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Doug Barnard - Program Coordinator/Instructor

doug.barnard@fresnocitycollege.edu

442-4600 ext 8540


The Air Conditioning program provides training in troubleshooting, maintenance, repair, and installation of heating and cooling systems. The curriculum emphasizes fundamental and advanced skills in both classroom and lab activities. Students train on residential and commercial systems similar to those found in the workplace. Activities include troubleshooting and repair of electrical systems, operation of motors and controls, silver brazing and soldering, recovery, evacuation, and charging of refrigerant systems. Training on gas fired furnaces, resistance heaters, and heat pumps will prepare the student for year-round employment.

Upon successful completion of the program, students may take the Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Institute's (ARI) Industry Competency Examination (ICE) and may earn Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved certification under provisions of the Federal Clean Air Act, Section 608.

ARI Industry Competency Exams are offered in the following areas:

  • Residential Air Conditioning and Heating
  • Commercial Refrigeration
  • Light Commercial Air Conditioning and Heating

What Is Air Conditioning?
Air conditioning is the process for controlling the temperature, humidity, air flow and air cleanliness.
Controlling the Temperature is being able to Heat and Cool. The air that we breathe is made up of the following components capable of carrying energy (heat):

The component molecular constituents of air which include Oxygen, Nitrogen, Carbon Dioxide and Inert Gases.

Water Vapour: Water vapour is present in the air at all times, the quantity present depends on the air temperature. The higher the air temperature the higher the water vapour.

Airborne Particles: These are impurities within the air, either industrial or natural pollution such as Pollen, Dust, Smoke and Germs.

Air being the only medium which covers the whole body, we need to condition it to provide comfort. It can be done by taking the following measures:

  • Controlling Temperature (Heating and Cooling) which involves adding energy (heating) and removing unwanted energy (cooling).
  • Controlling Humidity (Moisture content in the air) which involves adding moisture when dry resulting in dryness of the skin, or removing moisture when the moisture in the air is high resulting in breathing discomfort.
  • Providing Ventilation which provides Oxygen for breathing and removes carbon dioxide.
  • Poviding Filtration which cleans the outside and inside air by removing dust, pollen, etc...

In summation, air conditioning involves Heating, Cooling, Humidity Control, Ventilation, Filtration

Air Conditioning Major #8031
ASSOCIATE IN SCIENCE DEGREE AND CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT

FIRST YEAR

First Semester   Units
AC 50 Principles of Mechanical Refrigeration 3
AC 51 Electrical Systems 7
AC 53 Measurements and Diagnosis 7
 

Total

17

Second Semester    Units
AC 52 Heating Systems 7
AC 54 Commercial Systems 7
AC 55 Technician Testing & Certification 1
AT 10 Technical Computer Applications 2
 

Total

17



SECOND YEAR

First Semester   Units
AC 57 System Configuration & Control 2
AT 21 Occupational Safety & Health 2
AT 130 Industrial Math 3
AC 56 Duct Systems 3
WELD 1 Exploring Welding/Metals 3
 

Total

13

 
Second Semester   Units
AT 40 Preparing for Employment Opportunities 3
AT 120 Industrial Science 3
EST 55A Digital Concepts 3
EST 55B Digital Applications 3
 

Total

12

Note: Students qualify for the certificate of achievement upon completion of the major requirements listed above. In addition, those completing the associate degree requirements of the catalog, upon application, will be awarded the associate in science degree.

AIR CONDITIONING TECHNOLOGY OVERVIEW – MAJOR # 8033
This curriculum provides training in the principles of mechanical refrigeration, residential and commercial system configurations, electrical fundamentals, motors and controls, heating systems, and troubleshooting procedures.
 
CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT

Class   Units
AC 60A Fund of Refrigeration 3
AC 260B Electricity for Air Conditioning 3
AC 260C Residential Heating 3
AC 260D Troubleshooting Procedures 3
AT 10 Technical Computer Applications 2
 

Total

 14


COMMERCIAL AIR CONDITIONING, HEATING, AND DUCT SYSTEMS – MAJOR #8031
This curriculum provides training in three-phase power, motors, refrigerant flow controls typically used in commercial applications, National Electrical Code requirements related to the HVAC/R industry, heating systems (gas, electric, and heat pumps), and the design and installation of residential duct
systems. Successful completion of the program includes industry recognized licensing/certifications.

CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT

Class   Units
AC 52 Heating Systems 7
AC 54 Commercial Systems 7
AC 56 Duct Systems 3
 

Total

17


DIGITAL AIR CONDITIONING CONTROLS – MAJOR # 8034
This curriculum provides training in the use of direct digital controls in commercial HVAC applications, examines various system configurations, control strategies, and introduces total building automation.

CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT

Class   Units
AC 57 System Configuration & Control 2
AC 250 Digital Unitary Controls 2
AC 251 Digital VAV Controls 1
AC 252 DDC Vetwork Controllers 2
AT 10 Technical Computer Applications 2
EST 55A Digital Concepts 3
EST 55B Digital Applications 3
 

Total

15

 

MECHANICAL AND ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS – MAJOR # 8032
This curriculum provides training in the principles of mechanical refrigeration, electrical fundamentals, single-phase motors and controls, reading wiring diagrams, airflow measurement, and the use of psychometrics as a diagnostic tool.

CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT

Class   Units
AC 50 Principles of Mechanical Refrigeration 3
AC 51 Electrical Systems 7
AC 53 Measurements and Diagnosis 7
 

Total

17

 

INDUSTRIAL RIFRIGERATION - CARO/EPA -Section 608 MAJOR # 8231 This program is intended for the entry-level operator with little or no experince in industrial refrigeration. The curriculum provides instruction  in the principles of mechanical refrigeration in an industrial setting and related safety issues.  The coursework is intended to help the student prepare for the Refrigerating Engineers & Technicians Association's (RETA) Certified Assistant Refrigeration Operators (CARO) examination.  Students will also receive instruction to prepare them for the EPA-section 608 certfication exam. 

CERTIFICATE

Class   Units
AC 55 Technician Testing & Certification 1
AC 353 Principals of Industrial Refrigeration 0
 

Total

1


Last updated: 7/16/2010 4:54:46 PM