Air Conditioning and Refrigeration, Associate in Applied Science



Program Code: 0117

Program Requirements

General Education Coursework
ENGLISH 101Composition3
Additional General Education Courses 1,212
Required Program Core
AIR CON 101Intro Air Conditioning I3
AIR CON 102Intro Air Conditioning II3
AIR CON 103Duct Design And Layout3
AIR CON 104Equipment and Systems Controls3
AIR CON 105Owner-Contractor Management3
AIR CON 120Introductory Laboratory2
AIR CON 150Intro To Refrigeration3
AIR CON 151Commercial Refrigeration3
AIR CON 155Refrigeration Laboratory2
AIR CON 158Commercial Refrigeration Laboratory2
AIR CON 160Intro to Principles of Heating3
AIR CON 165Heating Laboratory2
AIR CON 204Advanced Control Systems3
MATH 107Math For Technicians I (or Advanced Mathematics course)4
Program Electives
Select a minimum of 7 credit hours of the following:7
Sheet Metal I
Welding I
Advanced Laboratory
Domestic Refrigeration Laboratory
Total Hours61

Select an additional 12 hours of general education courses from Communications, Fine Arts & Humanities, Mathematics, Social & Behavioral Sciences, or Physical & Life Sciences. 


At least one course must meet the Human Diversity (HD) requirement


This is an example course sequence for students interested in pursuing Air Conditioning and Refrigeration. It does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If this pathway is followed as outlined, you will earn Basic Certificates (BCs) in Commercial Refrigeration, Domestic Refrigeration, and Heating, and an Advanced Certificate and an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in Air Conditioning and Refrigeration. One course will satisfy the Human Diversity (HD) requirement, and is labeled with an (HD) in the sequence below.

Semester-by-Semester Program Plan for Full-Time Students

All plans can be modified to fit the needs of part-time students by adding more semesters.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Hours
AIR CON 104 Equipment and Systems Controls 3
AIR CON 150 Intro To Refrigeration 3
AIR CON 160 Intro to Principles of Heating 3
MATH 107 Math For Technicians I 4
Sheet Metal I 2
or Welding I
Semester 2
Mathematics or Life Sciences or Physical Sciences course 1 3
ENGLISH 101 Composition 1 3
AIR CON 101 Intro Air Conditioning I 3
AIR CON 102 Intro Air Conditioning II 3
AIR CON 151 Commercial Refrigeration 3
AIR CON 165 Heating Laboratory 2
Semester 3
AIR CON 103 Duct Design And Layout 3
AIR CON 120 Introductory Laboratory 2
AIR CON 204 Advanced Control Systems 3
Social and Behavioral Sciences course (HD) 1 3
Welding I 2
or Advanced Laboratory
Semester 4
Fine Arts & Humanities course 1 3
Social and Behavioral Sciences course (HD) 1 3
AIR CON 105 Owner-Contractor Management 3
AIR CON 155 Refrigeration Laboratory 2
AIR CON 158 Commercial Refrigeration Laboratory 2
Welding I 2
or Advanced Laboratory
 Total Hours61-63

General Education Requirements


Program Elective (minimum 7 hours total)

Program ElectiveS

Associate in Applied Science Electives
AIR CON 106Sheet Metal I3
AIR CON 107Welding I3
AIR CON 121Advanced Laboratory2
AIR CON 156Domestic Refrigeration Laboratory2

Choose your courses with your College Advisor.


This program can prepare students for the jobs listed below. Click on each one to learn more, including average earnings, annual job openings, and how much education people in that field have. For additional guidance and resources on career options, current City Colleges students and alumni can contact the Career Services Office.

Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers

Job Description

Install or repair heating, central air conditioning, HVAC, or refrigeration systems, including oil burners, hot-air furnaces, and heating stoves.

Salary Based on Experience Level

Take a look at the average hourly/annual earnings for this career in Cook County

Lightcast earnings figures are based on OES data from the BLS and include base rate, cost of living allowances, guaranteed pay, hazardous-duty pay, incentive pay (including commissions and bonuses), on-call pay, and tips.

Annual Wages

Entry-Level 10th Percentile$34,283
Median 50th Percentile$58,920
Senior-Level 90th Percentile$110,852

Hourly Wages

Entry-Level 10th Percentile$16
Median 50th Percentile$28
Senior-Level 90th Percentile$53

Annual Job Openings

433 annual openings in Cook County

National Education Attainment

Here, you can see the level of education that people in this career complete.

Degree Program% of Jobs
A high school diploma or less23.49%
A certificate68.08%
Some college6.93%
An Associate degree1.50%
A Bachelor's degree0.00%
A Master's or Professional degree0.00%
A Doctoral degree or more0.00%

0.00% continue their education beyond an associate degree