MFMT-115: Boiler Low Pressure Heating Plant Operation and Maintenance

Department
Energy Technology
Academic Level
Undergraduate
Course Subject
Energy Technology
Course Number
115
Course Title
Boiler Low Pressure Heating Plant Operation and Maintenance
Credit Hours
2.00
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
32.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
32.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
A-E
Catalog Course Description

An introductory-level course in boiler (low pressure) heating plant operation and maintenance covering the skills, knowledge, and competencies for persons employed as building engineers or seeking positions as building and plant multi-skilled facilities technicians. May require plant visits. Computer access is mandatory, and student must be literate with web browsers, word processing, spread sheets, e-mail, and other computer-online activities. NOTE: This course does not qualify a person to take a license exam. However, when taken in a certificate program or in combination with other power engineering courses, this course can be used to meet requirements for certificates which may result in meeting the qualification requirements for taking exams leading to a boiler license.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Core Course Topics

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Types of buildings, plants and facilities
  2. Heating and air conditioning - (HVACR) chillers
  3. Heating boilers - steam & hot water
  4. Predictive and preventive maintenance - plants/buildings
  5. Electrical distribution and operation and water treatment, pumps and applications to heating plants
  6. Building mechanical systems, steam heating systems, and heating plant accessories
  7. Controls, electronic systems, hot water heating systems, and heating plant applications
  8. Prime movers and warm air heating systems
  9. Environmental isues, compliance, and safety
  10. Cooling systems in typical heating plants
  11. Heating plant and boiler plant safety & operator licensing
  12. Final applications
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
* Identify and be familiar with the various types of building heating and mechanical systems. * Identify and be familiar with the various types of building cooling and related systems. * Demonstrate the ability to operate, maintain heating and HVACR equipment and systems. * Identify the proper maintenance procedures for boiler and chiller plant auxiliary and accessory equipment and systems. * *Demonstrate the ability to operate, troubleshoot, maintain and repair chillers and cooling towers. * Demonstrate knowledge of various types of low pressure and high pressure boilers including straight tube, bent tube, cast iron, flex tube, horizontal and vertical. * Identify and demonstrate knowledge of components and parts for each type of low pressure and high pressure boiler. * Explain operation and maintenance procedures for each type of watertube boiler.* * Discuss maintenance procedures for each type of low pressure boiler. * Demonstrate knowledge, skills and abilities required to operate, troubleshoot, maintain and repair typical heating plant boilers. * Demonstrate your knowledge, skills and abilities required to operate/maintain basic boiler auxiliaries including boiler feedwater systems and equipment, pumping systems, and other auxiliaries such as fans, draft, heat exchangers, soot blowers, heat recovery apparatus.* * Identify the proper means required to operate/maintain boiler cooling water, and waste water treatment systems including testing and control of these systems and the related equipment. * Analyze elements requiring adjustment and repair, during operation and maintenance of commercial-industrial mechanical systems and steam and hot water equipment and systems.* * Demonstrate the knowledge and skills required to operate/maintain commercial-industrial air conditioning systems and equipment. * Demonstrate knowledge and skills required to operate/maintain controls for commercial-industrial refrigeration equipment and systems. * Demonstrate knowledge and skills required to operate/maintain controls for on-off, jackstaff systems, metering systems and computerized/digital controls of boiler and power systems, along with related flame safeguard systems and combustion controls. * Analyze the operation and adjust control systems including metering systems and computerized/digital controls of boiler and power systems, along with related flame safeguard systems and combustion controls.* * Develop procedures and plans for sustainable maintenance of hot water and steam heating systems and heating plant applications. * Demonstrate knowledge and skills required to operate/maintain boiler plants under emergency conditions. * Identify the mechanical equipment, piping and system components and the tools and skills required for maintenance of mechanical systems and equipment and piped distribution systems. * Identify how to operate/maintain prime movers including steam turbines, diesel generators, electric motors and variable speed drive equipment and systems. * Identify and maintain compliance with environmental and safety requirements. * Identify and maintain compliance with local, state, and national codes and standards. * Organize and operate the maintenance and operation function for a boiler plant. * Identify the knowledge and skills required to operate/maintain commercial-industrial air handling equipment and systems. * Demonstrate knowledge and skills required to operate/maintain commercial-industrial air filtering and cleaning systems and equipment. * Demonstrate knowledge and skills required to operate/maintain controls for commercial-industrial outside air intake and makeup for air conditioning equipment and systems.
General Information

Student must have access to a computer to complete the requirements for the course. This may be at home or when without a home computer the student must access computer lab computers on campus on a regular basis through out the course. Student must be computer literate with web browsers, word processing, spread sheets, e-mail, and other computer-online activities.

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement

The assessment for this course will include lab experiences for each objective 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.

Texts

Determined by instructor.

Credit for Prior College-Level Learning

Options for Credit for Prior College-Level Learning
Other
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 HFCC 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: A. field experience B. licenses held C. completing course exams and/or D. performance sequences and/or E. competing a portfolio. F. assessment of private trade school or other extensive college level industry training and learning by a departmental faculty member

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Fall 2014
ILT Approval Date
04/18/2014
AALC Approval Date
05/12/2014
Curriculum Committee Approval Date
05/12/2014