College Catalog Fall 2016 - Spring 2017

Heating, Ventilation, and Air-Conditioning - AAS

The Instructional Program

There are a number of Heating, Ventilation, 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 (AAS) degree. This program contains a strong, representative technical core in addition to a liberal arts, mathematics, and science component, and is the best one for students considering transfer to a four-year program.

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

Transfer Options

The AAS degree gives students the opportunity to either enter the workforce or continue in a bachelor's degree program at SUNY Delhi - the Bachelor of Technology (BT) degree in Construction Management. This four-year degree program is in a 2+2 format with the AAS degree, so students who successfully complete the AAS degree can apply for admission to the BT program and, if qualified, continue their studies at the next level.

Minimum Requirements to be Considered for Admission


  • high school graduate with 75 high school GPA or 2500 GED test score
  • Algebra Regents: 73

Transfer Student:

  • Transfer GPA: 2.0


SUNY Curriculum Code: 1486

SUNY General Education Requirements: Students who intend to receive AA, AS 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.

AAS and AOS 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 = 63

Major Courses Required = 42 credit hours

Course No. Course Cr. Hrs.
PHPF 110 Plumbing Codes 2
PHPF 120 Plumbing Theory 3
PHPF 140 Plumbing Blueprint Drafting 2
PHPF 150 Heating Theory 3
PHPF 170 System controllers 2
PHPF 180 System Controllers Laboratory 2
PHPF 190 Building Energy Requirements 1
PHPF 230 Plumbing/Drainage Laboratory 4
PHPF 260 Heating Laboratory 2
RFAC 110 Fundamentals of Refrigeration 3
RFAC 130 HVAC Electricity 3
RFAC 140 Commercial Refrigeration Principles 3
RFAC 150 Air-conditioning Troubleshooting 3
RFAC 160 Air-conditioning Principles 3
RFAC 220 Fundamentals of Refrigeration Laboratory 3
RFAC 270 Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Systems Operation Laboratory 3

General Education/Liberal Arts Courses Required* = 21-22 credit hours

*A student who intends to complete a BT needs to additionally complete GE10.

Course No. Course Cr. Hrs.
ECON 100 Introductory Macroeconomics  
  OR 3
ECON 110 Introductory Microeconomics  
ENGL ___ Freshman Composition or Advanced Composition1 3
MATH 128 College Algebra2 3

MATH 138

Trigonometry2 3
  American History Elective from GE4 3
  Humanities or Arts Elective from GE7 or GE8 3
  Natural Science with lab from GE2 3-4


1English is by placement according to competency.

2Mathematics 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, Ventilation, and Air-Conditioning AAS program should be able to:

  • 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.
  • Demonstrate a hands-on knowledge of the refrigeration system, including skills in servicing, analyzing, problem solving, and pertinent safety practices.
  • Understand the basic electricity knowledge necessary for HVAC mechanics.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the equipment and specific topics associated with commercial refrigeration systems.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of air-conditioning principles and air-conditioning systems, including room air conditioners, air-conditioning systems, heat pumps, low-voltage thermostats, and hydronics.
  • Apply the knowledge necessary to accurately troubleshoot air-conditioning systems.
  • Demonstrate hands-on skills in the safe installation and servicing of a wide variety of air-conditioning and commercial refrigeration equipment and systems.
  • Understand and apply the National Standard Plumbing Code and New York State Code.
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of plumbing materials, tools, and equipment.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Install residential hydronic and steam heating systems, and indirect and direct domestic hot-water heaters.
  • Design and install hot-air heating systems and the various types of hot-water heating systems for residential and light commercial buildings.
  • Understand AC theory, multi-zone heating systems, and light commercial controls.
  • Correctly and safely wire oil and gas boilers and hot-air heating systems.
  • Display an understanding of building energy requirements, and demonstrate the ability to perform residential heat-loss calculations.
  • Recognize and respond to emergencies by making appropriate decisions regarding first-aid care.