The Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC/R) Associate in Science program at Oxnard College is a Career Technical Education program that provides occupational training to prepare students for jobs in the HVAC/R industry, including the green economy sector, especially related to heat pumps and renewable energy technologies. The program also provides valuable hands-on practice for existing HVAC/R technicians who desire to expand and update their knowledge and skills to advance in the industry. Students in the program learn the theoretical, technical, and problem-solving skills essential for employment and advancement in the HVAC/R industry. Completing the AS degree can open higher paying opportunities and a faster way to a living wage. By fulfilling the program requirements, students will have the necessary knowledge and skills for a career in residential, commercial, and Industrial service and repair of air conditioning, heating and refrigeration systems. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) refrigerant certification will be received. Electrical controls, piping installation, compressor installation and repair are just some of the skills that will be mastered during this program.
|Required Core Courses|
|AC R010||Introduction to Air Conditioning and Refrigeration||3|
|AC R010L||Introduction to Air Conditioning and Refrigeration I Lab||2|
|AC R011L||Air Conditioning and Refrigeration II Lab||2|
|AC R020||Electrical Systems I||3|
|AC R020L||Electrical Systems I Lab||2|
|AC R021L||Electrical Systems II Lab||2|
|AC R030||Airside Systems||3|
|AC R030L||Airside Systems Lab||2|
|AC R040||Heating and Control Systems||3|
|AC R040L||Heating and Control Systems Lab||2|
|COT R190V||Occupational Cooperative Unpaid Work Experience||3|
|or COT R191V||Occupational Cooperative Paid Work Experience|
|Total Required Major Units||27|
|Oxnard College General Education Pattern||29|
|Free Electives Required||4|
|Total Required Units for A.S. Degree||60|
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) testing is available to all students at a discounted rate.
To complete the Associate Degree, students must meet requirements in the major, general education, competency, units, scholarship, and residency. Refer to Earn an Associate Degree and the A.A. or A.S. Degree in Specific Majors sections of this catalog.
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
- Troubleshoot and perform basic mechanical and electrical service and repairs on air conditioning (HVAC) systems.
- Locate and identify applicable codes, licensing requirements, and best practices as they relate to the installation of various types of HVAC/R equipment and prepare to sit for certification tests.
- Read, draft and comprehend various construction drawings and electrical schematics used in the HVAC industry.
- Apply skills, tools and equipment practiced to retrieve heating and cooling pressures safely and properly.
- Describe solutions to heating and cooling system malfunctions using proper diagnostic equipment.
- Analyze complex air delivery using measurements and components and locate device controllers responsible.