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This program provides a focused, concentrated study of the latest available technology in the design, calculation, and practical applications of Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) and Direct Digital Control (DDC) systems. Classes focus on various HVAC systems and components, their advantages and disadvantages, and their relative energy consumption. The coursework also emphasizes the merit of energy analysis and methods of savings through innovation in HVAC design for today’s smart, green buildings.
Each course starts with the fundamentals followed by practical application, real life examples, and the most common design solutions. The curriculum emphasizes on the latest critical do’s and don’ts and accepted rules‐of-thumb checks in the field of HVAC and DDC systems.

Program Benefits:
  • The program is designed to provide an outstanding means of professional advancement for those who are directly or indirectly involved with HVAC systems, facility engineering and building automation challenges.
  • Students who complete this certificate will understand the fundamentals of HVAC and DDC system design and can apply such principals in real-world scenarios.
  • Students will understand Net-Zero Energy and Smart Building Automation after completing this curriculum
Program Highlights:
Instructor Highlights:

Frank Shadpour is a Registered Mechanical Professional Engineer with over 30 years of extensive experience in energy efficiency and sustainable mechanical design.  He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Southern California (USC) and has a Master’s degree from the University of Redlands, California.  Mr. Shadpour is also an ACG Certified Commissioning Authority; an USGBC LEED Accredited Professional; an ASPE Certified Plumbing Designer; a CSI Certified Construction Specifier; and an ASHRAE Healthcare Facility Design Professional.
An active member in both the professional and academic communities, Mr. Shadpour is an ASHRAE Fellow and a past President of the ASHRAE San Diego Chapter. He currently serves as the Program Chair of ASHRAE Technical Committee, TC1.4, “Control Theory and Application”. He has also served as an Instructor of “HVAC Design & Control” courses at the University of California, San Diego since 1987.
Beginning his career as a HVAC technician at an early age, Mr. Shadpour has a great deal of experience in the start-up, troubleshooting, and servicing of HVAC and control systems. He currently serves as the President of SC Engineers, a leading engineering and planning firm in Southern California, providing environmentally responsive and technologically advanced solutions for a variety of facility types. To learn more, please visit the firm website at

Who Will Benefit:
  • Those seeking professional advancement as an HVAC designer or engineering, recent engineering graduates, facility engineers, or anyone involved with HVAC systems. This program is highly recommended for those taking the Mechanical Professional Engineering exam.
At a Glance:
  • Number of Courses: Five required courses
  • Total Units: 12
  • Estimated Cost: $3,370.00 (excludes textbooks)
  • Time to Complete: Students typically complete the program in 18 months
  • Delivery: Three courses are taught in-class (only), Two courses are taught online (only)
  • Sequence: Courses may be taken in any sequence

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There will be a $95 fee upon acceptance into the program

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