ENT-219: RACH Light Commercial Systems

Business, Entrepreneurship, & Professional Development
Energy Technology
Academic Level
Course Subject
Energy Technology
Course Number
Course Title
RACH Light Commercial Systems
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
ENT-103, ENT-105, ENT-104, ENT-113, ENT-119, or Instructor Permission
Catalog Course Description

An advanced-level course in light commercial heating and air conditioning systems. Covers lash-up, installation, and troubleshooting of controls and control packages. Discusses possible functions, operations, and components related to pneumatic, electronic, and direct digital control (DDC) building control systems. Also addresses use of controls to optimize energy savings. Laboratory activities.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Core Course Topics
  1. VVTs, VAVs, FPBs
  2. HVAC Fundamentals/Controls
  3. Control Systems/Control Principles
  4. Control Systems/Air Compressors
  5. Pneumatic Actuators/TStats
  6. Pneumatic Transmitters/Receivers
  7. Pneumatic Auxiliary Devices and Applications
  8. Electrical Control Systems
  9. BAS Systems/Interfaces
  10. BAS Installatins/Networking
  11. Control Systems/DDC
  12. Control Strategies/Building Maintenance
  13. BAS Retrofit/Building Maintenance
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  1. Differentiate between single zone system, VVTs, VAVs, and FPBs.*
  2. Explain the principle behind and usage of single-zone systems.
  3. Explain the principle behind and usage of VVTs/controls.
  4. Demonstrate the principle behind and the usage of VAVs/controls.
  5. Demonstrate the principle behind and the usage of FPBs/controls.
  6. Demonstrate pneumatic systems and how various air pressure relate to the system working properly in day, night, summer, and winter modes.
  7. Explain relevant electrical/mechanical systems and how they work.
  8. Demonstrate an understanding of the set up and fuction of of digital systems.
  9. Compare day-occupied control operations and night-time unoccupied operations of commercial buildings.*
  10. Explain BAS and what systems are controlled in the commercial buildings.

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement
  • 25% of the grade - quizzes
  • 25% of the grade - labs
  • 25% of the grade - mid-term, final exam
  • 25% of the grade - attendance including lab attendance

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Winter 2014
ILT Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date