Refrigeration Heating AC
Associate Degree Program
If you would like a career as a professional in the heating, ventilation, air condition, and refrigeration (HVAC) field, this associate degree will provide you with the expert knowledge and skills you need to succeed. The HVAC program offers a combination of classroom studies and a wealth of hands on experience in state-of-the-art laboratories to prepare you for professional career opportunities. You will also acquire the knowledge to successfully pass industry competency exams and the ability to analyze energy systems.
This program is offered at the Georgetown Campus.
What You Can Do
In this program, you will gain the knowledge and skills to prepare you for positions such as:
- Heating and air conditioning systems designer/installer
- Residential heating and air conditioning systems service and maintenance contractor
- Commercial refrigeration systems technician
- Heat pump technician
- Manage HVAC and other energy systems
What You Will Earn
Competitive starting salaries range from $26,000 - $36,000 ($13-18/hour).
What You Will Learn
Program Graduate Competencies
The Program Graduate Competencies listed below identify the major learning goals related to your specific program of study and identify the knowledge and skills you will have when you graduate to be successful in your chosen field.
- Demonstrate professional behaviors that satisfy workplace expectations and include adherence to safety and environmental concerns related to the field.
- Service commercial refrigeration and residential heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVACR) systems, and interpret related electrical wiring diagrams and schematics.
- Apply theories of electricity and high and low voltage controls to the HVACR field.
- Explain scientific principles as they relate to HVACR system operations.
- Safely use tools, instruments, and equipment related to the HVACR industry.
- Explain the principles of operation, service, and repair of residential HVACR and commercial refrigeration systems.
- Identify best practices for proper installation of HVACR equipment and systems.
Core Curriculum Competencies
The Core Curriculum Competencies listed below identify what you, as a graduate, will be able to do upon completion of your degree, regardless of your major. You will acquire these core competencies through your general education courses (i.e. English, math, etc.) and your program of study courses.
- Communicate clearly and effectively both orally and in writing.
- Demonstrate effective problem solving and reasoning skills.
- Work effectively in groups of people from diverse backgrounds.
- Demonstrate ethical and professional understanding and conduct.
- Apply appropriate information literacy skills to locate, evaluate, and use information effectively.
- Use computers or related technology for practical and/or professional applications.
- Apply scientific inquiry and mathematical reasoning to practical problems.
The HVACR program of this institution has been evaluated by the Partnership for Air Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration Accreditation (PAHRA) and meets the standards for HVACR training the following areas:
- Residential A/C and Heating
- Light Commercial A/C and Heating
- Commercial Refrigeration