Air Conditioning, Refrigeration, and Environmental

The Air Conditioning, Refrigeration, and Environmental Control Technology (AIRE) Program offers a comprehensive study of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR). The AIRE Program course of study includes the technology of controlled environments for homes, buildings and conditioned spaces, with topics ranging from residential refrigeration to commercial air conditioning and industrial freezing systems. Particular focus is directed toward energy efficiency and integration with Green Technology, including alternative energy systems.

Program Goals

The AIRE Program offers a series of complementary certificates that may be used for job placement and advancement in the field. When combined with the appropriate general education and graduation requirements, an AIRE Program certificate leads to an Associate in Science degree that may be used for advanced job placement and as preparation for a four-year engineering or air conditioning and refrigeration technology program.

Career Options

The AIRE Program trains students in traditional career options that include air conditioning and/or refrigeration contractor, service manager, dispatcher, HVAC or refrigeration service technician, manufacturer service representative, sales engineer, service engineer, facilities or plant operations engineer, HVACR consultant, and control systems designer/ commissioner. The AIRE Program also prepares students to enter into Green careers that include solar energy technician or contractor, solar system design engineer and HVAC and solar integration specialist.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who complete the program will be able to:

  • Correctly diagnose and repair HVACR equipment using a minimum of replacement parts.
  • Articulate the effects of deficient or excessive subcooling, superheat, air flow or water flow through an HVACR system.
  • Utilize knowledge of the Refrigeration Cycle to charge a typical AC system.
  • Trace power and control voltages in the diagnosis of HVACR equipment.