Air Conditioning & Refrigeration

Award: Diploma

Upon completion, the graduate will need to work 2 years in the field and have the ability to take their HVAC Journeyman licensure through the state of Virginia. The journeyman license must be held for one year in order to take the Virginia Master licensure. To own one’s own business, a Master license must be obtained or held by someone within the company.

Program Coordination: The AC & Refrigeration Servicing Certificate provides 40 credits towards the diploma.

Program Information

Minimum Credits: 73

Length: 5 semesters (2 years), including summer, if suggested full-time course sequence is followed

Career opportunities:

  • Heating, Air Conditioning, & Refrigeration Mechanic: $27,789-$45,110 Job growth: 14% through 2024
  • Heating, Air Conditioning, & Refrigeration Installer: $27,789 -$45,110 Job growth: 14%
  • General Maintenance & Repair: $36,630 Job growth: 6%
  • *Median salaries & job growth nationwide as of 2015. BLS.gov

Occupational Objectives: The following occupational titles represent examples of possible

Employment Opportunities:

  • Air Conditioning/Heating Technician
  • Sales Engineer
  • Installation and Service
  • Sales and Design Engineer

Industry Certifications: Students will have the opportunity to sit for the OSHA 10 and EPA certifications.

Air Conditioning

Admission Requirements: Entry into this curriculum may be attained by meeting the general admission requirements established for the College. If you meet the general admission requirements, a counselor will discuss with you the strengths and weaknesses of your academic background and your strengths and weaknesses as revealed by an appropriate placement test. You may correct any deficiencies in academic preparation in the College’s Developmental Studies program. Program Description: The Air Conditioning & Refrigeration program is designed to provide both the practical experience and technical knowledge required for competence as a technician in the air conditioning industry. Laboratory experience, field trips and specialized seminars give you the skill and know-how you need in order to plan, install and service air conditioning equipment. The program contains general education courses to assist you in social and business communications and to prepare you to meet the obligations of a citizen in the American democratic society.

Program Requirements: To receive a Diploma in Air Conditioning & Refrigeration, you must complete a minimum of 96 credits with a grade point average of 2.00 or better. The credits are distributed according to the following outline. This outline represents a typical order of courses taken by full-time day students. Part-time students may take courses in any desired order, except for hyphenated courses or others requiring prerequisites.

Program Outcomes

Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Program Outcomes Upon completion of the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Program, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate mathematical skills to solve problems in electrical, heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems.
  2. Apply troubleshooting skills to diagnose and repair the following: air flow, electrical, heating systems, and Refrigeration Systems.
  3. Apply theory and knowledge learned to design and fabricate projects dealing with HVAC.
  4. Sit for the EPA Certification

Course Sequence

  Lecture Hours Lab Hours Hours in Class Credits
First Semester
AIR117 Metal Layout I 1 6 7 3
AIR134 Circuits I 2 3 5 3
AIR154 Heating Systems I 2 2 4 3
AIR161 Heating, AC& Refrigeration
Calculations I
3 0 3 3
ENG 131 Technical Report Writing I 3 0 3 3
SDV 100 Student Success Skills 1 0 1 1
SAF 130 Industrial Safety: OSHA 10 1 0 1 1
Total 13 11 24 17
Second Semester
AIR118 Metal Layout II 1 4 5 3
AIR121 Refrigeration I 2 2 4 3
AIR135 Circuits II 2 3 5 3
AIR155 Heating Systems II 2 2 4 3
AIR165 A.C. Systems I 2 3 5 3
Total 9 14 24 15
Third Semester
AIR122 Refrigeration II 2 2 4 3
AIR136 Circuits III 2 3 5 3
AIR156 Heating Systems III 2 2 4 3
AIR254 A.C. Systems IV 2 3 5 3
Total 9 10 18 12
Fourth Semester
AIR137 Electronic Survey 1 3 4 2
AIR167 A.C. Systems III 3 3 6 4
AIR231 Circuits IV 3 3 6 4
ITE116 Survey of Computer Software Applns. 2 0 2 2
AIR273 Refrigeration III 2 3 5 3
Total 11 12 23 15
Fifth Semester
ECO 100 Economics 3 0 3 3
AIR276 EPA Certification 1 0 1 1
AIR232 Circuits V 2 3 5 3
AIR255 A.C. Systems V 2 3 5 3
AIR295 Green Technology 1 1 2 1
HUM 165 Controversial Issues 3 0 3 3
Total 12 8 20 14

Note: SDV 100 - College Success Skills is required for graduation and should be taken during the first semester the student is enrolled in the curriculum.