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The Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC-R) program at SJVC prepares you for year-round job security in the heating and cooling industry.

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At a Glance

  • Conveniently available at eight locations

  • Earn a Certificate of Completion in about 10 months, or an Associate of Science Degree in approximately 14 months.

  • Graduates also have the opportunity to earn OSHA 10-Hour Construction and EPA 608 certifications.

  • Affordable tuition varies, learn more now.

About the Program

What Will I 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 students in our heating and cooling program allows them to develop the skills you need for an HVAC-R career.

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 (psychrometrics), 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.

*Course listings are subject to change. Reference the SJVC College Catalog for the most current program information.

Program Availability

SJVC offers heating and air conditioning training through our Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Technology program at the following campuses:

Career Opportunities

Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers—often called HVAC-R technicians—work on heating, ventilation, cooling, and refrigeration systems that control the temperature and air quality in buildings.

The following are examples of what HVAC-R technicians do, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics:

  • Install, clean, and maintain HVAC-R systems
  • Install electrical components and wiring
  • Inspect and test HVAC-R systems and components
  • Discuss system malfunctions with customers
  • Repair or replace worn or defective parts
  • Recommend maintenance to improve system performance
  • Keep records of work performed

According to the BLS1, employment of heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers is projected to grow 5% from 2020 to 2030. 

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Cost & Financial Aid

Education is the most important investment you can make in your future. There is a financial plan available for everyone, including a broad range of financial assistance options. Visit SJVC’s Net Price Calculator to get personalized information on college costs and financial aid. Check out SJVC’s Consumer Information to learn about our heating and cooling program costs by campus and credential level. You also can talk to an Admissions Representative to discuss the costs of your chosen program, and schedule an appointment with an experienced financial aid officer.

Accreditation & Approvals

Institutional Accreditation

San Joaquin Valley College is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, (510)748-9001.

The WSCUC is an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education.

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 (as amended) and Title 5, Division 7.5, – Private Postsecondary Education of the California Code of Regulations. As a prospective student, you are encouraged to review this catalog prior to signing an enrollment agreement. You are also encouraged to review the School Performance Fact Sheet, which must be provided to you prior to signing an enrollment agreement.

A student or any member of the public may file a complaint about this institution with the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education by calling (888) 370-7589 or by completing a complaint form, which can be obtained on the Bureau’s internet website (

View additional State Approvals for SJVC.

Read Our Career Guide On HVAC-R Technicians In California

From the manufacturer to the retailer, at home or at work, if it must be heated, cooled and conditioned, there is an HVAC-R technician making it happen.

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