Building Technologies, Engineering & Construction

The college's Office of Workforce Development offers Building Technologies, Engineering & Construction courses for those preparing for a new job, promotion or looking to update their skills.

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Course Offerings

Air Conditioning Service & Repair

This course provides an in-depth study of the practical aspects of residential and light commercial air conditioning equipment and systems. An emphasis is placed on the theory of heat transfer, good service and installation practices, and the use of instruments and gauges to assist in fault diagnosis. This AC Service and Repair course provides students with entry-level skills in the field of air conditioning installation, service and repair. Upon completion of the course, the student will need to obtain his or her EPA 608 certification prior to working in the field.

Topics include:

Students are required to bring to class: Safety glasses with side panels and work gloves

Prerequisites: 9th grade reading, writing and math skill levels. Students should have a strong interest in the fundamentals of air conditioning systems.

Textbook: Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Technology, 9th edition, by Whitman & Johnson. ISBN-13: 978-0357122273

Location: Hudson Valley Community College Main Campus

Tuition: $800

Delivery of Course:

Instructor-Led (Classroom)
40 hours, 4.0 CEUs, Non-Credit

Air Conditioning Service & Repair
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AutoCAD Basics course

The AutoCAD Basics course is designed for individuals who are interested in learning the fundamentals of design using AutoCAD software.

The objective of the course is to provide students with an overview of AutoCAD software tools and how to use them for specific design tasks.

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:

Prerequisites: A 10th grade reading and math skill levels. Students should have proficient computer skills, familiar with mouse operations, and navigating the Windows operating system.

Optional Textbook: Mastering AutoCAD 2021 and AutoCAD LT 2021. ISBN-13: 78-1119715351

Location: Remote, online with live instruction

Tuition: $625

Delivery of Course:

Instructor-Led (Remote)
30 hours, 3.0 CEUs, Non-Credit

AutoCAD Basics course
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ZTTN-133 500 18 seats left $1250Call for more information

EPA 608 Universal Exam

EPA 608 Universal Exam
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ZTTN-196 500 14 seats left $100

EPA608 Universal Review

EPA608 Universal Review
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ZTTN-201 500 14 seats left $200Call for more information

Electrical Fundamentals for HVAC

This course covers the fundamentals of electrical theory including magnetism, circuits, transformers and motors. The emphasis is on motor and controls found in various HVAC equipment.

Coursework is accomplished in the classroom and lab each week. Lectures, discussions and reading assignments will be given from the textbook.

Upon completion of the course, you will be able to discuss and demonstrate a working knowledge of:

Each participant will receive a training certificate of completion.

Prerequisites: 9th grade reading, writing and math skill levels. Students should have a strong interest in the fundamentals of air conditioning systems.

Textbook: Required - Electricity for Refrigeration, Heating and Air Conditioning, 9th Edition, Russell E Smith, Delmar Publishers, will be available for purchase at the Viking's Cove Bookstore. Approximate cost is $128

Location: Hudson Valley Community College Main Campus

Tuition: $650

Delivery of Course:

Instructor-Led (Classroom)
36 Hours, 3.6 CEUs, Non-Credit

Electrical Fundamentals for HVAC
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Electrical Wiring Principles & Practices

Electrical Wiring: Principles and Practices is a 32-hour training course that provides the student with entry-level electrical skills.

This course provides instruction in performing basic electrical tasks, including recognizing distinguishing characteristics of electrical systems and applying design principles and calculations for electrical distribution systems.

This course also provides the necessary foundation in electricity needed by those who wish to study the field of photovoltaics.

Topics covered include:

This course will be a mixture of lecture and electrical lab. Electrical safety for residential wiring will be discussed before any hands-on projects will be assigned. Multi-meters will be discussed and demonstrated on how to use on live electrical circuits.

Required: Students are required to bring the following to class: straight and Phillips head screwdrivers, wire testers, pliers, needle nose pliers, wire strippers for solid wire, utility knife, leather work gloves and safety glasses.

Prerequisites: A minimum 10th grade level reading and math skills.

Textbook: Residential Wiring 4th edition by Gary Rockis. ISBN-13: 978-0-8269-1833-8

Electrical Wiring Principles & Practices
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Tuesdays, 1/3 - 1/24
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Monday, Thursdays, 1/5 - 1/24
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
ZTTN-081 600 9 seats left $640

Envelope Prof Review for Field Exam

Envelope Prof Review for Field Exam
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ZTTN-107 500 9 seats left $350

Heating & Air Conditioning Control Systems

This course covers the fundamentals of electrical theory, including magnetism, circuits, transformers and motors. The emphasis is on motors and controls found in HVAC equipment.

Classroom and lab time each week will include lectures and discussions. Reading assignments will be given from the textbook.

Upon completion of the course, you will be able to discuss and demonstrate a working knowledge of:

Each participant will receive a training certificate of completion.

Prerequisites: Minimum 10th grade reading, writing and math skill levels. Students should have completed either the Workforce Development courses "Heating Systems Service and Repair" or "Air Conditioning Systems Service and Repair," or have prior knowledge in HVAC and electricity.

Required Textbook: Approximately $160, Electricity for Refrigeration, Heating and Air Conditioning, 10th Edition, by Russell E Smith, Delmar Publishers, ISBN13: 978-1-337-39912-8. This textbook is available for purchase at the  Viking’s Cove Bookstore.

Heating & Air Conditioning Control Systems
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Tuesday, Thursday, 10/13
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Thursday, 11/17
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Tuesday, 11/29
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
ZTTN-012 501 16 seats left $850

Heating Systems Service & Repair

This Workforce Development course provides introductory training and lab activities in various heating systems using gas, oil and electric.

The last day of the course will include a one-hour review and a two-hour exam.

Students are required to bring to class:

Prerequisites: Minimum 9th Grade Reading, Writing, and Math Skills; Strong interest in the fundamentals of heating systems

Textbook: Approximately $160, Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Technology, 8th edition by Whitman & Johnson, ISBN: 9781305578296, will be available for purchase at the Viking’s Cove Bookstore.

Heating Systems Service & Repair
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Tuesday, Thursdays, 3/21 - 4/28
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
ZTTN-014 600 11 seats left $850

Historic Masonry Treatments and Repair

The course, in cooperation with the New York State Historic Preservation Office and Historic Albany Foundation, will provide participants with hands-on training in the traditional trade of masonry restoration, including documentation, cleaning, pointing, repairing and coatings.

Students will:

Students who meet and/or exceed the classroom, workshop and field work requirements will earn a certificate of completion from the Office of Workforce Development and the New York State Historic Preservation Office (NYSHPO). With the assistance of NYSHPO, preservation groups throughout the state will assist in the distribution of a list to be shared with the public, of those students/contractors who earn the certificate.

Prerequisites: None

Textbook: Masonry, How to Care For Old Historic Brick and Stone by Mark London. ISBN: 0-89133-125-5​

Location: The STEAM Garden, 279 Central Ave, Albany, NY 12206

Historic Masonry Treatments and Repair
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Historic Plaster Rehabilitation and Repair

This course will provide you with an introduction to the basics of plaster restoration/repair and a working knowledge of basic flat and run plaster skills as they relate to the rehabilitation of historic buildings. Through hands-on labs, lectures and field trips, you will learn about the repair and restoration of walls and ceilings with lime and gypsum plasters, with a focus on tool skills and application techniques, proper surface preparation and the business of plastering, as well as how to create knives and support systems for run plaster moldings and medallions. You will also be introduced to the concepts of assessment and structural investigation.

Textbook:  Plastering Skills 1st Edition, by Thomas L. Hartsell and Van Den Branden, ISBN 978-0826906571

Location: The STEAM Garden, 279 Central Ave, Albany, NY 12206

Tuition: $850

Required Materials: Participants will need to provide their own hawk and trowel. Familiarity with basic tools and skills is recommended, but the course is designed for those with little or no plastering experience.

Recommended Extras: Completion of the EPA Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Training, RRP 1, (independently outside of this class) is highly recommended prior to the completion of the course. This training is available free of charge in Albany County through the Cornell Cooperative Extension.

Delivery of Course:

Instructor-Led (Classroom)
44 hours, 4.4 CEUs, Non-Credit

Historic Plaster Rehabilitation and Repair
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Tuesdays, 3/7 - 4/22
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Saturdays, 3/11 - 4/22
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
ZTTN-186 600 12 seats left $850

Historic Preservation Carpentry I

This introductory course covers the basics of both preservation carpentry and building conservation, and will provide you with a working knowledge of basic carpentry skills and practices as well as historical construction methods. Construction styles from the 18th to the 20th century will be discussed and studied and you will be introduced to the various styles and forms of buildings which you may encounter. This course includes both lecture and hands-on lab components.

The course will cover:

A presentation of assessments and final projects with recommendations will be required.

Requirement: Students in this course must take an OSHA 10-hour Construction safety course before the course ends. This course provides knowledge of the most common safety and health hazards found on construction sites and is available online from numerous sources.

Required Materials: toolbox, claw hammer, razor knife, screw drivers, tape measure, 12-inch to 24-inch level (either is acceptable), short crosscut saw (about ​a 12-inch blade) and pencils

Textbook:  Renovating Old Houses: Bringing Life to Vintage Homes, by George Nash, ISBN-13: 9781561585359 

Location: STEAM Garden, 279 Central Avenue, Albany, NY

Tuition: $850

Delivery of Course:

Instructor-Led (Classroom)
40 hours, 4.0 CEUs, Non-Credit

Historic Preservation Carpentry I
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Historic Wood Window Rehabilitation

The course, in cooperation with the New York State Historic Preservation Office and the Historic Albany Foundation, will provide you with hands-on training in the traditional trade of historic window rehabilitation, including the repair of historic sashes, glazing, frames and weights. You will gain an understanding of fenestration systems used on 19th and 20th century buildings, as well as the basics of the field of historic preservation, weatherization techniques, and where to market your skills.

Students will:

Prerequisites: Students must complete an eight-hour EPA Lead Safe class before the final class meeting of this course, unless they provide proof of completion of the eight-hour EPA Lead Safe class within the last five years. The Lead Safe class will be offered free of charge to students enrolled in this Historic Wood Window Rehabilitation course. It is offered through the Cornell Cooperative Extension and the NY State Historic Preservation Office.

Location: The STEAM Garden, 279 Central Ave, Albany, NY 12206

Tuition: $850
Additional Fees: A materials fee will also be assessed. Please request a list of required materials to purchase.

Delivery of Course:

Instructor-Led (Classroom)
40 hours, 4.0 CEUs, Non-Credit

Historic Wood Window Rehabilitation
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OSHA 10 Construction Safety

This 10-hour construction safety course is intended for entry-level participants. Each student will receive an OSHA 10-hour Construction Safety wallet card upon successful completion. Training is delivered by a recognized OSHA-10 Construction Safety instructor.

Topic areas covered include the mandatory OSHA-10 Construction Safety topics, including, but not limited to:

Prerequisites: None

Location: Hudson Valley Community College Main Campus

Tuition: $85

Delivery of Course:

Instructor-Led (Classroom)
10 hours, 1.0 CEUs, Non-Credit

OSHA 10 Construction Safety
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Plumbing Basics

This 40-hour introductory training course gives you the entry-level skills to understand how to perform basic plumbing service and maintenance in a building. This course is intended for homeowners, building superintendents, entry-level facilities maintenance personnel or anyone who has an interest in DIY plumbing repairs.

Topics covered include:

Prerequisites: A minimum of 10th grade level reading and math skills.

Required Materials and Textbook: The Complete Guide to Plumbing, 7th edition, ISBN 978-0-7603-6281-5

Location: Hudson Valley Community College (Pressure House)

Plumbing Basics
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Saturdays, 3/18 - 5/6
9:00 am - 3:30 pm
ZTTN-096 600 12 seats left $850

Refrigeration Introduction

This course provides you with training in the fundamentals of refrigeration theory, technology and systems. Training emphasizes the functions and characteristics of the refrigeration cycle and the integration of its components into a systems application. Coursework is accomplished in the classroom and lab each week. Each participant will receive a training certificate of completion.

The following modules are covered in the order listed:

The course will have a final exam on the last day of class.

Prerequisites: None

Textbook: Required, approximately $160, Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Technology, 8th edition, by Whitman & Johnson, will be available for purchase at the Viking's Cove Bookstore.

Location: Hudson Valley Community College Main Campus

Tuition: $995

Delivery of Course:

Instructor-Led (Classroom)
60 hours, 6.0 CEUs, Non-credit

Refrigeration Introduction
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SolidWorks® - Introduction

Introduction to SolidWorks® offers students training in Windows-based 3D mechanical computer-aided drafting (CAD), using parametric modeling.

Course content includes:

Prerequisites: Minimum 10th-grade reading and math skills; computer skills, including familiarity with navigating the Windows operating system.

Location: Remote Instruction

Tuition: $625

Delivery of Course:

Instructor-Led (Remote)
30 hours, 3.0 CEUs, Non-Credit

SolidWorks® - Introduction
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Workforce Development
Amstuz Hall, Room 109
Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Summer Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
(excluding college holidays and vacations)