Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Certificate Level 1, 2 and A.A.S. (47.0201)

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L Fernandez
Luis M. Fernandez
Business, Industrial, and Technical Studies Division Chair
(830) 591-7304

R Flores
Richard Flores
(830) 591-7209
R L Flores
Ramiro Lee Flores
(830) 591-7363 


The Air Conditioning and Refrigeration program seeks to educate and provide guided learning experiences to individuals interested in entering this rapidly developing field.  The goal of the program is for graduates to be employable as entry-level service technicians in residential and light commercial air conditioning, refrigeration, and heating.

Students will learn about the refrigeration cycle, tools of the trade, instrument usage and application, wiring schematic reading, electrical controls and switches, refrigerant recovery, reclaiming and recycling, installation practices, trouble-shooting procedures on electrical and sealed systems plus employee/employer relations, job hunting skills, résumé building and information related to operating a small business.

Admissions Requirements

Students are admitted to the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration program through the regular college admission procedures (see Admission Regulations section).  Students will receive a one-year Certificate, two-year Certificate, and/or an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree upon satisfactory completion of the program of study and upon making formal application for graduation (see Curricula section).

The Air Conditioning and Refrigeration program carries three award options, a one-year Certificate, two-year Certificate, and an A.A.S. degree.  The one-year Certificate is TSI exempt, however, those not meeting TSI requirements are encouraged to enroll in the appropriate developmental course(s).

Students who wish to pursue the two-year Certificate and/or the A.A.S. degree must meet all Texas Success Initiative (TSI) requirements.

Program of Study

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