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


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.