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

  • Location: Flint River and Griffin Campuses
  • Major Code: ACT3
  • Award Level: AAS
  • 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

  • Tools (suggested/not required)                                  $500 and up
  • Equipment/supplies (suggested/not required)          $70 and up

Other required expenses for industry exams

  • EPA 608 certification                                                    $25

(Must be achieved before or during AIRC 1060)

  • HVAC Excellence competency/work ready/exit exam (AIRC 1050) in HVACR Electrical                                                       $15
  • HVAC Excellence competency/work ready/exit exam (AIRC 1090) in HVACR Air Conditioning                                         $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. 

Program Courses                                                                             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
Natural Sciences/Mathematics elective—Choose one:  (Required) 3
MATH 1111—College Algebra OR
MATH 1100*—Quantitative Skills and Reasoning OR
MATH 1101*—Mathematical Modeling OR
MATH 1103—Quantitative Skills and Reasoning
Second Term
Social/Behavioral Sciences elective—Choose one:  (Required) 3
ECON 1101, PSYC 1101, SOCI 1101, POLS 1101, OR HIST 2111
Choose One:  (Required)
COLL 1500—College Success and Career Exploration OR 3
COMP 1000—Introduction to Computers
AIRC 1030—HVACR Electrical Fundamentals 4
AIRC 1040—HVACR Electrical Motors 4
AIRC 1050—HVACR Electrical Components and Controls 4
Third Term
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
General Core elective:  (Required) 3
Choose one non-repetitive course from Area I, II, III, or IV (See this page)
AIRC 1090—Troubleshooting Air Conditioning Systems (Required) 4
Specific Occupational elective 4
Specific Occupational elective 4
Specific Occupational Electives (minimum of 8 Credits required)
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)

Program Advisor
Ricky Henson
Instructor
rhenson@sctech.edu
770-467-6052
Griffin Campus

Tony Martin
Instructor
tmartin@sctech.edu
706-646-6133
Flint River Campus

Career and Academic Planning
CAP Center
Career Advisor
@sctech.edu
770-229-3048
Griffin Campus
Room 107

Bridgette Worst
Career Advisor
bridgette.worst@sctech.edu
770-412-5706
Flint Campus
Room 250A