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Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration

Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration

The goal of the Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Technology A.A.S. curriculum is to develop the skills needed for employment and certification in several areas. Students learn to evaluate the performance of air conditioning and refrigeration systems, to assess energy consumption, and to apply principles and methods of energy conservation. Graduates can seek employment with consulting engineering companies as engineering assistants capable of designing and laying out mechanical systems.

Students who have learned the fundamentals of residential comfort systems can earn a certificate in Residential Comfort Control or Residential Comfort Systems Installer. Upon completion of either program, students may choose to work with contractors to install and services HVACR (heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration) systems for residential and light commerical buildings. Students who earn a Stationery Engineer's License Preparation Certificate will develop skills to continue studies toward a Stationary Engineer's License.

For more information, contact Larry Penar, department chair, at 847.635.1955, or

Find out more about careers in Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Technology.

Alumni Profile

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As a student with a keen interest in the environment, Alan Kroeger has helped reshape the Oakton landscape - literally.



September 7
Labor Day holiday. College closed.

September 20
Last day to withdraw from 16-week courses and have course dropped from record.

September 21
Last day to change to audit for 16-week courses.

October 4
Incomplete (I) grades from summer 2015 semester for which faculty have not submitted final grades will become an "F" after this date.

October 9
Last day for filing Graduation Petitions.

October 25
Last day to withdraw with a "W" from 16-week courses; Students will receive a grade in all courses in which they are enrolled after October 25.

November 11
Veterans Day holiday. College closed.

November 18
Registration opens for spring 2016 semester.

November 26, 27
Thanksgiving Recess. College closed.

November 28, 29
Thanksgiving Recess. No classes, College open. (Most offices closed.)

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