This program prepares graduates for employment as a service technician in air conditioning and refrigeration. Topics include basic electricity, circuits and controls (electric and electronic), combustion devices (oil burners and gas burners), refrigeration and air conditioning (residential and commercial).
Career Requirements: Upon completion, the graduate will need to work 4 years in the field and have the ability to take their HVAC Journeyman licensure through the state of Virginia. Once the journeyman license is obtained, the individual must hold this license for one year and then has the ability to take the Master licensure through the state of Virginia. To own your own business, a Master license must be obtained or held by someone within the company.
Program Coordination: 40 of the 42 credits in the certificate (except for MKT 170) count towards the AC & Refrigeration Diploma.
Industry Certifications: Students will have the opportunity to sit for the OSHA 10 and EPA certifications.
Graduates will be able to:
- Demonstrate mathematical skills to solve problems in electrical, refrigeration, and air conditioning systems, gas heating systems, and oil heating systems.
- Apply troubleshooting skills to diagnose and repair refrigeration, heating, & electrical systems.
- Apply knowledge to install heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems.
- Sit for the EPA Certification.
Minimum credits: 42
Length: 3 semesters
- Helper-Installation, Maintenance, Repair: $18,325-$25,650
Job growth: 14% from 2014-2024
- General Maintenance & Repair: $36,630
Job growth: 6%
- Parts Sales: $22,040
Job growth: 7%
- *Median salaries nationwide as of 2015. Source: BLS.gov
Division: Workforce Services
|First Semester||Lecture Hours||Lab Hours||Hours in Class||Credits|
|AIR 134 AC & Refrigeration Controls||3||2||5||3|
|AIR 121 Refrigeration I||2||2||4||3|
|AIR 161 Heating, AC & Refrigeration Calculations I (or approved sub)||3||0||3||3|
|AIR 154 Heating Systems I||2||2||4||3|
|SAF 130 Industrial Safety: OSHA 10||1||0||1||1|
|SDV 100 College Success Skills||1||0||1||1|
|Second Semester||Lecture Hours||Lab Hours||Hours in Class||Credits|
|AIR 135 Circuits II||2||3||5||3|
|AIR 122 Refrigeration II||2||2||4||3|
|AIR 155 Heating Systems II||2||2||4||3|
|AIR 276 EPA Certification||1||0||1||1|
|ENG 131 Technical Report Writing (or approved substitute)||3||0||3||3|
|HUM 165 Controversial Issues||3||0||3||3|
|Third Semester (Summer)||Lecture Hours||Lab Hours||Hours in Class||Credits|
|AIR 273 Refrigeration III||2||3||5||3|
|AIR 156 Heating Systems III||2||2||4||3|
|AIR 136 Circuits III||2||3||5||3|
|MKT 170 Customer Relations||1||0||1||1|
|ITE 116 Survey of Computer Software Applications||2||0||2||2|
Total Minimum Credits for a Diploma in Graphic Imaging Technology: 42