Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology

The Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration program at SJVC prepares you for year-round job security in the heating and cooling industry. Training focuses on theories of heating, refrigeration and air conditioning. Students study the operation, maintenance and repair of residential and commercial equipment.

Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology Program Details

Skills Students Learn

Students in our Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration program learn:

  • Heating and cooling principles
  • Electrical theories
  • How to diagnose mechanical and electrical problems
  • Proper installation, servicing and replacement techniques

Our hands-on approach to teaching allows you to develop the skills you need for an HVACR career.

Program Course Examples

Courses* taken by our Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology students include:

Theory and Applications of Air Conditioning
This course introduces, discusses, and demonstrates the practical applications of the physical properties of air (psychrometics), blueprint, interpretation, floor plan layout, calculating building heat loads, air distribution systems, types of air conditioning equipment and systems, codes, and installations. This course also introduces various heating systems and EPA, Section 608.

Theory and Applications of Electricity
This course introduces, discusses and applies electron flow theory, magnetism, electrical generation and power distribution, conductors, insulators, fuses, DC and AC electricity and circuits, motors and motor circuits, air conditioning and refrigerating system components and circuits. This course identifies and discusses the control devices used in refrigeration and air conditioning systems, practices electrical drafting skills, interpretation of pictorial and ladder wiring diagrams, and problem analysis, using various diagnostic techniques for domestic and light-commercial ventilation, refrigeration, and air conditioning systems.

Theory and Applications of Refrigeration
This course introduces, discusses, and practices the physical laws of matter, heat transfer, gas laws and equations, pressure and temperature conversions, refrigerants and refrigerant recovery recycle-reclaim methods and equipment. The refrigeration cycle, basic refrigerating systems and applications, codes, installation, safety practices, and EPA information are topics covered in this course. This course discusses and applies the principles of theory and fundamentals to problem analysis and diagnostics for residential, light commercial, and commercial refrigeration systems. Students will practice the basics of brazing.

*Students will take additional program courses on top of the three listed courses. Courses may vary by program, credential level and campus.

Program Outcomes

Students can earn a Certificate of Completion in about 9 months, or an Associate of Science Degree in approximately 15 months.

Graduates also have the opportunity to earn Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 608 certification. SJVC will pay fees associated with this examination for first-time test takers. Payment for retakes and subsequent examinations are the responsibility of the graduate. Failure to sit for this exam does not constitute a refund or discount in tuition.

Program Availability

SJVC’s Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology program is available at the following campuses:

Career Opportunities

A Refrigeration and Air Conditioning service technician is qualified to work in many areas including:

  • Residential heating/cooling (household refrigeration and appliance repair)
  • Production Supervisor
  • Commercial refrigeration heating and cooling installation (mini marts, retail stores, restaurants & hotels)
  • Industrial refrigeration (cold storage and manufacturing plants)
  • Transport refrigeration (truck/trailer refrigeration)

Accreditation and Approvals

Institutional Accreditation

San Joaquin Valley College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges, 10 Commercial Blvd., Suite 204, Novato, CA 94949, (415) 506-0234, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. Additional information about accreditation, including the filing of complaints against member institutions, can be found at www.accjc.org.

State Approvals

SJVC is a private institution and is approved to operate as an accredited institution by the California Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE). Approval to operate means that SJVC has been found in compliance with the standards set forth in the California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009 (California Education Code, Title 3, Division 10, Part 59, Chapter 8) and Title 5, Division 7.5 – Private Postsecondary Education of the California Code of Regulations.

Any questions that a student may have regarding the college catalog and/or catalog supplement that have not been satisfactorily answered by the institution may be directed to the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education at:

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 980818
West Sacramento, CA 95798-0818

Physical Address
2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400
Sacramento, CA 95833

Telephone Numbers
Toll free (888) 370-7589
(916) 431-6959

Fax Number
(916) 263-1897


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