Prepares students to work on residential and light commercial gas, oil, and electric forced-air and hot-water heating systems and related equipment. Explains standard equipment and systems, how to provide service checks, and the preliminary skills needed to installation, repair, and replace heating equipment using appropriate service tools and instruments. Extensive laboratory activities.
Goals, Topics, and Objectives
This course provides students with the capability to meet or exceed the requirements for entry-level multifunctional residential and light commercial service technicians. It covers National Skills Standards requirements as specified by several nationally recognized heating/cooling field including ARI/GAMA and VTECS. It further provides the student with readily applicable workplace skills to minimize entry training into the field.
- Basic Heating/Air Conditioning Unit Orientation
- Electrical/Wiring Diagrams for Heating Applications
- Gas Furance Controls
- Gas Furance Planned Service Checks
- Troubleshooting Furance Circuits
- Troubleshooting Other Furnance Components
- Forced Air Furnaces
- Ignition Systems and Components
- Heating Unit Troublshooting and Service
- Heating Unit Manufacturer Data Packages
- Identify standard components of a heating system and their purpose.
- Analyze relevant electrical diagrams.
- Differentiate between forced air and hydronic heating systems.
- Describe venting and drain systems associated with heating units.
- Differentiate between various controls associated with heating systems.
- Describe installation procedures.
- Describe standard servicing and troubleshooting procedures.
Assessment and Requirements
The following assessment tools will be common to all sections:
Multiple-choice question tests
Multiple-choice question final exam
Due to the nature of this course, attendance is mandatory.
Credit for Prior College-Level Learning
This course is identified as a departmental course for which a learner can receive college credit for prior college-level learning and/or skills acquired outside the traditional classroom. Terms of the HFC Credit for Prior College-Level Learning Policy may be met by review of the appropriate documentation, skill, certifications, and/or knowledge acquired by the learner and submitted for evaluation by the appropriate departmental faculty. As required, one or more of the following may be considered in the evaluation process:
1. field experience
2. licenses held
3. completing course exams and/or
4. completion of laboratory performance sequences or steady-state lab sessions and/or
5. completing a portfolio