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You can earn an Associate in Science Degree or Certificate of Achievement through this program. 

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Pipe Trades Training Center of Santa Clara and San Benito Counties
Contact: Carl Cimino, Training Director
Phone Number: (408) 453-6330
Location: San Jose

Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties Plumbers and Pipefitters JATC
Contact: Steve MacArthur, Training Director
Phone Number: (831) 633-6091
Location: Castroville

Plumbers, Pipefitters, & HVACR Fitter JATC
Contact: Stephan Schnell, Training Director
Phone Number: (650) 692-0442
Location: San Mateo


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Apprenticeship - Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology 2020-2021

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The Associate in Science in Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Technology degree program is conducted in partnership with the Pipe Trades Training Center apprenticeship program. The apprenticeship program is five years in duration, requiring a minimum of 9,000 hours of on-the-job training. After 5 years of classroom instruction and paid work experience, students are recognized as journeypersons within the Pipe Trades industry and work to insure indoor air quality by servicing and repairing all types of refrigeration equipment in all sizes of buildings, complex air conditioning, heating and refrigeration units used in hospitals, skyscrapers, manufacturing facilities and research development laboratories. Labor market analysis indicates increased employment opportunities in the pipe trades through 2020. Students earning an associate degree increase their marketability and employment opportunities. Enrollment in apprenticeship courses is limited to apprentices registered with the California Division of Apprenticeships Standards, according to the California Labor Code, Section 3074.3.

The apprenticeship program, which includes coursework, lab work and on-the-job training, involves learning about the assessment, installation, maintenance and repair of different types of pipe systems, electronic control systems, refrigeration and air conditioning systems, effective and safe tool use, material applications, electrical competency, related mathematics and science and storage. The Associate in Science in Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Technology degree builds on the Certificate of Achievement in Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Technology by adding requirements for general education courses and electives.

Students are admitted to the Pipe Trades Training Center apprenticeship program based on obtaining a passing (75%) score on the Pipe Trades Entrance Exam, which measures the student's ability in math and mechanical reasoning. Students who pass the entrance exam are selected from an applicant waiting list, the order of which is established by the date the entrance exam was taken and the test score.

Program Learning Outcomes:

-In compliance with applicable standards and codes, students will demonstrate ability to install and remove refrigeration, heating, air conditioning, and ventilation systems, including the appropriate electrical/electronic control systems.
-In compliance with applicable standards and codes, students will demonstrate ability to maintain, repair, extend, and/or alter refrigeration, heating, air conditioning, and ventilation systems, including electronic control systems.

Career Opportunities:

Graduates will be employable as: Service Manager, Facilities Manager, Project Manager, Estimator, HVACR Instructor, HVACR Sustainable Technologies Technician, and/or a Union Business Agent/Business Manager in almost any industry.

Units Required

  • Major: 46
  • Certificate(s): 46

Degree Requirements:

-English proficiency: ENGL 1A, 1AH, 1S & 1T, or equivalent.
-Mathematics proficiency: MATH 105, 180, or any MATH course approved for Foothill GE Area V, Communication & Analytical Thinking.
A minimum of 90 units is required* to include:
-Completion of one of the following general education patterns: Foothill General Education, CSU General Education Breadth Requirements or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC)
-Core courses (46 units)

*Additional elective course work may be necessary to meet the 90-unit minimum requirement for the associate degree.

NOTE: All courses pertaining to the major must be taken for a letter grade. In addition, a grade of "C" or better is required for all core courses used for the degree or certificate.

AS = Associate in Science Degree.
CA = Certificate of Achievement.

Core Courses (46 units)

APPT 129 Special Topics (2.5 units)
APPT 130 Review & Turnout (2.5 units)
APPT 151 RF 101 Basic Refrigeration Service Skills (5 units)
APPT 152 RF 102 Basic Electricity & Refrigeration (4.5 units)
APPT 153 RF 201 Mechanical Systems (4.5 units)
APPT 154 RF 202 Electric Controls Fundamentals (4.5 units)
APPT 155 RF 301 Advanced Electric Controls (4.5 units)
APPT 156 RF 302 HVAC Pneumatic & Electronic Control Systems (4.5 units)
APPT 157 RF 401 Industrial Refrigeration & Air-Conditioning Service (4.5 units)
APPT 158 RF 402 Advanced Refrigeration & Chillers (4.5 units)
APPT 159 RF 501 Start, Test & Balance; HVAC Systems (4.5 units)

Certificate Requirements

Certificate of Achievement in Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology

Units: 46

The certificate of achievement is awarded upon completion of the core courses. General education courses are not required.

Currently offered at: San Jose.

Control Information:
2020-2021 | Status: Approved | Modified: 2020-04-27 13:47:20 | Dept Code: APPT

How to Apply

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Apprenticeship Office

Building 1900, Room 1914C

Office: Building 1900, Room 1914C
Chris Allen, Division Dean
Phone: 650.949.7647
Phuong Tran, Sr. Program Coordinator
Phone: 650.949.7225