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Refrigeration, Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Heating Programs:
Technical Standards for admission, progression, and graduation

The following technical standards describe the non-academic qualifications required for entrance to, continuation in, and graduation with a Plumbing, Heating, & Pipefitting or Refrigeration & Air Conditioning certificate or an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in Heating, Ventilating, & Air Conditioning or an Associate in Occupational Studies (AOS) degree in Plumbing & Refrigeration from SUNY College of Technology at Delhi. Candidates must be able to meet these minimum standards, with or without reasonable accommodation, for successful completion of certificate/degree requirements.

Thinking skills

General: Apply theories and principles for proper installation, maintenance, troubleshooting, and repair of cooling components and systems.


• Understand textbooks, handouts, diagrams, and charts.
• Visualize three-dimensional objects.
• Take measurements and do conversions.
• Interpret read-outs on meters, gauges, scales, and other measurement devices.
• Identify names and functions of cooling components.
• Explain operating characteristics of cooling systems.
• Relate concepts of physics, chemistry, and electricity to operations of cooling systems.
• Identify tools and materials.
• Follow safety procedures.
• Inspect and test cooling components and systems.
• Recognize indicators of malfunctions.
• Draw conclusions based on a review of findings.
• Formulate service or repair plan.
• Perform procedures according to proper specifications.

Sensory/Observation skills

General: Use sensory cues to conduct inspections and tests to determine causes of failures, and respond properly.


• Interpret read-outs on meters, gauges, and other measuring devices.
• Distinguish identifying colors of wires, knobs, and other objects.
• Recognize and compare shapes and forms of objects.
• Detect and respond to indicators of malfunctions.
• Select appropriate materials, tools, and equipment for maintenance and repairs.

Motor skills

General: Possess sufficient physical strength, flexibility, and dexterity to safely handle electrical and mechanical parts.


• Operate necessary tools, equipment, and machinery.
• Remove and replace failed components.
• Position and maneuver in confined spaces to do repairs.
• Work at varying heights.
• Lift and transport equipment and materials as necessary.

Communication skills

General: Communicate effectively to gather and convey information.


• Obtain necessary information from oral and written sources.
• Express information coherently.

Behavioral skills

General: Behave appropriately and safely in a cooperative learning environment.


• Fulfill personal and shared responsibilities.
• Work cooperatively with partners and groups.
• Exercise good judgment.
• Follow safety procedures.

Environmental Tolerance

General: Function safely in a refrigeration and air-conditioning lab.


Work for prolonged periods exposed to:

• Extreme noise
• Extreme heat
• Sharp tools and materials
• Electrical equipment
• Chemicals and toxins
• Dust and fumes
• Machinery with moving parts
• Slippery or uneven surfaces
• Variations in lighting


Admission Requirements
HS Average: 70 
Algebra Regents (recommended): 70
Transfer GPA: 2.0

SUNY Curriculum Code: 1159

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P 607-746-4070
F 607-746-4224

Last Updated: 2/19/16