Academic Catalog

APRT 153A: CONTROL SYSTEMS & CUSTOMER SERVICE I (TAB-4)

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 describe two types of variable air volume control systems.
  • A successful student will be able to respond to a typical customer comfort complaint.

Description

Develop skills and knowledge of various control systems in use today in the HVAC test and air balance industry. Develop customer relations in order to effectively deal with the consumer.

Course Objectives

The student will be able to:
A. Discuss the various types of HVAC control systems used today and their differences.
B. Diagram functions and research details of specific control systems for testing, adjusting and balancing purposes.
C. Develop good customer relations.

Course Content

A. Discuss the various types of control systems used today and their differences
1. Methods of controlling volume and air characteristics
B. Diagram functions and research details of specific control systems for testing, adjusting and balancing purposes
1. Variable discharge air temperature control methods
2. Multi-zone units
3. Pneumatic controls systems; electric and electronic control systems
4. Introduction to zone control systems, components and operation
5. Direct digital control and computerized terminal control systems
C. Develop good customer relations
1. Establish communication, question and listen to customer
2. Document actions
3. Report to customer

Lab Content

A. Compare HVAC control systems
B. Practice methods of testing, adjusting and balancing HVAC control systems

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. Shop participation
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 pages 17-25, regarding DDC input and output devices, including switches, digital and analog sensors and output devices.

A. An example of a written assignment is to list and describe ten types of switches used in Direct Digital Control systems.

 

Discipline(s)

Air Conditioning, Refrigeration, Heating