Heating/Air Conditioning/Refrigeration Technical Services (A.O.S.)

Refrigeration, Heating and Air Conditioning

The Heating/Air Conditioning/Refrigeration Technical Services degree program gives you a strong background in the design, installation and service of commercial and residential heating, air conditioning and refrigeration systems.

Students are taught theory behind refrigeration and heating and those theories are reinforced in a laboratory setting. Successful students gain the practical skills needed to enter the workforce immediately upon graduation.

This academic program is designed for those who wish to enter the workforce immediately following graduation.

This program is offered by the Building Systems Technology Department.

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Program Highlights

  • Graduates are prepared to enter both the residential and commercial heating and cooling fields.
  • The college has two dedicated HVAC labs in Williams Hall.

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Career and Transfer Opportunities

Graduates of the program, many of whom secure jobs prior to graduating, are prepared to work as installers and service technicians, and to conduct research and testing.

Employment opportunities exist for those interested in working as Air Conditioner or Furnace Gas Appliance Mechanic, Air Conditioning Service Technician, Air Conditioning Specialist/Technician and HVAC/R Sales Representative.

Typical employers are commercial service companies, residential and commercial installation contractors, hospitals, sales companies, government agencies and schools. Recent employers have included: Abrams Heating & Cooling; Ackner Fuels; Adirondack Technical Services; Albany Mechanical; Albany Medical Center; Apollo Heating; Carrier Commercial Services; Climate Heating and Cooling; Colonie Mechanical Contractors; Concepts in Comfort; Eastern Heating and Cooling; Economy Heating and Cooling; Fage USA; General Electric; Highland Heating & Cooling; Hudson Valley Community College; International Paper; Lazare Kia; Long Energy; Mechanical Testing; Mohawk Heating; Mullally Brothers Industrial Refrigeration; New England Tech Air; Northeast Refrigeration; Northway Transport Refrigeration; Peterson Fuel Oil Co.; Pipe Fitters Union International; Polsinello Fuels; Roland Jay Downs Heating and Cooling; St. Gobain Performance Plastics; The Walters Company; Trane Company; Tri City Mechanical.

Salaries vary based on position and degree attainment. Here is the median salary taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (as of 2015): Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers, $45,110.

The Center for Careers and Transfer offers Career Services and Transfer Services to all students.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the program should be able to:

  1. Understand and perform a sequence of Refrigeration assignments completed to Code standards and safety standards.
  2. Understand and perform a further sequence of advanced Refrigeration assignments completed to Code and safety standards.
  3. Understand and perform a series of prepared assignments for hands-on experience in the field of fuel use, heat transfer, 3-phase and single-phase motors, air and hydronic heating. All phases of this work comply with the NYS Codes and follow established safety standards.
  4. Understand and perform a series of prepared assignments for hands-on experience in the field of temperature/humidity control. They use discrete devices, and follow that with the programming, and application of Direct Digital Controllers, Heat Pumps, and variable speed compressors. All phases of this work comply with the NYS Codes, OSHA/EPA rules and follow established safety standards.

For more information regarding this program, please contact:

Brittany Kitterman
Department Chairperson
Williams Hall, Room 128
(518) 629-7275

For more information about admission to this program, please contact:

Admissions Office
Guenther Enrollment Services Center, Room 223
(518) 629-7309