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Air Conditioning Engineering Technology - A.A.S.

Air Conditioning LabSUNY Canton is a leader in Air Conditioning education and this program is well-suited for individuals with an interest in energy and technology.

With energy costs at their current level, this program leads to employment opportunities across the U.S. and around the globe. It also provides excellent preparation for entry into baccalaureate programs such as Alternative and Renewable Energy Systems or Industrial Technology Management at SUNY Canton. Students also pursue baccalaureate degrees at other institutions.


Accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET
111 Market Place, Suite 1050
Baltimore, MD 21202-4012
Phone: (410) 347-7700

Students in this Major:

  • Prepare for employment as an air conditioning technician upon graduation.
  • Study under experienced HVAC engineers.
  • Work in spacious, well-equipped laboratories.
  • Participate in community service projects related to their curriculum.
  • Are introduced to the current trends and future directions of the HVAC industry.
  • Are active participants in ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers).
  • Have the opportunity to shadow employers in the field during the freshman year.
  • Have opportunities for summer work in the HVAC field.

Career Opportunities:

  • Service Technicians
  • HVAC Contractors
  • Designers
  • HVAC Sales
  • Controls Specialists

Career Opportunities:

All graduating students seeking employment in the past two years have accepted employment by the first of June after graduation.

Recent Employers of SUNY Canton Graduates:

  • Day Automation Systems
  • Prax Air, Inc.
  • Central New York Trane
  • Siemens
  • Thomas Associates
  • T.P. Woodside, Inc.
  • Galson Engineering
  • Bomac
  • Hyde-Stone
  • GEMMA Power Systems

Admission Requirements:

Students who do not meet the recommended high school math prerequisites will be admitted to either Heating and Plumbing Service or Air Conditioning Maintenance & Repair certificate programs. Students will be admitted into the Air Conditioning Engineering Technology program upon successful completion of either certificate program.


Semester I Credits

ENGL 102 Oral & Written Expression (GER 10) 3
MATH 123 Pre-Calculus Algebra (GER 1) 4
ENGS 101 Introduction to Engineering 2
PHYS 121 College Physics I (GER 2) 3
PHYS 125 Physics Lab I* 1
SOET 116 Intro to CAD 2

Semester II Credits

MATH 161 Calculus I (GER 1) 4
MECH 103 Intro to HVAC-R 3
PHYS 122 College Physics II (GER 2) 3
PHYS 126 Physics Lab II* 1
SOET 250 Introduction to 3D CAD and BIM 2
  Humanities Elective (GER 7) 3

Semester III Credits

ACHP 243 Air Conditioning I 3
ACHP 253 Domestic and Commercial Heating I* 4
ELEC 261 Electricity 4
ENGS 102 Programming for Engineers 2
MECH 241 Fluid Mechanics 3
MECH 242 Fluid Power Lab 1

Semester IV Credits

ACHP 254 Domestic and Commercial Heating II 4
ACHP 264 Air Conditioning Systems Design 1
CITA 220 Data Communications and Network Technology 3
CITA 221 Data Communications and Network Technology Lab 1
ELEC 141 Industrial Controls 2
  GER Elective (GER 3,4,5,6) 3

* Fulfills writing intensive requirement.

Additional Graduation Requirements

Students must have completed while at SUNY Canton, 12 credits of 200 level courses, including ACHP 264, contained in the current Air Conditioning curriculum and earning a minimum GPA of 2.0 for all such credit hours taken while under the direct advisement of the program faculty.

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Air Conditioning Engineering Technology
Stanley Skowronek
Curriculum Coordinator

Fall Enrollment Trends
  FT PT Total
2013 8 3 11
2012 11 0 11
2011 14 1 14
2010 11 0 11

Graduation Rate Trends
Cohort Entering Cohort Size %
Fall 2010 2 100%
Fall 2009 9 22%
Fall 2008 6 17%