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Air Conditioning and Refrigeration

Create Your Success Story in Air Conditioning and Refrigeration

In California's warm weather, there's no shortage of jobs to keep cool. Take advantage of living in a sunny state by landing a high-paying career in air conditioning and refrigeration. Students will emerge from the program and be able to work in a variety of temperate fields - heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVACR). This in-demand field is growing faster than the average growth rate for all occupations - and shows no signs of slowing!

Compton College's Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Program prepares students based on Environmental Protection Agency standards. Students will learn about the energy-efficient operation of residential, commercial and industrial heating, air conditioning, refrigeration, and control systems, as well as troubleshooting, installation, and service. Courses include Heating Technologies, Electric Controls, Business Mathematics, and more. Students who complete Compton College's Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Program - whether you're immediately entering the job field or transitioning to a university - are trained with employment and skill excellence in mind.

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How can I apply?

Becoming a Compton College student starts by filling out a free online application. After that, there are a few simple steps to follow before it's time to enroll in classes. Click to get started today.

What are the steps to enrollment?

Click here for all the details you need to understand the process from application to graduation, but here's a brief summary of the steps to become a Compton College student.

  1. Apply for admission
  2. Explore your financial aid options
  3. Complete your online orientation
  4. Work with a counselor to create your educational plan
  5. Register for classes

Need more help? Click here for our virtual program guides.

What degrees and certificates are offered?

Associate of Science Degree

  • Compton College students can earn an Associate of Science Degree in Air Conditioning and Refrigeration by completing the required courses (totaling 36 units).

Certificate of Achievement

  • Compton College offers four Certificates of Achievement for students in the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration program:
    • Air Conditioning (17 units)
    • Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Electric Controls (13 units)
    • Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) and Refrigeration (39 units)
    • Refrigeration (13 units)

View the Associate in Science (Air Conditioning and Refrigeration), the Certificate of Achievement (A/C and Refrigeration Electric Controls), or the Certificate of Achievement (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) and Refrigeration) program maps for more details on a pathway to completion.

How much does this program cost?

The program cost is $46 per unit for California residents, not including books, fees, and supplies. For example, unit fees for a 15-unit certificate would be $690, ranging up to the 60-unit associate degree, which would be $2,760. Most students qualify for financial aid or for the Compton College Promise Program.

How long is the program?

Program length varies depending on whether you are pursuing an associate degree or certificate and how many classes you are able to take each semester.

View the Associate in Science (Air Conditioning and Refrigeration), the Certificate of Achievement (A/C and Refrigeration Electric Controls), or the Certificate of Achievement (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) and Refrigeration) program maps for more details on a pathway to completion.

What types of jobs are available once I earn a degree or certificate?

  • Air Conditioning Contractor
  • Heating and Ventilation Contractor
  • Air Conditioning Mechanic
  • Refrigeration Mechanic
  • HVAC Technician
  • HVAC Installer
  • Source 1; Source 2

What is the salary range for jobs in this field?

The median salary for a HVACR technician in California is $57,951 and goes up based on the role and experience. For example, HVACR technicians earn an average of $80,000/year in aerospace product and parts manufacturing.

Are there internships and/or work experience available?

Cooperative Work Experience (CWEE) is designed to provide Compton College students with workplace experience and enhanced skills. We invite you to learn more about the work experience process with us by visiting the CWEE website.

Why choose Compton College?

Compton College is a great value for students looking to make a change or enhance their career and get experience for in-demand, high-paying jobs. Our diverse programs, affordable fees, and outstanding student services are here to support your career goals. The Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Program is just one of many career paths we offer and trains students based on Environmental Protection Agency standards to ensure industry success.

Can I transfer to a university after earning a degree?

Upon completing Compton College's Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Program, students can use their certificate and/or degree to work immediately or complete additional general education and major preparation coursework for transfer to a university.

What else do I need to know?

At least 50% of the major requirements for the associate degree must be completed at Compton College.

Who are the program contacts?

Rosa Portillo Gonzalez
Student Services Advisor
Business and Industrial Studies
rportillogonzalez@compton.edu
562-726-4612
Office: Welcome Center D-27

Alicia Zambrano
Student Services Advisor
Business and Industrial Studies
azambrano@compton.edu
213-533-9937
Office: Vocational Technology Building, VT-150

"With the large job vacancies within Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning & Refrigeration (HVACR), the HVACR industry is in need of installers, technicians, and other skilled laborers within HVACR. The industry offers well-paid wages, and vast opportunities to grow within a great desirable career."
Todd Kler, Faculty Instructor, HVACR

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