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College Catalog Fall 2012 - Spring 2013

Heating, Ventilating, and Air-Conditioning - AAS

The Instructional Program

There are a number of Heating, Ventilating, and Air-Conditioning (HVAC) related curricula at SUNY Delhi, reflecting the diversity in this large industry. The HVAC curriculum described here is the Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree. This program contains a strong, representative technical core in addition to a liberal arts, mathematics, and science component. This option is the best one for students considering transfer to a four-year program. 

A very similar program, but without the liberal arts component, is the Associate in Occupational Studies (A.O.S.) degree in Plumbing, Heating, and Pipefitting plus Refrigeration and Air-conditioning. This combination degree has the same technical courses as the A.A.S. but substitutes restricted electives for the liberal arts, mathematics, and science component.

Career Options

Within the broad field of HVAC, there are a number of distinct career titles. However, the titles are not mutually exclusive, and often overlap in certain types of HVAC operations. These career titles and options are described below.

Refrigeration/Air-Conditioning Technician: The refrigeration and air-conditioning technician is responsible for installing, servicing, and replacing the cooling units which cool our homes or keep our perishable commodities at the appropriate temperature. This technician often specializes in one particular branch of the industry, such as home air-conditioning; auto air-conditioning; or mobile container systems, such as for trucks, bulk coolers for milk producers, etc.

Plumbing Technician: Plumbing technicians install and repair pipes that carry water, waste, drainage, and natural gas in buildings. They cut, bend, and join pipes; and they install fixtures and appliances, such as bathtubs, toilets, dishwashers, and water heaters. They work from blueprints and drawings that show them where to put the pipes and fixtures. In small contracting businesses, the plumbing technician and the heating technician may be one person or one company.

Heating Technician: Heating technicians install, service, and maintain the furnaces and boilers used to heat residential and commercial buildings. Heating technicians must be able to perform heat-loss calculations in order to size the heating source to the structure. They must be able to install piping and sheet-metal ductwork. They must also understand the electrical or electronic controls that operate the system.

Pipefitters: Pipefitters work on large industrial piping systems that carry steam, gases, and chemicals that supply power, heating, or refrigeration. Pipefitters may be known by the type of systems on which they specialize, such as "gas fitter" or "steamfitter."

Graduates of Delhi's HVAC programs can find employment in a variety of situations, from a one-person contracting business to a multinational corporation. The HVAC industry provides job security, respect, upward mobility, great salary, lifelong employment, and opportunity. HVAC professionals can use their skills just about any place in the world. HVAC is a high-technology industry with constant innovations that contribute to making the equipment work better, more efficiently, quicker, and less expensively.

HVAC-related programs at SUNY Delhi have a primary mission of preparing graduates for direct employment. If a graduate wishes to pursue further education toward a bachelor degree, he or she could transfer to the Industrial Engineering Technology program at SUNY Institute of Technology or to Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport, PA. Another four-year option would be to transfer to SUNY Oswego or Buffalo and pursue a Technical Education degree leading to a career as a technology or BOCES teacher in New York State.

Admissions Requirements

To be eligible for consideration, an applicant must:



SUNY Curriculum Code:  1486

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.

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.

Academic Requirements:

Minimum Total Credit Hours = 62

Major Courses Required = 41 credit hours

Course No. Course Cr. Hrs.
CITA 110 Introduction to Software Applications 3
EICR 210 Electrical Theory III  
EICR 220 Control System Design 3
EICR 240 Electrical Control Diagrams  
PEDH 220 First Aid: Responding to Emergencies 2
PHPF 150 Heating Theory 3
PHPF 160 Heating Laboratory 3
PHPF 170 System controllers 2
PHPF 180 System Controllers Laboratory 2
RFAC 110 Fundamentals of Refrigeration 3
RFAC 120 Fundamentals of Refrigeration Laboratory
RFAC 130 HVAC Electricity 3
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

General Education/Liberal Arts Courses Required = 19 credit hours

Course No. Course Cr. Hrs.
COMM 100 Public Speaking 3
ENGL ___ Freshman Composition or Advanced Composition1 3
MATH 128 College Algebra2 3

MATH 138 

Trigonometry2 3
PHYS 150 General Physics I 4
  Social Science Elective 3

Elective by advisement = 2 credit hours


1 English is by placement according to competency.

2 Mathematics is by placement according to competency. MATH 128 College Algebra and MATH 138 Trigonometry are the minimum exit-level mathematics requirement for this program. Students with appropriate math backgrounds will be placed in higher-level math courses. 


Student Learning Outcomes

A graduate of the Heating, Ventilating, and Air-conditioning A.A.S. 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 for HVAC mechanics.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the equipment and specific topics associated with commercial refrigeration systems.
  5. Demonstrate 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 safe installation and servicing of a wide variety of air-conditioning and commercial refrigeration equipment and systems.
  8. Understand and apply the National Standard Plumbing Code and New York State Code.
  9. Demonstrate basic knowledge of plumbing materials, tools, and equipment.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Install residential hydronic and steam heating systems, and indirect and direct domestic hot-water heaters.
  13. Design and install hot-air heating systems and the various types of hot-water heating systems for residential and light commercial buildings.
  14. Understand AC theory, multi-zone heating systems, and light commercial controls.
  15. Correctly and safely wire oil and gas boilers and hot-air heating systems.
  16. Display an understanding of building energy requirements, and demonstrate the ability to perform residential heat-loss calculations.
  17. Recognize and respond to emergencies by making appropriate decisions regarding first-aid care.

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