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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 demonstrate air/water chillers related to cooling.
  • A student will be able to apply sizing methods to cooling tonnage.


Provides students with a working knowledge of pipe drafting and blueprint reading for Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Systems. Hands-on activities include applying airside, waterside and pressure testing systems.

Course Objectives

The student will be able to:
A. Apply Airside balancing skills and computations related to HVAC systems.
B. Apply Waterside balancing skills and computations related to HVAC systems.

Course Content

A. Applying Airside
1. Blueprint Reading
2. HVAC Pressure Testing
3. Leak Testing
B. Applying Waterside
1. Blueprint Reading
2. Water Leak/testing
3. Junior Mechanic Test and Review

Lab Content

Students will work individually and in teams in the lab, which includes:
A. Applying mechanical principles related to the function and design of mechanical systems
B. Applying electrical principles related to the function and design of electrical systems
C. Pressurizing (air & water) and testing an HVAC system
D. Reviewing safety procedures for Chiller and Boiler systems

Special Facilities and/or Equipment

A. Laboratory with overhead projector
B. Personal protective equipment/calculator

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

United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices, U.A. Star Exam and Review. Washington, D.C.: International Pipe Trades Joint Training Committee, Inc., 2015.


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

A. Readings from the course textbook

1. Exam Preparation Guide

2. Categories A, Junior Mechanics practice review

B. Writing assignments include:

1. Student study report on the results of testing (Air & Water) for HVAC systems

2. Students take the State License Certified Exit Exam for Journeyman HVAC Service Technician



Air Conditioning, Refrigeration, Heating