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Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration

  1. Program Overview
  2. Program Learning Outcomes
  3. Program Curriculums
    1. Associate of Applied Science Degree
    2. Heating Certificate
  4. High School Course Recommendations
  5. Continuing Your Education

Program Overview

Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration is a technology area that is consistently utilizing and applying the latest discoveries of engineering and science in an effort to improve environmental conditions. This technology is used in research and development, in the manufacturing process and in the home. The program emphasizes practical knowledge and skills required to service all types of commercial and domestic heating equipment. “Air Conditioning and Refrigeration” is a two-semester course sequence in the second year.

The heating, air conditioning and refrigeration technician is a highly-skilled professional. Such technicians are needed to supply the sales, application, laboratory, cost and service-field demands of the industry. Students with previous practical experience may be eligible for more advanced licenses. The students also take the EPA Technician Certification Exam and are eligible to take the ARI-GAMA competency exams.

Special Option - Heating Certificate

One-year certificate programs are available in each of the concentrations of the two-year program, providing an opportunity for students to major in only heating or only air conditioning. Any two of the three certificate programs, including plumbing (see plumbing program), may be combined for an associate degree in the selected two fields, as long as all associated academic or related subjects have also been completed. Some combinations can create scheduling conflicts. Interested persons should discuss their plans with an admissions counselor.

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Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to:

  • assemble warm air, steam, and hot water systems
  • combustion test for maximum operating efficiency
  • trouble shoot and repair electrical and fuel systems
  • exhibit knowledge of installation code and safe work practices
  • assemble, charge and operate refrigeration and air conditioning systems
  • troubleshoot and repair refrigeration and AC control systems
  • recover, recycle and work safely with refrigerants

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High School Course Recommendations

The following courses are not required for entrance into the program, but they are highly recommended.

Associate of Applied Science Degree
Algebra I
Algebra II
Technical Physics
College Prep Physics

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Continuing Your Education

Associate degree graduates can transfer a full two years of credits toward a baccalaureate degree in Applied Technical Education or Applied Technical Leadership at the University of Southern Maine. They may also transfer two years of credits toward a baccalaureate degree in Business Administration at Husson College. Graduates are also eligible to take the State of Maine Natural Gas and Propane License Exam and the Journeyman’s Exam for Oil Burners.

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