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Associate of Applied Science Degree

Certificates of Completion
• HVAC/R
• Residential HVAC

The climate in New Mexico creates a demand for skilled technicians in both heating and cooling, because people prefer to live and work in comfort. Every new home, school, public building, shopping mall, or office complex requires installation and service technicians, operating engineers, maintenance foremen, and trained crews to keep complex environmental systems operating efficiently.

The heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration industry is one of the country’s most stable. The supply of qualified, trained people has not kept pace with the demand, and new opportunities are constantly developing. The demand for trained HVAC/R graduates is also increasing because the Environmental Protection Agency now requires that refrigerants be handled by certified technicians.

Technicians knowledgeable in HVAC/R are also needed in defense, space exploration, and manufacturing. Because climate control is important wherever microprocessors are used in manufacturing or scientific research, skilled technicians are in demand in these fields, as well. Many experienced technicians own and manage their own businesses.

Using up-to-date test equipment and tools in modern facilities, students learn to —

  • service, repair, and maintain heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems;
  • read and interpret technical drawings, schematics, and symbols to diagnose and troubleshoot problems in a system;
  • evaluate, diagnose, and service various mechanical and electrical controls;
  • use technical mathematics to solve typical problems encountered in the HVAC/R trade;
  • handle customer relations, shop management procedures, and record keeping relative to the trade;
  • properly use special tools and testing equipment; and
  • become certified in Section 608, EPA certification.

Remember to consult the DACC Catalog, available online, for more complete information before choosing a program. Certain restrictions, qualifications, and/or fees may apply.

For further information, call (575) 527-7590.

4/2015