Workforce Development Institute (WDI)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Building Trades & Manufacturing Courses

Learn the skills you need from the bottom up, including air conditioning, heating, electricity, and more. We offer introductory courses to get you started on your chosen path.

Air Conditioning Service and Repair Air Conditioning Service and Repair
36 hours, 3.6 CEUs, Non-Credit
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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:

  • Terminology
  • Refrigerants and Refrigerant Charging Methods
  • Air Conditioning System Mechanical Components
  • Heat Transfer Theory
  • Pressure Temperature Relationship
  • Tools and Materials
  • Installation Practices
  • Evacuation and Dehydration
  • Mechanical System Fault Diagnosis
  • Electrical Fundamentals System Troubleshooting
  • Refrigerant Recovery

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.

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: $650

Basic Electricity
41 Hours, 4.1 CEUs, Non-Credit
Online / Independent Study

This course is for individuals in skilled trades or manufacturing who need a base knowledge of electricity and electrical currents and circuits.

The introductory level course is for individuals working in industrial skilled trades and maintenance technician jobs. The course covers the basic nature and functionality of electricity. You will explore the basic properties of electrical circuit, voltage, current, resistance and power. In addition, the course covers how to utilize Ohm’s Law to determine electrical properties in series and parallel circuits and how to apply Watt’s Law to simple circuits.

Course content includes: identifying basic electricity components and their schematic symbols; basic DC circuit properties – voltage; current, resistance and power; analyzing voltage sources; determining resistor values using the resistor color code; calculating parallel resistors; and basics of using a digital multimeter.

Textbook (included with cost of tuition): eBook - Introduction to Electricity. Robert T. Paynter; Toby Boydell. Prentice Hall, 2011

This online course provides you the greatest possible flexibility, with open enrollment dates and up to six months to complete the course.

Tuition: $299

Blueprint Reading For Construction Trades
41 Hours, 4.1 CEUs, Non-Credit
Online / Independent Study

This course is for individuals in skilled trades or manufacturing who need a basic understanding of how to read blueprints used in the various technical fields involved in construction trades.

The introductory-level course provides you with a basic overview of blueprint reading concepts. It reviews the key concepts applicable to reading blueprints generated for a variety of skilled trade and technical applications including carpentry, electrical systems, plumbing systems, and sprinkler fitting systems in light commercial and residential construction.

Course content includes: the basics of construction trade blueprints; the elements of the blueprint design process; common symbols and terminology related to construction trade blueprints; using construction trade blueprints for a variety of applications; the elements of light commercial and residential construction blueprints; and the purpose of different working drawings.

Textbook (included with cost of tuition): eBook - Blueprint Reading for Construction, 2/E. James A. S. Fatzinger, American Society of Professional Estimators. Prentice Hall, 2004.

This online course provides you the greatest possible flexibility, with open enrollment dates and up to six months to complete the course.

Tuition: $299

Electrical Fundamentals for HVAC Electrical Fundamentals for HVAC
36 Hours, 3.6 CEUs, Non-Credit
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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:

  • series and parallel circuits
  • various electrical meters
  • schematic symbols and diagrams
  • AC and DC circuits
  • electric motors
  • electrical installation practices
  • contactors and relays
  • electrical control devices
  • solid state controls

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

Residential Wiring Electrical Wiring: Principles and Practices
32 hours, 3.2 CEUs, Non-Credit
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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:

  • Electrical Systems and Materials
  • Basics of Electricity
    • Power generation
    • Energy calculations
    • Wiring types, ratings and applications
    • Electrical box sizing
  • Design Guidelines/Building Electrical Planning
    • Circuiting: series and parallel
    • Over-current protection and grounding
    • Direct current, alternating current and Ohm’s Law
    • Single-phase and three-phase electricity
    • Transformers
  • Step up and Step Down Types
    • Voltage drop
    • Electrical design procedures
    • Sizing, installation and layout of circuits
    • Sizing and installation requirements of electrical panelboards
  • Electrical Drafting Conventions

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.

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

This course can be used to complete the WDI Photovoltaic Systems Certificate.

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

Textbook: Residential Wiring, 3rd ed., by Gary Rockis et al., approximately $60, will be available for purchase at the Viking's Cove Bookstore.

Location: Hudson Valley Community College Main Campus

Tuition: $625

Heating Systems Service & Repair Heating Systems Service & Repair
42 hours, 4.2 CEUs, Non-Credit
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This Workforce Development course provides introductory training and lab activities in various heating systems using gas, oil and electric.

  • The fundamentals of heating systems, and the service and repair of these systems.
  • The testing of these systems for efficiency and safe operation.
  • Proper installation techniques.
  • Basic service and diagnostic procedures/fault diagnosis on each type of furnace and boiler.
  • Techniques on the proper use of meters, gauges and other diagnostic instruments.

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

Prerequisites: Minimum 9th Grade Reading, Writing, and Math Skills; Strong Interest in the Fundamentals of Heating Systems

Students are required to bring to class:

  • Safety glasses with side panels
  • Work gloves

Textbook: 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: $760

Historic Wood Window Rehabilitation
NYS Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
Historic Albany Foundation
Historic Wood Window Rehabilitation
40 hours, 4.0 CEUs, Non-Credit
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The Workforce Development Institute, in cooperation with the New York State Historic Preservation Office and the Historic Albany Foundation, is pleased to offer a new program in historic building restoration. This course is the first in a series.

The course 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:

  • Plan and execute a window rehabilitation project
  • Understand the repair process through lectures, observation and hands-on repair of wood frame windows in a workshop setting
  • Gain a broad overview of the history and evolution of windows in America, the materials and construction methods used, and an understanding of typical failures, and the methods used in repairs

Prerequisites: Students must take an eight-hour EPA Lead Safe certification class before attending this course. 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.

Textbook: The Window Sash Bible: a Guide to Maintaining and Restoring Old Wood Windows, by Steve Jordan, will be available for purchase at the Viking's Cove Bookstore.

Location: Historic Albany Foundation Warehouse, 89 Lexington Avenue, Albany, NY

Tuition: $775

Additional Fees: A materials fee will also be assessed. Please request a required materials to purchase list from WDI.

Introduction to HVAC
147 Hours, 14.7 CEUs, Non-Credit
Online / Independent Study

If you have always been interested in the HVAC field and would like to learn the basics about this profession in order to become an HVAC Technician, then this high quality, comprehensive course is ready when you are.

Introduction to HVAC gives you the flexibility to complete the course at your own pace and provides you with the basic information essential to working in the HVAC profession. It will discuss the components of both residential and commercial refrigeration and heating systems, fundamentals of design, maintenance and repair of air-conditioning and heating systems. The required tools and equipment, as well as the safety issues involved when working with these systems will be covered, to ensure you have everything you need to begin your new career!

You will explore the following critical topics:

  • Workplace hazards
  • The properties of matter
  • Types of energy and their properties
  • Thermodynamics
  • Tools and equipment
  • Components and operation of the refrigeration system
  • Various refrigerants and their properties
  • Refrigerant system management
  • Electrical systems and components
  • Residential and light commercial air-conditioning systems and their components
  • Residential and light commercial heating systems and their components
  • The importance of system design, sizing and layout
  • Components of commercial environmental systems
  • Installation, maintenance and troubleshooting techniques

Textbook (included with cost of tuition): eBook – Fundamentals of HVAC/R, Stanfield and Skaves, Prentice Hall, 2010

Certification: EPA 608 Certification
Certifying Body: Environmental Protection Agency
*Please note that this course does not result in a learner receiving certification, but instead prepares the learner to sit for the certification exam.

This online course provides you the greatest possible flexibility, with open enrollment dates and up to six months to complete the course.

Tuition: $1,199

Introduction To Programmable Logic Controls
41 Hours, 4.1 CEUs, Non-Credit
Online / Independent Study

This course is for individuals in the skilled trades, manufacturing or maintenance fields who are not familiar with PLC or have limited experience with PLCs. Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) are used extensively in the automotive industry, material handling warehouses, food processing plants and amusement parks, to name just a few applications. Maintenance individuals need a working knowledge of these systems. This course covers the history and development of PLCs, the main parts of a PLC system (how a PLC works, installation wiring diagrams, basic programming symbols and logic) and basic troubleshooting.

Course content includes: understanding how and why PLCs were developed; understanding how PLC systems work and where they are used; reading PLC installation diagrams; analyzing the main parts of a PLC system; comprehending basic PLC programming symbols and implementing troubleshooting basics.

Textbook (included with cost of tuition): eBook - Programmable Logic Controllers: Principles and Applications, 5/E. John W. Webb; Ronald A. Reis, Prentice Hall, 2003

This online course provides you the greatest possible flexibility, with open enrollment dates and up to six months to complete the course.

Tuition: $299

Refrigeration IntroductionRefrigeration Introduction
60 hours, 6 CEUs, Non-credit
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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:

  • Refrigerant Theory and Terminology
  • Temperature Pressure Relationships
  • Components in the Refrigerant Cycle:
    • compressors
    • evaporators
    • metering devices
    • condensers
    • piping accessories
    • piping arrangements
  • Refrigerants
    • refrigerant safety
    • refrigerant blends
  • Evacuation and Dehydration
  • Charging Methods
    • leak detection

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