Construction Technologies, Certificate of Achievement

Air Conditioning Critical Systems

The Certificate of Achievement, Construction Technologies, Air Conditioning Critical Systems prepares students to install, maintain, service, troubleshoot, and repair critical systems such as in data process centers and hospitals.
The program enables
students to learn how to maintain, troubleshoot, and repair HVAC equipment for equipment cooling and other related machinery. Instruction includes classroom, laboratory,
and hands-on work in the laboratory or in the field. Along with core classes, academic skills emphasizing related math, science, and human relations components are stressed
to help students prepare to meet challenges commonly found in the workplace.

Certificate Outcomes

Students completing the certificate will:

Incorporate workforce safety principals while performing basic tasks of a Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration (HVAC/R) technician.

Interpret electrical/mechanical schematics on HVAC/R equipment to diagnose mechanical or electrical problems in a residential or light commercial environment.

Diagnose and repair electrical or mechanical problems on commercial air conditioning equipment; critical systems; chillers.

Gainful Employment

While all of the educational programs at Truckee Meadows Community College are designed to lead to either employment or transfer, the Department of Education requires that we provide information on specific certificate programs. Specific information on the cost of this program is available here.  We hope this information is helpful to you as you make your career and educational choices.

Certificates of Achievement are a set of courses that can serve as a stepping stone to an associate degree or allow students to enter the workforce.  Certificates of Achievement have a general education component.

To earn a Certificate of Achievement, students must:

  1. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 (see requirements for graduation.)
  2. Complete a minimum of 15 semester credit hours within the college.
  3. Satisfy General Education requirements for the AAS.
  4. Have no financial or library obligation to the college.
General Education Requirements
Workplace Communications
Human Relations 3
Workplace Readiness
Mathematics 3
Certificate Requirements
AC 102Refrigeration Theory3
AC 107Electrical and Controls for HVAC6
AC 150Basic Refrigeration Servicing6
AC 201HVAC Automatic Controls3
AC 205Commercial HVAC 23
AC 206Commercial HVAC Systems 33
AC 220Chiller Operations and Maintenance5
IS 101Introduction to Information Systems3
OSH 222General Industry Safety1
Total Units42
Plan of Study Grid
1st semesterUnits
AC 102 Refrigeration Theory 3
AC 107 Electrical and Controls for HVAC 6
Mathematics 1 3
OSH 222 General Industry Safety 1
 Semester Total13
2nd semester
AC 150 Basic Refrigeration Servicing 6
AC 201 HVAC Automatic Controls 3
AC 205 Commercial HVAC 2 3
AC 206 Commercial HVAC Systems 3 3
 Semester Total15
3rd semester
AC 220 Chiller Operations and Maintenance 5
IS 101 Introduction to Information Systems 3
CE 201 Workplace Readiness 3
BUS 111 Workplace Communications 3
 Semester Total14
 Total Units42

See approved General Education list for the AAS Degree.


 See program recommendations or requirements.