ENT-212: Commercial Heating

Business, Entrepreneurship, & Professional Development
Energy Technology
Academic Level
Course Subject
Energy Technology
Course Number
Course Title
Commercial Heating
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
Catalog Course Description

An advanced heating course covering large commercial-industrial burners, light commercial rooftop units, building and plant commercial-industrial heating controls, equipment, and systems. Discusses manufacturer’s equipment and instructions, planned service checking, and troubleshooting. Also covers repair and replacement of components using appropriate service tools and instruments. Extensive laboratory activities.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Goal Statement

To prepare students to function effectively as multi-skilled service technicians on light commercial gas and oil heating systems and equipment, hot water and steam heating systems and equipment and electrical, pneumatic, electronic, and digital control equipment and systems.

Core Course Topics
  1. Rooftop Systems
  2. Building & Plant Commercial-Industrial Heating Systems
  3. Large Burner-Boiler-Flame Safeguard Systems
  4. Basic Commercial-Industrial Heating Principles and Practices
  5. Commercial-Industrial Heating Equipment and Systems Safety, Codes, Standards, and Environment Requirements
  6. Commercial-Industrial Heating Technician Operation and Maintenance Areas
  7. Light Commercial Heating System Operating and Efficiency Assessment Principles
  8. Commercial Air-Conditioning System Operating and Efficiency Assessment Principles and Practices
  9. Commercial Mechanical RACH System Principles and Practices
  10. Commercial-Industrial Heating System Piping Principles
  11. Commercial Equipment and Systems: Analyzing Function, Calculating Capacity, Checking Operation Against Specifications
  12. Commercial-Industrial HVAC Controls
  13. Commercial-Industrial HVAC Control Standards
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)

Given manufacturer’s literature and materials, the actual equipment, the tools, instruments, materials, and equipment required by commercial technicians in the HVAC, power and process fields, the learner will:

  1. Identify the best practices, standards and the characteristics for operation and maintenance to show acceptable familiarity with typical power and process systems and equipment.
  2. Test, analyze, and troubleshoot heating equipment to industry standards.
  3. Perform installation, start-up checking, and operational tests as required by manufacturer's specifications and local and federal codes.
  4. Describe the operation of gas-fired and oil-fired commercial rooftop, boiler, and other large burner systems.
  5. Install and service the heating systems of packaged air-conditioning units, commercial and industrial oil and gas burners, and large heating unit flame safeguard control systems.
  6. Size and layout fuel pipes for multiple applications.
  7. Apply manufacturer's schematics, diagrams, and technical literature to service a unit or system.
  8. Sketch diagrams, mechanical or electrical, and large rooftop and burner systems, identifying the function of each component.
  9. Apply federal, state, and local regulations for transporting, handling, and disposing of hazardous materials.
  10. Apply the principles of light commercial heating including fuel system design, air distribution, design, and the operation of electric resistance, forced air, hydronic, and steam heating systems.

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement

The following assessment tools will be common to all sections:

  • Lab assignments
  • Multiple-choice question tests
  • Multiple-choice question final exam
  • Class participation
General Course Requirements and Recommendations

Due to the nature of this course, attendance is mandatory. One must be in class to participate. Leaving lab/class early will count as an absence. Lab will not be made up at the end of the semester. Excessive absences will result in a failing grade for the course.


Prescribed by the subject matter expert instructor responsible for curricular development and implementation of this course.


Satisfies Wellness Requirement

Credit for Prior College-Level Learning

Options for Credit for Prior College-Level Learning
Other Details

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. Performance sequences and/or
  5. Competing a portfolio.
  6. Assessment of private trade school or other extensive college level industry training and learning by a departmental faculty member

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Fall 2020
ILT Approval Date
AALC Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date