Program Description

The curriculum prepares students for entry-level employment in automotive air conditioning repair or as preparation for master technician status. Students will gain valuable 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). ASE Student Examination are administered within program courses. 

This program has lab fees, uniform and DMV requirements. 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. Apply automotive heating and air conditioning systems theories of operation to practical diagnostic scenarios encountered during automotive heating and air conditioning service repairs. 
  2. Demonstrate the proper set up and operation of automotive air conditioning systems refrigerant identification, recovery and recharging equipment.
  3. Practice skill necessary to obtain the United States Clean Air Act Section 609 Certification through examination from the International Mobile Air Conditioning Society (IMAC).

Requirements for the Occupational Skills Certificate

Required Units: 14

Recommended Sequence:

  • AUTO 200 -  Automotive Fundamentals for Technicians (4)
  • AUTO 206A - Basic Automotive Electrical Systems (4)
  • AUTO 207 - Automotive Heating & Air Conditioning (3)

Catalog Year
This information reflects the information from the 2020-2021 catalog. If you have questions about a previous version, please review our Catalog Archives and/or speak with a Counselor.