Are you interested in alternative energy systems? What about controlled climates like heating and air conditioning? What about refrigeration and freezing systems? If so, then this program just might be what you're looking for.

In the Air Conditioning, Refrigeration, and Environmental Control Technology (AIRE) program you will study heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR). The AIRE Program includes the technology of controlled environments for homes, buildings and conditioned spaces, with topics ranging from residential refrigeration to commercial air conditioning and industrial freezing systems. Particular focus is on energy efficiency and integration with Green Technology, including alternative energy systems.

Career Options

The AIRE Program trains students in traditional career options that include:

  • Air conditioning and/or refrigeration contractor
  • Service manager
  • Dispatcher
  • HVAC or refrigeration service technician
  • Manufacturer service representative
  • Sales engineer
  • Service engineer
  • Facilities or plant operations engineer
  • HVACR consultant
  • Control systems designer/commissioner
  • Solar energy technician or contractor
  • Solar system design engineer
  • Solar integration specialist

AIRE (Environmental Control)

Certificates of Performance*:

  • Air Conditioning and Solar Energy
  • Basic Refrigeration and Control Systems

Certificates of Achievement:

  • Advanced Air Conditioning and Direct Digital Control
  • Air Conditioning, Heating, and Advanced Refrigeration
  • Heating, Air Conditioning and Solar Energy
  • Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Systems Design
  • Stationary Facilities Engineering and General Maintenance Technician

Associates Degree:

  • Air Conditioning, Refrigeration, and Environmental Control Technology

*A Certificate of Performance is a departmental award that does not appear on the student's transcript. All courses must be completed within the San Diego Community College District.