Air Conditioning & Heating Technology

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.

PROGRAM 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 and emergency sources used in residential and commercial PHVAC.

Effectively communicate orally.

Use the computer to access equipment information and operating specifications.

Effectively communicate in writing.

DIRECT ENTRY INTO BACCALAUREATE DEGREE PROGRAM

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

OCCUPATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Maintenance personnel or supervisor

Sheet metal fabricator

Sales representative

Pipe fitter

Sprinkler installer

HVAC mechanic or troubleshooter

Water or sewer plant operator

Private contractor

EMPLOYMENT STATISTICS

Employment and transfer rate of 100 percent ā€“ 90 percent are employed; 10 percent transferred to continue their education.

RELATED PROGRAMS

Building Trades: Building Construction

Masonry

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 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.

Air Conditioning & Heating Technology - AOS Degree

TYPICAL FOUR-SEMESTER PROGRAM

First

BLCT

3413

Blueprint Reading - Building Construction

3

BLCT

3423

Pipe Fitting - Math Estimating

3

BLCT

3433

Copper Pipe & Tubing, Water System Design & Installation

3

BLCT

3443

Drainage Systems & Piping

3

BLCT

3453

Plumbing Trade History & Safety

3

BLCT

3463

Water Heaters-Plumbing Fixtures Inst/Rpr

3

18

Second

BLCT

4143

Basic House Wiring - Forced Air

3

BLCT

4153

Sheet Metal Fabrication

3

BLCT

4163

Mid & High Efficiency Furnaces - Alternate Warm Air

3

BLCT

4173

Sheet Metal Air Distribution Systems and Venting

3

BLCT

4183

Sheet Metal Trade Safety

3

BLCT

3473

Heating Fuels - Combustion Theory & Troubleshooting

3

18

Third

BLCT

3483

Electrical Fundamentals

3

BLCT

3493

Forced Air Furnace Controls

3

BLCT

3503

Hydro Components, Circulating Pumps & Heat Emit

3

BLCT

3513

Hydronic Controls & Motors

3

BLCT

3523

Hydronic Fundamentals & Heat Sources

3

BLCT

3533

Hydronic Piping Systems

3

18

Fourth

BLCT

4203

Air Conditioning Components & Installation

3

BLCT

4213

Air Conditioning Fundamentals

3

BLCT

4223

Air Conditioning Performance & Troubleshooting & Heat Pumps

3

BLCT

4233

Heat Loss & Heat Gain

3

BLCT

4243

Refrigeration Handling Certification

3

BLCT

4253

Residential Duct System Design

3

18

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 ā€œCā€ average.