Air Conditioning Technology

Program Overview

The Air Conditioning Technology diploma program is a sequence of courses that prepares students for careers in the air conditioning industry. Learning opportunities develop academic, occupational, and professional knowledge and skills required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. The program emphasizes a combination of air conditioning theory and practical application necessary for successful employment.  Program graduates receive an Air Conditioning Technology diploma and have the qualifications of an air conditioning technician.

Students are accepted into the Air Conditioning Technology program every semester.  A full-time student can complete this program in 3 semesters.  To graduate, students must earn a minimum of 51 semester credit hours.  Upon completion of this program, students are eligible to take the 608 Air Conditioning exam ($50.00).

Career Traits/Requirements

Individuals wanting to enroll in the Air Conditioning diploma program must have good eyesight, manual dexterity, hand eye coordination, critical thinking skills, problem solving skills, math skills, and the ability to apply technology to the work environment.

Offered at the Following Campus

South Campus (Dublin)

Salary Potential

$55,000.00 – $75,000.00

Program Costs

Tuition & Fees:  $6,093.00
Books & Supplies:  $1,400.00
(Costs are estimated and are subject to change.)

HOPE Career Grant:
The HOPE Career Grant, formerly known as the Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant, is available to HOPE Grant-qualified students who enroll in select majors specifically aligned with one of 12 industries in which there are more jobs available in Georgia than there are skilled workers to fill them.

To qualify, an OFTC student must be fully admitted to the college, enrolled in one of the above programs and receiving the HOPE Grant for the same term. The amount of the HOPE Career Grant award is a fixed amount for each term of enrollment:

  • 9 or more credit hours – $500/semester
  • 3-8 credit hours – $250/semester
  • 1-2 credit hours – $125/semester
  • Commercial Truck Driving – $1,000 one time award

High School students in dual enrollment and joint enrollment are NOT eligible.

Employment Opportunities

Graduates of the Air Conditioning Technology diploma program are prepared for employment as air conditioning technicians. Instruction and practical application of learned skills provide a broad occupational background which appeals to prospective employers.

Admission Requirements

  • Submit a completed application and application fee;
  • Be at least 16 years of age;
  • Submit official high school transcript or GED transcript;
  • Submit official college transcripts, if applicable;
  • OFTC may accept a student’s official entrance score on the following validated assessment instruments if the scores meet the required minimums: COMPASS/ASSET, SAT, ACT, PSAT, PACT, Accuplacer/Accuplacer Next Generation/Companion, HOPE GPA after completion of 10th grade of 2.6 or higher or GED.



Course Overview

  • EMPL1000Interpersonal Relations & Prof Devlpmnt2 credit hours30 contact hours
  • ENGL1010Fundamentals of English I3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • MATH1012Foundations of Mathematics3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • AIRC1005Refrigeration Fundamentals4 credit hours90 contact hours
  • AIRC1010Refrigeration Principles and Practices4 credit hours90 contact hours
  • AIRC1020Refrigeration Systems Components4 credit hours90 contact hours
  • AIRC1030HVACR Electrical Fundamentals4 credit hours90 contact hours
  • AIRC1040HVACR Electrical Motors4 credit hours90 contact hours
  • AIRC1050HVACR Electrical Components and Control4 credit hours90 contact hours
  • AIRC1060Air Conditioning Systems Application and Installation4 credit hours90 contact hours
  • AIRC1070Gas Heat4 credit hours90 contact hours
  • AIRC1080Heat Pumps and Related Systems4 credit hours90 contact hours
  • AIRC1090Troubleshooting Air Conditioning Systems4 credit hours90 contact hours
  • Occupational Elective: 3 Credit Hours
  • COLL1060Introduction to College and Computers3 credit hours50 contact hours
  • Credit Hours: 51