Air Conditioning and Heating Technology (AOS)

Application Code: 
Degree Received: 
Associate in Occupational Studies (AOS)
Academic Department Info: 
Program Coordinator: 
George Richardson
Coordinator Email:

The air conditioning and heating courses deal with all phases of residential and commercial installation, maintenance, troubleshooting, and repair. It includes forced air, hot water and steam heating, gas and oil burner systems, along with hands-on air conditioning and heat pump technology.

The plumbing aspect of the program provides instruction in the basic skills required by the plumber in the construction of residential housing and commercial buildings. The program ranges from the installation of waste and sewage lines to the installation of potable water lines and plumbing fixtures.

The program provides the necessary theory connected with plumbing and HVAC, as well as on-the-job training experience overseen by tradesmen.

Students will take the National Refrigerant Handling Certification Course and Test and the National ARI HVAC (Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Institute Heating Ventilation & Air Conditioning) Competency Test.

Student Learning Outcomes: 
  • Accurately measure and layout PHVAC (plumbing, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) projects.
  • Apply safe practices to hand tools, power tools, and the environment.
  • Select and apply the various materials used in the PHVAC trade.
  • Perform appropriate trade related math including interpretation of charts and graphs.
  • Perform installation service and trouble shooting of fuels, emergency sources, and systems used in residential and commercial PHVAC.
  • Effectively communicate orally.
  • Use the computer to access equipment information and operating specifications.
  • Effectively communicate in writing.
Entrance Requirements & Recommendations: 

Recommended: Algebra

Technical Standards: 

Applicants in the air conditioning and heating technology program must meet the following physical requirements.

  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds to shoulder height.
  • Must be able to perform safely in the laboratory.
  • Must be able to communicate orally with a person 20 feet away.
  • Must be able to climb a ladder Must be able to climb a ladder and/or able to climb, un-aided, onto and off of equipment using three points of contact.
  • Must be able to stand for long periods of time.
  • Must be able to visually read from a blueprint or drawing.
  • Must be able to hear a backup warning alarm.
Graduation Requirements: 

A student must successfully complete all courses in the prescribed four-semester program and earn a minimum cumulative index of 2.0, which is equivalent to a "C" average.

Career Opportunities: 
  • Maintenance Personnel or Supervisor
  • This program can lead to green careers.Sheet Metal Fabricator
  • Sales Representative
  • Pipe Fitter
  • Sprinkler Installer
  • HVAC Mechanic or Troubleshooter
  • Water or Sewer Plant Operator
  • Private Contractor
Direct Entry Into Baccalaureate Degree Program: 

Alfred State air conditioning and heating technology graduates may enter directly into the technology management BBA degree program.

Transfer Opportunities: 

Upon successful completion of the program, students may also continue in Alfred State's BBA program in technology management.

Typical Semester Layout: 

Each class day has a lecture scheduled at 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. Lab schedules continue until 3 p.m. each day after lectures. Each student is assigned a faculty adviser who maintains the student's grade records and is available for consultation daily. Schedules are blocked with a rotation system creating varied educational opportunities on off-campus projects in progress.

First Semestercredits
BLCT3413Blueprint Reading - Building Construction3
BLCT3423Pipe Fitting - Math Estimating3
BLCT3433Copper Pipe & Tubing, Water System Design & Installation3
BLCT3453Plumbing Trade History and Safety3
BLCT3463Water Heaters & Public & Private Portable Water Systems3
BLCT3443Drainage Systems and Piping3
Second Semestercredits
BLCT4143Basic House Wiring - Forced Air Heating Comfort Conditions3
BLCT4153Sheet Metal Fabrication3
BLCT4163Mid & High Efficiency Furnaces - Alternate Warm Heat Sources3
BLCT4173Sheet Metal Air Distribution Systems and Venting3
BLCT4183Sheet Metal Trade Safety - Drawing for Sheet Metal Layout3
BLCT3473Heating Fuels - Combustion Theory & Troubleshooting3
Third Semestercredits
BLCT3483Electrical Fundamentals3
BLCT3493Forced Air Furnace Controls3
BLCT3503Hydronic Components, Circulating Pumps & Heat Emitters3
BLCT3513Hydronic Controls & Motors3
BLCT3523Hydronic Fundamentals & Hydronic Heat Sources3
BLCT3533Hydronic Piping Systems, Radiant Floor Heating & Steam Heating3
Fourth Semestercredits
BLCT4203Air Conditioning Components & Installation3
BLCT4213Air Conditioning Fundamentals3
BLCT4223Air Conditioning Performance and Troubleshooting and Heat Pumps3
BLCT4233Heat Loss and Heat Gain3
BLCT4243Refrigeration Handling Certification3
BLCT4253Residential Duct Syst Design3
Employment and Transfer Rate: 
Employment and Transfer Survey Details: 
Survey Details201120122013
Receiving Degrees191917
Responding to Survey17 (89%)17 (89%)15 (88%)
Employed15 (88%)17 (100%)13 (87%)
Employed in Field15 (100%)11 (69%)12 (92%)
Transferred2 (12%)--2 (13%)
Unemployed & Seeking Employment------
Unemployed & Not Seeking Employment------
Employment and Transfer Salary Information: 

$20,000 - $29,999 (4)
$30,000 - $39,999 (1)
$60,000 - $69,000 (1)
Prefer not to disclose (7)