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Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning

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AOS Degree - Code #0464

Daniel Helveston, Department Chair
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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.


  • 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 heating, ventilation, and air conditioning graduates may enter directly into the construction supervision BTech or technology management BBA degree program.  Graduates who have credit for freshman composition, statistics, literature, history, and speech may complete the baccalaureate program in two additional years; others may complete the program in two-and-one-half years.

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 81 percent – 81 percent are employed.

Related Programs

Building Trades: Building Construction

Required Tools/Equipment

A list of required tools, equipment, PPE, etc. for all of the programs mentioned above can be found at

A tier 1 laptop computer is required for students entering this degree program. Laptop specifications are available at

Entrance Requirements/recommendations

Recommended: Algebra and Geometry

Technical Standards

It is crucial that all student applicants in this degree program must be able to meet the following requirements, with or without reasonable accommodation. Students who are enrolled in this degree program should have the physical capabilities to be able to engage in all training, field, and laboratory environments in a safe and ethical manner. Students must be able to:

  • Lift and carry up to or 50 pounds of building materials/equipment without accommodations.
  • Perform and function in a safe manner in all laboratory and classroom environments, and off campus job site locations.
  • Effectively communicate with classmates and instructional staff using appropriate visual and/or auditory communication from a distance of 20 feet.
  • Physically setup, move, or climb ladders, scaffolding, etc., unaided, using the designated safety method.
  • Identify and react to safety alarms which include, but not limited to, fire alarms, back up alarms and those meant for emergencies.

Office of Accessibility Services

Students who believe they need a reasonable accommodation to properly participate in this program may contact Melanie Ryan in the Office of Accessibility Services. This office may be contacted by email at  or by phone at 607-587-4506. Please keep in mind that some accommodations may take time to implement, so students seeking accommodations are encouraged to contact OAS as early as possible.

Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning - AOS Degree



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


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


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



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


A student must successfully complete all courses in the prescribed four-semester program and earn a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 in major courses.