Associate of Applied Science - Construction Technologies - Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning/Refrigeration (HVAC/R) Emphasis

The AAS degree in heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration trains technicians to design and maintain complex heating, cooling and refrigeration systems in structures of all sizes and functions, from homes to casino resort hotels. The HVAC/R program combines classroom instruction with hands-on practice and provides industry upgrade training on an on-going basis.

Degree Outcomes

Students completing the degree will:

  • Fulfill the requirements of the Associate of Applied Science.
  • Demonstrate competency in their specified emphasis.

Emphasis Outcomes

Students completing the emphasis will:

  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of HVAC/R principles and applications and the skills to work safely and efficiently in the HVAC industry.
  • Design residential and commercial HVAC/R systems.
  • Gain knowledge and practical skills to troubleshoot and repair residential and commercial HVAC/R systems.

AAS degrees are generally non-transfer degrees that are designed for students to enter the workforce.

To earn an AAS degree, students must:

  1. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 (see requirements for graduation.)
  2. Complete a minimum of 15 units within the college.
  3. Satisfy General Education requirements for the AAS.
  4. Have no financial or library obligation to the college.
General Education Requirements
Diversity 1[3]
Fine Arts/Humanities/Social Science3
Human Relations3
Workplace Readiness
Math for Technicians
U.S. and Nevada Constitutions3
Degree Requirements
CONS 111Commercial Building Codes3
CONS 120Print Reading and Specification3
OSH 222General Industry Safety1
AC 102Refrigeration Theory3
AC 107Electrical and Controls for HVAC6
AC 1213
AC 150Basic Refrigeration Servicing6
ENRG 130Introduction to Solar Energy3
AC 106Residential Gas Heating6
or AC 200 Commercial Refrigeration I
Select 6 units from the following:6
Heat Pumps
Sheet Metal II
Boiler Operation and Maintenance
Internship HVAC Career
Principles of Construction Estimating
Solar Thermal Technologies
Any other AC courses not listed
Total Units61

May also count toward additional college requirements. Please consult with Academic Advisement.


 The student must complete all topics for Modular Courses (M) in order to meet degree or certificate requirements.

Plan of Study Grid
1st semesterUnits
AC 102 Refrigeration Theory 3
AC 107 Electrical and Controls for HVAC 6
CONS 120 Print Reading and Specification 3
Mathematics 3 3
OSH 222 General Industry Safety 1
 Semester Total16
2nd semester
AC 121 3
Communications 2 3
CONS 111 Commercial Building Codes 3
ENRG 130 Introduction to Solar Energy 3
Science 2 3
 Semester Total15
3rd semester
AC 150 Basic Refrigeration Servicing 6
Elective 3 3
English 2 3
U.S. and Nevada Constitutions 2 3
 Semester Total15
4th semester
AAD 201 History of the Built Environment (Social Science/Diversity) 3
AC 106
Residential Gas Heating
or Commercial Refrigeration I
Elective 3 3
Human Relations 3 3
 Semester Total15
 Total Units61

See approved General Education list for the AAS Degree.


See program recommendations or requirements.