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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 electric/pneumatic controls.


Third-year course of the Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Apprenticeship program. This course provides students with a working knowledge of Controls, Control Theory, Timing Circuits, Computerized Control, and Energy Management Systems.

Course Objectives

The student will be able to:
A. Explain control theories
B. Recognize and classify electric/pneumatic controls
C. Recognize and explain energy management systems

Course Content

A. Controls Theory
1. Electric controls
a. 2-position
b. Timed 2-position
c. Floating
d. Modulation
B. Electric/Pneumatic Controls
1. DDC
2. Computerized control
C. Energy Management Systems
1. Title 24 compliance
2. Energy efficiency

Lab Content

Students will work individually and in teams on pneumatic controls, timing circuits and building air handling systems in the lab, which includes:
A. Installation practices with tubing, tubing sizing, control tube soldering and tube bending
B. Termination, fitting identification, control identification and tool identification
C. Troubleshooting process for pneumatic controls

Special Facilities and/or Equipment

A. Laboratory with pneumatic electrical tools
B. Personal protective equipment

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. Pneumatic Controls. Washington, D.C.: International Pipe Trades Joint Training Committee, Inc., 2006.

Pneumatic/D.D.C. Fundamentals. Invensys Building Systems, 2006.

Texts older than 5 years that may be utilized in this course are industry-standard texts and are the most recent publication date.


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

A. Readings from the course textbook, "Pneumatic Controls"

1. Section on Safety in the Pneumatic Controls manual (NJS-PAC)

2. Recognize, maintain, operate and troubleshoot pneumatic control systems

B. Writing assignments are related to the assignments given in the laboratory and include:

1. Writing an article on Energy Efficiency, Title 24, as it pertains to the Plumbing industry

2. Developing a Timing Circuit, Air Handling Circuit and Electronic Diagram as part of the Mid Term

3. Handouts on sizing calculations for compressors and air dryers

4. Assignments on the use of Thermostats



Air Conditioning, Refrigeration, Heating