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Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration Technology

Associate in Applied Science

This program is designed to provide the knowledge and skills necessary for career opportunities in the expanding ACHR industry. Technicians are responsible for the design, installation, service and sales of refrigeration, climate control equipment and systems for both the residential and light commercial market. The ACHR curriculum combines classroom theory and physical principles with laboratory experience using real-world equipment, in installation, service, testing and troubleshooting skills. In addition, students are kept abreast of industry trends such as automatic system controls, high efficiency equipment, environmentally safe refrigerants and the use of both computers and mobile applications.

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Program Information

Must have EPA 608 refrigerant handling certification - ACHR 147 meets this requirement

ACHR Brochure

Degree Information

  • Credit Hours: 74 / 75
  • Contact Hours: 90 / 91

Recommended Math Pathway: TECH

Writing Requirements: ENGL-101

Degree Pathway

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours Contact Hours
Year One
ACHR-140Basic Mechanical Refrigeration 44
ACHR-141Air conditioning and Refrigeration controls I 68
ACHR-147Refrigerant handling 22
ENGL-101English Composition I 33
Total 1517
ACHR-142Heating Systems I 68
ACHR-143Sealed System installation 68
MATH-120*Intermediate Algebra 44
Total 1620
Spring / Summer
ACHR-144**Air Conditioning Fundamentals 34
ACHR-145**Duct System Fabrication 34
Applied psychology
General Psychology
Choose one of the following:
COMM-131***Fundamentals of public speaking 33
PHIL-295***Ethics 33
PHIL-190***Introduction to logic 33
Total 1214
Year Two
ACHR-242Heating Systems 2 68
ACHR-243Sealed System service 68
Choose one of the following:
SOCY-294Race and ethnic relations 33
ECON-125Personal money management 44
HIST-154U.S. History to 1877 33
HIST-155U.S. History 1877 to Present 33
Total 15 / 1619 / 20
ACHR-241Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Controls II 68
ACHR-260HVAC Systems Design I 33
Total 915
Spring / Summer
ACHR-261HVAC Systems Design II 33
Total 33
* Or test out by placing into MATH 120 or higher on the MCC placement test.
** Spring
*** Summer
Furnace Repair
Furnace Repair
Working on panel
Working on panel
Working in HVAC lab
Working in HVAC lab
October 17, 2016
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