Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning

HVAC 1100 – Principles in HVAC I

3 credits

This course is an overview of heating, ventilation and air conditioning, including basic design, equipment characteristics, venting, the refrigeration cycle, system control, basic heat trasfer, basic airflow principles, air quality, product quality and comfort principles.

HVAC 1120 – Principles in HVAC II

3 credits | Prerequisite: HVAC 1100

This course is an in-depth study of the main principles of HVAC. Beginning with safety, topics covered include piping, refrigeration piping, the refrigerant cycle and refrigerant handling. Also studied are duct sizing and layout, air test and balance, including blower drives and system components. Heating and cooling loads will be discussed. Special attention will be given to electrical wiring and controls and troubleshooting.

HVAC 1125 – Sheet Metal I

3 credits

This course covers layout and forming of basic sheet metal fittings using drawing equipment and construction paper. Topics include square/round ductwork, tapers, transitions and offsets.

HVAC 1135 – Building Materials & Construction

3 credits

This course familiarizes the student with the basic materials of construction according to the material properties, durability and suitability for use under varying conditions. Use of materials in combination with one another and in the finished product will be examined. Emphasis is placed on selection of material based on criteria.

HVAC 1150 – HVAC Field Installation Techniques / Procedures

4 credits | Prerequisite: HVAC 1120

Laboratory intensive introduction to air conditioning system field installation techniques and procedures.

HVAC 2210 – Pipefitting Principles & Applications

4 credits | Prerequisite: HVAC 1120 or equivalent, or permission of the department

This course is an introduction to piping material and fabrication, pipe sizing and troubleshooting, sheet metal, airflow principles/duct design, mechanical and electronic filtration and fans/blowers. Piping systems, valves, fittings, metal piping and non-metallic piping are identified and their use and maintenance are presented. Strainers, filters, traps and other accessories such as pressure and temperature gauges are discussed in detail, including a description of their operation and required maintenance. The procedures, use and application of the BOCA basic plumbing code are also covered.

HVAC 2220 – HVAC Design & Application

3 credits | Prerequisite: HVAC 1120

The student’s understanding of heat transfer will be expanded to encompass application. The principles of thermodynamics, psychometrics and calculating heating and cooling loads are emphasized. Heating, venting and combustion air will be included. Reading plans and specifications, systems design and equipment selection are studied.

HVAC 2222 – Advanced HVAC Application Controls

3 credits | Prerequisites: HVAC 1150 and HVAC 2220

HVAC equipment application design concentrating on commercial and light commercial systems is presented. Roof-top units, economizers, water chillers, air handling units and IAQ are covered. Commercial system controls and zone controls including residential zoning are studied.

HVAC 2225 – Sheet Metal Layout II

3 credits | Prerequisite: HVAC 1125

This course covers the actual layout, forming and fabrication of basic sheet metal duct fittings. Items fabricated include many of the fittings commonly found in HVAC applications. The student will utilize various tools and equipment in the HVAC sheet metal lab. SAFETY will be stressed at all times.

HVAC 2230 – Heating Operations & Troubleshooting

3 credits | Prerequisite: HVAC 1120

Heating equipment and system operation are studied together with development of problem solving techniques. Through the use of laboratory demonstrations, measurements, observations and experiments with HVAC systems and components the student learns proper system diagnosis and repair procedures.

HVAC 2240 – Cooling Operation & Troubleshooting

3 credits | Prerequisite: HVAC 1120

Cooling equipment and systems operation are studied together with development of problem solving techniques. Through the use of laboratory demonstrations, measurements, observations and experiments with HVAC systems and components the student learns proper system diagnosis and repair procedures.

HVAC 2241 – Refrigeration

3 credits | Prerequisite: HVAC 1120

A basic understanding of mechanical refrigeration from safety to cryogenics is presented. The refrigeration cycle, components, controls, instrumentation, installation, servicing and troubleshooting are studied. Various components including the compressor, condenser, filter-dryer and refrigeration controls are studied in detail.

HVAC 2242 – HVAC Chiller Operations

3 credits | Prerequisite: HVAC 1120

This course will discuss the specifics of the operation of chillers. The lectures will include small 25 ton units to large commercial 500 ton chillers, including installation of the units, service and general maintenance, troubleshooting and repair. The course will cover how to locate the problems and how to safely manage repairs working with large pieces of equipment.

HVAC 2250 – HVAC Electrical Systems

3 credits | Prerequisite: HVAC 1120

This course provides the knowledge and skills to understand and safely install, service and troubleshoot HVAC/R electrical circuits and electronics. Basic electrical foundation fundamentals are provided. HVAC/R electricity and electronic circuits are covered in depth. A focus on proper meter usage is engrained in the process. Motors, controls and other electrical/electronic devices are covered also. The sequence of operation and diagnostic troubleshooting, utilizing pictorial, schematic and hands-on approaches are provided.

HVAC 2251 – Advanced HVAC Electrical Systems

3 credits | Prerequisite: HVAC 2250

This course encompasses complex HVAC control circuitry schemes, including microprocessor controlled as used on large chillers, large tonnage DX and DDC controls. The student outcome is full understanding of control functions, sequence of operation and troubleshooting skills applicable to complex HVAC circuitry. This ensures that the student has the ability to systematically and logically troubleshoot these complex systems with efficiency and accuracy.

HVAC 2255 – HVAC Commercial Controls

3 credits | Prerequisite: HVAC 1120

This course will further the student’s knowledge of control by introducing the student to the equipment and devices that control HVAC commercial equipment, pneumatics and Direct Digital Controls. The lectures/labs will discuss the function, operation, service and how to troubleshoot the controls.