Heating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration

About the Program

The Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology Program at Pearl River Community College is a two-year program of study designed to lead to an Associate in Applied Science Degree or a Certificate of Proficiency.

The Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration program prepares students to work in engineering departments or private firms installing, maintaining, and operating small or medium air conditioning, heating, and refrigeration systems. Instruction prepares individuals to work in a commercial setting performing special tasks relating to designing ductwork, assembly, installation, servicing, operation and maintenance of heating and cooling systems according to the standards of the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers Inc., Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA0, and Air Conditioning Refrigeration Institute (ARI).

Applicants for the Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Program must have a high school diploma or a GED.

Career Opportunities in the Field

The demand for skilled technicians in South Mississippi and across the United States is ex-pected to remain excellent for the next seven years. Beginning journeyman technicians aver-age between $12-$15 per hour depending on job responsibilities and employment location. The beginning salary for service technicians in the Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration field is estimated to be $30,000 per year.

Course Descriptions

Course TitleCourse DescriptionCourse Number
Basic Compression Refrigeration. (4) An introduction to the field of refrigeration and air conditioning. Emphasis is placed on principles of safety, thermodynamics and heat transfer. Two lecture and four lab hours per week.ACT1124
Tools and Piping. (3) Various tools and pipe connecting techniques. Covers tools and test equipment required in heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration. Two lecture and two lab hours per week.ACT1133
Controls. (3) Fundamentals of gas, fluid, electrical and programmable controls. Two lecture and two lab hours per week.ACT1213
Refrigeration Systems Components. (3) An in-depth study of the components and accessories of a sealed system including metering devices, evaporators, compressors and condensers. Two lecture and two lab hours per week.ACT1313
Refrigerant Recovery and Lubricants. (2) Practical applications of refrigerants and lubricants according to the EPA standards. Includes recovery, recycling and disposal. One lecture and two lab hours per week.ACT1432
Electricity for Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration. (3) Basic knowledge of electricity, power distribution, components, solid state devices and electrical circuits. Two lecture and two lab hours per week.ACT1713
Professional Service Procedures. (2) Business ethics necessary to work with both the employer and customer. Includes resume, record keeping and service contracts. Two lecture hours per week.ACT1812
Commercial Refrigeration. (4) A study of various commercial refrigeration systems. It includes installation, servicing and maintaining systems. Two lecture and four lab hours per week.ACT2324
Air Conditioning I. (4) Various types of residential and commercial air conditioning, including hydronic, absorption and desiccant systems. Two lecture and four lab hours per week.ACT2414
Air Conditioning II. (4) Prerequisite: ACT 2414 An in-depth course in the installation, start-up, maintenance and air quality of complete heating and air conditioning systems. Two lecture and four lab hours per week.ACT2424
Refrigerant, Retrofit and Regulations. (3) Regulations and standards for new retrofit and government regulations. Includes OSHA regulations, EPA regulations, local and state codes. Two lecture and two lab hours per week.ACT2433
Heating Systems. (3) Various types of residential and commercial heating systems. Includes gas, oil, electric, compression and hydroponic heating systems. Two lecture and two lab hours per week.ACT2513
Heat Load and Air Properties. (4) Introduction to heat load calculations for residential and light commercial heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration systems. Included are air distribution, duct sizing, selection of grills and registers, types of fans, air velocity and fan performance. An introduction is provided to air testing instruments and computer usage. Two lecture and four lab hours per week.ACT2624
Special Project in Heating and Air Conditioning Technology. (1-3) Prerequisite: Consent of instructor A course designed to provide the student with practical application of skills and knowledge gained in the courses. The instructor works closely with the student to insure that the selection of a project will enhance the student?s learning experience. Two to six lab hours per week.ACT291(1-3)
Supervised Work Experience in Heating and Air Conditioning Technology. (1-6) Prerequisite: Consent of instructor A course which is a cooperative program between industry and education and is designed to integrate the student?s technical studies with industrial experience. Variable credit is awarded on the basis of one semester hour per 45 industrial contact hours. Three to eighteen hours internship.ACT292(1-6)
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