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
- Types of buildings, plants and facilities
- Heating and air conditioning - (HVACR) chillers
- Heating boilers - steam & hot water
- Predictive and preventive maintenance - plants/buildings
- Electrical distribution and operation and water treatment, pumps and applications to heating plants
- Building mechanical systems, steam heating systems, and heating plant accessories
- Controls, electronic systems, hot water heating systems, and heating plant applications
- Prime movers and warm air heating systems
- Environmental isues, compliance, and safety
- Cooling systems in typical heating plants
- Heating plant and boiler plant safety & operator licensing
- Final applications
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
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.
Determined by instructor.