Air Conditioning Technology Diploma (ACT2)  Diploma

Campus Locations: Vidalia

The Air Conditioning Technology Diploma program is a sequence of courses that prepares students for careers in the air conditioning industry. Learning opportunities develop academic, occupational, and professional knowledge and skills required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. The program emphasizes a combination of air conditioning theory and practical application necessary for successful employment. Program graduates receive an Air Conditioning Technology diploma. The standard curriculum for the Air Conditioning Technology diploma program is designed for the semester system. Students may enter the program in any semester. The program generally takes three (3) semesters to complete. To graduate, students must earn a minimum of 54 credit hours.


  • Submit a completed application;
  • Be at least 16 years of age;
  • Submit official high school/high school equivalent transcripts;
  • Submit official college transcripts, if applicable;
  • Satisfy Placement Testing requirements.

Program Costs

Costs are estimates and are subject to change.

  • Tuition/Fees: $5,751
  • Books/Supplies: $866
Curriculum Outline (54 hours)
General Core (11 hours) 11
COLL 1040

(Prerequisite: None) This course is designed to provide tools to assist students to acquire skills necessary to achieve academic and professional success in their chosen occupational/technical program of study. Topics include: Computer Applications/Technology Skills, Getting off to a Good Start, Learning and Personality Styles, Time and Money Management, Study and Test Taking Skills, Stress Management and Wellness, Communication Skills, and Career Exploration.

EMPL 1000

(Prerequisite: Provisional admission) Emphasizes human relations and professional development in today's rapidly changing world that prepares students for living and working in a complex society. Topics include human relations skills, job acquisition skills and communication, job retention skills, job advancement skills, and professional image skills.

ENGL 1010

(Prerequisite: ENGL 0097 OR Appropriate Placement Test Score AND READ 0097 OR Appropriate Placement Test Score) Emphasizes the development and improvement of written and oral communication abilities. Topics include analysis of writing, applied grammar and writing skills, editing and proofreading skills, research skills, and oral communication skills.

MATH 1012

(Prerequisites: MATH 0097 OR Appropriate arithmetic placement test score.) Emphasizes the application of basic mathematical skills used in the solution of occupational and technical problems. Topics include fractions, decimals, percents, ratios and proportions, measurement and conversion, geometric concepts, technical applications, and basic statistics.

Occupational Courses 43
AIRC 1005

(Prerequisite: None) Introduces the basic concepts, theories, and safety regulations and procedures of refrigeration. Topics include an introduction to OSHA, safety, first aid, laws of thermodynamics, pressure and temperature relationships, heat transfer, the refrigerant cycle, refrigerant identification, and types of AC systems.

AIRC 1010

(Prerequisite: None) This course introduces the student to basic refrigeration system principles and practices. Topics include refrigeration tools, piping practices, service valves, leak testing, refrigerant recovery, recycling, and reclamation, evacuation, charging, and safety. A $50 fee is associated with this course due to the cost of refrigerants, copper pipe/tubing, and brazing materials.

AIRC 1020

(Prerequisite: None) This course provides the student with the skills and knowledge and skills to install, test, and service major components of a refrigeration system. Topics include compressors, condensers, evaporators, metering devices, service procedures, refrigeration systems and safety.

AIRC 1030

(Prerequisite: None) This course provides an introduction to fundamental electrical concepts and theories as applied to the air conditioning industry. Topics include AC and DC theory, electric meters, electrical diagrams, distribution systems, electrical panels, voltage circuits, code requirements, and safety. A $25 fee is associated with the course due to the cost of electrical supplies and components.

AIRC 1040

(Prerequisite: None) This course provides the student with the skills and knowledge necessary for application and service of electric motors commonly used by the refrigeration and air conditioning industry. Topics include diagnostic techniques, capacitors, installation procedures, types of electric motors, electric motor service, and safety.

AIRC 1050

(Prerequisite: None) Provides instruction in identifying, installing, and testing commonly used electrical components in an air conditioning system. Topics include identification, installation, application diagnosis, and safety procedures for transformers, thermostats, pressure switches, control boards, and commonly used HVACR controls and control systems.

AIRC 1060

(Prerequisite: None) Provides instruction on the installation and service of residential air conditioning systems. Topics include heat load studies, duct design procedures, split systems, packaged systems, system wiring, control circuits, and safety.

AIRC 1070

(Prerequisite: None) This course introduces principles of combustion, installation, and service requirements for gas heating systems. Topics include installation, service procedures, electrical controls, piping, gas valves, venting, code requirements, principles of combustion, and safety.

AIRC 1080

(Prerequisite: None) This course provides instruction on the principles, applications, and operation of a residential heat pump system. Topics include installation and servicing procedures, electrical components, geothermal ground source energy supplies, dual fuel, reversing valves, and troubleshooting techniques.

AIRC 1090

(Prerequisite: None) This course provides instruction on the troubleshooting and repair of major components of a residential air conditioning system. Topics include airflow, air filters, psychrometrics, troubleshooting techniques, electrical controls, the refrigeration cycle, electrical servicing procedures, and safety.

OCC 003Occupational Elective (3 hours) 3
Approved Electives: WELD 1000, ELTR 1090 with Prerequisites of AIRC 1030 & 1040, ELTR 1205, ELTR 1210 with Prerequisites of 1030 & 1040
*If choosing WELD 1000, please note that is a 4 hour elective

Air Conditioning Technology Instructor
Vidalia Campus - Building A, Office 423/424

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