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Associate in Applied Science

Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Heating Systems Technology (A120)

Heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) may be the most complex part of the construction process. HVAC systems integrate mechanical, electrical, and electronic motors, compressors, pumps, fans, ducts, pipes and thermostats that operate with the flick of a switch or the touch of a panel. Refrigeration systems for the shipping and storage of food, medicine and other perishable items have become an industry vital to international trade and homeland security.

The Florida Community College HVAC/R program is the best of its kind. Along with classroom learning, you’ll work in labs. Instead of watching demonstrations, students use state-of-the-art training boards to diagnose and correct system problems. You’ll become skilled in the installation of multiple-fuel systems, and learn to connect fuel and water supply lines, air ducts, vents, pumps, electrical wiring and controls. You’ll master combustion analyzers as well as carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide and oxygen testers that monitor ozone depletion and air quality.

Two technical certificates, Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Heating Systems Technician and Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Heating Systems Assistant, are included as options within this degree program. Students may choose to pursue an A.A.S. degree and earn technical certificates while completing the requirements for the degree, or pursue one or more certificate programs to develop or upgrade their skills in a particular field. Contact an advisor or counselor to determine the career education path that is best for you. For more information call 904.633.8295.

Career Opportunities, Rapid Placement
Florida’s growth is soaring. Jacksonville is a boomtown. And much of the city and state are being built by graduates of our construction programs. The employment rate in all trades is 100%. No Florida Community College student who wants a job goes without a job.

You’ll have the opportunity to network with major contractors and become employed while you’re still in school. We also refer you for internships and job interviews. Florida Community College’s Building Construction program has a long-standing relationship with this region’s major industry organizations, such as Woods Engineering, C. Young Construction, Superior Construction, Paul Fraser Homes, Stellar Group, C & C Powerlines, Dickey Smith & Company, Miatt Construction and Accubuild Construction.

Members of the Northeast Florida Builders Association serve on our Construction Management Advisory Council and on advisory committees for all trades, as well as provide internships and fund annual scholarships. The advisory committees provide leadership, support and guidance for the program and support such educational activities as constructing residential projects from design to move in.

Annual Salaries
Starting salaries range from $16 to $20 an hour. Overtime, bonuses, rapid advancement and opportunities for self-employment can rapidly increase your income.

All courses are directly applicable to Florida Community College’s HVAC specialty track in the Building Construction Technology A.S. degree.

Estimated cost of tuition is $4,250 (tuition rated for Florida residents, as of 7/06). Contact the program manager for additional costs (textbooks, materials, fees).

Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Heating Systems Technology (A120)

General Education Courses
ENC 1101 English Composition I 3
  *Humanities 3
  *Mathematics 3
  *Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
BSC 1005 Life in its Biological Environment 3
  Credit Hours 15

Trade Core Courses
BCN 1001 Introduction to Building Construction 3
ENC 2210 Technical Report Writing 3
GEB 1011 Introduction to Business 3
ETI 1701 Occupational Safety 3
APA 1001 Applied Accounting 3
BCT 1040 Blueprint Reading 2
ETI 1420 Engineering Materials and Processes 3
  Credit Hours 20

Professional Courses
ACR 1052 Air Conditioning and Refrigeration
Theory I
ACR 1170 Basic Electricity and Schematics 3
ACR 1420 Air Conditioning and Refrigeration
Theory II
ACR 1611 Applied Heating I 3
ACR 1121 HVAC Controls 3
ACR 1122 Refrigeration Controls 3
ACR 1616 Applied Heating II 3
ACR 2421 Duct System Design 3
ACR 1946 Co-op Work Experience I 3
ACR 1947 Co-op Work Experience II 2
  Credit Hours 29

Total Credit Hours: 64

*Refer to A.A.S. degree General Education Requirements.

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