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:

Basic Air Conditioning Theory and Applications
This course introduces, discusses and demonstrates the practical applications of the physical properties of air, (psychometrics), 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 EPA, Section 608.

Basic Electricity Theory and Applications
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.

Basic Refrigeration Theory and Applications
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.

*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 an Associate of Science Degree in approximately 14 months.

Graduates also have the opportunity to earn Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certification, Refrigerant 410a certification, and national air conditioning, heating and refrigeration certifications through the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute (ARI) and Gas Appliance Manufacturers Association (GAMA).

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

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.

San Joaquin Valley College is a private institution and is approved to operate as an accredited institution in the state of California by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE). BPPE physical address: 2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400, Sacramento, CA 95833; mailing address: P.O. Box 980818, West Sacramento, CA 95798-0818; phone (916) 431-6959; toll free (888) 370-7589; fax (916) 263-1897; website: www.bppe.ca.gov.