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Air Conditioning (SOC CODE: 49-9021.01)

Job Description Overview

Install, service, or repair heating and air conditioning systems in residential or commercial establishments.

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Sample Job Duties

  • Test pipe and tubing joints for proper connections and leaks
  • Test electrical circuits or components, using electrical test equipment.
  • Repair or replace defective equipment, components, or wiring.
  • Discuss heating or cooling system malfunctions with users to isolate problems or to verify that repairs corrected malfunctions.
  • Repair or service heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems to improve efficiency, such as by changing filters, cleaning ducts, or refilling non-toxic refrigerants.
  • Install, connect, or adjust thermostats, humidistats, or timers.
  • Connect heating or air conditioning equipment to fuel, water, or refrigerant source to form complete circuit.
  • Comply with all applicable codes and standards, policies, or procedures, such as safety procedures or the maintenance of a clean work area.
  • Study blueprints, design specifications, or manufacturers' recommendations to ascertain the configuration of heating or cooling equipment components and to ensure the proper installation of components.
  • Install auxiliary components to heating or cooling equipment, such as expansion or discharge valves, air ducts, pipes, blowers, dampers, flues, or stokers.

    What Classes Do I Need to Take?

    • Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Certificate

      Technology and Health Division
      Certificate T0909

      This program is designed to prepare the student for employment in the broad field of air conditioning, heating, and refrigeration. It leads to occupations in design, manufacturing, operation, sales, distribution, installation, maintenance, and repair. Students desiring a Bachelor’s Degree (transfer program) should consult with an advisor to discuss transferability of courses.

      Required Courses

      AIRC 10Technical Mathematics in Air Conditioning and Refrigeration2
      AIRC 11Welding for Air Conditioning and Refrigeration2
      AIRC 12Air Conditioning Codes and Standards3
      AIRC 20Refrigeration Fundamentals4
      AIRC 25Electrical Fundamentals for Air Conditioning and Refrigeration5
      AIRC 26Gas Heating Fundamentals2
      AIRC 30Heat Load Calculations and Design4
      AIRC 31Commercial Electrical for Air Conditioning and Refrigeration4
      AIRC 32AAir Properties and Measurement1.5
      AIRC 34Advanced Mechanical Refrigeration4
      Total Units31.5

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      Guided Pathway of Study

    • Air Conditioning & Refrigeration: AS Degree

      Technology and Health Division
      Degree S0909

      The Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (AIRC) Degree Program prepares students for entry level employment or for advancement of existing skills/knowledge without requiring any prior knowledge or experience. In addition to exposing students to core topics such as mechanical and electrical fundamentals, the Program includes coursework in heat loads, advanced electrical and mechanical, welding, math, codes and standards, and air properties. Hands-on labs throughout the program expose students to a cross-section of systems and equipment used in the industry.

      The Program is designed to prepare the student for employment in the broad field of air conditioning, heating, and refrigeration and leads to occupations in design, manufacturing, operation, sales, distribution, installation, maintenance, repairs and controls. There are no prerequisites and/or enrollment limitations.

      This degree requires the completion of General Education coursework plus the following:

      Required Courses

      AIRC 10Technical Mathematics in Air Conditioning and Refrigeration2
      AIRC 11Welding for Air Conditioning and Refrigeration2
      AIRC 12Air Conditioning Codes and Standards3
      AIRC 20Refrigeration Fundamentals4
      AIRC 25Electrical Fundamentals for Air Conditioning and Refrigeration5
      AIRC 26Gas Heating Fundamentals2
      AIRC 30Heat Load Calculations and Design4
      AIRC 31Commercial Electrical for Air Conditioning and Refrigeration4
      AIRC 32AAir Properties and Measurement1.5
      AIRC 34Advanced Mechanical Refrigeration4
      Total Units31.5

      Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Website 

      Guided Pathway of Study

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