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Apprenticeship - Test, Adjust and Balancing (TAB) Technician

Program Description

Test, Adjust and Balancing (TAB) Technician is a registered apprenticeship program offered in partnership with Sheet Metal Local 104 and Bay Area Training Fund. This 5-year apprenticeship program provides students with 216 hours per year of day or evening class instruction and paid on-the-job training with a sheet metal contractor. This is a "green" construction field that is growing due to the need for indoor air quality and energy efficiency compliance. The type of work performed can range from pressure testing, adjusting and balancing of duct systems for energy efficiency to commissioning and completing documentation of HVAC systems in residential and commercial buildings. The work condition ranges from light physical activity to maneuvering into limited access areas with tools and equipment. Good communication skills are needed to interact with clients. Technicians are held to a code of conduct to assure quality measurements. The program offers a solid career opportunity with livable wages along with retirement and health benefits and provides highly trained and skilled workforce for students/apprentices in the HVAC industry. Per California Code of Regulations, this program is limited to students admitted to the Sheet Metal Local 104 & Bay Area Industry Training Fund’s Test, Adjust, and Balancing (TAB) Technician program.

The Associate in Science in Test, Adjust and Balancing (TAB) Technician degree builds upon the Certificate of Achievement in Test, Adjust and Balancing (TAB) Technician by adding requirements for general education courses. Upon completion of the program, students will be eligible to receive an Apprenticeship Completion Certificate from the California Division of Apprenticeship Standards (DAS), and a Test and Balance Certification from International Certification Board (ICB). Career opportunities include, but are not limited to: Test, Adjust and Air Balancing technician; TABB certified supervisor; service technician; Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) inspector; sheet metal fabricator; compliance tester; entrepreneur; HVAC educator; business agent; and training coordinator.

Learn more about the program on the Apprenticeship website.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to read plans and equipment performance data to determine the system design.
  • Students will be able to measure airflow in HVAC systems using various instruments.
  • Students will be able to adjust airflow values to achieve specified pressure differentials.
  • Students will be able to make adjustment to system component for optimum efficient performance.
  • Students will be able to prepare an IAQ report.
  • Students will be able to perform room pressure differential readings.
  • Students will be able to perform HEPA filter changes to industry standards.

Career Opportunities

Upon completion of the Test, Adjust and Balancing (TAB) Technician program, students will be eligible to receive a Certificate of Achievement in Test, Adjust and Balancing (TAB) Technician from Foothill College, an Apprenticeship Completion Certificate from the California Division of Apprenticeship Standards (DAS), and a Test and Balance Certification from International Certification Board (ICB). Career opportunities include, but are not limited to: Test, Adjust and Air Balancing technician; TABB certified supervisor; service technician; Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) inspector; sheet metal fabricator; compliance tester; entrepreneur; HVAC educator; business agent; and training coordinator.

Award Type(s)

  • AS = Associate in Science Degree
  • CA = Certificate of Achievement

Units Required

  • Major: 70
  • Certificate(s): 70

Associate Degree Requirements

English Proficiency
Select one of the following:
ENGL 1ACOMPOSITION & READING5
ENGL 1AHHONORS COMPOSITION & READING5
ENGL 1S
ENGL 1T
INTEGRATED COMPOSITION & READING
and INTEGRATED COMPOSITION & READING
8
ESLL 26ADVANCED COMPOSITION & READING5
or equivalent
Mathematics Proficiency
College-level math course at or above the level of Intermediate Algebra

A minimum of 90 units is required1 to include:

  • Completion of one of the following general education patterns: Foothill General Education, CSU General Education Breadth Requirements or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC)
  • Core courses (70 units)
1

Additional elective course work may be necessary to meet the 90-unit minimum requirement for the associate degree.

Note: All courses pertaining to the major must be taken for a letter grade. In addition, a grade of "C" or better is required for all core courses used for the degree or certificate.

Core and Support Courses

Core Courses
APSM 155BAIR DISTRIBUTION & EFFICIENT DUCT DESIGN2.5
APSM 157BHVAC ENERGY CODES & STANDARDS2.5
APSM 158AINTRODUCTION TO DIRECT DIGITAL HVAC CONTROLS2
APSM 171AHVAC TRADE HISTORY & INTRODUCTION TO TESTING, ADJUSTING & BALANCING3
APSM 171BBASICS OF AIRFLOW, HEAT ENERGY & HEAT TRANSFER2.5
APSM 171CSAFETY TRAINING FOR TAB APPRENTICESHIP2.5
APSM 172ABASIC HVAC SYSTEMS, PSYCHROMETRICS, AIR PRESSURES & MEASUREMENTS OF AIR2.5
APSM 172BPROPORTIONAL BALANCING2
APSM 172CDUCT LEAKAGE TESTING2
APSM 173AELECTRICAL FUNDAMENTALS, ELECTRIC MOTORS & ROTATIONAL MEASUREMENTS2.5
APSM 173BTEMPERATURE MEASUREMENTS, DUCT SYSTEMS & BASIC CONTROLS2.5
APSM 173CHVAC FANS, FAN LAWS & V-BELT DRIVES2.5
APSM 174AHYDRONIC SYSTEMS, PUMPS & HYDRONIC BALANCING2.5
APSM 174BBALANCING DOCUMENTATION, COOLING TOWERS & TAB RELATED SKILLS2
APSM 174CFIRE LIFE SAFETY LEVEL 12.5
APSM 175ATABB TECHNICIAN CERTIFICATION2
APSM 175BDDC CONTROLS & PROGRAMS2
APSM 175CFIRE LIFE SAFETY LEVEL 22.5
APSM 176APLANS & SPECIFICATIONS, CODES & STANDARDS2.5
APSM 176BBASIC REFRIGERATION & BRAZING/SOLDERING2.5
APSM 176CCLEAN ROOMS & HEPA FILTER TESTING2
APSM 177ATITLE 24 MECHANICAL ACCEPTANCE TESTING2.5
APSM 177BADVANCED DDC CONTROLS/COMMISSIONING OF HVAC SYSTEMS2
APSM 177CENERGY AUDITING2.5
APSM 178AINDOOR AIR QUALITY2
APSM 178BGREEN CONSTRUCTION & LEED CERTIFICATION FOR HVAC2.5
APSM 178CFOREMAN TRAINING/PROJECT MANAGEMENT FOR HVAC2.5
APSM 179ABUILDING & CASCADING PRESSURES/AIR CHANGE TESTING2
APSM 179BSOUND & VIBRATION IN HVAC SYSTEMS2.5
APSM 179CBIOLOGICAL SAFETY CABINETS/LABORATORY FUME HOODS2
Total Units70

Certificate Requirements

Certificate of Achievement in Test, Adjust and Balancing (TAB) Technician

  • Units: 70

The certificate of achievement is awarded upon completion of the core courses. General education courses are not required.

Currently offered at: Bay Area Sheet Metal JAC.