Academic Catalog

Apprenticeship - Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology

The program requirements have been updated effective Winter Quarter 2022. To view the requirements for Summer Session 2021 and Fall Quarter 2021, refer to the Apprenticeship - Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology (summer and fall) listing. If you have any questions, please meet with a Foothill counselor.

Program Description

The Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Technology program is offered in partnership with the Pipe Trades Training Center and the UA Local 467. It is a 5-year registered apprenticeship program. The program provides students with a combination of paid on-the-job training and in-class instruction. It prepares students with the relevant skills they need to service, analyze, maintain, and repair complex HVAC equipment used in hospitals, skyscrapers, manufacturing facilities, and research development laboratories. Furthermore, the students are trained to service and repair all types of refrigeration equipment in all sizes of buildings. Lastly, as the California Energy Commission and Public Utilities Commission focus on energy conservation, there will be more demands for certified LEED professionals, TABB certified technicians and supervisors, residential and commercial compliance testing professionals. The Associate in Science degree supports the pipeline of workers needed for these forecasted changes in the industry. Enrollment in apprenticeship courses is limited to apprentices registered with the California Division of Apprenticeships Standards, according to the California Labor Code, Section 3074.3.

Learn more about the program on the Apprenticeship website.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • In compliance with applicable standards and codes, students will demonstrate ability to install and remove refrigeration, heating, air conditioning, and ventilation systems, including the appropriate electrical/electronic control systems.
  • In compliance with applicable standards and codes, students will demonstrate ability to maintain, repair, extend, and/or alter refrigeration, heating, air conditioning, and ventilation systems, including electronic control systems.

Career Opportunities

Graduates will be employable as: Service Manager, Facilities Manager, Project Manager, Estimator, HVACR Instructor, HVACR Sustainable Technologies Technician, and/or a Union Business Agent/Business Manager in almost any industry.

Award Type(s)

  • AS = Associate in Science Degree
  • CA = Certificate of Achievement

Units Required

  • Major: 42.5-48
  • Certificate(s): 42.5-48

Associate Degree Requirements

English Proficiency
Select one of the following:
ENGL 1ACOMPOSITION & READING5
ENGL 1AHHONORS COMPOSITION & READING5
ENGL 1S
ENGL 1T
INTEGRATED COMPOSITION & READING
and INTEGRATED COMPOSITION & READING
8
or equivalent
Mathematics Proficiency
Select one of the following:
MATH 105INTERMEDIATE ALGEBRA5
MATH 180QUANTITATIVE REASONING5
or any MATH course approved for Foothill GE Area V, Communication & Analytical Thinking

A minimum of 90 units is required1 to include:

  • Completion of one of the following general education patterns: Foothill General Education, CSU General Education Breadth Requirements or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC)
  • Core courses (42.5-48 units)


Note: All courses pertaining to the major must be taken for a letter grade. In addition, a grade of "C" or better is required for all core courses used for the degree or certificate.

Core and Support Courses

Core Courses
Pathway #1 - Pipe Trades Training Center students:48
SPECIAL TOPICS
REVIEW & TURNOUT
RF 101 BASIC REFRIGERATION SERVICE SKILLS
RF 102 BASIC ELECTRICITY & REFRIGERATION
RF 201 MECHANICAL SYSTEMS
RF 202 ELECTRIC CONTROLS FUNDAMENTALS
RF 301 ADVANCED ELECTRIC CONTROLS
RF 302 HVAC PNEUMATIC & ELECTRONIC CONTROL SYSTEMS
RF 401 INDUSTRIAL REFRIGERATION & AIR-CONDITIONING SERVICE
RF 402 ADVANCED REFRIGERATION & CHILLERS
RF 501 START, TEST & BALANCE; HVAC SYSTEMS
Pathway #2 - UA Local 467 students:42.5
BASIC REFRIGERATION/HERITAGE/CFC/OSHA 10
REFRIGERATION SCIENCE
BASIC ELECTRICITY FOR THE HVAC SERVICE TRADE
ADVANCED ELECTRICITY/PNEUMATIC DDC INTRODUCTION
CONTROLS I/ELECTRO PNEUMATICS
CONTROLS II/ADVANCED PNEUMATICS CALIBRATION/HYDRONICS
START, TEST & BALANCE I
START, TEST & BALANCE II/ENERGY AUDITING PRACTICES
CHILLERS/SPECIAL SYSTEMS/HVACR STAR REVIEW
HVACR STAR REVIEW & EXIT EXAM
Total Units42.5-48

Certificate Requirements

Certificate of Achievement in Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology

  • Units: 42.5-48

The certificate of achievement is awarded upon completion of the core courses. General education courses are not required.

Currently offered at: San Mateo and San Jose.