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Foothill College Course Outline of Record

Foothill College Course Outline of Record
Heading Value
Units: 4.5
Hours: 30 lecture, 72 laboratory per quarter (102 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 building maintenance.
  • A student will be able to demonstrate basic mathematics as they apply to refrigeration and air conditioning.


First-year course of the Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Apprenticeship program. This course provides students with a working knowledge of Basic Refrigeration, Refrigeration Equipment, and Equipment Maintenance.

Course Objectives

The student will be able to:
A. Demonstrate basic mathematics as they apply to refrigeration and air conditioning
B. Discuss equipment maintenance

Course Content

A. Basic Refrigeration Mathematics
1. Calculating volume
2. Calculating pressure
3. Cubic feet per minute (CFM)
B. Equipment Maintenance
1. Vocabulary and terms
2. Safety-related to maintenance

Lab Content

Students will work individually and in teams with refrigeration tools and equipment in the lab, which includes:
A. Refrigeration math
B. Process for equipment maintenance in the field

Special Facilities and/or Equipment

A. Laboratory with refrigeration Equipment and Simulators
B. Personal protective equipment, calculator

Method(s) of Evaluation

A. Written examination
B. Hands-on demonstration
C. Chapter Quizzes
D. Group and Classroom participation
E. Punctuality

Method(s) of Instruction

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

Representative Text(s) and Other Materials

United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices. Basic Refrigeration Volume II. Washington, D.C.: International Pipe Trades Joint Training Committee, Inc., 2014.


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

A. Readings from the textbook

1. The application of basic refrigeration math principles and concepts

2. Designing a complete HVAC system

3. Understanding electricity for Plumbing & HVAC

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

1. Prepare a maintenance procedure for equipments and simulators

2. Refrigeration Handbook exercises at the end of each chapter



Air Conditioning, Refrigeration, Heating