, the fundamentals of vapor compression refrigeration, HVAC/R tools, equipment and refrigerants. Students prepare for certification under Section 608 of the E.P.A. regulations. Lectures are supplemented by student’s individual work on projects in the concurrent course.


    Future Offerings
    4/7-5/13MWF 8:00a-8:55aVANDEKAMP MOpenings: 14
     MWF10:30a-11:00a
     TTh 8:00a-9:40a
  • CREF 123Fundamentals Lab I5 credits

    This Course places emphasis on safe work practices during system assembly, diagnostics, troubleshooting procedures and refrigerant handling. Students will learn how to install a simple control system on a refrigeration trainer. The concurrent course, CREF 122 is supplemented by student’s individual work on projects in this course. Prerequisites: Concurrent Course CREF 122

    Prerequisite:
    None; Co-requisite: CREF 122

    Future Offerings
    4/7-5/13DAILY12:00p-3:00pVANDEKAMP MOpenings: 14
  • CREF 126Basic Electricity for HVAC/R5 credits

    This course presents the fundamentals of controls, motors, electrical theory and applications. Emphasis is placed on proper diagnostic and troubleshooting procedures. Lectures and bookwork are supplemented by student’s individual work on projects in concurrent course CREF 127. Proper electrical codes are observed in the coursework. Prerequisites: CREF 122 & CREF 123

    Prerequisite:
    CREF 122, CREF 123

    Future Offerings
    5/14-6/23MWF 8:00a-9:00aVANDEKAMP MOpenings: 14
     MWF10:30a-11:00a
     TTh 8:00a-11:00a
  • CREF 127Fundamentals Lab II5 credits

    This course provides the opportunity to use the fundamentals of electricity, tools and equipment, controls, motors, electrical theory. Emphasis is placed on safe use of electricity while building electrical circuits on an electrical trainer and refrigeration trainer. Lectures in the concurrent course, CREF 126, are supplemented by student’s individual work on projects in this course. Prerequisites: CREF 122 & CREF 123

    Prerequisite:
    CREF 122, CREF 123

    Future Offerings
    5/14-6/23DAILY12:00p-3:00pVANDEKAMP MOpenings: 14
  • AMATH 100 *Applied Occupational Math5 credits

    This course covers fractions, decimals, percents, ratios and proportions, English and metric measurement systems, geometry, and algebra. The contents will include relevant technical applications and the use of a calculator. Text required.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 50 or a C grade in MATH 090 or ABE 050.

    Future Offerings
    1/8-3/26TTh12:00p-2:05pADAMS JOpenings: 17
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aSCHIVITZ BOpenings: 10
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pSCHIVITZ BOpenings: 18
    1/8-3/26TTh 6:00p-8:05pADAMS JOpenings: 24
    1/7-3/26Online ADAMS JOpenings: 6
    4/7-6/23TTh12:00p-2:05pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23TTh 6:00p-8:05pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • Quarter 2
  • CREF 132Commercial Self Contained Systems5 credits

    This course analyses medium and low temperature refrigeration systems and components used in commercial applications. Lectures are supplemented by student’s individual work on projects in concurrent course. Prerequisites: Completion of CREF 120 series

    Prerequisite:
    Completion of CREF 120 series

    Future Offerings
    1/7-2/13MWF 8:00a-9:55aVANDEKAMP MOpenings: 17
     TTh 8:00a-9:55a
  • CREF 133Commercial Self Contained Systems Lab5 credits

    This course presents medium and low temperature refrigeration systems and equipment used in commercial applications. Emphasis is placed on trouble-shooting techniques on live equipment as installed in industry. The concurrent course, CREF 132 is supplemented by student’s individual work on projects in this course. Prerequisites: Completion of CREF 120 series

    Prerequisite:
    Completion of CREF 120 series

    Future Offerings
    1/7-2/13MWF12:00p-12:55pVANDEKAMP MOpenings: 17
     TTh12:00p-3:00p
  • CREF 135Commercial Ice Systems Theory and Applications3 credits

    This course introduces the various types and makes of commercial ice production systems used in restaurants, institutions, and process applications. Wiring diagrams and sequence of operations are emphasized. Proper installation, maintenance and troubleshooting techniques are discussed. Students will test for EPA section 608 certification and pass with a minimum of type 2 certification.

    Prerequisite:
    Completion of CREF 133.

    Future Offerings
    2/17-3/26MWF 8:00a-9:55aVANDEKAMP MOpenings: 17
     TTh 8:00a-9:55a
  • CREF 137Commercial Ice Systems Lab4 credits

    This course is applying concepts learned in CREF135 for commercial ice systems. The student will install, maintain, and diagnose problems on a variety of actual operating ice machines. Students will be exposed to different manufacturer’s designs, as all are different. The student will verify proper production, learn how to build a wiring schematic, identify faults inserted by instructor and repair. Maintenance and proper cleaning and sanitation are also stressed in the coursework.

    Prerequisite:
    Completion of CREF 133.

    Future Offerings
    2/17-3/26MWF12:00p-12:55pVANDEKAMP MOpenings: 17
     TTh12:00p-3:00p
  • CREF 139Commercial Ice Systems Interactive Learning2 credits

    This course utilizes the subject of commercial ice production for the student to research a particular commercial ice machine. The student will prepare and deliver a presentation to their peer group on one selected brand and model of ice machine, and essentially teach the peer group on the aspects of installation, wiring, sequence of operation and maintenance. Steps included in this lesson are; research, public speaking, audio visual aids, audience participation and self/peer-evaluation are addressed in this course.

    Prerequisite:
    Completion of CREF 133.

    Future Offerings
    2/17-3/26MWF10:00a-11:00aVANDEKAMP MOpenings: 17
     TTh10:00a-11:00a
  • AENGL 100 *Applied English5 credits

    This applied English course focuses on the workplace communication skills needed to send, receive, and process oral and written information. Along with a review of writing fundamentals, learners will use principles of clear communication, professionalism, and cultural awareness in occupational contexts. Learners will sharpen their reading, writing, and presentation skills.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

    Future Offerings
    1/8-3/26TTh12:00p-2:05pBURNS JOpenings: 3
    1/7-3/25MW 9:00a-10:25aKONGSHAUG COpenings: 13
    1/7-3/25MW 3:00p-4:25pKONGSHAUG COpenings: 15
    1/7-3/25MW11:00a-12:25pWISE JOpenings: 16
    1/7-3/25MW 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 20
    1/8-3/26TTh 9:00a-11:05aSTAFFOpenings: 21
    1/13-3/24T 6:00p-8:30pNEWTON DOpenings: 25
    1/7-3/26Online DONNELLY ROpenings: 8
    4/7-6/23T12:00p-2:05pBURNS JOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MW 9:00a-10:25aKONGSHAUG COpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MW 3:00p-4:25pKONGSHAUG COpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MW11:00a-12:25pBURNS JOpenings: 26
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • Quarter 3
  • CREF 141Air Properties & Psychrometrics3 credits

    This course prepares the student with information about air and its properties, moisture levels, enthalpy, volume, relative humidity and density. Air measurement techniques are also explored. Classroom discussion is aided by hands-on lab activities on operating equipment. Math100, HR 180 or COM 170

    Prerequisite:
    CREF 132 thru CREF 139.

    Future Offerings
    1/7-1/30MWF 8:00a-9:00aMARICLE DOpenings: 21
     MWF10:30a-11:00a
     TTh 8:00a-11:00a
    4/7-4/29MWF 8:00a-9:00aMARICLE DOpenings: 24
     MWF10:30a-11:00a
     TTh 8:00a-11:00a
  • CREF 143HVAC System Design3 credits

    Understanding of the elements of proper HVAC system design is essential for the HVAC installer and service technician. This course focuses on Heat loss/Gain BTU requirements for buildings, ventilation rates, duct design and application, system selection and installation variables. The student will design a complete system using an existing structure or assigned blueprint plans. 0

    Prerequisite:
    CREF 132 thru CREF 139, CREF 141.

    Future Offerings
    2/2-3/3MWF 8:00a-9:00aMARICLE DOpenings: 21
     MWF10:30a-11:00a
     TTh 8:00a-11:00a
    4/30-5/29MWF 8:00a-9:00aMARICLE DOpenings: 24
     MWF10:30a-11:00a
     TTh 8:00a-11:00a
  • CREF 145Duct Layout & Fabrication4 credits

    This entry level fabrication course is to prepare students for the HVAC sheet metal installation industry. Parallel line, radial line and triangulation layout techniques are utilized to develop sheet metal patterns of common fittings used in the installation of HVAC systems. Students will apply these techniques in the lab and fabricate assigned fittings.

    Prerequisite:
    CREF 132 thru CREF 139.

    Future Offerings
    1/7-2/4DAILY12:00p-3:00pMARICLE DOpenings: 21
    4/7-5/5DAILY12:00p-3:00pMARICLE DOpenings: 24
  • CREF 147Applied Air Conditioning Systems4 credits

    This course prepares the learner to install, start-up, troubleshoot and diagnose problems in comfort cooling air conditioning systems. Emphasis is given to wiring techniques, proper refrigeration piping, controls, start-up and maintenance.

    Prerequisite:
    CREF 132 thru CREF 139, CREF 145.

    Future Offerings
    3/4-3/13MWF 8:00a-9:00aMARICLE DOpenings: 21
     MWF10:30a-11:00a
     TTh 8:00a-11:00a
     DAILY12:00p-3:00p
    6/1-6/10MWF 8:00a-9:00aMARICLE DOpenings: 24
     TTh10:30a-11:00a
     DAILY12:00p-3:00p
  • CREF 149Applied Heat Pump Systems4 credits

    This course prepares the learner to install, start-up, troubleshoot and diagnose problems in residential and commercial heat pump systems. Emphasis is given to wiring techniques, proper refrigeration piping, controls, start-up and maintenance. Integration of auxiliary heat components, balance point identification, cost analysis to other fuels, and geothermal systems are all introduced and applied in the lab. Prerequisites: CREF 132 -139, CREF 141- 147, HR 180 or COM 170

    Prerequisite:
    CREF 132 thru CREF 139, CREF 141 thru CREF 147.

    Future Offerings
    3/16-3/26MWF 8:00a-9:00aMARICLE DOpenings: 21
     MWF10:30a-11:00a
     TTh 8:00a-11:00a
     DAILY12:00p-3:00p
    6/11-6/23MWF 8:00a-9:00aMARICLE DOpenings: 24
     MWF10:30a-11:00a
     TTh 8:00a-11:00a
     DAILY12:00p-3:00p
  • CMST& 210 *Interpersonal Communications5 credits

    Designed to introduce students to the application of basic interpersonal communication theory, with a focus on achieving success in the workplace. Topics explored include self-awareness, self-disclosure, conversation skills, relationship development and maintenance, assertiveness, teamwork and group dynamics, conflict management strategies, and diversity issues.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/25MWF 1:00p-2:25pOEKERMAN COpenings: 19
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pOEKERMAN COpenings: 3
    1/7-3/25MWF 3:00p-4:25pMUDD SOpenings: 8
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aBURNS JOpenings: 14
    1/7-3/26Online OEKERMAN CWaitlisted: 0
    1/7-3/26Online LIPPMAN LOpenings: 17
    4/8-6/22MWF 1:00p-2:25pOEKERMAN COpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aOEKERMAN COpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23TTh12:00p-2:25pOEKERMAN COpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23Online LIPPMAN LOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23Online OEKERMAN COpenings: 24
  • Quarter 4
  • CREF 221Electric Heating Technology4 credits

    This course introduces electricity as a heat source for stationary and forced air systems. Emphasis is placed on electrical safety, BTU calculations, and airflow calculations, cost analysis, wiring diagrams, and troubleshooting techniques. Classroom discussion and hands on lab activities are designed to enable students to quickly identify system problems and propose solutions.

    Prerequisite:
    CREF 132 thru CREF 139.

    Future Offerings
    1/7-1/14DAILY 9:45a-11:00aVANDEKAMP MOpenings: 16
     DAILY12:00p-3:00p
     DAILY 8:00a-9:45a
    4/7-4/13DAILY 9:45a-11:00aVANDEKAMP MOpenings: 24
     DAILY12:00p-3:00p
  • CREF 223Gas Heating Technology7 credits

    This course provides hands- on theory and application of forced air and stationary gas heating systems used in residential and light commercial buildings. Natural gas (methane) and LPG systems are discussed and implemented. Emphasis is placed on diagnosis and troubleshooting techniques for service technicians.

    Prerequisite:
    CREF 132 thru CREF 139, CREF 221.

    Future Offerings
    1/15-2/25DAILY10:00a-11:00aVANDEKAMP MOpenings: 16
     DAILY12:00p-3:00p
     DAILY 8:00a-9:45a
    4/15-5/28DAILY 9:45a-11:00aVANDEKAMP MOpenings: 24
     DAILY12:00p-3:00p
  • CREF 225Fuel Oil Heating Technology4 credits

    This course provides hands- on theory and application of oil fired heating systems in homes and commercial buildings. Proper system installation, set-up, diagnosis and troubleshooting techniques are emphasized.

    Prerequisite:
    CREF 132 thru CREF 139, CREF 221 thru CREF 223.

    Future Offerings
    2/26-3/10DAILY10:00a-11:00aVANDEKAMP MOpenings: 16
     DAILY12:00p-3:00p
     DAILY 8:00a-9:45a
    5/29-6/6DAILY 9:45a-11:00aVANDEKAMP MOpenings: 24
     DAILY12:00p-3:00p
  • CREF 227Hydronic Heating Technology5 credits

    This course explores the use of hydronics to heat residential and commercial buildings. Students will apply proper tools and techniques to identify components, design, install, maintain and troubleshoot problems in hydronic heating systems for residential and commercial use. Radiant heat systems and most types of commercially available fuels are utilized.

    Prerequisite:
    CREF 132 thru CREF 139, CREF 221 thru CREF 225.

    Future Offerings
    3/11-3/26DAILY10:00a-11:00aVANDEKAMP MOpenings: 16
     DAILY12:00p-3:00p
     DAILY 8:00a-9:45a
    6/9-6/24DAILY 9:45a-11:00aVANDEKAMP MOpenings: 24
     DAILY12:00p-3:00p
  • Quarter 5
  • CREF 231Commercial/Industrial Refrigeration Applied Components5 credits

    This course expands on commercial refrigeration systems presented in CREF 132-139. Industrial systems such as chillers for RSW, supermarket refrigeration, commercial chillers for process control, industrial open drive compressors, and associated components are studied. Each ancillary component is analyzed for compatibility, proper selection, operation, need, energy savings and equipment reliability. Wiring diagrams are emphasized and diagnosis of failed components is also addressed. How the system operates as a whole is critical and students are encouraged to research new and innovative applications for these systems.

    Prerequisite:
    CREF 227, AMATH 100, AENGL 100.
  • CREF 233Commercial/Industrial Refrig Applied Components Lab5 credits

    Students apply the theory and application skills acquired in CREF231 to operating systems in the lab. A proper start-up technique, adjustments, wiring schematics and evaluation of the operation of the systems is emphasized. Students work in teams, and rotate shifts weekly, allowing each student the diversity to work with all team members. Safety is foremost as most of these systems are high voltage multi-phase systems. Students diagnose and solve instructor inserted problems into the systems, make repairs and invoice the instructor.

    Prerequisite:
    Concurrent with CREF 231, AMATH 100, AENGL 100.
  • CREF 236Commercial/Industrial Chilled Water Systems3 credits

    Chilled water systems that are covered in depth include commercial/industrial applications of chilled water-cooling systems. Classroom activities are supplemented by student’s individual and group work on lab projects including centrifugal and screw compressors, application of part winding start and 460 Volt Star Delta starter. Analyzing various systems for cost benefits, installation, service and proper annual maintenance procedures are emphasized.

    Prerequisite:
    CREF 231, CREF 233, AMATH 100, AENGL 100.
  • CREF 237Cooling Towers & Water Treatment1 credits

    This course presents a study of cooling towers and the treatment of the water used.

    Prerequisite:
    CREF 236, AMATH 100, AENGL 100.
  • CREF 238Cascade/Transport Refrigeration Systems5 credits

    Commercial systems that are covered in depth include ultra-low temp freezing systems and transport refrigeration systems. Classroom activities are supplemented by student’s individual and group work on projects.

    Prerequisite:
    CREF 237, AMATH 100, AENGL 100.
  • CREF 239Absorption Refrigeration Systems1 credits

    This course presents a continuation of the course of study of refrigeration systems. Commercial systems that are covered in depth are three types of absorption refrigeration systems.

    Prerequisite:
    CREF 238, AMATH 100, AENGL 100.

    Future Offerings
    12/8-12/12DAILY 8:00a-11:00aVANDEKAMP MOpenings: 11
     DAILY12:00p-3:00p
     DAILY 8:00a-11:00a
     DAILY12:00p-3:00p
  • Quarter 6
  • CREF 241Control Theory for HVAC Automation Systems5 credits

    This course presents basic control theory for energy management and control systems. Systems covered in depth include electric, electronic, distributed digital control, pneumatic, VAV and VVT. Classroom activities are supplemented by concurrent course Cref242 Control Theory Lab.

    Prerequisite:
    CREF 120 series, CREF 130 series, CREF 140 series, CREF 220 series, CREF 230 series, CMST& 210.

    Future Offerings
    1/7-2/13DAILY 8:00a-10:00aMARICLE DOpenings: 22
    4/7-5/13DAILY 8:00a-10:00aMARICLE DOpenings: 24
  • CREF 242Control Theory Lab5 credits

    This course presents the student with opportunities to apply knowledge gained in concurrent course 241 Control Theory. System start-up, proper operation, calibration and electrical safety and codes are emphasized. Students work individually and in teams on projects.

    Prerequisite:
    CREF 120 series, CREF 130 series, CREF 140 series, CREF 220 series, CREF 230 series, CMST& 210.

    Future Offerings
    1/7-2/13DAILY10:00a-11:00aMARICLE DOpenings: 22
     DAILY12:00p-3:00p
    4/7-5/13DAILY10:00a-11:00aMARICLE DOpenings: 24
     DAILY12:00p-3:00p
  • CREF 245Commercial & Industrial Boilers2 credits

    This course presents commercial and industrial boilers and combustion controls, advanced flame safeguards, safety, code compliance and efficiency testing of gas and oil fired systems. Classroom activities are supplemented by the student’s individual and group work on mocked-up and actual operating systems.

    Prerequisite:
    CREF 120 series, CREF 130 series, CREF 140 series, CREF 220 series, CREF 230 series, CMST& 210.

    Future Offerings
    2/17-2/25DAILY 8:00a-11:00aMARICLE DOpenings: 22
     DAILY12:00p-3:00p
    5/14-5/22DAILY 8:00a-11:00aMARICLE DOpenings: 24
     DAILY12:00p-3:00p
  • CREF 246HVAC System Design & Commissioning2 credits

    This course presents an opportunity to review the design and commissioning of various types of building hvac energy management and control systems, and how the LEED certification process is implemented and steps to arrive at LEED certification. Air balancing is introduced and the basic requirements and documentation are explored, as well as requirements to become a certified individual.

    Prerequisite:
    CREF 120 series, CREF 130 series, CREF 140 series, CREF 220 series, CREF 230 series, CMST& 210.

    Future Offerings
    2/26-3/6DAILY 8:00a-11:00aMARICLE DOpenings: 22
     DAILY12:00p-3:00p
    5/26-6/3DAILY 8:00a-11:00aMARICLE DOpenings: 24
     DAILY12:00p-3:00p
  • CREF 247Job, Internship & National Testing Prep5 credits

    This course prepares students with the necessary skills to successfully create a professional resume and cover letter, practice interviewing for employment and research companies to work for. An internship opportunity to gain on the job experience is required as part of this course and often leads to a permanent position. Preparation and review for ARI national testing is also included as part of this course.

    Prerequisite:
    CREF 120 series, CREF 130 series, CREF 140 series, CREF 220 series, CREF 230 series, CMST& 210.

    Future Offerings
    3/9-3/26DAILY 8:00a-9:40aMARICLE DOpenings: 22
     DAILY12:00p-3:00p
    6/4-6/23DAILY 8:00a-11:00aMARICLE DOpenings: 24
     DAILY12:00p-3:00p
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS131 credits

* Minimum requirement. List of other AAS General Education class options

Program Entry Information

Program Start

  • This program admits students twice a year, in the fall and spring quarter.

Testing Requirements

These requirements are for the AAS degree and are lower than those for the AAS-T degree. Please see the AAS-T Entry Page for AAS-T requirements.

  • Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 50 or a C grade in MATH 090 or ABE 050.
  • Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

Program Outcomes

  • Graduates will be able to diagnose, repair and maintain common HVAC/R electrical and mechanical system problems
  • Graduates will be able to communicate effectively with customers, managers and fellow workers
  • Graduates will be able to adhere to environmental laws and regulations as applied to HVAC/R
  • Graduates will be able to demonstrate employability behaviors and work ethics
  • Graduates will be able to embrace the model of life long learning, accessing new information to remain current in industry trends

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Dave Maricle

Area of Instruction


Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration

Degrees and Certifications


Certificate, Certified HVAC/R Electrician

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


360 752-8413
dmaricle@btc.ctc.edu
U Building (U) - Room U7

Background


Profile
Dave Maricle is in his 17th year at Bellingham Technical College. He holds a Washington State vocational instructor certification; is EPA certified un...

    • Dave Maricle is in his 17th year at Bellingham Technical College. He holds a Washington State vocational instructor certification; is EPA certified under section 608; and is an L&I Electrical Journeyman under section 06A. He entered BTC in 1974; received his certificate in 1975; and went to work for Marr's Heating & Air Conditioning as a service technician and heat pump installer. Eighteen months later he moved to a larger company, Barron Heating, and worked primarily on controls and commercial systems. In 1986, he left to help start Bel-Aire Heating and Air Conditioning. He later returned to Barron for two more years before moving to Blythe Plumbing and Heating. When Dave left Blythe, to take the instructor position at Bellingham Technical College, he was vice-president in charge of the HVAC division.


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Marty Vande Kamp

Area of Instruction


Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration

Degrees and Certifications


Certificate, Refrigeration Service Engineers Society Certification in Proper Refrigerant Usage

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


360 752-8454
mvandekamp@btc.ctc.edu
U Building (U) - Room U7