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2015-2016 SLCC General Catalog 
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Air Conditioning/Heating/Refrigeration: CC (Competency-Based)(CTE)

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Certificate of Completion | 1005 Clock Hours

School of Applied Technology
Program Location: Meadowbrook Campus, Building A, Office A129E
General Information: 801-957-7522
Program Information: 801-957-3354

Program Website: http://www.slcc.edu/sat/programs/skilledservicetech/airconditioning.aspx
Academic and Career Advising
Academic Advisor: Butch Steffen, JHS 047, 801-957-6402

Program Faculty:
Instructors − George Lange

Program Description:
This program is designed to prepare students for future employment in the heating, ventilation, air conditioning, refrigeration (HVACR) industry. The program consists of 6 major sections with required core training courses and elective courses designed to allow students to determine which area of the HVACR industry they would like to specialize in. Throughout the training students will be given the opportunity to demonstrate, thereby certifying, their skills by participating in nationally recognized tests which provide “Employment Ready” certifications. “Employment Ready” certifications confirm the student’s grasp of the critical skills needed for entry level technicians in the HVACR industry. The following is a general overview of the program.

  1. Occupational Safety. The 10 hour course provides safety training as applied to the HVACR industry.
  2. Green Energy efficiency awareness training is emphasized in all functions of the program with a review section that provides basic understanding of energy conservation and its role in the future of the HVACR industry. Green Mechanical Counsel (GMC) 3rd party certification is available.
  3. Electrical training specific to the HVAC industry. Theory and Lab exercises provide essential building code and troubleshooting training.
  4. Service of multiple types of heating equipment is introduced with emphasis on combustion equipment safety, and maximizing operating efficiency. Training includes meeting the requirements to complete the Rocky Mountain Gas Assoc. (RMGA), Carbon Monoxide Safety Assoc. (COSA), and HVAC Excellence (ESCO) “Employment Ready” 3rd party certifications.
  5. Refrigeration theory and lab exercises on the basic fundamentals of residential and commercial equipment service. Core training includes EPA 608 (CFC certification) and R410A Certification which are industry required certifications to use these refrigerants. “Employment Ready” certifications confirm the student’s understanding of core fundamentals and chosen elective options, designed to fit the specific training needs of the students.
  6. Students will choose a final elective course and either participate in an externship working in a supervised environment with a local employer, work on a capstone project under the direction of the instructor, or complete training in commercial heating and refrigeration. 


The following certifications are available to students. Some certifications are required; others are optional.

  • Rocky Mountain Gas Association (RMGA): Combustion Gas (RMGA) Certification (required)
  • ESCO Institute -HVAC Excellence “Employment Ready” Certifications (ERC) (optional depending on electives)
    • Electrical Service ER
    • Refrigeration & Air Conditioning ER
    • Heat Pump ER
    • Gas Appliances ER
    • Oil Systems ER
    • Combustion Analysis & Energy Efficiency ER
  • Carbon Monoxide Safety Association (COSA) thru ESCO Institute: Carbon Monoxide & Combustion Safety (COSA) Certification (optional depending on electives)
  • Green Mechanical Council (GMC) thru ESCO Institute: Green Mechanical Awareness (GMC) Certification (optional)
  • EPA 608 (Chloro-Floro-Carbon - CFC) Refrigerant Certification thru ESCO Institute (required)
  • EPA 609 (Automotive CFC) Refrigerant Certification thru ESCO Institute (optional)
  • Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Safety Coalition (AC&R) thru ESCO Institute: R410A Refrigerant Safety (AC&R) Certification (optional)

Career Opportunities:
For state and national occupation information, visit http://www.onetonline.org/find/ and enter the following O*Net codes:

  • 49-9021.00 HVAC Mechanics and Installers
  • 49-9021.01 Heating and Air Conditioning Mechanics
  • 49-9021.02 Refrigeration Mechanics

Program Entry Requirements:
Students must demonstrate basic education skills as assessed by the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE):
Reading 8.0
Math 10.0

Estimated Cost for Students:
Please visit the program website for up-to-date cost information. http://www.slcc.edu/sat/programs/skilledservicetech/airconditioning.aspx

Estimated Time to Completion:
1005 Clock Hours

Specialized Accreditation: (Certifications/Licenses)

  • EPA 608 (CFC) Certification - meets federal requirements to purchase and use refrigerants
  • EPA 609 (Automotive CFC) Certification - meets federal requirements to purchase and use R-134 required for automotive service applications
  • COSA (Carbon Monoxide Safety Association) Certification in Carbon Monoxide Safety Training
  • RMGA (Rocky Mountain Gas Association) Certification required to service gas appliances
  • AC&R (Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Safety Coalition) R-410 Safety Training Certification required to purchase & use R-410A.
  • HVAC Excellence Association “Employment Ready” Certifications: 3rd party certification of various aspects of HVAC service that recognizes basic understanding of trade fundamentals.

Follow-up certifications are also available contingent upon additional training and service experience.

  • GMC (Green Mechanical Coalition) “Green Mechanical” Awareness Certification - provides certification of training in basic understanding and awareness of energy efficiency applications in the HVAC industry.
Program Student Learning Outcomes Related College-Wide Student Learning Outcomes
  1 - Acquire Substantive Knowledge
  2 - Communicate Effectively
  3 - Develop Quantitative Literacy
  4 - Think Critically and Creatively
  5 - Civic Engagement
  6 - Work Professionally and Constructively
  7 - Develop Computer and Information Literacy
Students have the option of 3rd party certifications in the following areas as required:
  • EPA 608 (CFC) Certification
  • EPA 609 (automotive CFC Certification
  • RMGA Gas Service Training Certification
  • HVAC Excellence “Employment Ready” Certification in various areas of HVAC training. (certifications based on course electives selected)
  • COSA Carbon Monoxide Safety Certification
  • AC&R R-410A Safety Certification
  • GMC “Green Mechanical” Awareness Certification
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Students will obtain training related jobs. The various certificates earned in this program should provide a positive influence to their hiring potential by employers. 1, 6
Students will be able to apply their training toward completion of an apprenticeship or AAS degree through their continuation in the consecutive SLCC programs. 1, 6
Students will learn skills associated with improving energy and environmental efficiencies that the students will find beneficial for their career opportunities. 1, 6

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