Air Conditioning Technology (Degree)

Program Description

The Air Conditioning Technology associate degree program is a sequence of courses that prepares students for careers in the HVACR (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration) industry. Learning opportunities develop academic, occupational, and professional knowledge and skills required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. The program emphasizes a combination of theory and practical applications necessary for successful employment. Program graduates receive an Air Conditioning Technology Program associate degree that qualifies them as entry-level technicians.

Program Details

  • Major Code: ACT3
  • Award Level: Degree
  • Location: Griffin and Flint River Campuses
  • Program Entrance Term: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Minimum Length of Program: 4 Terms
  • Minimum Credit Hours for Graduation: 66

Admission Requirements

  • Submit completed application and application fee
  • Be at least 16 years of age
  • Submit official high school transcript or GED transcript with test scores and ALL post-secondary transcripts in an official sealed envelope
  • Meet assessment requirements

Additional Costs

Approximate additional costs other than tuition, fees, and textbooks:

Item Cost
Tools $500 and up
Equipment/supplies $70 and up

Other required expenses for industry exams:

Item Cost
EPA 608 certification (Must be achieved before or during AIRC 1060) $25
HVAC Excellence competency/work ready/exit exam (AIRC 1030) in HVACR Electrical $15
HVAC Excellence competency/work ready/exit exam (AIRC 1090) in HVACR Electrical $15


The following is a suggested path to complete this program in a timely manner. An individual’s path to completion may be different based on institutional and personal factors affecting his/her academic progress.

Note: While all courses are offered, they may vary by term and campus. See the program advisor for any questions.

Term Course Title Credits
First Term
ENGL 1101 Composition and Rhetoric (Required) 3
AIRC 1005 Refrigeration Fundamentals 4
AIRC 1010 Refrigeration Principles and Practices 4
AIRC 1020 Refrigeration Systems Components 4
Elective Natural Sciences/Mathematics (Choose one): (Required) 3
Elective option 1:-MATH 1111 College Algebra
OR Elective option 2:-MATH 1100 [*] Quantitative Skills and Reasoning
OR Elective option 3:-MATH 1101 Mathematical Modeling
OR Elective option 4:-MATH 1103 Quantitative Skills and Reasoning
Second Term
Elective Social/Behavioral Sciences elective (Choose one): (Required) 3
Elective List: ECON 1101, PSYC 1101, SOCI 1101, POLS 1101, OR HIST 2111
Elective Choose One: (Required) 3
Elective option 1:-COLL 1500 Student Success
OR Elective option 2:-COMP 1000 Introduction to Computer Literacy
AIRC 1030 HVACR Electrical Fundamentals 4
AIRC 1040 HVACR Electrical Motors 4
AIRC 1050 HVACR Electrical Components and Controls 4
Third Term
Elective Humanities/Fine Arts elective (Choose one): (Required) 3
HUMN 1101, MUSC 1101, ARTS 1101, ENGL 2130, OR THEA 1101
AIRC 1060 Air Conditioning Systems Application and Installation 4
AIRC 1070 Gas Heat 4
AIRC 1080 Heat Pumps and Related Systems 4
Fourth Term
Elective General Core elective: (Required) 3
Elective Options: Choose one non-repetitive course from Area I, II, III, or IV (see General Education Degree Courses in the catalog)
AIRC 1090 Troubleshooting Air Conditioning Systems (Required) 4
Elective Specific Occupational elective (Table Below) 4
Elective Specific Occupational elective #2 (Table Below) 4

Specific Occupational Electives (minimum of 8 Credits required)

Course Title Credits
AIRC 2005 Design and Application of Light Commercial A/C (4)
AIRC 2010 Light Commercial Air Conditioning Control Systems (4)
AIRC 2020 Light Commercial A/C Systems Operation (4)

Note: [*] Course will be accepted when transferred in from another institution with a grade of a C or better but may not be offered at this institution.

Air Conditioning Technology

Program Advisor

Daniel Merritt
Air Conditioning Technology
Program Coordinator/Instructor
(770) 467-6052
Griffin Campus
Office: Building 200, Hall 500, Office 500

Career and Academic Planning
CAP Center
Career Advisor
Griffin Campus
Room 107