Degree Requirements

Air Conditioning, Refrigeration, and Environmental Control Technology

The Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Environmental Control Technology AS degree focuses on the study of complex, high efficiency HVACR, advanced controls and alternative energy systems.

Certificate of Performance: Air Conditioning and Solar Energy*

With a California and U.S. emphasis on energy efficiency and sustainability, there is a need for well trained mechanical technicians with knowledge and skill in the integration of conventional Heating - Ventilation - Air Conditioning & Refrigeration (HVACR) and solar energy technology. This certificate of performance provides a comprehensive study of basic HVACR, solar thermal and photovoltaic systems.

Courses: Units
AIRE 100, Basic Refrigeration Theory 4
AIRE 103, Basic Refrigeration Lab 2
AIRE 124, Control Systems Theory 3
AIRE 125, Control Systems Lab 2
AIRE 160, Solar Energy Utilization Theory 3
AIRE 161, Solar Energy Utilization Lab 2
 
Total: 16

Note: Recommend AIRE 100, AIRE 103, AIRE 124 and AIRE 125 be taken prior to enrolling in AIRE 160 and AIRE 161.

*A Certificate of Performance is a departmental award that does not appear on the student’s transcript. All courses must be completed within the San Diego Community College District.

Certificate of Performance: Basic Refrigeration and Control Systems*

With a California and U.S. emphasis on energy efficiency and sustainability, there is a need for well trained mechanical technicians. This Certificate of performance prepares students with knowledge and skill in the installation, maintenance and repair of residential and light-commercial Heating - Ventilation - Air Conditioning & Refrigeration (HVACR) systems.

Courses: Units
AIRE 100, Basic Refrigeration Theory 4
AIRE 103, Basic Refrigeration Lab 2
AIRE 124, Control Systems Theory 3
AIRE 125, Control Systems Lab 2
 
Total: 11

*A Certificate of Performance is a departmental award that does not appear on the student’s transcript. All courses must be completed within the San Diego Community College District.

Certificate  of Achievement: Air Conditioning, Refrigeration, and Environmental Control Technology

Advanced Air Conditioning and Direct Digital Control

Advanced Air Conditioning and Direct Digital Control focuses on precise, automated control of air conditioning and lighting systems with the goal of providing optimum comfort at minimal operational cost.

Courses required for the major:
Units
AIRE 100, Basic Refrigeration Theory 4
AIRE 103, Basic Refrigeration Lab 2
AIRE 124, Control Systems Theory 3
AIRE 125, Control Systems Lab 2
AIRE 126, Fluid Flow Dynamics 3
AIRE 127, Fluid Flow Dynamics Lab 2
AIRE 128, Comfort Heating Systems Theory 4
AIRE 129, Comfort Heating Systems Lab 2
AIRE 138, HVAC/Refrigeration System Design 3
AIRE 139, HVAC/Refrigeration System Design Lab 2
AIRE 144, Direct Digital Controls Theory 4
AIRE 145, Direct Digital Controls Lab 2
 
Total: 33

Recommended Electives: Air Conditioning, Refrigeration, and Environmental Control Technology 132 and 133.

Certificate of Achievement: Air Conditioning, Refrigeration, and Environmental Control Technology

Air Conditioning, Heating, and Advanced Refrigeration

The Air Conditioning, Heating and Advanced Refrigeration certificate focuses on advanced, complex, high efficiency HVACR systems and their components.

Courses required for the major: Units
AIRE 100, Basic Refrigeration Theory 4
AIRE 103, Basic Refrigeration Lab 2
AIRE 122, Construction Drawings and Estimating 3
AIRE 123, Construction Drawings and
Estimating Lab
1
AIRE 124, Control Systems Theory  3
AIRE 125, Control Systems Lab 2
AIRE 126, Fluid Flow Dynamics 3
AIRE 127, Fluid Flow Dynamics Lab 2
AIRE 128 Comfort Heating Systems Theory
4
AIRE 129 Comfort Heating Systems Lab 2
AIRE 132, Advanced Refrigeration Theory 3
AIRE 133, Advanced Refrigeration Lab 2
 
Total: 31

Certificate of Achievement: Air Conditioning, Refrigeration, and Environmental Control Technology

Heating, Air Conditioning and Solar Energy

The Certificate of Achievement in Heating, Air Conditioning and Solar Energy focuses on the design and integration of conventional HVAC systems with solar energy sources for sustainable residential and commercial environments.

Courses required for the major: Units
AIRE 100, Basic Refrigeration Theory 4
AIRE 103, Basic Refrigeration Lab 2
AIRE 124, Control Systems Theory 3
AIRE 125, Control Systems Lab 2
AIRE 128 Comfort Heating Systems Theory 4
AIRE 122, Construction Drawings and Estimating 3
AIRE 123, Construction Drawings and Estimating Lab 1
AIRE 126, Fluid Flow Dynamics 3
AIRE 127, Fluid Flow Dynamics Lab 2
AIRE 129 Comfort Heating Systems Lab 2
AIRE 160, Solar Energy Utilization Theory 3
AIRE 161, Solar Energy Utilization Lab 2
 
Total: 31

Recommended Electives: Air Conditioning, Refrigeration, and Environmental Control Technology 138 and 139, 144 and 145.

Certificate of Achievement: Air Conditioning, Refrigeration, and Environmental Control Technology

Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Systems Design

The Certificate of Achievement in Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Systems Design focuses on the integration of HVAC components and equipment into the design of optimally functional and energy efficient building air conditioning systems.

Courses required for the major: Units
AIRE 100, Basic Refrigeration Theory 4
AIRE 103, Basic Refrigeration Lab 2
AIRE 122, Construction Drawings & Estimating  3
AIRE 123, Construction Drawings & Estimating Lab  1
AIRE 124, Control Systems Theory 3
AIRE 125, Control Systems Lab 2
AIRE 126, Fluid Flow Dynamics 3
AIRE 127, Fluid Flow Dynamics Lab 2
AIRE 128 Comfort Heating Systems Theory 4
AIRE 129 Comfort Heating Systems Lab 2
AIRE 138, HVAC/Refrigeration System Design 3
AIRE 139, HVAC/Refrigeration System Design Lab 2
 
Total: 31

Recommended Electives: Air Conditioning, Refrigeration, and Environmental Control Technology 132 and 133, 144 and 145.

Semester Sequence
Units
First: AIRE 144 4
Second: AIRE 145 2
Third: AIRE 132  3
Fourth: AIRE 133
 2

Certificate of Achievement: Air Conditioning, Refrigeration, and Environmental Control Technology

Stationary Facilities Engineering and General Maintenance Technician

The Certificate of Achievement in Stationary Facilities Engineering and General Maintenance Technician is a practical study of large commercial, high efficiency HVACR systems and central plant operations and maintenance.

Courses Required for the Major: Units
AIRE 100, Basic Refrigeration Theory 4
AIRE 103, Basic Refrigeration Lab 2
AIRE 122, Construction Drawings and Estimating 3
AIRE 123, Construction Drawings and
Estimating Lab
1
AIRE 124, Control Systems Theory  3
AIRE 125, Control Systems Lab 2
AIRE 126, Fluid Flow Dynamics 3
AIRE 127, Fluid Flow Dynamics Lab 2
AIRE 128 Comfort Heating Systems Theory 4
AIRE 129 Comfort Heating Systems Lab
2
BLDC 070 Building Codes and Zoning
3
BUSE 150, Human Relations in Business 3
 
Total: 32

Recommended Electives: Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Environmental Control Technology 132 and 133, 144 and 145, 138 and 139.

Associate in Science Degree: Air Conditioning, Refrigeration, and Environmental Control Technology

The Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Environmental Control Technology AS degree focuses on the study of complex, high efficiency HVACR, advanced controls and alternative energy systems.

Courses required for the major: Units
AIRE 100, Basic Refrigeration Theory 4
AIRE 103, Basic Refrigeration Lab 2
AIRE 122, Construction Drawings and Estimating 3
AIRE 123, Construction Drawings and
Estimating Lab
1
AIRE 124, Control Systems Theory 3
AIRE 125, Control Systems Lab 2
AIRE 126, Fluid Flow Dynamics 3
AIRE 127, Fluid Flow Dynamics Lab 2
 AIRE 128 Comfort Heating Systems Theory 4
 AIRE 129 Comfort Heating Systems Lab 2
AIRE 132, Advanced Refrigeration Theory 3
AIRE 133, Advanced Refrigeration Lab 2
AIRE 138, HVAC/Refrigeration System Design 3
AIRE 139, HVAC/Refrigeration System
Design Lab
2
 
Total: 36

Additional general education and graduation requirements for the associate degree are listed in the
catalog. The associate degree requires a minimum of 60 units.

Recommended electives: Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Environmental Control Technology
270, 290, 144 and 145, 160 and 161, Computer Business Technology 180.