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Air Conditioning & Heating Technology

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AOS Degree - Code #0464

Jeff Patronek, Program Coordinator
Email: patronjg@alfredstate.edu

The heating, ventilation, and air conditioning program will prepare you for this growing field with courses on 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.

Advantages

  • The program provides the necessary theory connected with plumbing and HVAC, as well as on-the-job training experience overseen by expert 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 troubleshooting 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
  • Maintenance 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 continuing education rate of 100 percent ā€“ 79 percent are employed; 21 percent continued their education.

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Entrance Requirements/recommendations

Recommended: Algebra

Technical Standards

Applicants in the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning 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 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.
 

Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning - AOS Degree

 

TYPICAL FOUR-SEMESTER PROGRAM

First

BLCT 3413 Bluprint Readng-Bldg Construct 3
BLCT 3423 Pipe Fitting - Math Estimating 3
BLCT 3433 Cop Pipe & Tub, Water Sys Des 3
BLCT 3443 Drainage Systems & Piping 3
BLCT 3453 Plumb Trade History & Safety 3
BLCT 3463 Watr Heatrs-Plumb Fix Inst/Rpr 3
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Second

BLCT 4143 Basic House Wiring-Forced Air 3
BLCT 4153 Sheet Metal Fabrication 3
BLCT 4163 Mid & Hi Effy Furn-Alt Warm Ar 3
BLCT 4173 Sheet Mtl Air Dist Systm &Vent 3
BLCT 4183 Sheet Metal Trade Safety 3
BLCT 3473 Heating Fuels-Comb Theo&Troubl 3
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Third

BLCT 3483 Electrical Fundamentals 3
BLCT 3493 Forced Air Furnace Controls 3
BLCT 3503 Hydro Comp, Circu Pump&Ht Emit 3
BLCT 3513 Hydronic Controls and Motors 3
BLCT 3523 Hydronic Funda & Heat Sources 3
BLCT 3533 Hydronic Piping Systems 3
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Fourth

BLCT 4203 Air Cond Components & Install 3
BLCT 4213 Air Conditioning Fundamentals 3
BLCT 4223 Air Cond Perf & Trou & Ht Pump 3
BLCT 4233 Heat Loss & Heat Gain 3
BLCT 4243 Refrigeration Handling Cert 3
BLCT 4253 Residential Duct System Design 3
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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.