Air Conditioning and
Refrigeration Technology Program
The Mt. SAC Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology program prepares students for a high paying career in air conditioning, heating and refrigeration through a two-year associate of science degree or a certificate that leads to occupations in design, manufacturing, operations, sales, distribution, installation, maintenance and repair.
Students gain valuable classroom knowledge and hands-on experience in troubleshooting refrigerant handling, welding, mechanical and electrical operation, as well as building automation. Classes are offered days and evenings and are structured to give students the opportunity to seek industry employment in as little as one academic year. For students requiring additional experience, a work-study component is also offered. Here are even more reasons to choose our program:
- It's industry certified. Our Air Conditioning program is the only program in California to be accredited with the Partnership for Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration Accreditation (PAHRA) certification as well as Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Excellence. For accreditation, both of these organizations require a complete examination to insure a program meets its stringent industry standards of curriculum, facilities, staff and opportunities available to the student.
- You'll work with the latest equipment and technology. We have a 5,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art mechanical lab equipped with most relevant
and expensive refrigeration and air conditioning equipment and technology. Most of
our courses are a combination of 50 percent lecture and 50 percent hands-on demonstrations
and lab exercises.
- It's affordable. Our program cost for a certificate is approximately $1,725 (for California resident students, not including books and material fees) for a career where you can make on average $32,000-$80,000 (and upward) annually, depending on your career path and industry experience.
- You'll connect with industry professionals. At the end of each academic year, students are given an opportunity to demonstrate to industry professionals what they've learned in the lab facilities. Many students are then interviewed and chosen for industry internship opportunities.
Our mission statement: To provide quality education and training to a diverse student population, ranging from entry level students to incumbent workers, so they obtain the necessary skills to be prepared in the sustainable industries of Air Conditioning, Refrigeration, and Building Automation Systems.