2023 - 2024 College Catalog 
    May 30, 2024  
2023 - 2024 College Catalog

Plumbing and Refrigeration - AOS

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SUNY Curriculum Code: 1159

HEGIS: 5317.00

Academic Requirements

The order in which courses will be taken depends on the advisement track chosen by the student on entry: the Plumbing/heating/pipefitting track or the Refrigeration/air-conditioning track. These advisement tracks permit students who successfully complete their first year, but who cannot attend college for a second year, to exit with a certificate that qualifies them to apply for a job in that field. Students must identify their advisement track before beginning their first semester.

First Semester

Second Semester

Third Semester

Minimum Total Credit Hours = 62

1 Note:  MATH 102 - Math for Applied Technology  is the minimum exit-level requirement for this program.

Program Learning Outcomes

A graduate of the Plumbing and Refrigeration AOS program should be able to:

  • Understand and apply the International Plumbing Code and New York State Code.
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of plumbing materials, tools, and equipment.
  • Display the ability to measure, cut, and join steel pipe, copper tubing, plastic and cast-iron soil pipe; demonstrate knowledge of fittings as well as basic fabrication of sheet-metal principles and layout techniques.
  • Exhibit basic drafting techniques as they relate to the plumbing, heating, and pipefitting field through the completion of various drawings, such as: piping isometrics, plumbing floor plans, and riser diagrams.
  • Install residential hydronic and steam heating systems, and indirect and direct domestic water heaters.
  • Design and install warm-air heating systems and the various types of hot-water heating systems for residential and light commercial buildings.
  • Correctly and safely wire oil and gas boilers and warm-air heating systems.
  • Display an understanding of building energy requirements, and demonstrate the ability to perform residential heat-loss calculations.
  • Understand and discuss fundamental refrigeration principles, including trade tools, gas laws, pressure/temperature relationship, heat transfer, refrigerants, compression cycle, compressors, condensers, evaporators, metering devices, refrigeration oils, desiccants and driers, evacuation, and safe handling of refrigerants.
  • Demonstrate a hands-on knowledge of the refrigeration system, including skills in servicing, analyzing, problem solving, and pertinent safety practices.
  • Understand the basic electricity knowledge necessary to HVAC mechanics.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the equipment and specific topics associated with commercial refrigeration systems.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of air-conditioning principles and air-conditioning systems, including room air conditioners, air-conditioning systems, heat pumps, low-voltage thermostats, and hydronics.
  • Demonstrate hands-on skills in the installation and servicing of a wide variety of air-conditioning and commercial refrigeration equipment and systems in a safe manner.
  • Design and install potable water, sanitary waste, and vent systems in residential and light commercial buildings.

SUNY General Education Requirement

Students should be aware that GE requirements vary by degree type. Some majors require additional categories and/or credits. Consult with your academic advisor for program-specific information; for more information, visit: General Education  

General Education Categories and Abbreviations (in alphabetical order)

  23AR   The Arts
  23DV   Diversity: Equity, Inclusion, & Social Justice
  23HU   Humanities
  23MA   Mathematics & Quantitative Reasoning
  23NS/23RE   Natural Sciences and Critical Thinking & Reasoning
  23OC   Oral Communication
  23SS   Social Sciences
  23UC   US History & Civic Engagement
  23WC/23IL   Written Communication and Information Literacy
  23WG   World History & Global Awareness
  23WL   World Languages


Technical Standards for Refrigeration, Air-Conditioning, Plumbing and Heating Programs

The technical standards listed below are intended to inform students of the skills, abilities, and behavioral expectations required in this program. These technical standards reflect performance abilities and characteristics that are necessary to successfully complete the requirements of this program at SUNY Delhi. These standards are not conditions of admission to the program, but persons interested in applying for admission to the program should review this list to develop a better understanding of the skills, abilities, and behavioral expectations necessary to successfully complete the program. The College complies with the requirements and spirit of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990; therefore, the College will endeavor to make reasonable accommodations for participants with disabilities who are otherwise qualified.

Thinking skills

General: Apply theories and principles for proper installation, maintenance, troubleshooting, and repair of cooling components and systems.


  • Understand textbooks, handouts, diagrams, and charts.
  • Visualize three-dimensional objects.
  • Take measurements and do conversions.
  • Interpret read-outs on meters, gauges, scales, and other measurement devices.
  • Identify names and functions of cooling components.
  • Explain operating characteristics of cooling systems.
  • Relate concepts of physics, chemistry, and electricity to operations of cooling systems.
  • Identify tools and materials.
  • Follow safety procedures.
  • Inspect and test cooling components and systems.
  • Recognize indicators of malfunctions.
  • Draw conclusions based on a review of findings.
  • Formulate service or repair plan.
  • Perform procedures according to proper specifications.

Sensory/Observation skills

General: Use sensory cues to conduct inspections and tests to determine causes of failures, and respond properly.


  • Interpret read-outs on meters, gauges, and other measuring devices.
  • Distinguish identifying colors of wires, knobs, and other objects.
  • Recognize and compare shapes and forms of objects.
  • Detect and respond to indicators of malfunctions.
  • Select appropriate materials, tools, and equipment for maintenance and repairs.

Motor skills

General: Possess sufficient physical strength, flexibility, and dexterity to safely handle electrical and mechanical parts.


  • Operate necessary tools, equipment, and machinery.
  • Remove and replace failed components.
  • Position and maneuver in confined spaces to do repairs.
  • Work at varying heights.
  • Lift and transport equipment and materials as necessary.

Communication skills

General: Communicate effectively to gather and convey information.


  • Speak, write, and understand English.
  • Obtain necessary information from oral and written sources.
  • Express information coherently.

Behavioral skills

General: Behave appropriately and safely in a cooperative learning environment.


  • Fulfill personal and shared responsibilities.
  • Work cooperatively with partners and groups.
  • Exercise good judgment.
  • Follow safety procedures.

Environmental Tolerance

General: Function safely in a refrigeration and air-conditioning lab.


Work for prolonged periods exposed to:

  • Extreme noise
  • Extreme heat
  • Sharp tools and materials
  • Electrical equipment
  • Chemicals and toxins
  • Dust and fumes
  • Machinery with moving parts
  • Slippery or uneven surfaces
  • Variations in lighting

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