Refrigeration and Instrumentation
Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Required Tools
The following tools are required for students entering the HVAC or the Refrigeration Air-Conditioning associate's degree or certificate programs. The cost of the tools is approximately $675. The annual cost of textbooks is approximately $300.
The list includes some manufacturers' names and numbers only as a source of reference. With tools, the old adage applies "you get what you pay for." Past students have purchased tools at Sears, Home Depot, Lowe's, and specialty stores. Permanently identify each of your tools with your name or a symbol because your classmates will all have the same or similar looking tools.
There are three area vendors that sell discounted tools to students. Tools purchased from these vendors can be delivered to the student's home during the summer, or delivered to the HVAC/Refrigeration Laboratory at SUNY Delhi during the first week of fall classes. Ace Hardware is next to the campus and purchased tools can be picked up there.
Haggerty Ace Hardware
Price Chopper Plaza
Delhi, NY 13753
Tom Ballard Jr.
Pickett Building Materials
6459 State Highway 23
Oneonta, NY 13820
*Tools can be delivered to campus, or picked up in person at the store. Please order early to allow reorder time for out-of-stock items.
Some of the specialized HVAC trade tools may only be available from an HVAC distributor that supplies HVAC contractors. One of these dealers who works closely with the college is:
3 Louisa St
Binghamton, NY 13904
Meier Supply will also deliver student ordered tools to the college during the first week of classes.
Look in your Yellow Pages for other specialized HVAC or Refrigeration distributors.
Required General Tool List
- Hammer (8 oz.) ball peen similar to Klein #803-8
- Screwdriver, 4-way or equivalent, similar to Klein #19505
- Wrench set, boxed and open, 1/4" through 1"
- Allen wrenches(long version)) (hex key) 7 sizes, 5/64" through 1/4", 12" long
- Socket set, 1/4" drive set
- Hacksaw, 12" minimum, 32 teeth per inch
- Adjustable wrenches, 6" and 12"
- Pliers, lineman type 9"
- Adjustable pliers, (groove joint or water pump) 10"
- Pliers, needle nose 6"
- Steel measuring tape - 8'
- Two padlocks
- One pair safety glasses
- One pair leather palm gloves
- One pocket thermometer - 30-120 degrees Fahrenheit
- One hand held Propane Torch (or Torch Kit) with Propane Tank (for soldering up to 5/8 copper tubing)
- Compressor service ratchet wrench (4" one) similar to Ritchie #60613
- Tubing cutter, (Small Imp) for cutting copper tubing 1/4" to 7/8" diameter, similar to Ritchie #60121
- Tubing cutter, full size, for cutting copper tubing 3/8" to 1 - 5/8" diameter, similar to Ritchie #60102
- Flaring tool kit 1/4" to 5/8" similar to Imperial Eastman #697780
- Swaging tool kit 1/4" to 5/8" similar to Imperial Eastman #193s
- Ammeter similar to Amprobe Model #RS3
- Copper fitting brushes 1/4" to 5/8"
- Refrigeration dual gage manifold set with hoses.
- Two access valve core removers (type that will physically remove core while system is under pressure similar to Ritchie #18990)
- Volt ohm multi-meter with ohms times one scale
- Tool box of adequate size to hold tools on this list
Total approximate cost of tools - $675
Electrical Instrumentation & Controls
Required Tools & Supplies
- One pair of OSHA approved, clear lensed safety glasses. If the student wears prescription glasses they must be approved safety lenses or use stick on bi focal lenses
- One padlock to secure tools
- Tool pouch, bag or box (lockers provide area = 23” deep x 13” high x 12” wide)
- Professional grade digital meter , clamp type meter strongly suggested
- (i.e. Ideal 61-746 or Fluke 323)
- Wire Numbers ***Typical Brands: Brady, 3M, Ideal, Panduit
- Must minimally include numbers 0 – 9. Using two single digits will allow student to create numbers above 9.
- Electrical Tape
- (1) roll – Black Electrical tape
- 1/4” x 1 1/4” glass Fuses: (available through automationdirect.com)
- 10 amp – minimum 10 (automation direct part# AGC 10)
- 5 amp – minimum 15 (automation direct part# AGC 5)
- 2 amp – minimum 15 (automation direct part# AGC 2)
- 1/2 amp – minimum 15 (automation direct part# AGC - 5)
- Wire nuts:
- Box of red
- Box of yellow
- Box of orange
- #10 x 3/4” pan head screws
- #8 x 3/4” pan head screws
- 10-32 x 3/4" pan head screws
- 8-32 x 3/4” pan head screws
- Green Equipment Ground Screws
- Set of quality drill bits up to half inch
- Fine tip permanent marker (Sharpie)
- Pencil (#2 at least 4)
- 16” Hacksaw
- 32T hacksaw blades of professional quality (i.e. Lennox, Klein, Ideal, etc.)
- Five (5) slotted-head screwdrivers:
- 1/8” (at least 6” shank)
- 3/16” (at least 6” shank)
- 1/4” (at least 6” shank)
- 1/8” (2” shank)
- Three (3) Phillips head screwdrivers:
- #2 tip (at least 4” shank)
- #1 tip (at least 3 1/8” shank)
- #0 tip (2” shank)
- Insulated side-cutting pliers, also referred to as lineman’s pliers (8” or 9”)
- Insulated diagonal-cutting pliers (6” or 7”)
- Insulated needle-nose pliers (6” or 8”)
- 16 oz. straight claw hammer
- Scratch awl
- 9” magnetic torpedo level
- Combination tool: Wire stripper, crimping tool, bolt cutter (i.e. Klein 1010)
- Professional grade required and must strip wire from front of tool
- Tape measure (12’ minimum)
- Fuse puller (automationdirect.com #FP-2)
- Utility Knife with retractable blade
- Jack Knife with 2 3/4" Blade
- Small wire ties (zip ties) – minimum 100 count
- 18T and 24T hacksaw blades
- Professional grade screw holding screw driver (i.e. Klein sk234)
- Professional grade arc-joint or pump pliers (10”)
- Romex Strippers
- Professional grade step drill
- Center Punch
" = inches
' = feet
T = tooth
# = number
AWG = American Wire Gauge