Associate of Applied Science in Refrigeration and Heating Technology

This program is offered only through Matanuska-Susitna College.

Admission Requirements

Satisfy the Application and Admission Requirements for Associate Degree Programs.

Students must achieve an acceptable score on placement tests in reading, writing and mathematics.


Students are urged to meet with a faculty advisor prior to enrolling in RH courses. See an advisor for information on the recommended course sequence.

Graduation Requirements

Program Requirements

RH A101Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Fundamentals4
RH A103Technical Mathematics for Industrial Trades3
RH A105Electrical Circuits for Refrigeration and Heating I3
RH A109Principles of Thermodynamics3
RH A122Refrigeration and Air Conditioning4
RH A126Electrical Circuits for Refrigeration and Heating II3
RH A132Troubleshooting for HVAC/R Systems3
RH A201Commercial and Ammonia Refrigeration4
RH A203HVAC/R Basic Controls3
RH A209Codes for HVAC/R2
RH A211Customer Relations and Job Etiquette1
RH A225Heating Fundamentals and Forced Air Heat4
RH A226Commercial HVAC/R Systems4
RH A228Advanced Hydronic Heat Systems4
RH A229HVAC/R Control Systems3
RH A232HVAC/R Sheet Metal3
Total Credits51

A total of 66 credits is required for the degree.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating with a degree in the Refrigeration and Heating Technology program will be able to:

  • Apply the fundamental laws of physics related to the Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration (HVAC/R) industry.
  • Use mathematical skills required to succeed in HVAC/R trades.
  • Understand and describe the function of individual components that make up HVAC/R systems.
  • Work safely with tools, torches, electricity, refrigerants, heating fuels, and other equipment and material associated with HVAC/R work.
  • Follow work practices that are environmentally responsible.
  • Obtain employment as an entry level HVAC/R technician and be able to advance professionally.
  • Work effectively with customers, employers, and co-workers.
  • Systematically troubleshoot HVAC/R systems.
  • Apply municipal, state, and national mechanical codes to decisions involving the design, installation, operation, and maintenance of HVAC/R systems.