Heating, Ventilating & Air Conditioning

Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning

Technical Standards

Refrigeration, Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Heating Programs:
Technical Standards for admission, progression, and graduation

The following technical standards describe the non-academic qualifications required for entrance to, continuation in, and graduation with a Plumbing, Heating, & Pipefitting or Refrigeration & Air Conditioning certificate, or an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in Heating, Ventilating & Air Conditioning or an Associate in Occupational Studies (AOS) degree in Plumbing & Refrigeration from SUNY Delhi. Candidates must be able to meet these minimum standards, with or without reasonable accommodation, for successful completion of certificate/degree requirements.

Thinking Skills

General: Apply theories and principles for proper installation, maintenance, troubleshooting, and repair of cooling components and systems.


  • Understand textbooks, handouts, diagrams, and charts.
  • Visualize three-dimensional objects.
  • Take measurements and do conversions.
  • Interpret readouts on meters, gauges, scales, and other measurement devices.
  • Identify names and functions of cooling components.
  • Explain operating characteristics of cooling systems.
  • Relate concepts of physics, chemistry, and electricity to operations of cooling systems.
  • Identify tools and materials.
  • Follow safety procedures.
  • Inspect and test cooling components and systems.
  • Recognize indicators of malfunctions.
  • Draw conclusions based on a review of findings.
  • Formulate service or repair plan.
  • Perform procedures according to proper specifications.

Sensory/Observation Skills

General: Use sensory cues to conduct inspections and tests to determine causes of failures, and respond properly.


  • Interpret readouts on meters, gauges, and other measuring devices.
  • Distinguish identifying colors of wires, knobs, and other objects.
  • Recognize and compare shapes and forms of objects.
  • Detect and respond to indicators of malfunctions.
  • Select appropriate materials, tools, and equipment for maintenance and repairs.

Motor Skills

General: Possess sufficient physical strength, flexibility, and dexterity to safely handle electrical and mechanical parts.


  • Operate necessary tools, equipment, and machinery.
  • Remove and replace failed components.
  • Position and maneuver in confined spaces to do repairs.
  • Work at varying heights.
  • Lift and transport equipment and materials as necessary.

Communication Skills

General: Communicate effectively to gather and convey information.


  • Obtain necessary information from oral and written sources.
  • Express information coherently.

Behavioral Skills

General: Behave appropriately and safely in a cooperative learning environment.


  • Fulfill personal and shared responsibilities.
  • Work cooperatively with partners and groups.
  • Exercise good judgment.
  • Follow safety procedures.

Environmental Tolerance

General: Function safely in a refrigeration and air conditioning lab.


Work for prolonged periods exposed to:

  • Extreme noise
  • Extreme heat
  • Sharp tools and materials
  • Electrical equipment
  • Chemicals and toxins
  • Dust and fumes
  • Machinery with moving parts
  • Slippery or uneven surfaces
  • Variations in lighting