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.
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.
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.
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||4|
|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|
|PHYS 150||General Physics I||4|
|Social Science Elective||3|
Elective by advisement = 2 credit hours
Notes1 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:
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