Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Program

Division of Technical Studies

Program Mission

The mission of the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Program is to provide specialized classroom instruction and practical shop experience to prepare individuals for employment as entry-level air conditioning and refrigeration technician.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Program will be able to:

  • Evaluate system performance using pressure and temperature measurements.
  • Interpret technical drawings to determine system configuration and sequence of operation.
  • Produce system performance analysis and present results.
  • Detect faults in an operational system and present solutions.
  • Facilitate service requests effectively and efficiently through a commitment to high standards of professionalism.

Student achievement related to Program Learning Outcomes is assessed systematically and results are made available on the Program Review webpage

Campus/Sites Offered

  • Hammond Area Campus (Hammond)
  • Lacombe Campus (Lacombe)
  • Sullivan Campus (Bogalusa)

Programmatic Accreditation

  • HVAC Excellence (Hammond Area Campus, Sullivan Campus)

Technical Diploma in Air Conditioning and Refrigeration

The following criteria must be satisfied towards completion of the Technical Diploma in Air Conditioning and Refrigeration

Required Courses (listed below)24
Certificate of Technical Studies Concentration (choose one of three below)22
CTS - Commercial A/C
CTS - Residential
CTS - Commercial Refrigeration
Total Hours46

Course options for completing the Program Core and Certificate of Technical Studies concentrations are listed below.

Required Courses:

Towards completion of the Technical Diploma, the required courses listed below must be completed, along with one of the Certificate of Technical Studies options identified below.

HACR 1150HVAC Introduction3
HACR 1160Principles of Refrigeration I3
HACR 1170Principles of Refrigeration II3
HACR 1180Principle of Refrigeration III3
HACR 1210Electrical Fundamentals3
HACR 1220Electrical Components3
HACR 1230Electric Motors3
HACR 1240Applied Elec & Troubleshooting3
Total Hours24

Certificate of Technical Studies:

Choose one of three Certificate of Technical Studies options listed below towards the completion of the Technical Diploma.

CTS in Commercial A/C:

HACR 2810Commercial Air Conditioning I6
HACR 2820Commercial Air Cond Controls7
HACR 2830Commercial Air Cond II6
HACR 2997Practicum3
Total Hours22

-or- CTS in Commercial Refrigeration:

HACR 2910Commercial Refrigeration I6
HACR 2920Commercial Refrig Controls7
HACR 2930Commercial Refrigeration II6
HACR 2997Practicum3
Total Hours22

-or- CTS in Residential:

HACR 1410Domestic Refrigeration2
HACR 1420Room Air Conditioners2
HACR 2510Residential Central Air Cond I3
HACR 2520Residential Air Cond II2
HACR 2530Residential System Design2
HACR 2540Residential Heating I3
HACR 2550Residential Heating II3
HACR 2560Residential Heat Pumps2
HACR 2997Practicum3
Total Hours22

Additional Exit Points

Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Technical Studies

The highest exit point in the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration program is the Associate of Applied Science in Technical Studies. To qualify, students must complete the General Education Core and the Technical Diploma (TD) in Air Conditioning and Refrigeration. Requirements for exit points and completion are outlined below.

General Education Core15
Technical Diploma in Air Conditioning and Refrigeration45
Total Hours60

Career and Technical Certificate (CTC) in HVAC Helper I 

HACR 1150HVAC Introduction3
HACR 1180Principle of Refrigeration III3
Total Hours6

Special Comments:

  • Anticipated program length for the completion of the highest level exit point is 2 years. 

  • Program requirements must be completed with a programmatic grade point average of 2.0 or higher and grade of "C" or higher in all applicable coursework.

Career Information

Career Opportunities

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