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Foothill College Course Outline of Record

Foothill College Course Outline of Record
Heading Value
Effective Term: Summer 2022
Units: 4.5
Hours: 36 lecture, 66 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 Only
Repeatability: Not Repeatable

Student Learning Outcomes

  • A student will be able to apply circuitry.
  • A student will be able to apply electronics.
  • A student will be able to demonstrate variable frequency drives.
  • A student will be able to identify, recognize and classify motors and starters.


Second-year course of the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Apprenticeship program. This course provides students with a working knowledge of advanced electricity, motors, starter, circuitry, and variable drives.

Course Objectives

The student will be able to:

  1. Recognize, classify and explain motors and starters
  2. Recognize, classify and explain circuitry
  3. Recognize, classify and explain electronics
  4. Recognize variable frequency drives

Course Content

  1. Motors and starters
    1. Electricity for motors and starters
    2. Circuit protection
  2. Circuitry
    1. Solid state and digital
    2. Protection devices
  3. Electronics
    1. Advanced PDC
    2. Electronic test equipment
  4. Variable frequency drives
    1. Frequency controlled circuits
    2. Advanced circuitry

Lab Content

Students will work individually and in teams on electrical wiring for refrigeration systems in the lab, which includes:

  1. Using a voltmeter, ohmmeter and ammeter
  2. Advanced Electronics I: Motors and Starters
  3. Troubleshooting circuits

Special Facilities and/or Equipment

1. Laboratory with electrical tools/testers
2. Personal protective equipment
3. When taught via Foothill Global Access, on-going access to computer with email software and hardware; email address

Method(s) of Evaluation

Methods of Evaluation may include but are not limited to the following:

Written examination
Hands-on demonstration
Chapter quizzes
Group and classroom participation

Method(s) of Instruction

Methods of Instruction may include but are not limited to the following:


Representative Text(s) and Other Materials

United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices. Electric Controls for Mechanical Equipment Service. 2020.

. Basic Electricity. 2019.

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

  1. Readings from the textbook
    1. Application of variable frequency devices (VFDs) and direct digital control devices (DDCs)
    2. Solar cooling controls and its operating principles
    3. Creating advanced schematics
  2. Writing assignments are related to the assignments given in the laboratory
    1. Students write about the classification of motors, starters, electronic devices in refrigeration equipment and variable frequency drives
    2. Students prepare a compete pneumatic/electrical wire diagram for an air conditioning circuit


Air Conditioning, Refrigeration, Heating