College Catalog Fall 2016 - Spring 2017

Refrigeration and Electrical Instrumentation - AOS

Refrigeration and Electrical Instrumentation - AOS

Minimum Requirements to be Considered for Admission


  • high school graduate with 70 high school GPA or 2500 GED test score
  • Algebra Regents: 70

Transfer Student:

  • Transfer GPA: 2.3


SUNY Curriculum Code:  1160

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 = 64

Major Courses Required = 48 credit hours

Course No. Course Cr. Hrs.
EICR 210 Electrical Theory III 3
EICR 220 Control System Design 3
EICR 230 Electrical Laboratory III 4
EICR 240 Electrical Control Diagrams 
EICR 250 Electrical Theory IV 3
EICR 260 Programmable Logic Controllers 
EICR 270 Electrical Laboratory IV 4
PEDH 220 First Aid: Responding to Emergencies 
RFAC 110 Fundamentals of Refrigeration 3
RFAC 120 Fundamentals of Refrigeration 
RFAC 130 HVAC Electrical 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 = 6 credit hours

Course No. Course Cr. Hrs.
BUSI 120 Business Communications 3
MATH ___ Mathematics* 3

Restricted Elective by Advisement = 8 credit hours

Unrestricted Electives = 2 credit hours

*Note:  Mathematics is by placement according to competency.  MATH 128 College Algebra is the minimum requirement for this degree program.

Student Learning Outcomes

A graduate of the Refrigeration and Electrical Instrumentation AOS program should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to safely use common test equipment.
  2. Calculate electrical circuit configurations, including series, parallel, and series-parallel.
  3. Diagnose residential and commercial heating control systems.
  4. Calculate voltage sources, both single-phase and three-phase, including alternators, generators, and batteries.
  5. Observe National Electric Code compliance, including calculating wire sizes, sizing starters, fuses, and overloads.
  6. Understand magnetism and magnetic properties.
  7. Calculate RLC circuits (resistance, inductance, capacitance).
  8. Calculate power transmission systems (transformers).
  9. Use programmable logic controllers (PLCs).
  10. Understand AC motors and alternators, both single- and three-phase.
  11. Recognize and respond to emergencies by making appropriate decisions regarding first-aid care.
  12. 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.
  13. Demonstrate a hands-on knowledge of the refrigeration system, including skills in servicing, analyzing, problem solving, and pertinent safety practices.
  14. Understand the basic electricity knowledge necessary to HVAC mechanics.
  15. Demonstrate an understanding of the equipment and specific topics associated with commercial refrigeration systems.