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Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration Technology (D35100)


The Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Technology curriculum provides the basic knowledge to develop skills necessary to work with residential and light commercial systems.
Topics include mechanical refrigeration, heating and cooling theory, electricity, controls, and safety.

The diploma program covers air conditioning, furnaces, heat pumps, tools, and instruments. Diploma graduates should be able to assist in the startup, preventive maintenance, service, repair, and/or installation of residential and light commercial systems.

Students enrolling in this program must purchase student accident insurance.

Course Sequence

Fall Semester Class Lab Credit
AHR 110 Introduction to Refrigeration 2 6 5
AHR 111 HVACR Electricity 2 2 3
AHR 112 Heating Technology 2 4 4
ISC 112 Industrial Safety 2 0 2
MAT 110 Math Measurement & Literacy 2 2 3
WBL 110 World of Work 1 0 1
11 14 18
Spring Semester
AHR 113 Comfort Cooling 2 4 4
AHR 114 Heat Pump Technology 2 4 4
AHR 133 HVAC Servicing 2 6 4
Communication Elective 3 0 3
9 14 15
Summer Semester
AHR 151 HVAC Duct Systems I 1 3 2
AHR 160 Refrigeration Certification 1 0 1
CIS 110 Introduction to Computers 2 2 3
4 5 6
Communication Elective – Choose one of the following: UGETC: COM 120, ENG 110, ENG 111

Employment Competencies

Upon successful completion of the Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration Technology program, graduates will/should be able to-
1. Apply basic heating and cooling principals to the maintenance of residential and light commercial HVAC systems
2. Assist in installation of residential and light commercial HVAC systems
3. Apply EPA 608 refrigerant certification rules and regulations
4. Use basic HVAC specific tools and gauges

Employment Outlook

Employment of heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers is projected to grow 4% from 2019 to 2029, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Commercial and residential building construction is expected to drive employment growth, and job opportunities for HVACR technicians are expected to be good.

General Education Outcomes

Rockingham Community College has three general education outcomes:

Communication: Students will communicate using the conventions appropriate for the intended academic or professional audience.

Information Literacy: Students will locate, evaluate, and use appropriate information for academic and professional tasks.

Critical Thinking: Students will analyze information and ideas and develop reasoned solutions to academic or professional problems. 

Information Literacy87%65%61%65%73%59%
Critical Thinking51%52%41%51%57%62%

Pass Rates by Year


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