HVAC Technician A.S. Degree (09400.AS)

School of Agriculture and Industrial Technology

The Heating, Ventilation, and Air conditioning / Refrigeration (HVAC/R) Program at Merced College is a comprehensive training program. The student will become knowledgeable in Refrigeration Systems, Basic Electrical Concepts, Air Systems & Air Conditioning Fundamentals, Heating Systems, and Commercial Refrigeration.

The students will learn from lecture as well as laboratory experience. The instructor has practical experience in the field and the formal education to provide the students with the necessary skills as well as equip them for HVAC/R employment.

Students will use the College HVAC/R Simulators during classroom training. Successful completion of the class will result in attainment of a Merced College Certificate of Completion.

The Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning / Refrigeration Program are designed to meet the increasing need within the local Business Community for trained technicians.

An Associate in Science Degree in HVAC Technician is available for students who successfully complete the graduation requirements and complete the following program. For successful completion, a student must complete the requirements with a minimum grade of a ā€œCā€ (or P) in each course with a grade point average of 2.0 or higher.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

A. Explain the basic theory of the subject matter or HVAC/R system for the course of instruction based on industry standards.

B. Analyze a scenario based upon an HVAC/R equipment system failure/problem/complaint.

C. Employ a systematic approach to troubleshooting a HVAC/R system malfunction and prepare an effective repair solution.

D. Analyze component failures to determine the root cause of the component failure.

E. Verify if the path of repair was correct by testing and/or completing a work order/report.

F. Demonstrate the correct usage of tools/supplies required to diagnose/repair a malfunction.

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Program Requirements:

Program Core: (19 Units)


INDT-50 HVAC--Heating and Control Systems


INDT-51 Ventilation and Air Conditioning


INDT-52 Refrigerant Usage Certification and R-410A Safety


INDT-53 Heat Pump Systems


INDT-54 Residential HVAC Installation


Total: (19 Units)

Completion of MCCD-GE Breadth: (23 units)

Elective (as needed to reach 60 units) Units: (18 Units)

Total Degree Units: (60 Units)

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Contact Information


Bryan Tassey


(209) 384-6250

School Office

AGIT Office


(209) 381-6478

HVAC Website