AAS, Construction Technologies

Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning/Refrigeration (HVAC/R)

The Associate of Applied Science, 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.


Students completing the degree 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.
  • Demonstrate 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 13
History of the Built Environment
Fine Arts/Humanities/Social Science 1[3]
Human Relations 3
Workplace Readiness
Requirement is satisfied through embedded curriculum in the following courses:
AC 107, AC 150, AC 121, AC 106 (or AC 200)
U.S. and Nevada Constitutions3
Degree Requirements
AC 102Refrigeration Theory3
AC 107Electrical and Controls for HVAC6
AC 111Heat Pumps3
AC 113Schematic Reading for HVAC/R3
AC 121Sheet Metal I3
AC 150Basic Refrigeration Servicing6
AC 106Residential Gas Heating6
or AC 200 Commercial Refrigeration I
OSH 222General Industry Safety1
Select 11 units from the following:11
Cooling Tower Systems- Operation and Maintenance
Boiler Operation and Maintenance
Internship HVAC Career (1-6 units)
Any other AC courses not listed
Total Units60
Plan of Study Grid
1st semesterUnits
AC 102 Refrigeration Theory 3
AC 107 Electrical and Controls for HVAC 6
AC 111 Heat Pumps 3
OSH 222 General Industry Safety 1
 Semester Total13
2nd semester
AC 113 Schematic Reading for HVAC/R 3
AC 121 Sheet Metal I 3
Communications 2 3
Elective 3 6
Science 2 3
 Semester Total18
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
AC 106
Residential Gas Heating
or Commercial Refrigeration I
Diversity/Social Science 3
CE 201 Workplace Readiness 3
Elective 3 2
 Semester Total14
 Total Units60