Academic Catalog

APRT 150B: SYSTEMS INSTALLATION & TROUBLESHOOTING (TAB-3)

Foothill College Course Outline of Record

Foothill College Course Outline of Record
Heading Value
Units: 4.5
Hours: 30 lecture, 78 laboratory per quarter (108 total per quarter)
Prerequisite: Per California Code of Regulations, this course is limited to students admitted to the Sheet Metal Testing & Air Balance 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 successful student will be able to calibrate pneumatic control systems.
  • A successful student will be able to adjust direct digital control systems.

Description

Proper layout and installation procedures on various control systems. This will include system programming, adjustment, testing, maintenance and repair of the installed system.

Course Objectives

The student will be able to:
A. Install and service pneumatic control systems.
B. Install and service direct digital control systems.
C. Operate a computer and software associated with control systems.

Course Content

A. Installation and service of pneumatic control systems
1. Selection and installation of pneumatic components
2. Pneumatic control system symbols and layout
3. Pneumatic control system servicing
B. Installation and service of Direct Digital Control systems
1. Selection and installation of direct digital components
2. DDC control system symbols and layout
3. Servicing Direct Digital Control Systems
C. Using computers for troubleshooting, adjustment and programming of control system components
1. Set up of control software on computer, passwords and access
2. Computer connections to system and sensors
3. Utilizing test modes to verify operations
4. Programming changes
5. Recording actions and notes

Lab Content

A. Practice installing pneumatic and digital HVAC controls
B. Compare characteristics of typical components and their functions
C. Practice troubleshooting control systems
D. Use computer interfaces to identify and adjust system settings

Special Facilities and/or Equipment

Laboratory equipped with air conditioning duct and hydronic system.

Method(s) of Evaluation

A. Results of written quizzes and tests
B. Quality of drawings
C. Comprehensive written final examination
D. Maintenance of a workbook of student's daily work activities

Method(s) of Instruction

A. Lecture
B. Discussion
C. Cooperative learning exercises
D. Oral presentations
E. Laboratory
F. Demonstration

Representative Text(s) and Other Materials

International Training Institute for the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Industry. Testing, Adjusting & Balancing of Environment Systems. Alexandria, VA: International Training Institute, 2003.

International Training Institute for the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Industry. Direct Digital Controls module. Alexandria, VA: International Training Institute, 2002.



NOTE: These are the standard Sheet Metal textbooks/workbooks used for this course. Although they 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. An example of a reading assignment is to read in the Direct Digital Controls module the definitions of "open loop" and "closed loop" control systems.

B. An example of a written assignment is to sketch the flow chart for a Local Area Network as applied to Direct Digital Control system architecture.

 

Discipline(s)

Air Conditioning, Refrigeration, Heating