Apprenticeship: Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Tech - Certificate

Apprenticeship: Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Tech (HVC) - Certificate

In the Pipe Trades, Refrigeration & Air Conditioning (HVAC) Mechanics work with various materials and equipment used in the, start up, testing, maintenance, service, repair and alteration of refrigeration and HVAC systems. They also work in the installation of refrigeration systems and refrigeration and HVAC control systems. Refrigeration systems may include refrigerant piping, refrigerant valves, controls, compressors, condensers, evaporators, fan coils, and associated equipment for commercial and industrial applications. HVAC systems may include chillers, boilers, air handlers, fans, environmental control / energy management systems, related piping and mechanical equipment. This major is purposely designed to serve those students who want to further their post-secondary education and meet the California Community College requirements.

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Program Learning Outcomes:

Students gain expertise and hands-on experience working with the various materials and equipment used in installation, start-up, testing, maintenance, extension and alteration of a refrigeration and HVAC system. These specialized energy saving skills are acquired through on-the-job training (OJT) and classroom instruction lead to employment in the construction and service industries. After 5 years of classroom and work experience students are recognized as journeypersons within the Pipe Trades industry.

To earn this certificate, students must complete the minimum required courses with a grade of C (or P) or better.

Required Courses
Code Class Units
Units Required
Total Required Units 30.0
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Career/Transfer Opportunities:

Upon completion of all course requirements and 8000 hours of on-the-job training and 1080 hours of related training classes, graduates will be eligible for the State Certificated Pipe Trades examination. Depending upon the student’s career interest and courses taken, graduates find employment as:

  • Refrigeration Fitter
  • Air Conditioning Specialist
  • HVAC Service Mechanic
  • HVAC Technician
  • Equipment Technician
  • Building Inspector
  • Construction Foreman

A Certificate of Achievement will be awarded upon completion of the core courses and minimum work hours. In addition, students will be eligible for an Apprenticeship Completion Certificate awarded by the California Division of Apprenticeship Standards (DAS).