Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (AS Degree S0909)

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 

The Air Conditioning and Refrigeration program is accredited by the Partnership for Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration Accreditation (PAHRA). 


Partnership for Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration Accreditation (PAHRA)
2111 Wilson Blvd., Suite 500
Arlington, VA 22201-3001
(703) 524-8800
Warren Lupson (AHRI)
Wanda Wilkinson (AHRI)

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, a student will be able to:

  • Properly handle refrigerants based on Section 608 of the clean air act.
  • Evaluate, troubleshoot, and modify the electrical, mechanical and air side operation of an air conditioning or refrigeration system.
  • Perform a residential heat load calculation, select the equipment, and size the ductwork based on ACCA's Manual J8 and Manual D.
  • Select equipment and components for commercial refrigeration systems.

    Review Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) for this program.
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