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.
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
Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Mechanic
Environmental Control Systems Servicer
Environmental System Repair Helper
Domestic Air Conditioner & Furnace
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.
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.
Gainful Employment Information
- Domestic Air Conditioner & Furnace Installer CERTIFICATE
- Environmental Control System Servicer CERTIFICATE
- Refrigeration Mechanic CERTIFICATE
- List of Gainful Employment Disclosure
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.