Academic Catalog

APSM 177B: ADVANCED DDC CONTROLS/COMMISSIONING OF HVAC SYSTEMS

Foothill College Course Outline of Record

Foothill College Course Outline of Record
Heading Value
Units: 2
Hours: 24 lecture, 16 laboratory per quarter (40 total per quarter)
Prerequisite: Per California Code of Regulations, this course is limited to students admitted to the Sheet Metal 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 write a sample HVAC control loop program and successfully demonstrate is use on a simulator board.
  • A successful student will be able to describe the three levels of commissioning according to SMACNA.

Description

Students will install, program and calibrate direct digital control components on HVAC systems. Students will describe the SMACNA commissioning process and prepare sample functional performance tests.

Course Objectives

The student will be able to:
A. Describe an HVAC control loop and identify the required components
B. Properly assemble the components for an HVAC control loop
C. Write a sample HVAC control loop program and successfully demonstrate its use on a simulator board
D. Properly calibrate a DDC VAV controller and [delta]P sensor
E. Describe the HVAC commissioning roles and responsibilities
F. Describe the three levels of commissioning according to SMACNA
G. Describe the use and purpose of commissioning forms and commissioning log
H. Write a sample functional performance test
I. Discuss available industry resources

Course Content

A. Describe an HVAC control loop and identify the required components
1. Describe the required components in an HVAC control loop (Lec)
2. Identify the function of each component in an HVAC control loop (Lec)
B. Properly assemble the components for an HVAC control loop
1. Properly assemble and wire the required devices to complete a functioning control loop (Lab)
C. Write a sample HVAC control loop program and successfully demonstrate its use on a simulator board
1. Write a control program for the assembled control loop (Lec and Lab)
2. Upload the control program for the assembled control loop and demonstrate its proper functioning (Lec and Lab)
D. Properly calibrate a DDC VAV controller and [delta]P sensor
1. Properly calibrate the airflow sensor on a DDC VAV controller (Lec and Lab)
2. Properly calibrate the [delta]P sensor on a DDC HVAC system (Lec and Lab)
E. Describe the HVAC commissioning roles and responsibilities
1. Describe the role and responsibilities of the commissioning authority, design professional, commissioning agent and field technician (Lec)
2. Describe the purpose of HVAC commissioning (Lec)
F. Describe the three levels of commissioning according to SMACNA
1. Describe and differentiate Level 1 through Level 3 commissioning per SMACNA (Lec)
G. Describe the use and purpose of commissioning forms and commissioning log
1. Describe and complete a sample commissioning test form for an HVAC system (Lec and Lab)
2. Create and complete a commissioning log for a sample project (Lec and Lab)
H. Write a sample functional performance test
1. Write a sample functional performance test procedure for a roof top AC unit (Lec and Lab)
2. Complete a functional performance test using the completed test procedure (Lec and Lab)
I. Discuss available industry resources
1. Discuss other available industry organizations and resources for commissioning and retro commissioning (Lec)

Lab Content

A. Properly assemble and wire the required devices to complete a functioning control loop.
B. Properly calibrate the airflow sensor on a DDC VAV controller.

Special Facilities and/or Equipment

A. Laboratory with sheet metal test and balance tools and sample system components
B. Personal protective equipment

Method(s) of Evaluation

A. Results of written quizzes and tests
B. Responses in class discussions
C. Demonstration of assigned skills to acceptable level per instructor
D. Comprehensive final project

Method(s) of Instruction

A. Lecture
B. Discussion
C. Demonstration
D. Lab assignments followed by discussion

Representative Text(s) and Other Materials

Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors National Association, Inc. HVAC Systems Commissioning Manual. 2nd ed. Chantilly, VA: SMACNA, 2013.

 

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

A. Sample reading assignment: From the textbook, units on HVAC commissioning.

B. Sample writing assignments:

1. Describe and complete a sample commissioning test form for an HVAC system.

2. Write a sample functional performance test procedure for a roof top AC unit.

 

Discipline(s)

Sheet Metal