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Foothill College Course Outline of Record

Foothill College Course Outline of Record
Heading Value
Units: 4
Hours: 24 lecture, 75 laboratory per quarter (99 total per quarter)
Prerequisite: Per California Code of Regulations, this course is limited to students admitted to the Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Mechanical Service Apprenticeship Program.
Degree & Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: None
Grade Type: Letter Grade (Request for Pass/No Pass)
Repeatability: Not Repeatable

Student Learning Outcomes

  • A student will be able to identify and apply a better understanding to our local union.
  • A student will be able to demonstrate and explain how thermodynamics apply to basic refrigeration.


First-year course of the Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Apprenticeship program. This course provides students with a working knowledge of Thermodynamics, Chloro-Fluoro Carbons (CFC), and basic Refrigeration, as it pertains to the Air Conditioning Service industry. Also provides OSHA 10 certification.

Course Objectives

The student will be able to:
A. Explain and demonstrate how thermodynamics apply to basic refrigeration
B. Have a better understanding of our International Union
C. Achieve OSHA 10 certification

Course Content

A. Thermodynamics
1. Basic refrigeration
2. Heat
3. Gases
4. Refrigerants
5. Soldering and brazing
6. Safety (Section A)
7. Fundamental of science (Section E)
B. International Union
1. Heritage of the trade
2. Student success in the trade
C. OSHA 10
1. Prepare for test
2. Complete certification test

Lab Content

Students will work individually and in teams with refrigeration tools and equipment in the lab, which includes:
A. Preparation for soldering, brazing and welding
B. Thermodynamic principles and lab analysis

Special Facilities and/or Equipment

A. Laboratory with refrigeration tools/equipment
B. Personal protective equipment

Method(s) of Evaluation

A. Written examination
B. Hands-on demonstration
C. Chapter quizzes
D. Group and classroom participation

Method(s) of Instruction

A. Lecture
B. Discussion
C. Laboratory
D. Demonstration

Representative Text(s) and Other Materials

U.A. Refrigeration: Mechanical Equipment Service Manual. Washington, D.C.: International Pipe Trades Joint Training Committee, Inc., 2014.

U.A. Job Safety and Health. Washington, D.C.: International Pipe Trades Joint Training Committee, Inc., 2013.

U.A. Standard for Excellence. Washington, D.C.: International Pipe Trades Joint Training Committee, Inc., 2013.

NOTE: These are the standard Refrigeration textbooks/workbooks used for this course. Although one or more may not be within 5 years of the required published date, they are the most current books used when teaching this course.


Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing, and Outside of Class Assignments

A. Readings from the textbook

1. Heritage & Plumbing Trade History

2. Reducing Chloro-Fluoro Carbon Emissions

3. The Application of Basic Electricity in the Plumbing trade

4. The Application of Refrigeration in the Plumbing trade

B. Writing assignments are related to the assignments given in the laboratory

1. Calculations of CFCs, volume, flow and leakage

2. Completing a Pressure Enthalpy diagram



Air Conditioning, Refrigeration, Heating