Program Description

The curriculum prepares the student for entry-level employment in automotive air conditioning repair or as preparation for master technician status. Students will receive instruction and hands-on experience in servicing, repair and diagnosis of automotive air conditioning systems. The Refrigerant Handlers Certification Examination given by International Mobile Air Conditioning Society (IMAC) is included in this training. The use of precision equipment and specialty tools is emphasized. Students are encouraged to take the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Exam for Heating and Air Conditioning (A7). 

This program has lab fees, uniform and DMV requirements. Please inquire with Division on those course preparations. This curriculum is National Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) approved and renewed in 2016.

An Occupational Skills Certificate is awarded upon completion of all required courses with a grade of C or better.

Program Outcomes

  1. Prepare students for successful completion of the Automotive Service Excellence examination, A7 – Heating and Air Conditioning.
  2. Describe automotive heating and air conditioning system fundamentals of operation and apply these theories to practical diagnostic scenarios encountered during automotive heating and air conditioning service repairs.
  3. Demonstrate and integrate the proper set up and operation of automotive air conditioning systems refrigerant identification, recovery and recharging equipment.
  4. Prepare students to obtain the United States Clean Air Act Section 609 Certification through examination from the International Mobile Air Conditioning Society (IMAC).
  5. Apply skill sets pertaining to the National Automotive Technician Education Foundation (NATEF) standards and performance tasks for automotive air conditioning.

Requirements for the Occupational Skills Certificate

Required Units: 14

Recommended Sequence:

  • AUTO 050 - Automotive Electrical Systems (3)
  • AUTO 200 -  Automotive Fundamentals for Technicians (4)
  • AUTO 215 - Automotive Air Conditioning (4)
  • ELTN 130 - Introduction to Electronics (3)