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College Catalog Fall 2011 - Spring 2012

Plumbing and Refrigeration - AOS

The Field

Plumbers install and repair the water, waste disposal, drainage, and gas systems in homes and commercial and industrial buildings. Plumbers also install plumbing fixtures—bathtubs, showers, sinks, and toilets—and appliances such as dishwashers and water heaters. Pipefitters install and repair both high-pressure and low-pressure pipe systems used in manufacturing. Plumbers must be able to follow building plans or blueprints and instructions from supervisors, lay out the job, and work efficiently with the materials and tools of their trade.

Refrigeration and air-conditioning systems consist of many mechanical, electrical, and electronic components, such as: motors, compressors, pumps, fans, ducts, pipes, thermostats, and switches. Technicians must be able to maintain, diagnose, and correct problems throughout the entire system. To do this, they adjust system controls to recommended settings and test the performance of the system using special tools and test equipment. Technicians often specialize in either installation or maintenance and repair. They also may specialize in doing heating work or air-conditioning or refrigeration work.

The Instructional Program

New students are accepted for the fall semester into the A.O.S. degree program, and can then choose to begin their first year in the Plumbing, Heating, and Pipefitting advisement track or in the Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning advisement track. While completing course work in the A.O.S. degree program, students may choose to earn one-year certificates by working closely with their advisor. 

Distinctive Features

Delhi's skilled-trades students are sometimes given the opportunity to do a “hands-on” project.

SUNY Delhi uses Refrigeration Service Engineers Society (RSES) training manuals in all its refrigeration courses. Membership in the RSES Student Chapter is included in the textbook cost, and students take the RSES certification exam as a part of their program.

SUNY Delhi's faculty in Plumbing, Heating, and Pipefitting and in Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning are veteran instructors and experienced tradesmen who remain active in their fields.

Career Options

Job opportunities are expected to be very good, as demand for skilled plumbers and pipefitters is expected to outpace the supply of well-trained workers in this field. Workers with welding experience should have especially good opportunities. For those who would like to advance, it is increasingly important to be able to communicate in both English and Spanish in order to relay instructions and safety precautions to workers with limited understanding of English.

Curriculum

SUNY Curriculum Code:  1159

SUNY General Education Requirements: Students who intend to receive A.A., A.S., or baccalaureate degrees must satisfy SUNY and campus General Education (GE) requirements to graduate. Students should be aware that GE requirements may vary by academic program. Consult with your academic advisor. For general information, see the "General Education" section of this catalog.

A.A.S. and A.O.S. degree students may not be required to fulfill General Education (GE) requirements; however, any student who may wish to transfer should complete as many GE courses as possible. Consult with your academic advisor.

 

Note: The courses listed below for the first and second semesters may be reversed with the courses listed for the third and fourth semesters, depending on the advisement track chosen by the student on entry: the Plumbing/heating/pipefitting track or the Refrigeration/air-conditioning track. These advisement tracks permit students who successfully complete their first year, but who cannot attend college for a second year, to exit with a certificate that qualifies them to apply for a job in that field. Students must identify their advisement track before beginning their first semester.

First Semester of Plumbing/Heating/Pipefitting advisement track
OR
Third Semester of Refrigeration/Air-Conditioning advisement track

Course No.

Course                                          

Cr. Hrs.

 PEDH 220

First Aid: Responding to
Emergencies or replacement by advisement *

 PHPF 110

Plumbing Codes

2

 PHPF 120

Plumbing Theory

3

 PHPF 130

Plumbing/Drainage Laboratory

5

 PHPF 140

Plumbing Blueprint Drafting

2

 ____ ___

Restricted Elective by advisement

3

 

Total                                   

17

Second Semester of Plumbing/Heating/Pipefitting advisement track
OR
Fourth Semester of Refrigeration/Air-Conditioning advisement track

Course No.

Course                                           

Cr. Hrs.

 MATH ___

Mathematics or replacement by advisement *

3-4 

 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

 

Total

14-15

Third Semester of Plumbing/Heating/Pipefitting advisement track
OR
First Semester of Refrigeration/Air-Conditioning advisement track

Course No.

Course                                          

Cr. Hrs.

 MATH ___

Mathematics or replacement by advisement * 

3-4 

 PEDH 220

First Aid: Responding to Emergencies or replacement by advisement * 

 RFAC 110

Fundamentals of Refrigeration

3

 RFAC 120

Fundamentals of Refrigeration
Laboratory

4

 RFAC 130

HVAC Electrical

3

 

Total

15-16

Fourth Semester of Plumbing/Heating/Pipefitting advisement track
OR
Second Semester of Refrigeration/Air-Conditioning advisement track

Course No.

Course                                          

Cr. Hrs.

 RFAC 140

Commercial Refrigeration Principles

3

 RFAC 150

Air-Conditioning Troubleshooting

3

 RFAC 160

Air-Conditioning Principles

3

 RFAC 170

Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Systems Operation Laboratory

4

 ____ ___

Restricted Elective by advisement

3

 ____ ___

Restricted Elective by advisement

2

 

Total

18

Degree Requirement: 64 credit hours

Notes

* Students only take one Mathematics and one Safety and First Aid course; if either course has already been taken, a replacement course will be advised for this semester. Mathematics is by placement according to competency; MATH 102 Mathematics for Applied Technology is the minimum exit-level requirement for this program.

Technical Standards: In addition to academic requirements, all applicants must also be able to meet the minimum Technical Standards for the program, with or without reasonable accommodation.

 

Admissions Requirements

To be eligible for consideration, an applicant must:


Student Learning Outcomes

A graduate of the Plumbing and Refrigeration A.O.S. degree program should be able to:

  1. Understand and apply the International Plumbing Code and New York State Code.
  2. Demonstrate basic knowledge of plumbing materials, tools, and equipment.
  3. Display the ability to measure, cut, and join steel pipe, copper tubing, plastic and cast-iron soil pipe; demonstrate knowledge of fittings as well as basic fabrication of sheet-metal principles and layout techniques.
  4. Exhibit basic drafting techniques as they relate to the plumbing, heating, and pipefitting field through the completion of various drawings, such as: piping isometrics, plumbing floor plans, and riser diagrams.
  5. Install residential hydronic and steam heating systems, and indirect and direct domestic water heaters.
  6. Design and install warm-air heating systems and the various types of hot-water heating systems for residential and light commercial buildings.
  7. Design and install potable water, sanitary waste, and vent systems in residential and light commercial buildings.
  8. Correctly and safely wire oil and gas boilers and warm-air heating systems.
  9. Display an understanding of building energy requirements, and demonstrate the ability to perform residential heat-loss calculations.
  10. Recognize and respond to emergencies by making appropriate decisions regarding first-aid care.
  11. 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.
  12. Demonstrate a hands-on knowledge of the refrigeration system, including skills in servicing, analyzing, problem solving, and pertinent safety practices.
  13. Understand the basic electricity knowledge necessary to HVAC mechanics.
  14. Demonstrate an understanding of the equipment and specific topics associated with commercial refrigeration systems.
  15. Demonstrate knowledge of air-conditioning principles and air-conditioning systems, including: room air conditioners, air-conditioning systems, heat pumps, low-voltage thermostats, and hydronics.
  16. Apply the knowledge necessary to accurately troubleshoot air-conditioning systems. 
  17. 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.
  18. Understand and apply the fundamentals of gas and arc welding as they apply to the refrigeration and air-conditioning field. 

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