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Air Conditioning Engineering Technology

ACHP 103 REFRIGERATION AND AIR CONDITIONING SERVICES I

Fall, 7 credit hours

The fundamentals of refrigerating and air conditioning equipment are the emphasis of this course. Students study the basic refrigeration cycle and the function of each component; compressor, condenser, evaporator and metering device. Use of hand and power tools will be stressed in laboratory work. Students will cut, bend, solder, braze, flare, and swage cooper tubing. Flowing nitrogen will be stressed during brazing operations. Fours hours lecture, nine hours laboratory per week.

ACHP 104 REFRIGERATION AND AIR CONDITIONING SERVICES II

Spring, 7 credit hours

Applications of refrigeration and air conditioning systems are presented along with heat gain calculation, air distribution and filtration and controls. Complete systems including split Dx air conditioners and heat pumps and packaged systems will be installed. Some sheet metal layout and fabrication will also be performed. Four hours lecture, nine hours laboratory per week.

Prerequisite: Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Services I (ACHP 103) or permission of instructor.

ACHP 105 REFRIGERATION SYSTEM DESIGN

Spring, 2 credit hours

The refrigeration system and its components are studied in detail. Components will be sized and selected to meet application requirements and then system equilibrium will be determined. Two hours lecture per week.

Prerequisite: Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Services I (ACHP 103); Corequisite: Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Services II (ACHP 104) or permission of instructor.

ACHP 171 HEATING AND PLUMBING PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE I

Fall, 7 credit hours

The fundamentals of heating equipment and practices; selection, use and care of hand and power tools; piping fabrication of copper, steel, cast iron and plastic pipe; oil burner boiler installation and service; drainage, waste and vent plumbing; basic sheet metal practice; well pumps and accessories.

CERTIFICATE/AAS ELECTIVE CREDIT ONLY. Four hours lecture, nine hours laboratory per week

Prerequisite: Heating & Plumbing Principles and Practice I (ACHP 171) or permission of instructor.

ACHP 172 HEATING AND PLUMBING PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE II

Spring, 8 credit hours

Gas burner boiler installations with zoning; furnace installation and service; bathroom and kitchen plumbing installation; sheet metal layout and fabrication; heat loss and gain calculations; electrical schematics, controls, troubleshooting; duct sizing and installation.

CERTIFICATE/AAS ELECTIVE CREDIT ONLY. Five hours lecture, nine hours laboratory per week. Prerequisite: Heating & Plumbing Principles and Practice I (ACHP 171) or permission of instructor.

ACHP 181 INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGY

Spring, 3 credit hours

This course provides the student without a technical background an opportunity to explore the broad field of Environmental Technology. This includes basic problem solving as applied to situations occurring in everyday living environments. Current issues such as indoor air quality, CFC’s, radon, and Legionnaires Disease are discussed and solutions presented through proper design. Each student will be introduced to the various phases of building construction and maintenance so he or she will be able to make rational decisions with regard to building environmental conditions. Three hours lecture per week.

ACHP 215 PLUMBING DESIGN

Fall, 3 credit hours

The theory of sizing and design of hot and coldwater lines, drainage and vent lines for residential and commercial sanitary systems. Also a study of basic hydraulics and fluid flow with emphasis on application of various types of water pumping devices. Three hours lecture per week.

ACHP 233 PIPE DRAFTING

Fall, 1 credit hour

Projects include isometric, elevation, plan and detail drawings of piping systems. A computer-aided drafting (CAD) project of a piping system is also included in the course. Three hours laboratory per week.

Prerequisite: Engineering Drawing (MECH 118) or permission of instructor

ACHP 243 AIR CONDITIONING I

Fall, 3 credit hours

The properties of air and water vapor mixtures are determined by calculation and by the use of psychometric charts. Air conditioning processes are analyzed by use of the psychometric chart. Heating loads are calculated for commercial and residential structures. The performance of air conditioning systems and the use of instruments is covered in the laboratory. Two hours lecture, three hours laboratory per week.

Prerequisite: Refrigeration II (ACHP 102) or permission of instructor

ACHP 244 AIR CONDITIONING II

Spring, 3 credit hours

Cooling loads are calculated for various types of commercial structures. Computers are used to calculate loads. Air conditioning equipment and systems are studied to determine their application to meet load, comfort and energy conservation requirements. The laboratory portion of the course includes the determination, with instruments, of the performance characteristics of cooling coils, heating coils, a water chiller, cooling tower, etc. Two hours lecture, three hours laboratory per week.

Prerequisite: Air Conditioning I (ACHP 243) or permission of instructor

ACHP 253 DOMESTIC AND COMMERCIAL HEATING I

Fall, 4 credit hours

Basic principles of heating systems are studied including continuity relations, the flow energy equation and duct and piping systems design. The equal friction method for piping system design is presented as well as the modified equal pressure, equal friction and static pressure regain methods of duct design. Solutions of both duct systems and piping systems are calculated by manual methods and also by a computer program. Theories presented in lecture are backed up by experiments in the laboratory portion. Flow measurement of both air and water are also covered. Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory per week.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Heating (ACHP 111) or permission of instructor

ACHP 254 DOMESTIC AND COMMERCIAL HEATING II

Spring, 4 credit hours

The selection and application of heating equipment is presented. Furnaces, boilers, pumps, fans, and heat pumps are among the equipment studied. Integration of layout studied in Domestic and Commercial Heating I (ACHP 253) is stressed. Additional topics covered are: ventilation requirements, proper air distribution, balancing procedures (air & water), primary-secondary pumping, energy cost calculations and air filtration. Laboratory experiments are designed to emphasize the topics covered in lecture. Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory per week.

Prerequisite: Domestic and Commercial Heating I (ACHP 253) or permission of instructor

ACHP 264 AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEMS DESIGN

Spring, 1 credit hour

Air conditioning systems are designed for specific buildings, equipment selected, working drawings made and specifications written. Three hours laboratory per week.

Prerequisites: Pipe Drafting (ACHP 233), Air Conditioning I (ACHP 243), Domestic and Commercial Heating I (ACHP 253) or permission of instructor

ACHP 306 ENERGY SYSTEMS TECHNOLOGY

Fall, 3 credit hours

Cooling, heating, ventilating, humidification, dehumidification, and cleaning equipment and systems as applied to buildings will be studied. Laboratory equipment will be used to demonstrate air conditioning processes, equipment, and systems. Human comfort requirements, indoor air quality, air conditioning loads, equipment maintenance schedules and energy conservation will be studied. Emphasis will be on maintaining a comfortable, healthy environment, economically and efficiently with well-maintained equipment. Topics to be covered will also include pump and fan curves, duct and piping systems design methods, constant volume and VAV systems, and hot water and steam heating systems. Three hours lecture per week.

Prerequisites: Pre Calculus Algebra (MATH 123), General Physics II (PHYS 102)

ACHP 323 HVAC EQUIPMENT AND SELECTION

Fall/Spring/Summer, 3 credit hours

This course includes the selection and layout of modern HVAC equipment for commercial buildings. Special concern is applied to ASHRAE Standards, codes and cost analysis. Three hours lecture per week.

Prerequisites: Domestic and Commercial Heating II (ACHP 254), or permission of instructor

ACHP 324 HVAC LOAD CALCULATION

Fall/Spring, 3 credit hours

This course introduces the student to the principles and methods of calculating the heating and cooling load of an HVAC system for residential and commercial buildings. The student learns how to design the HVAC systems following the codes and standards of ASHRAE publications. Energy efficiency and conservation are incorporated into the system design for optimal performance. The course is emphasized on computer-based calculations. Computer-assisted calculation and practice are carried out throughout the course. Three hours lecture per week.

Prerequisites: Refrigeration I (ACHP 101); Corequisites: Thermodynamics (MECH 342), Heat Transfer (MECH 343), or permission of instructor

ACHP 401 BUILDING AUTOMATION SYSTEMS

Fall, 3 credit hours

This course presents detailed study of building automation controls as applied in our modern facilities. Integration of building environmental control along with life safety, security, and maintenance functions are studied. The various proprietary protocol, as well as BACNET are presented. Digital and analog inputs to central and remote processors which in turn control devices to maintain building environmental conditions, safety, and security will be studied. Networking topics studied in prerequisite courses will be integrated into the application of these automation systems. Students will work with software to operate these systems as well as specify equipment to meet the goals within the facility. Three hours lecture per week.

Prerequisite: Data Communications and Networking (CITA 200), and Energy Systems Tech. (ACHP 306) or Air Conditioning II (ACHP 244), or permission from instructor.

ACHP 412 ENERGY ANALYSIS AND AUDIT

Fall/Spring, 3 credit hours

This course provides skills to perform an energy analysis of future commercial buildings and the audit of existing building through the study of energy standards and codes use in the United States. HVAC and architectural drawings are reviewed through case studies and actual buildings are audited providing students with the necessary skills to reduce energy cost in to the future of building development. Three hours lecture per week.

Prerequisite: HVAC Load Calculation & Energy Code (ACHP 324), or permission of instructor

ACHP 415 COMMISSIONING OF MECHANICAL SYSTEMS

Fall/Spring, 3 credit hours

This course explores the modern building practice of implementing a quality-oriented process for achieving, verifying, and documenting that the performance of facilities, systems, and assemblies. Students develop and analyze the owner’s project requirements and translate these requirements into a commissioning plan. Students will transform the commissioning plan into an operational and maintenance plan for the building owner and operators. Three hours lecture per week.

Prerequisite: HVAC Load Calculation & Energy Code (ACHP 324), or permission of instructor

ACHP 291-295, 391-395, OR 491-495 SPECIAL TOPICS IN AIR CONDITIONING ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY

Fall/Spring, 1-4 credit hours

Special topics in Air Conditioning Engineering Technology will generally include topics of current interest or topics not covered in courses currently offered by the department or in combinations not currently available.

Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.