In this course, students will investigate the need for renewable energy systems and emerging careers in renewable energy. Students will examine the basic design, cost, and other considerations associated with photovoltaic, wind, hydro and biogas electrical generation systems. In addition, students will evaluate the basic design, costs, truths and myths associated with solar thermal, geothermal, and biomass heating and cooling systems and explore the production and use of alternative transportation fuels. Students will also perform a site assessment for the installation of a renewable energy system.
Topics covered include air conditioning principles and terms, physical principles of air movement and humidity, methods of conditioning air for comfort and health, the proper use of psychrometers, dry bulb thermometers, hygrometers, pitot tubes, recorders, manometers and barometers, and the reading and interpretation of psychrometric charts and scales. PREREQUISITE: Admission to HVAC/R Plan.
This course is designed to introduce the learner to the basic fundamental skills necessary to work in the HVAC/R Industry. Instruction will be given in learning the various types of piping and tubing used in air conditioning, heating, and refrigeration; types of fittings, bending, brazing, soft soldering tubing, black iron pipe work, using hand tools, and the recognition and practice of safety procedures while working on heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems. PREREQUISITE: Admission to HVAC/R Plan.
Topics include refrigeration principles and terms, thermodynamic processes, refrigerants, vapor compression cycles, mechanical refrigeration system components, use of electrical controls, refrigeration applications, and refrigeration tools and materials. PREREQUISITE: Admission to HVAC/R Plan.
This course provides an introduction to DC and AC electricity. The students will be able to perform basic resistance, current, voltage, and power calculations and measurements in both DC and AC circuits. Knowledge and use of test equipment will focus on multimeters and oscilloscopes. Critical-thinking skills are emphasized to develop competencies in problem solving and troubleshooting. This is a lab- and lecture-based course that provides hands-on and theoretical learning. COREQUISITE: 32804355 Math 355.
Topics include introduction to heat principles, temperature measurement, fuels and other sources of heat, combustion, basic heating systems, basic furnace design, gas furnace design and operation, venting of furnaces, chimney or exhaust gases, and system controls. PREREQUISITE: Admission to HVAC/R Plan.
Topics in this course include basic electricity review, control circuits, symbols, diagrams, protection devices, transformers, relays, thermostats, single-phase motors, capacitors, control components, and troubleshooting ACR system wiring diagrams. Electrical experience equivalent to 32601303 Principles of AC/DC is recommended.
Topics include installation, start-up, and service of gas- and oil-fired heating equipment; air conditioning and air-to-air heat pump systems; and electrical and mechanical testing/analyzing of system components. PREREQUISITES: 32601301 Basic Mechanical Fundamentals and 32601304 Heating Systems.
This course serves as an introduction to how a heating, venting, and air conditioning control system is used to operate a building's mechanical equipment so as to maintain the desired environmental conditions. PREREQUISITE: 32601309 Control Circuit Applications.
Topics include control circuit terminology, measuring devices, and control systems. The principles of self-contained, electromechanical, and electronic-electric controls are examined and applied to control systems operation and design. PREREQUISITE: 32601305 Electrical Controls and Systems.
Topics include heating ignition systems, oil boiler installation and start up, venting of gas-fired boilers, heating with hot water, multiple boiler systems basics, and zoning hydronic heating systems. PREREQUISITES: 32601301 Basic Mechanical Fundamentals and 32601304 Heating Systems.
Topics include domestic and commercial refrigeration systems, applications, installation, servicing, troubleshooting, heat loads and piping, controls, and special refrigeration components. PREREQUISITES: 32601300 Air Conditioning Fundamentals, 32601301 Basic Mechanical Fundamentals, and 32601302 Refrigeration Fundamentals.
This course is designed for the advanced student who has already completed the theoretical and basic hands-on classes. In this class the student will be responsible for troubleshooting and repairing a variety of HVAC/R equipment. The student will be required to diagnose the faulty equipment, select the proper replacement parts, return the equipment to a working condition, and prepare a detailed work order listing all work performed. PREREQUISITE: 32601309 Control Circuit Applications.
This course will teach the student how to use "Manual J" from ACCA. The student will develop the skills to do residential heating and cooling heat loads. Students will calculate heat loss and also losses or gains due to infiltration, sun loads etc. The student will do calculations on actual buildings using ACCA industry standard form J-1. The student will also be pricing energy upgrades such as insulation, window improvements, etc. and calculating payback and fuel savings. PREREQUISITE: Admission to HVAC/R Plan.
This course is designed to introduce the student to the basic concepts of geothermal heating and cooling. Students will be introduced to the concepts of geothermal heating and cooling using geothermal pumps, ground source heat exchangers, indoor heat exchangers, connecting devices, and circulating fluid configurations and fusions. PREREQUISITES: 32601301 Basic Mechanical Fundamentals, 32601302 Refrigeration Fundamentals, and 32601305 Electrical Controls and Systems.
This course will allow the learner to develop skills in research, evaluation, selection, and preparation of information resources useful to their career area. Learners will use various information resources, including computer software applications to develop sound information research strategies. Learners will be exposed to ethical use of information, information provided by various methods and stored in various management formats, communicating by e-mail, developing search and selection of information resources, analysis, and use of results. This discussion- and lab-based course will use individual and group work to search and share information resources. Competencies learned in this course will be able to be applied in other courses within your program and will continue to be valuable in lifelong learning. You should have experience in keyboarding and basic computer skills for this course.
This basic communication course focuses on effective listening, speaking, reading, and writing in life and at work. Students demonstrate their skills both individually and in groups. Students also produce such employment documents as a cover letter, a resume, and a preliminary job portfolio. PREREQUISITE: Established score on placement assessment or COREQUISITE: 76851750 Writing Foundations for Trades.
This course fully explores effective listening, speaking, reading, and writing in the workplace. Students take notes, deliver presentations, work in groups, and write program-related documents. Students also complete professional portfolios, making them interview ready. PREREQUISITE: 32801361 Applied Communications 1.
This technical diploma course begins with a short review of basic arithmetic skills and continues with the application of these skills. Problem solving involving fractional and decimal dimensions is emphasized. The course also includes introductory algebra with emphasis on utilization of formulas including work with signed numbers. First-degree equation solution is also emphasized. PREREQUISITE: Established score on placement assessment or COREQUISITE:
76854750 Math Foundations for Trades.
This technical diploma course is a continuation of Math 355. Topics covered include the basic geometry of plane and solid figures, right-triangle trigonometry, oblique-triangle trigonometry, and applications of these topics to trade and industry programs. PREREQUISITE: 32804355 Math 355.
A course designed to give students insight into how their own personality and abilities affect their own relationships with others at work, in the family, and in society. Areas stressed include presenting a professional image in seeking employment, developing a positive work attitude, and an awareness of personal adjustments needed to succeed on any new job.
Total: 55 Credits
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