Air Conditioning Technology

Design, build, and maintain climate control systems through hands-on training for a career as a heating, ventilation and air conditioning technician.

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What is Air Conditioning Technology

Installing and servicing heating, air conditioning and refrigeration equipment is the focus of this program. Academic courses, theory courses, and laboratory experiences are designed to promote success in the air conditioning field.

Students enrolled in the Air Conditioning Technology program must achieve a minimum grade of C in each technical course. See program checklists for more information.

Program Website

Visit the program website to learn more about degree requirements, program faculty, career opportunities, and more.

Bluegrass Community & Technical College provides the opportunity to earn one or more of the credentials listed below:

Associate Degree in Applied Science

Air Conditioning Technology

Diploma

Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Mechanic

Certificates

Environmental Control Systems Servicer
Environmental System Repair Helper
Domestic Air Conditioner & Furnace
Installer
Refrigeration Mechanic

Career Opportunities

The Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration industry has a high demand for qualified technicians and Installers.

Employment of heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers is projected to grow 14 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. Candidates familiar with computers and electronics and those with good troubleshooting skills will have the best job opportunities as employers continue to have difficulty finding qualified technicians to install, maintain, and repair complex new systems.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get enrolled?
Contact Bluegrass Community and Technical College at 246-6210 or check out our web-page at: www.bluegrass.kctcs.edu

How much money can I expect to earn?
Qualified Journeyman Technicians annual salaries range from $45,000 to $70,000 in the Lexington, Kentucky area.

When are classes offered?
Bluegrass Community & Technical College offers both day and evening classes in HVAC.

How long does it take to achieve an Associate Degree?
Our program is student paced with some students completing the HVAC curriculum in 3 semesters. Our night program may take 5 semesters to complete based on student desired course load.

Will I receive EPA and other industry Certifications?
Yes! Bluegrass Community & Technical College offers several nationally recognized Industry certifications exams.

Do students receive any credit from the program toward there Journeyman License?
Yes! The classes count for up to one year and 1500 clock hours, for certain levels of completion. Currently, the journeyman requirement is two years and 3000 hours of work experience.

Course Offerings

The  Air Conditioning Technology curriculum has been designed to provide a balanced learning experience.  Lecture and lab courses are used to enhance learning and provide necessary applied experiences.

Each course is structured to prepare students for the next more advanced course as they move through the program. The use of new technology, as well as computer skills are a large part of the educational experience. These skills are also needed for future advancement in the HVAC field.

ACR 100 Refrigeration Fundamentals
ACR 101 Refrigeration Fundamentals Lab

ACR 102 HVAC Electricity
ACR 103 HVAC Electricity Lab

ACR 130 Electrical Components
ACR 131 Electrical Components Lab

ACR 250 Cooling & Dehumidification
ACR 251 Cooling & Dehumidification Lab

ACR 260 Heating & Dehumidification
ACR 261 Heating & Dehumidification Lab

ACR 270 Heat Pump Applications
ACR 271 Heat Pump Applications Lab

ACR 170 Heat Load and Duct Design
ACR 290 Journeymen Preparation

ACR 112 Sheet Metal Fabrication
ACR 113 Sheet Metal Fabrication Lab

ACR 200 Commercial Refrigeration
ACR 201 Commercial Refrigeration Lab

ACR 210 Ice Machines

ACR 299 Cooperative Education Experience

Air Conditioning Technology Continuing Education

The HVAC field requires continuing education to keep up with new technology, code requirements and safety.  

Bluegrass Community & Technical College offers a wide range of CEU and Licensing Preparation courses to the community.

For more information please call (859)246-6666.

Our Assessment Center at Leestown Campus is a testing provider for all of Kentucky.  They offer HVAC, as well as many other licensing examinations.

 

What are my career choices?

Qualified air conditioning technicians are in high demand in all parts of the region. Graduates can find jobs in a variety of industrial, manufacturing, commercial, and other areas.

What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?

A program plan describes the degree requirements (courses) and the sequence for completing the courses. Students are required to schedule an appointment with their assigned academic advisor to ensure achievement of their academic goals.

AAS

Air Conditioning Technology (PDF) (Word)

Diploma

Heating, Ventilation, and AC Mechanic (PDF) (Word)

Certificate

Domestic Air Conditioner and Furnace Installer (PDF) (Word)
Environmental Control System Servicer (PDF) (Word)
Environmental System Repair Helper (PDF) (Word)
Refrigeration Mechanic (PDF) (Word)

Gainful Employment Information

Additional Information

Length of Program

You can earn an associate in applied science degree in two years if you maintain full-time status.

This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.

Program Contact

John Christiansen
Air Conditioning Technology
Division Chair
859.246.6775
john.christiansen@kctcs.edu