The Air Conditioning and HVAC program provides the student with the essential skills required to enter this fast-growing field which includes both heating and cooling. The student attains the technical knowledge associated with each type of refrigeration system, their uses, and their controlling devices. This program includes troubleshooting, maintenance, motors, as well as study of related electrical controlling devices and safety related to the use of refrigerants.

Graduates of the air conditioning and HVAC programs and certificates will gain knowledge of and experience in a wide range of electrical skills and gain industry-specific experience with:

  • refrigerants
  • HVAC electrical controls
  • the installation and servicing of air supply systems
  • the operation of a natural gas furnace
  • heat pump system.
  • estimating heating/cooling loads.
  • light commercial refrigeration systems.
  • electricity, control circuits, and programmable logic controllers (PLC) architecture and programming.
  • the selection, installation, operation and maintenance of generators, including how to isolate and repair minor generator problems.

 

Programs

AAS in Air Conditioning and Refrigeration

Recommended Program Map / Program Requirements

The recommended plan below meets the requirements to complete this program.  For official requirements, visit the AWC Catalog. If the recommended classes listed below don’t fit your schedule or interests, you can take alternate classes. 

To get started on your personalized Academic Plan, visit the Academic Planning page or schedule an appointment to meet with an advisor.

First Semester: Fall

Course Course Title Credits Area
TEC 100 Core Curriculum Introductory Craft Skills 5 Major Requirement
ACR 101 Air Conditioning and Refrigeration 1 3 Major Requirement
ACR 103 Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Motors, Circuits/Controls 3 Major Requirement

ENG 100

or

ENG 101 or ENG 107

Introduction to Composition

or

Freshman Composition 1/GE

GE- Composition
CIS 120 Introduction to Computer Information Systems/GE (recommended)                  3 GE- Additional Courses
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology/GE (recommended) GE- Social and Behavioral Science
    20  

Second Semester: Spring

Course Course Title Credits Area
ACR 102 Air Conditioning and Refrigeration 2 3 Major Requirement
ACR 112 Control Systems 3 Major Requirement
ACR 113 Heating Technology 3 Major Requirement
ENG 101 or ENG 107 Freshman Composition 1/GE 3 GE- Composition
or      
ENG 102 Freshman Composition 2/GE    
MAT 105 Mathematics for Applied Sciences or higher level approved math 3 GE- Mathematics
    15  

Third Semester: Fall

Course Course Title Credits Area
ACR 201 Air Conditioning and Refrigeration 3 3 Major Requirement
ACR 202 Air Conditioning and Refrigeration 4 3 Major Requirement
ECT 105 Basic Electricity 3 Departmental Requirement
ENT 100 Introduction to Entrepreneurship 3 Departmental Requirement
ENG 110 Technical Writing (recommended) 3 Departmental Requirement
ENV 101 Environmental Science/GE (recommended) 4 GE- Physical and Biological Sciences
    19  

Fourth Semester: Spring

Course Course Title Credits Area
ACR 212 Heat Load Calculations and Duct Design 3 Major Requirement
ACR 213 Light Commercial Systems 3 Departmental Requirement
WLD 104, 105, 106, or 109 Techniques in Flux Core Arc Welding, Oxyacetylene Welding and Cutting, Shielded Metal Arc Welding, or Gas Metal Arc Welding 3 Departmental Requirement
TEC 165 Employee and Occupational Safety 3 Departmental Requirement
PHI 105 Ethics/GE (recommended) 3 GE- Humanities
    15  

Air Conditioning and Refrigeration 

Recommended Program Map / Program Requirements

The recommended plan below meets the requirements to complete this program.  For official requirements, visit the AWC Catalog. If the recommended classes listed below don’t fit your schedule or interests, you can take alternate classes. 

To get started on your personalized Academic Plan, visit the Academic Planning page or schedule an appointment to meet with an advisor.

First Semester: Fall

Course Course Title Credits Area
TEC 100 Core Curriculum Introductory Craft Skills 5 Major Requirement
ACR 101 Air Conditioning and Refrigeration 1 3 Major Requirement
ACR 103

Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Motors, Circuits/Controls

3 Major Requirement
    11  

Second Semester: Spring

Course Course Title Credits Area
ACR 102 Air Conditioning and Refrigeration 2 3 Major Requirement
ACR 112 Control Systems 3 Major Requirement
ACR 113 Heating Technology 3 Major Requirement
    9  

Third Semester: Fall

Course Course Title Credits Area
ACR 201 Air Conditioning and Refrigeration 3 3 Major Requirement
ACR 202 Air Conditioning and Refrigeration 4 3 Major Requirement
    6  

Fourth Semester: Spring

Course Course Title Credits Area
ACR 212 Heat and Load Calculations and Duct Design 3 Major Requirement
ACR 213 Light Commercial Systems 3 Major Requirement
TEC 165 Employee and Occupational Safety 3 Major Requirement
WLD 104, 105, 106, or 109 Techniques in Flux Core Arc Welding, Oxyacetylene Welding and Cutting, Shielded Metal Arc Welding, or Gas Metal Arc Welding 3 Departmental Requirement
    12  

 

Basic Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Service Technician

Recommended Program Map / Program Requirements

The recommended plan below meets the requirements to complete this program.  For official requirements, visit the AWC Catalog. If the recommended classes listed below don’t fit your schedule or interests, you can take alternate classes. 

To get started on your personalized Academic Plan, visit the Academic Planning page or schedule an appointment to meet with an advisor.

First Semester: Spring

Course Course Title Credits Area
TEC 100 Core Curriculum Introductory Craft Skills 5 Major Requirement
ACR 101 Air Conditioning and Refrigeration 1 3 Major Requirement
ACR 103 Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Motors, Circuits/Controls 3 Major Requirement
    11  

Second Semester: Fall

Course Course Title Credits Area
ACR 102 Programmable Logic Controllers 3 Major Requirement
ACR 112 Control Systems 3 Major Requirement
ACR 113 Heating Technology 3 Major Requirement
    9  

Explore the Program and Lab

In the HVAC program, you will learn how to install, design, troubleshoot and service different types of HVAC systems and machines, and gain advanced skills in refrigerant handling from industry-experienced instructors. The course includes as many lab hours as lecture hours which will give you the hands-on experience employers are looking for.

The use of current equipment in the labs, allow real world problems to be created for trouble shooting and learning.

Career Overview & Job Outlook

Successful completion of one or more of the programs and or certificates may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations and annual median wages*.

Heating, Air Conditioning, or Refrigeration Mechanic / Installers
A heating, air conditioning, or refrigeration mechanic/installer works with various climate control and ventilation systems in residential, commercial, or industrial settings. Frequently this job is known as an HVAC (for Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) technician.
$35,712
Warehouse Associate
A warehouse associate performs a variety of jobs in a company’s warehouse that require manual labor. Some tasks can include handling and boxing products, labeling them correctly, and doing basic packing work. They may also do picking, or finding a good or goods that correspond with a customer’s order and preparing it for shipping
$26,822
Air Conditioning (AC) Technician
An air conditioning (AC) technician is a person typically employed by a company that specializes in heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) processes. This technician works to install, maintain, and repair air conditioning equipment in commercial and residential buildings. This can involve machine work on air conditioning units themselves, as well as structural work to place ducts and vents.
$35,116

Contact Information

Lee Altman
Professor of Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning
(928) 344-7749

Kenia Lopez
Senior Secretary, Construction and Technology Programs
(928) 344-7752

Pasquale Lamaestra
Director of Construction and Technology Programs
(928) 317-6005

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