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College Catalog Fall 2004 - Spring 2006
Refrigeration & Air Conditioning

The Field

The refrigeration and air conditioning industry is a specialized field within HVAC and offers a multitude of employment opportunities to the person with appropriate training.

The industry consists of the manufacturing, selling, installing, and servicing of air conditioning and cooling units in a variety of applications. Recent emphasis on energy-efficient heating and cooling systems has generated additional employment opportunities with the following: small contractors, building maintenance, manufacturing firms, wholesale supply houses, and other service industries.

The Instructional Program

The program consists of the theoretical and practical aspects of troubleshooting, diagnosing, and repairing various refrigeration and air conditioning units. Domestic units and systems are covered during the first semester, and commercial units and systems are covered during the second semester.

Students in this program are affiliated with the Refrigeration Service Engineers Society. Prior to leaving in the spring semester, students are trained for and given the opportunity to take the CFC Certification Test, which is required by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for refrigerant handling and reclaiming.  Students will be required to furnish a set of mechanic’s hand tools.

There are a number of curriculum options at SUNY Delhi related to this field.  There is an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in HVAC (see the separate entry in this catalog for Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning). There are three Associate in Occupational Studies (A.O.S.) degrees which include one year of Refrigeration and Air Conditioning. There is also a one-year certificate in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning. The A.O.S. and certificate curricula are outlined below.

Refrigeration and Plumbing

A.O.S. Degree (This program can be taken in either order.)

SUNY Curriculum Code:  1159

First Semester

Course No.

Course

Cr. Hrs.

RFAC 110

Fundamentals of Refrigeration

3

RFAC 120

Fundamentals of Refrigeration Laboratory 4

 

RFAC 130

HVAC Electrical

3

MATH ___

Mathematics*

3

WELD 100

Fundamentals of Welding

2

 

Total

15

Second Semester

Course No.

Course

Cr. Hrs.

RFAC 140

Commercial Refrigeration

3

RFAC 150

Air Conditioning Troubleshooting

3

RFAC 160

Air Conditioning Principles

3

RFAC 170

Refrigeration and Air Conditioning System Operation Laboratory

4

____ ___

Elective (by advisement)

3

 

Total

16

Third Semester

Course No.

Course

Cr. Hrs.

PHPF 110

Plumbing Codes

2

PHPF 120

Plumbing Theory

3

PHPF 130

Plumbing/Drainage Laboratory

5

PHPF 140

Plumbing Blueprint Drafting

2

PEDH 220

First Aid

2

____ ___

Restricted Elective

3

 

Total

17

Fourth Semester

Course No.

Course

Cr. Hrs.

PHPF 150

Heating Theory

3

PHPF 160

Heating Laboratory

3

PHPF 170

System Controllers

2

PHPF 180

System Controllers Laboratory

2

PHPF 190

Building Energy Requirements

1

MATH ___

Mathematics*

3

 

Total

14

Degree Requirement: 62 credit hours

Admission Requirements: Applicants must have earned a high school or equivalency diploma. It is recommended that students entering this program have completed one unit of high school Mathematics Course A.

*Note: Math by placement. MATH 102 Mathematics for Applied Technology is the minimum mathematics requirement for the program.

Refrigeration and Electrical Construction

A.O.S. Degree (This program can be taken in either order.)

SUNY Curriculum Code:  1153

First Semester

Course No.

Course

Cr. Hrs.

RFAC 110

Fundamentals of Refrigeration

3

RFAC 120

Fundamentals of Refrigeration Laboratory 4

 

RFAC 130

HVAC Electrical

3

MATH ___

Mathematics*

3

WELD 100

Fundamentals of Welding

2

 

Total

15

Second Semester

Course No.

Course

Cr. Hrs.

RFAC 140

Commercial Refrigeration

3

RFAC 150

Air Conditioning Troubleshooting

3

RFAC 160

Air Conditioning Principles

3

RFAC 170

Refrigeration and Air Conditioning System Operation Laboratory

4

____ ___

Elective (by advisement)

3

 

Total

16

Third Semester

Course No.

Course

Cr. Hrs.

ECMT 110

Electrical Theory I

3

ECMT 120

Electrical System Design I

3

ECMT 130

Electrical Laboratory I

4

ECMT 140

National Electric Code I

3

MATH ___

Mathematics*

3

 

Total

16

Fourth Semester

Course No.

Course

Cr. Hrs.

ECMT 142

National Electric Code II

3

ECMT 150

Electrical Theory II

3

ECMT 160

Electrical System Design II

3

ECMT 170

Electrical Laboratory II

4

____ ___

Restricted Elective

3

 

Total

16

Degree Requirement: 63 credit hours

Admission Requirements: Applicants must have earned a high school or equivalency diploma or be at least 18 years of age. It is recommended that students entering this program have completed one unit of high school Mathematics Course A.

*Note: Math by placement. MATH 102 Mathematics for Applied Technology is the minimum mathematics requirement for the program.

Refrigeration and Electrical Instrumentation

A.O.S. Degree

SUNY Curriculum Code:  1160

First Semester

Course No.

Course

Cr. Hrs.

RFAC 110

Fundamentals of Refrigeration

3

RFAC 120

Fundamentals of Refrigeration Laboratory 4

 

RFAC 130

HVAC Electrical

3

MATH ___

Mathematics*

3

WELD 100

Fundamentals of Welding

2

 

Total

15

Second Semester

Course No.

Course

Cr. Hrs.

RFAC 140

Commercial Refrigeration

3

RFAC 150

Air Conditioning Troubleshooting

3

RFAC 160

Air Conditioning Principles

3

RFAC 170

Refrigeration and Air Conditioning System Operation Laboratory

4

____ ___

Elective (by advisement)

3

 

Total

16

Third Semester

Course No.

Course

Cr. Hrs.

BUSI 120

Business Communications

3

EICR 210

Electrical Theory III

3

EICR 240

Electrical Control Diagrams

3

EICR 220

Control System Design

3

EICR 230

Electrical Laboratory III

4

 

Total

16

Fourth Semester

Course No.

Course

Cr. Hrs.

EICR 250

Electrical Theory IV

3

EICR 260

Programmable Logic Controllers

3

EICR 270

Electrical Laboratory IV

 4

____ ___

Technical Elective

3

PEDH 220

First Aid

2

 

Total

15

Degree Requirement: 62 credit hours

Admission Requirements: Applicants must have earned a high school or equivalency diploma. It is recommended that students entering this program have completed one unit of high school Mathematics Course A.

*Note: Math by placement. MATH 102 Mathematics for Applied Technology is the minimum mathematics requirement for the program.

Refrigeration and Air Conditioning

Certificate

SUNY Curriculum Code: 0957

Successful completion of the certificate will allow a student to transfer all courses to the A.O.S. option should he/she decide to continue.

First Semester

Course No.

Course

Cr. Hrs.

MATH ___

Mathematics*

3

PEDH 220

First Aid

2

RFAC 110

Fundamentals of Refrigeration

3

RFAC 120

Fundamentals of Refrigeration Laboratory

4

RFAC 130

HVAC Electrical

3

WELD 100

Fundamentals of Welding

2

 

Total

 17

Second Semester

Course No.

Course

Cr. Hrs.

RFAC 40

Commercial Refrigeration rinciples

3

RFAC 50

Air Conditioning Troubleshooting

3

RFAC 160

Air Conditioning Principles

3

RFAC 170

Refrigeration and Air Conditioning System Operation Laboratory

4

____ ___

Elective(by advisement)

3

 

Total

16

Certificate Requirement: 33 credit hours

Admission Requirements: Applicants must have earned a high school or equivalency diploma. It is recommended that students entering this program have completed one unit of high school Mathematics Course A.

*Note: Math by placement. MATH 102 Mathematics for Applied Technology is the minimum mathematics requirement for the program.

Program Objectives

A graduate of the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning program should be able to:

  1. Understand and discuss fundamental refrigeration principles, including trade tools, gas laws, pressure/temperature relationship, heat transfer, refrigerants, compression cycle, compressors, condensers, evaporators, metering devices, refrigeration oils, desiccants and driers, evacuation, and safe handling of refrigerants.
  2. Demonstrate a hands-on knowledge of the refrigeration system including skills in servicing, analyzing, problem solving, and pertinent safety practices.
  3. Understand the basic electricity knowledge necessary to HVAC mechanics.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the equipment and specific topics associated with commercial refrigeration systems.
  5. Demonstrate a knowledge of air conditioning principles and air conditioning systems, including room air conditioners, air conditioning systems, heat pumps, low-voltage thermostats, and hydronics.
  6. Apply the knowledge necessary to accurately troubleshoot air conditioning systems. 
  7. Demonstrate hands-on skills in the installation and servicing of a wide variety of air conditioning and commercial refrigeration equipment and systems in a safe manner.
  8. Understand and apply the fundamentals of gas and arc welding as they apply to the refrigeration and air conditioning field. 
  9. Recognize and respond to emergencies by making appropriate decisions regarding first-aid care. 

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Last Updated: 8/3/08