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Air Conditioning and 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
- Maintenance Personnel or Supervisor
- Sheet Metal Fabricator
- Sales Representative
- Pipe Fitter
- Sprinkler Installer
- HVAC Mechanic or Troubleshooter
- Water or Sewer Plant Operator
- Private Contractor
Alfred State air conditioning and heating technology graduates may enter directly into the technology management BBA degree program.
Upon successful completion of the program, students may also continue in Alfred State's BBA program in technology management.
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.
|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||3453||Plumbing Trade History and Safety||3|
|BLCT||3463||Water Heaters & Public & Private Portable Water Systems||3|
|BLCT||3443||Drainage Systems and Piping||3|
|BLCT||4143||Basic House Wiring - Forced Air Heating Comfort Conditions||3|
|BLCT||4153||Sheet Metal Fabrication||3|
|BLCT||4163||Mid & High Efficiency Furnaces - Alternate Warm Heat Sources||3|
|BLCT||4173||Sheet Metal Air Distribution Systems and Venting||3|
|BLCT||4183||Sheet Metal Trade Safety - Drawing for Sheet Metal Layout||3|
|BLCT||3473||Heating Fuels - Combustion Theory & Troubleshooting||3|
|BLCT||3493||Forced Air Furnace Controls||3|
|BLCT||3503||Hydronic Components, Circulating Pumps & Heat Emitters||3|
|BLCT||3513||Hydronic Controls & Motors||3|
|BLCT||3523||Hydronic Fundamentals & Hydronic Heat Sources||3|
|BLCT||3533||Hydronic Piping Systems, Radiant Floor Heating & Steam Heating||3|
|BLCT||4203||Air Conditioning Components & Installation||3|
|BLCT||4213||Air Conditioning Fundamentals||3|
|BLCT||4223||Air Conditioning Performance and Troubleshooting and Heat Pumps||3|
|BLCT||4233||Heat Loss and Heat Gain||3|
|BLCT||4243||Refrigeration Handling Certification||3|
|BLCT||4253||Residential Duct Syst Design||3|
|Responding to Survey||10 (71%)||12 (63%)||17 (89%)|
|Employed||9 (90%)||8 (67%)||15 (88%)|
|Employed in Field||8 (89%)||8 (100%)||15 (100%)|
|Transferred||1 (10%)||4 (33%)||2 (12%)|
|Unemployed & Seeking Employment||--||--||--|
|Unemployed & Not Seeking Employment||--||--||--|
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$30,000 - $39,999 (1)
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