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2010-2011 Catalog 
2010-2011 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Heating Technology, Associate of Applied Science

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The Associate of Applied Science degree program in Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Heating Technology prepares students to become technicians, salespersons or contractors. Graduates have attained positions such as plant operating engineers, energy managers and air conditioning field supervisors. Graduates are qualified for employment with contracting, research, manufacturing and maintenance firms or have become self-employed.

Students receive instruction in manipulative skills, design, estimating, theory, instrumentation, electricity and control systems. Academic courses in electrical, instrumental and thermodynamic theories and practical applications in the laboratory provide students with the background necessary to become technicians and middle managers.

Students attend classes at both the Raritan Valley Community College main campus and at RVCC’s instructional site in Bridgewater (RVCC@Bridgewater). Graduates are able to:

  • troubleshoot problems and utilize proper service techniques to repair heating, cooling and refrigeration systems
  • use engineering manuals and programs for the proper design and selection of HVAC/R* equipment and peripheral components
  • knowingly and effectively work with the latest tools and testers used in this industry for diagnosing and repairing malfunctioning HVAC/R equipment
  • read wiring diagrams, pipe schematics and mechanical drawings related to air conditioning and refrigeration
  • understand operating sequence and logic of controls and equipment as they work together (integrated systems approach)

* HVAC/R=heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration.

Students considering transfer to a four-year institution for a bachelor’s degree in technology should consult with a transfer counselor early in their program to determine requirements.


Curriculum – A.A.S. Degree

Third Semester

Fourth Semester

Total Credits 63

1 Courses taken at RVCC@Bridgewater.

2 Mathematics by official placement test. Students may not take courses below placement level. Lowest acceptable sequence is Precalculus I (MATH 112 ) & Precalculus II (MATH 113 ). Exceptions by permission of Department Chair.

3 Select a course from the appropriate category of the General Education list. 

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