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2024-2025 Course Catalog 
2024-2025 Course Catalog


Heating, Air Conditioning, Refrigeration Technology, Diploma

Location(s): Ankeny

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The Heating, Air Conditioning, Refrigeration Technology program provides the theory, knowledge and skills of refrigeration, air conditioning, heating and ventilation equipment for systems in residential and light commercial structures. Students in air conditioning and refrigeration are taught in the classroom and laboratory on models and equipment to prepare the student for satisfactory entrance and advancement in the HVAC-R field.

By completing the first three semesters, a student can receive a diploma. An AAS degree will be awarded upon completion of all five semesters.

Program Details

Pathway: Building Trades & Transportation

More information on this Pathway.

Students start Fall semester

Graduation Requirements

To earn a Heating, Air Conditioning, Refrigeration Technology diploma or AAS degree, a student must complete all coursework as prescribed and maintain a 2.0 grade point average.

Semester 2

Option 1 - Select 1 Course

Total Credits Required to Complete the Diploma - 41

Fixed Costs

Tuition……………………………………………………………………………………..$193.00 per credit

The costs for each program are estimates and subject to change.

Varied Costs

Costs Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3
Books (approximate)  500 400 100
Supplies    20   20   20
Equipment-Tools 1250    
Transportation to internship     200

Approximate total for program: $10,423**

**Program entry requirements are not included in the total approximate cost.

What Kind of Work Will You Do?

  • Install, service and repair residential electric, gas and oil-fired furnaces and heat pumps.
  • Install, service and repair many kinds of cooling equipment in residential and small commercial businesses.
  • Work as a commercial mechanic, install, service and repair large air conditioning units such as those found in office buildings, department stores and other places of business.
  • Put together and install ductwork and other parts.
  • Connect motors, compressors, temperature and humidity controls and fans to control panels.
  • Connect the control panel to the power source.
  • Check the system to see that it is working properly.
  • Most graduates become installation and service technicians, but some go into sales or start their own businesses.

What Skills and Abilities Will You Need?

  • See details in objects and drawings.
  • Do short math problems quickly.
  • Read gauges and dials correctly.
  • Mechanical ability and basic mechanical experience.
  • Work thoroughly and accurately.
  • Lift 100 pounds and carry 50 pounds.
  • Climb and work safely on ladders, scaffolding and ramps.
  • Work in cramped positions.
  • Talk about and demonstrate your HVAC skills and knowledge.

What Else Should I Consider about this Diploma program?

  • There are chances for overtime work at a higher pay rate, as well as emergency calls at odd hours.
  • You can start your own business.
  • May be seasonal layoffs.
  • There is a possibility of electrical shock and torch burns.
  • Must furnish own hand tools.
  • 2021 national estimate for Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers is $54,690/year, $26.29/hour. (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)



Nondiscrimination Statement

Des Moines Area Community College shall not engage in nor allow discrimination covered by law against any person, group or organization. This includes in its programs, activities, employment practices, or hiring practices, and harassment or discrimination based on race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, genetic information (in employment) and actual or potential parental, family or marital status. Veteran status in educational programs, activities, employment practices, or admission procedures is also included to the extent covered by law. Lack of English language proficiency will not be a barrier to admission and participation in career and technical education programs.

Individuals who believe they have been discriminated against may file a complaint through the College Discrimination Complaint Procedure. Complaint forms may be obtained from the Executive Campus Dean’s office, the Executive Academic Deans’ office, the Judicial Officer, or the EEO/AA Officer, Human Resources. ADA questions and concerns may be directed to the Section 504/ADA Coordinator at 2006 S. Ankeny Blvd, Bldg 6, Ankeny, IA 50023, phone 515/964-6857, dso@dmacc.edu. Title IX questions and concerns may be directed to the Title IX Coordinator at 2006 S. Ankeny Blvd, Bldg 1, Ankeny, IA 50023, phone 515/964-6216, Title9@dmacc.edu. Questions or complaints about this policy may be directed to the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, John C. Kluczysnki Federal Building, 230 S. Dearborn Street, 37th Floor, Chicago, IL 60604-7204, phone 312/730-1560, fax 312/730-1576, TDD 800-877-8339 Email OCR.Chicago@ed.gov.

DMACC offers career and technical programs in the following areas of study:
Agriculture, Natural and Environmental Science
Architecture, Engineering, and Construction
Arts, Design, and Visual Communication
Business, Management, and Marketing
Education, Public, and Human Services
Health Science
Hospitality and Culinary
Information Technology
Transportation & Logistics

Entrance requirements for specific programs can be found at Academic Pathway website.(2024)

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