Air Conditioning and Refrigeration

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Success is focusing the full power of all you are on what you have a burning desire to achieve.

– Wilferd Peterson

Air Conditioning & Refrigeration is a cool career with many avenues for specialization within the industry. This two-year program is designed to equip you with the basic skills for industry entry-level positions in service, design, controls application, sales and more.

The Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration industry provides essential technology services for the control of environments ranging from the comfort of people to the storage of essential products to the process of manufacturing goods used in everyday life.

A career in Air Conditioning and Refrigeration offers a variety of industry paths leading to greater job security and mobility of skills. With the Cypress College educational experience, you can enter this industry in areas of applied engineering, sales, estimating and design, service repair, construction, building automation and manufacturing. These industry job opportunities are rapidly expanding to accommodate the age of digital technologies interfacing with electromechanical and pneumatic technologies already in extensive use.

Students working on air conditioning and refrigeration systems

What You’ll Study
  • Building Commissioning
  • Refrigerants, Charging, and Recovery
  • HVAC-R Special Projects
  • Technician Customer Relations
  • Principles of Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer
  • Electricity for Air Conditioning and Refrigeration
  • Air Conditioning
  • Gas Heat Transfer Systems
  • Piping Practice, Tools, & Safety
  • Boiler & Hydronic Heating
  • Solar Energy for Heat & Cool
  • Blueprints and Dimension Analysis
  • Plumbing Principles/Practices
  • Load Calculation for Heat and Cool
  • Commercial Air Conditioning
  • Commercial Refrigeration
  • Codes & Estimating for HVACR
  • A/C Controls and Energy Management
  • Green A/C & Auditing
  • Heat Pumps
  • Air Conditioning Capstone
  • Green Refrigeration and Auditing
  • Crew Leadership-Field Supervisor
  • Project Management
  • Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Seminar

Visit our catalog for more information about the degrees and certificates, courses, and program learning outcomes for students majoring in Air Conditioning & Refrigeration.

Careers & Salary


  • Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers


  • Low: $32k
  • Average: $53k
  • High: $90k

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What Students Say

“After completing the HVAC program, I was able to land a job in refrigeration; I have been working for Accutherm Refrigeration for a year now.”

Juan Santos

  • Douglas Sallade
  • Carlos Urquidi
Adjunct Faculty
  • Arturo Cadena
  • Tri (Nick) Cao
  • John Lasater
  • Brandon Penesa
  • Bill Woodson
Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Department

Location: Tech Ed III, Room 110
T: (714) 484-7000 ext. 4806
Department Chair: Carlos Urquidi,