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Contact: Lanny RichardsonTitle: Department Co-ChairContact: lrichardson@mtsac.edu
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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

Industry StatisticsJob Titles & Salaries
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    • Heating and Air Conditioning Mechanics and Installers

      Heating and Air Conditioning Mechanics and Installers

      SOC Career Code: 49-9021.01

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

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $46.42

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $54,188.01
      Annual Job Openings
      4,767

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers

      Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers

      SOC Career Code: 49-9021.02

      Install and repair industrial and commercial refrigerating systems.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $46.42

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $54,188.01
      Annual Job Openings
      4,767

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
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  • Air Conditioning and Refrigeration, AS

    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

    Course Prefix Course Name Units
    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 34Commercial Systems4
    Total Units31.5

    Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Website 

    Guided Pathways of Study Suggested Course Sequence 

  • Air Conditioning and Refrigeration

    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

    Course Prefix Course Name Units
    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 34Commercial Systems4
    Total Units31.5

    Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Website 

    Guided Pathways of Study Suggested Course Sequence 

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Contact: Lanny RichardsonTitle: Department Co-ChairContact: lrichardson@mtsac.edu

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