ENT-259: Power Engineering IV - Plant/Building Operations and Maintenance

Business, Entrepreneurship, & Professional Development
Energy Technology
Academic Level
Course Subject
Energy Technology
Course Number
Course Title
Power Engineering IV - Plant/Building Operations and Maintenance
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
32.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
32.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
Catalog Course Description

A course covering the necessary building-plant maintenance procedures and process skills, knowledge and competencies for persons seeking positions as building and plant multi-skilled facilities or power plant technicians. Electrical, mechanical equipment, and systems in building and plants are covered for management of maintenance with hands-on interfacing to plan projects and the required maintenance, upgrading, commissioning - re-commissioning, sustainability, energy management and repair, along with continuing oversight to insure safety, efficiency along with economical continuity of operation. Plant visits may be required.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Core Course Topics
  1. Introduction to operation and maintenance programs
    • Identify and apply the functions of maintenance personnel, training, resources, types of preventive maintenance programs, and engineer/operator certifications for building and plant MRO’s (Maintenance, Repair, and Operations).
  2. Administration and management of the operation/maintenance function.
    • Manage facility MRO programs including the elements of administration, people/personnel, projects, and finances*
  3. Plant/building operation and maintenance basic requirements.
    • Organize the MRO function for buildings and plants.*
    • Analyze and assign duties and responsibilities to personnel using the various functions of MRO personnel for buildings and plants*
  4. Potable water and pumping systems.
    • Operate, maintain pump systems and equipment for potable water systems.
  5. Domestic/industrial hot water systems.
    • Operate, maintain equipment and piping systems for commercial and industrial hot water heating systems.
  6. Plumbing and piping systems and equipment.
    • Operate, maintain equipment and piping systems for commercial and industrial plumbing systems.
  7. Fire protection, sound, and signal systems.
    • Operate, test, maintain equipment for fire protection systems.*
    • Operate, test, maintain equipment for access control-security systems and voice-data-video systems and equipment.*
  8. Waste disposal, environmental, and pollution control systems.
    • Operate, test, maintain equipment for waste and hazardous materials.
    • Operate, test, maintain equipment for environmental and pollution control systems and equipment.
  9. Elevators, cranes, and lifting apparatus.
    • Operate, test, ensure certified or licensed skilled trade personnel complete maintenance and required updates on elevators, cranes and lift equipment and systems.
  10. Air conditioning and heating systems for plants and buildings.
    • Operate, test, maintain air conditioning and heating systems for plants and buildings.
  11. Steam, heating, and other distribution systems.
    • Operate, test, maintain steam, heating and distribution systems found in buildings and plants.
  12. Centrifugal and absorption chillers equipment and systems.
    • Operate, test, maintain centrifugal chillers equipment and systems.*
  13. Cooling towers and heat rejection equipment.
    • Operate, test, maintain cooling tower equipment and systems.
  14. Lighting system operation and maintenance.
    • Operate, test, maintain cooling tower equipment and systems.
  15. Power and cogeneration systems
    • Operate, test, maintain power and co-generations systems found in various buildings and plants including those identified in the Industrial Technologies (ITP), and Advanced Manufacturing Office (AVO) Specialist Programs at DOE-EERE..*

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement
The assessment for this course will include lab experiences for objectives and exams covering each major topic with the percentage of student achievement for these elements and the percentage of the total course being determined by the individual instructor.
General Course Requirements and Recommendations
  1. Relative to all Energy Technology courses-programs, all learners must have accessibility to an Internet-connected computer on a regular basis throughout the semester.
  2. Learners must be computer literate entering the program, having abilities for email, Internet browser use, basic word processing, and similar computerized activities.
  3. Online learners and partially online learners must take quizzes, exams, and complete other exercises recording them on the instructional management system at the college.
  4. Curriculum technology integration is required in this course which mandates that learners in such Energy Technology courses complete a minimum of 8-16 Internet industrial-site visits, assignments, and exercises for each course.
  5. Field trips are specified by license agencies granting experience credit for education activities and are an integral part of this course. Field trips must be attended or made up by learners not initially participating when scheduled.

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

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
Winter 2014
ILT Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date