Covers the physical principles of refrigeration and the refrigeration cycle. Students will be introduced to the components of the refrigeration system including compressors, condensers, expansion devices, evaporators, coolers, freezers, and refrigerants. Two class hours, two laboratory hours.
Covers the physical principles of air conditioning, psychometrics and air movement. Components found in today's air conditioning systems will be examined. Students will learn how to charge and evacuate systems. Other topics included are: pressure, regulating and bypass controls, diffusers, piping procedures, traps and high velocity systems. Two class hours, two laboratory hours.
Servicing modern heating systems, whether they are gas, electric or oil, requires a thorough understanding of basic heating concepts. This course provides the student with the technical knowledge as well as the laboratory skills to begin their career in heating service. Two class hours, two laboratory hours.
Deals with the basic principles of air conditioning as they are applied to large commercial systems. The principles of heat pumps will be included. Topics covered include: gas and electric heating/cooling of top units, economizers and large air distribution systems. Three class hours.
Prerequisites: HVA 101, HVA 102, HVA 105, PHY 100; co-requisite: MTH 135 or permission of department.
Covers basic principles of electricity and electric motor theory as it is found in the heating, ventilating, air conditioning industry. Topics covered are: series and parallel circuits, Ohm's law, amperage, voltage, watts, transformers, relays, contactors, wire sizing, distribution, and capacitors. Two class hours, two laboratory hours.
This course is designed to prepare the HVAC technician for the legal and safety issues related to the industry. Employee, employer, and customer relations will be explored. The student will learn to self-evaluate their personal and technical skills and prepare a professional plan for growth. Three class hours.
A review of AC and DC theory and wiring diagrams. Use of multimeters, watt/hour meters, amprobes, oscilloscopes and power sources. Students will devote considerable time to learning how to troubleshoot electrical problems through the use of load simulators such as the Ranco system and printed circuit boards. Three class hours.
Prerequisites: HVA 105, MTH 135, PHY 100, or permission of department.
Covers the principles and theory of hot water and steam boilers. Topics covered are: design, controls, pumps and valves of boilers, New York State boiler codes, and the servicing of hot water and steam boiler systems. Three class hours.
Covers all the elements related to calculating loads in commercial applications. Topics covered will include: reading building blueprints, evaluating building conditions, heating and cooling load calculation, equipment selection, duct distribution systems, and use of fire dampers, access doors, detectors, diffusers, control systems. Three class hours.
Covers the design and service of the appropriate energy management system for a given facility. Topics to be covered are: evaluation of mechanical systems, building structure, needs of occupant, duty cycling, microprocessor controls, preventative maintenance and cost analysis. Three class hours.
An overview of all types of equipment currently on the market and in use in heating, ventilating, and air conditioning installations, both incidental and commercial. It is designed to keep the student up to date with information on state-of-the-art developments in the field. Three class hours.
A course demonstrating the role of the computer in the HVAC technologies. The student will receive an overview of the operation of six current computer programs in the HVAC specialities. Three class hours. Fall semester only.
A thorough understanding of the various refrigerant types are necessary for the heating, ventilating and air conditioning service technician. This short course will explore CFC's, HFC's, HCFC's and the refrigerant retrofit procedures necessary in today's changing energy field. Three class hours.
Prerequisites: HVA 101, HVA 102, HVA 104 or permission of department.
As many heating, ventilating and air conditioning personnel advance in their careers, the aspiration for many is to enter the area of estimating. This course will explore the fundamentals of blueprint reading, mechanical takeoff, reading mechanical specifications, equipment and labor estimating, both manually and by computer. This course is applicable to both residential and commercial contractors. Four class hours.
Prerequisites: HVA 101, HVA 102, HVA 103, HVA 104, HVA 105 or permission of department.
Commercial refrigeration service is a specialization within the heating, ventilating and air conditioning industry. This course will provide the student with the understanding of ice machines, reach-in coolers and freezers, as well as walk-in coolers and freezers. Emphasis will be placed on repair of restaurant type equipment. Two class hours followed by two lab hours.
Prerequisites: HVA 101, HVA 102, HVA 104, HVA 105 or permission of department.
In response to continued emphasis on energy conservation, the heating, ventilating and air conditioning industry has seen a resurgence in applications utilizing chillers, variable air volume and heat recovery systems. This course will provide the student with an understanding of these complex systems. Three class hours.
Prerequisites: HVA 101, HVA 102, HVA 103, HVA 104 or permission of department.
This course will provide students with the theory and application of sheet metal fabrication for use in the field of residential and light commercial HVAC installation. Students will gain a working knowledge of floor and hand tools used in the trade and relevant safety issues. Geometry and math associated with fabrication are an integral part of this course. Two class hours, two laboratory hours.
Students in the Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning certificate and degree programs may participate in a cooperative educational experience as a program elective. Students enrolled in this co-op must be able to work and document a minimum of 180 hours per semester. Both paid and unpaid work experience is acceptable. The Department Chair and the Co-op Director must approve the HVAC/R employer. In addition to the field work, students must attend a two hour per week classroom seminar. The Co-op Office, located in Rm. 3-108, will assist students in obtaining jobs. Present jobs may qualify. Students must have at least a 2.0 GPA to qualify for this opportunity. Part time students will be required to purchase student insurance while enrolled in this course.
This course is an introduction to MIG and TIG welding and plasma cutting. These skills are practical and often essential for various craftspersons. Students will work with aluminum, stainless steel, and other common metals in this course.
This course is offered off-site at Mahaney Welding. In addition to tuition, part-time students must purchase student insurance. Students should also expect to purchase a pre-packaged kit of course materials including their safety equipment and book.