Apprenticeship - Test, Adjust and Balancing (TAB) Technician
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.
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.
- AS = Associate in Science Degree
- CA = Certificate of Achievement
- Major: 70
- Certificate(s): 70
Associate Degree Requirements
|Select one of the following:|
|ENGL 1A||COMPOSITION & READING||5|
|ENGL 1AH||HONORS COMPOSITION & READING||5|
& ENGL 1T
|INTEGRATED COMPOSITION & READING|
and INTEGRATED COMPOSITION & READING
|ESLL 26||ADVANCED COMPOSITION & READING||5|
|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)
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
|APSM 155B||AIR DISTRIBUTION & EFFICIENT DUCT DESIGN||2.5|
|APSM 157B||HVAC ENERGY CODES & STANDARDS||2.5|
|APSM 158A||INTRODUCTION TO DIRECT DIGITAL HVAC CONTROLS||2|
|APSM 171A||HVAC TRADE HISTORY & INTRODUCTION TO TESTING, ADJUSTING & BALANCING||3|
|APSM 171B||BASICS OF AIRFLOW, HEAT ENERGY & HEAT TRANSFER||2.5|
|APSM 171C||SAFETY TRAINING FOR TAB APPRENTICESHIP||2.5|
|APSM 172A||BASIC HVAC SYSTEMS, PSYCHROMETRICS, AIR PRESSURES & MEASUREMENTS OF AIR||2.5|
|APSM 172B||PROPORTIONAL BALANCING||2|
|APSM 172C||DUCT LEAKAGE TESTING||2|
|APSM 173A||ELECTRICAL FUNDAMENTALS, ELECTRIC MOTORS & ROTATIONAL MEASUREMENTS||2.5|
|APSM 173B||TEMPERATURE MEASUREMENTS, DUCT SYSTEMS & BASIC CONTROLS||2.5|
|APSM 173C||HVAC FANS, FAN LAWS & V-BELT DRIVES||2.5|
|APSM 174A||HYDRONIC SYSTEMS, PUMPS & HYDRONIC BALANCING||2.5|
|APSM 174B||BALANCING DOCUMENTATION, COOLING TOWERS & TAB RELATED SKILLS||2|
|APSM 174C||FIRE LIFE SAFETY LEVEL 1||2.5|
|APSM 175A||TABB TECHNICIAN CERTIFICATION||2|
|APSM 175B||DDC CONTROLS & PROGRAMS||2|
|APSM 175C||FIRE LIFE SAFETY LEVEL 2||2.5|
|APSM 176A||PLANS & SPECIFICATIONS, CODES & STANDARDS||2.5|
|APSM 176B||BASIC REFRIGERATION & BRAZING/SOLDERING||2.5|
|APSM 176C||CLEAN ROOMS & HEPA FILTER TESTING||2|
|APSM 177A||TITLE 24 MECHANICAL ACCEPTANCE TESTING||2.5|
|APSM 177B||ADVANCED DDC CONTROLS/COMMISSIONING OF HVAC SYSTEMS||2|
|APSM 177C||ENERGY AUDITING||2.5|
|APSM 178A||INDOOR AIR QUALITY||2|
|APSM 178B||GREEN CONSTRUCTION & LEED CERTIFICATION FOR HVAC||2.5|
|APSM 178C||FOREMAN TRAINING/PROJECT MANAGEMENT FOR HVAC||2.5|
|APSM 179A||BUILDING & CASCADING PRESSURES/AIR CHANGE TESTING||2|
|APSM 179B||SOUND & VIBRATION IN HVAC SYSTEMS||2.5|
|APSM 179C||BIOLOGICAL SAFETY CABINETS/LABORATORY FUME HOODS||2|
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.