Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Technology

Student working with equipment in lab

Program Mission

The Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Technology program's mission is to serve the community as a learning-centered, open door program that provides technical training to meet the demands of the industry and the needs of the individual. An open-exit option allows the students to identify their career objectives and participate in program exploration.

Program Description

The Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Program prepares students for employment as technicians in the design, operation, service, repair, installation and sales of these systems and equipment. The program combines theory with extensive practical hands-on training designed to simulate the actual work environment and skills needed to excel in this challenging field. Labs afford the student the opportunity to install, repair, and/or operate actual field equipment, such as commercial package and split system A/C; liquid chillers; commercial ice machines; and domestic equipment.

Program Prerequisite or Co-requisite

  • MATH 50 OR Placement into MATH 150 or higher

Degrees That Can Be Earned

  • Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
  • Certificate of Achievement (CA)

Cost of Textbooks/Supplies

  • Tuition based on number of credits taken.
  • The cost of tools, instruments, and textbooks is approximately $800.

Upon successful completion of the RAC program, students will be able to:

  • Gain employment in the field of refrigeration and air conditioning;
  • Demonstrate positive work habits and attitudes; and,
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills required for the repair and maintenance of air conditioning and refrigeration equipment according to National Standards.

Our program technical standards have been developed to help students understand the minimum essential mental, physical, and behavioral skills necessary for participation in and completion of all core aspects of our curriculum.

Thinking Skills


Apply theories and principles for proper installation, maintenance, troubleshooting, and repair of cooling components and systems.


  • Read textbooks, handouts, diagrams and charts.
  • Visualize three-dimensional objects.
  • Take measurements and do conversions.
  • Interpret readings on meters, gauges, scales and other measurement devices.
  • Identify names and functions of cooling components.
  • Explain operating characteristics of cooling systems.
  • Relate concepts of physics, chemistry, and electricity to operations of cooling systems.
  • Identify tools and materials.
  • Follow safety procedures.
  • Inspect and test cooling components and systems.
  • Recognize indicators of malfunctions.
  • Draw conclusions based on a review of findings.
  • Formulate service or repair plan.
  • Perform procedures according to proper specifications.

Sensory/Observation Skills


Use sensory cues to conduct inspections and tests to determine root causes of failures and respond properly.


  • Read meters, gauges, and other measuring devices.
  • Distinguish identifying colors of wires, knobs and other objects.
  • Recognize and compare shapes and forms of objects.
  • Detect and respond to indicators of malfunctions.
  • Select appropriate materials, tools and equipment for maintenance and repairs.

Motor Skills


Possess sufficient physical strength, flexibility, and dexterity to safely handle electrical and mechanical parts.


  • Operate necessary tools, equipment, and machinery.
  • Remove and replace failed components.
  • Position and maneuver in confined spaces to do repairs.
  • Work at varying heights.
  • Lift and transport equipment and materials as necessary.

Communication Skills


Communicate effectively to gather and convey information.


  • Obtain necessary information from oral and written sources.
  • Express information coherently.

Behavioral Skills


Behave appropriately and safely in a cooperative learning environment.


  • Fulfill personal and shared responsibilities.
  • Work cooperatively with partners and groups.
  • Exercise good judgement.
  • Follow safety procedures.

Environmental Tolerance


Function safely in a refrigeration and air conditioning lab.


  • Work for prolonged periods exposed to: Extreme noise, Extreme heat, Sharp tools and materials, Electrical equipment, Chemicals and toxins, Dust and fumes, Machinery with moving parts, Slippery or uneven surfaces, Variations in lighting