Air Conditioning Technology, AAS

This is a draft edition of the 2024-2025 catalog. Information is subject to change.

Program Description

The Associate of Applied Science, Air Conditioning Technology prepares students to install, maintain, service, troubleshoot, and repair commercial HVAC systems, such as in industrial facilities, casino's, 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.

Air Conditioning Career Map

Recommended Course Schedule

Plan of Study Grid
1st semesterUnits
AC 102 Refrigeration Theory 3
AC 107 Electrical and Controls for HVAC 6
MATH 108 Math for Technicians (Recommended) 3
OSH 222 General Industry Safety 1
ENG 107 Technical Communications I (Recommended) 3
 Semester Total16
2nd semester
AC 113 Schematic Reading for HVAC/R 3
AC 150 Basic Refrigeration Servicing 6
AC 201 HVAC Automatic Controls (Commercial Track) 3
Residential/Lite Commercial Track Elective 3
BUS 106 Business English 3
 Semester Total15
3rd semester
AC 108 Motors for HVACR 3
CE 201 Workplace Readiness 3
Science 1 3
U.S. and Nevada Constitutions 3
AC 205 Commercial HVAC 2 (Commercial Track) 3
Residential/Lite Commercial Track Elective 3
 Semester Total15
4th semester
** Commercial Track
AAD 201 History of the Built Environment 3
AC 206 Commercial HVAC Systems 3 3
AC 295 Internship HVAC Career 5
IS 101 Introduction to Information Systems 3
** Residential/Lite Commercial Track
AAD 201 History of the Built Environment 3
AC 106
Residential Gas Heating
or Commercial Refrigeration I
Electives 5
 Semester Total14
 Total Units60

See approved General Education list for the AAS Degree. 

Program Requirements

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
Technical Communications I
Highly Recommended
Fine Art/Humanities/Social Science3
Highly Recommended
History of the Built Environment
Human Relations
Highly Recommended
CE 201Workplace Readiness3
Math for Technicians
Science 13
Additional College Requirements
Highly Recommended
AAD 201History of the Built Environment[3]
U.S. and Nevada Constitutions3
Degree Requirements
AC 102Refrigeration Theory3
AC 107Electrical and Controls for HVAC6
AC 108Motors for HVACR3
AC 113Schematic Reading for HVAC/R3
AC 150Basic Refrigeration Servicing6
OSH 222General Industry Safety1
Choose one of the following Tracks:
Commercial Track17
AC 201HVAC Automatic Controls3
AC 205Commercial HVAC 23
AC 206Commercial HVAC Systems 33
AC 295Internship HVAC Career5
IS 101Introduction to Information Systems3
Residential/ Lite Commercial Track17
AC 106Residential Gas Heating6
or AC 200 Commercial Refrigeration I
AC 111Heat Pumps3
Select 8 units from any additional AC courses.8
Total Units60

See approved General Education list for the AAS Degree.

Program Outcomes

PSLO1: Incorporate workforce safety principles while performing basic tasks of a Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration (HVAC/R) technician.

PSLO2: Interpret electrical/mechanical schematics on HVAC/R equipment to diagnose mechanical or electrical problems in a residential or light commercial environment.

PSLO3: Appraise EPA rules, regulations, and refrigerant handling techniques in the performance of HVAC/R duties.

PSLO4: Diagnose and repair electrical or mechanical problems on commercial air conditioning equipment.