Air Conditioning, Refrigeration & Ventilation (ACRV)

Career Technical Education: Air Conditioning, Refrigeration & Ventilation (ACRV)

If you are a mechanically-oriented person with a desire to work in a service occupation, you can find many opportunities in the air conditioning and refrigeration industry.

Antelope Valley College’s Air Conditioning, Refrigeration & Ventilation Program includes training in residential and commercial applications under the direction of seasoned industry professionals. You will learn the theory and practical knowledge used and applied in the industry while developing a diverse set of skills. This training will give you versatility in the industry and many options for career advancement.



What certificates/degrees can I earn?

  • Associate in Science degree in refrigeration
  • Certificate in refrigeration
  • Associate in Science degree in air conditioning
  • Certificate in air conditioning
  • Associate in Science degree in air conditioning & refrigeration
  • Certificate in air conditioning and refrigeration

What will I learn?

When you complete the program, you will have experience installing, maintaining and repairing equipment used in refrigeration and/or air conditioning. You will be able to interpret schematics to determine the proper operation of equipment, calculate loads, lay out air handling systems and make necessary repairs using specialty tools and equipment.

This program also strives to prepare you for the federally-mandated EPA Refrigerant Handling Certification tests.

What kinds of classes are offered?

A broad range of courses, from Basic Refrigeration Systems (ACRV 112) to Commercial Air Conditioning Controls (ACRV 222) are taught in the college’s state-of-the-art Technology Building, which houses some of the newest equipment from various manufacturers, including an array of commercial ice machines from Manitowoc Equipment Works, Inc.

Manitowoc is in a cooperative venture with the college to provide industry field training seminars for future and present Manitowoc technicians at AVC.

Additionally, Work Experience (ACRV 199) allows you to work side-by-side with an in-house maintenance crew or ride along with local contractors on service calls. This offers you the chance to meet people in the industry—employers, employees and independent contractors. You will have the opportunity to see several work environments in the field and gain on-site training.

What are possible jobs in this field?

Most graduates seek installation, maintenance and service positions locally or out of the area. However, other avenues of employment include sales, parts distribution, warehousing, system design, equipment testing, marketing and manufacturing.

Who could hire me?

  • Independent contractors
  • Service companies
  • Government contractors
  • School districts
  • Hospitals
  • Property managers
  • Any organization with an in-house maintenance staff

What’s the average pay range for local jobs in this field?

Antelope Valley jobs in this field range from $12-$24 per hour, depending on the individual and starting position.

Sounds great! How do I get more information?

Contact the Career Technical Education Division, (661) 722-6300, ext. 6327.

Last updated: October 20, 2022