Program Coordinator: Jim Kroll, OTC 108C, Ext. 2560
Length: **Four semesters (two years)
**Program can be completed in day or evening classes. The day program starts in even numbered years and the evening program starts in odd numbered years.
Purpose: The Air Conditioning, Refrigeration, & Heating curriculum is designed to provide up-to-date technical skills for employment in the growing $150 billion HVACR industry. VHCC’s 4,500 sq. ft. lab is equipped with various manufacturers’ equipment, with student time divided in half between classroom theory and lab projects. Students will operate “live” equipment to improve skills in troubleshooting, maintenance, and installation. In addition, students will utilize manufacturer-training software, audiovisual materials, and specially designed trainers for electricity and refrigeration. There is a growing demand for trained HVACR technicians, due to record equipment sales, the introduction of new refrigerants, and technical improvements in equipment. The curriculum satisfies the entry-level training requirements for students new to the HVACR industry, as well as updating the skills of those who want to improve their current skills for advancement in the workplace. VHCC’s program content and entry-level skills of students are verified through the nationally recognized Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute’s Industry Competency Exam. For the 5 year period ending in 2004 VHCC students have a 92% pass rate on the residential heating and cooling exam, compared to a 60 percentile national average.
Air Conditioning Technician
Indoor Air Quality Technician
HVACR Technical Sales
HVACR Installation, Service, Maintenance Technician
Admission Requirements: Students are required to meet the general requirements of the college as contained in this catalog. Graduates of the Refrigeration Certificate program at Virginia Highlands Community College may enter the third semester of the program directly and continue for the two subsequent semesters to fulfill the diploma requirements. Students from other schools or colleges or with appropriate industrial experience may submit transcripts or other documentation for evaluation and advanced placement.
Program Requirements: The major proportion of the curriculum will consist of courses in Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Heating, with the remaining courses in related subjects, general education, and electives. The program will consist of both theoretical concepts and practical applications needed for success in this skilled field. Each student is advised to consult with his/her advisor and counselor for program planning and in selecting electives.
Upon completion of the four-semester program listed in this catalog, the graduate will be awarded a Diploma.
Virginia Tradesman Certification Program: Students seeking the Journeyman or Master levels of certification may, with appropriate documentation, help meet the practical work experience requirement through the Cooperative Education Program.
Air Conditioning, Refrigeration, and Heating
First Semester (Fall)
Orientation to College Success
Air Cond. & Ref. Controls I
ENG 111 or
College Composition I or
Second Semester (Spring)
Air Cond. & Ref. Controls II
Applied Technical Mathematics I
Third Semester (Fall)
1*General Elective or
Circuits and Controls I
Fourth Semester (Spring)
Heating Systems I
Air Conditioning Systems I
Hydronics and Zoning
Circuits and Controls IV
Total Minimum Credits required for the Diploma..............................62