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AIR CONDITIONING AND REFRIGERATION

Business and Industrial Studies Guided Pathway Division

The air conditioning and refrigeration program prepares students for employment in the field and provides upgrade opportunities for currently employed personnel. By completing the degree and/or certificate requirements, the student will gain proficiency in service, troubleshooting, installation, and energy efficient operation of residential, commercial and industrial heating, air conditioning, refrigeration, and control systems. Students will learn to read wiring diagram, diagnose control circuits, operate test equipment, and service pneumatic, electric and electronic controls. Competencies will be assessed in accordance with the Environmental Protection Agency certificate criteria.

Students completing the program may expect to enter industry as an advanced apprentice or entrylevel heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and controls technician. At least 50 percent of the major requirements for the Associate in Science degree must be completed at Compton College.

Program Learning Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the degree or certificate program, students will be able to:

  • Safety Knowledge and Skills: Acquire and be able to use specific safety knowledge and skills relating to the air conditioning and refrigeration discipline and will be able to apply those skills to specific job requirements.
  • Installing Servicing and Repairing Systems: Install, service, and repair ACR systems as required by the industry guidelines.
  • Pressure Testing and Charging Systems: Properly pressure test, evacuate, and charge ACR system.
  • Attaining Certificates, Degrees, Transferring and Attaining Jobs: Successfully earn a certificate/graduate/transfer to 4-year universities and will successfully compete for jobs in which they can apply their knowledge and communicative skills acquired in the air conditioning and refrigeration program.

Certificates of Achivement:

Air Conditioning

The Air Conditioning certificate of achievement prepares students for employment in the field and provides upgrade opportunities for currently employed personnel. By completing certificate requirements, the student will gain proficiency in service, troubleshooting, installation, and energy efficient operation of residential, commercial, and industrial heating, air conditioning, refrigeration, and control systems. Students will learn to read wiring diagram, diagnose control circuits, operate test equipment, and service pneumatic, electric and electronic controls. Competencies will be assessed in accordance with the Environmental Protection Agency certificate criteria. Students completing the program may expect to enter industry as an advanced apprentice or entry-level heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and controls technician.

Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Electric Controls

The Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Electrical Controls certificate includes heat transfer, energy, and the basic refrigeration system. Basic tools with some specialty tools and basic refrigerant handling skills will also be covered. Topics include brazing of copper tubing, study of electrical diagrams and circuits in domestic refrigerators and freezers including the terminology, legends, and both ATL and pictorial electrical diagrams used in domestic refrigeration equipment. Testing and repair or replacement of specialized circuitry on refrigeration equipment including types of motors and start components, temperature controls and defrost timers used on domestic refrigeration equipment. Recommended for students desiring to enter the air conditioning and refrigeration industry.

Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) and Refrigeration

The Heating Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) and Refrigeration Certificate of Achievement prepares students for employment in the field and provides upgrade opportunities for currently employed personnel. Upon success completion of the certificate requirements, students will gain proficiency in service, troubleshooting, installation, and energy efficient operation of residential, commercial, and industrial heating, air conditioning, refrigeration, and control systems. Students will learn to read wiring diagrams, diagnose control circuits, operate test equipment, and service pneumatic, electric, and electronic controls. Competencies will be assessed in accordance with the Environmental Protection Agency certificate criteria.

Refrigeration

The Refrigeration certificate of achievement explores refrigeration theory, characteristics of refrigerants, temperature and pressure, tools and equipment, soldering, brazing, commercial refrigeration systems, system components, compressors, evaporators, and metering devices. Students will learn to charge commercial systems with new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) refrigerants and evaluate the proper operation of systems. Troubleshooting techniques are explained with the use of wiring diagrams and electric meters.


Course Catalog (webpage)


Majors Preparation Work Sheets (Counseling webpage)


Contact Information:

Business and Industrial Studies Guided Pathway Division

Paul Flor
Dean of Student Learning
pflor@compton.edu

Abdirashid Yahye
Division Chair
ayahye@compton.edu

Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Faculty:
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