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Heating, Ventilation and

Air Conditioning Systems Servicing

The Career
Increasing emphasis is being placed on the levels of operational efficiencies
of building energy systems. System and control concepts in the Heating,
Ventilating and Air Conditioning (HVAC) field are changing rapidly,
attempting to meet these efficiency levels. An understanding of manual- and
microprocessor-based controls is necessary, along with hands-on knowledge
of controls, start-up, check-out, troubleshooting, diagnosing, repairing and
replacement of HVAC components. A working knowledge of partial and
complete HVAC systems is also required. Employment opportunities include
the installation, servicing, or day-to-day operational maintenance of steam,
water and air-type HVAC systems.

Average starting salary: $38,255

A.A.S. Degree Requirements
Source: This information is based on the 2008 Dunwoody Employment Report SERV111 Electrical Circuits I
SERV121 Heating Systems I
The Program SERV131 Cooling Systems I
The HVAC Systems Servicing program provides students with entry- SERV113 Elec Circuits III
level skills and theoretical knowledge to maintain the safe operation and SERV122 Heating Systems II
energy efficiency of residential, large-scale commercial and industrial SERV132 Cooling Systems II
HVAC systems. HVAC systems consist of multiple mechanical, electrical SERV112 Elec Circuits II
and electronic components. Technicians must be able to maintain those
SERV123 Heating Systems III
operating systems, as well as diagnose and correct problems. In addition
SERV133 Cooling Systems III
to field-related skills, students gain oral and written communication skills,
SERV241 Domestic Refrigeration Service
computer literacy, advanced computation skills, and critical thinking skills
through Arts and Sciences and technical course work. SERV242 Commercial Refrigeration Service I
SERV243 Commercial Refrigeration Service II
Program Length SERV251 HVAC Control Concept
Graduates of this six-quarter program will earn an Associate of Applied SERV252 HVAC Systems Servicing I
Science (A.A.S.) degree. Students with previous training or experience in
SERV253 HVAC Systems Servicing II
the occupation may arrange to take selected courses in the program.
SERV261 HVAC Systems Servicing III
SERV262 Building Systems Operations I
SERV263 Building Systems Operations II
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Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Systems Servicing

Course Descriptions customer-relationship skills with a focus on occupational professionalism.

Job safety.
SERV111 - Electrical Circuits I SERV241 - Domestic Refrigeration Service
Basic electrical terminology and theory. An introduction to simple-circuit Emphasis on domestic refrigeration. The mechanical refrigeration cycle of
construction. Basic electrical properties and their effects on circuits. Load domestic refrigeration equipment will be analyzed and serviced to provide
capacity for wiring and fuses. Simple-circuit diagramming. The theory of optimum operation. Refrigeration system component installation, analysis,
electrical generation through magnetism and electromagnetism. Analyzing check-out, repairs and maintenance. System start-up. Internal and external
and testing circuits with various test equipment. control troubleshooting and analyzing. Operations of various control
systems utilized in domestic refrigeration. Job safety.
SERV112 - Electrical Circuits II
Electrical circuit troubleshooting primary- and secondary-load circuits. SERV242 - Commercial Refrigeration Service I
Ladder diagrams and electrical schematics of existing equipment generated Emphasis on light-commercial refrigeration systems. Whereas commercial
on CAD (Computer Aided Drafting) programs. Building skills of refrigeration systems are of the air-cooled type of coils, this session also
troubleshooting live circuits. Hands-on experiments that examine the studies water-cooled refrigeration systems. System component analysis,
principles, applications, and wiring of series, parallel and series-parallel repair and replacement. Freeze protection. System start-up; internal- and
circuits. Introduction to semiconductors and elementary solid-state circuits. external-control troubleshooting and analyzing; electrical and electronic-
control systems. Mechanical refrigeration cycle. Job safety.
SERV113 - Electrical Circuits III
Theory of magnetism and circuitry as it pertains to the induction motor. SERV243 - Commercial Refrigeration Service II
Introduction to fundamental types of motors used in the HVAC field. Wiring Process-chilled water and grocery store systems control and energy
of various power and control circuits. Introduction to the relay, contactor management. Safety, both personal and equipment, is stressed. Daily
and motor starter. Motor usage and service problems encountered in the operation and preventive maintenance. Control modes of process-chilled
field. Electrical diagramming and schematics. Troubleshooting motor water and grocery store systems. Hands-on analysis and replacement of
circuits. Motor nomenclature and safety. refrigeration system components. A variety of refrigeration controls are
analyzed. Screw and centrifugal chiller operation leading to year-round
SERV121 - Heating Systems I system analysis.
Basic fundamentals and terminology pertaining to heat transfer. Thermal
environmental science properties studied. Study of latent and sensible heat, SERV251 - HVAC Control Concept
conduction, convection and radiation. Fundamental psychrometrics Fundamentals of HVAC control formations including pneumatic, electric,
discussed. Air distribution, room air-movement characteristics and the electronic, DDC and building-management systems as they pertain to
fundamentals of balancing air systems. Analyzing static, velocity and total troubleshooting on the psychrometric chart. Application of control systems
pressure along with airflow measurements within ductwork. of individual room, air distribution, air handlers, chillers and boilers. Damper
control including economizer cycles in conjunction with indoor air quality.
SERV122 - Heating Systems II
Focal point on heat generation as it pertains to residential furnaces. Natural SERV252 - HVAC Systems Servicing I
and LP gases studied. Furnace types, sequence of operation, component Variable air-volume systems and reheat systems. Individual HVAC
identification, ignition types, test equipment and safety studied. Hands-on components sized and selected along with single-line designs of variable
troubleshooting pertaining to the mechanical operation and the electrical air-volume systems. Hands-on analyzing the control systems serving these
control functions of gas furnaces. Improvement of diagnostic and critical- HVAC systems. Service and replacement/repair procedures. Ventilating
thinking skills to meet service problems encountered in the field. and exhaust systems, their requirements and controls, are discussed.
Combustion testing and job safety. Make-up air units, along with hands-on adjustment of these systems and
their controls.
SERV123 - Heating Systems III
Introduction to oil-burning and forced-air electric furnaces. Building SERV253 - HVAC Systems Servicing II
troubleshooting skills for gas, oil and electric furnaces. Hands-on Emphasis on air handling multi-zone, single-zone, reheat, variable air
troubleshooting with emphasis on start-up and combustion testing. volume, induction, ventilation, make-up and exhaust systems. DX and
Application will be made using wiring diagrams and schematics. Hands-on chilled-water systems and component operation check-out, analysis, repair
troubleshooting pertaining to HVAC residential mechanical operations and and replacement. Control modes of various HVAC functions. System start-
electrical control functions. Job safety. up and check-out procedures. Freeze protection. Energy management
systems. Interfacing HVAC air handlers with energy sources in heating and
SERV131 - Cooling Systems I cooling modes. Analyzing outdoor air control parameters coordinating
Basic fundamentals of cooling as it pertains to HVAC&R systems. Studies between energy efficiencies and desirable indoor air qualities.
revolve around the basic gas laws and the principles of the basic
refrigeration cycle. Hands-on skills pertaining to refrigeration tubing
SERV261 - HVAC Systems Servicing III
handling, flaring, swedging, soft and hard soldering and brazing.
Mechanical skill-building focus. Layout and construction of common sheet
Introduction to refrigerants and refrigerant management including EPA
metal components found in building HVAC&R systems. Retrofitting skills
certification. with a working knowledge of the Uniform Mechanical Code. Welding skills
with a focus on oxyacetylene, arc, and MIG. Safety issues stressed.
SERV132 - Cooling Systems II
Fundamentals of residential air conditioning. Evacuation procedures and
SERV262 - Building Systems Operations I
deep vacuums. Refrigerant recycling, recovery and management.
Constant-volume HVAC systems. Blowers, filters, cooling coils, heating
Systematic refrigerant charging procedures. Hands-on troubleshooting of
coils, air blenders and mixing boxes are covered. Energy-management
residential split system air conditioning. Basic cooling analysis through
systems. Individual HVAC components sized and selected along with
psychrometrics and pressure-enthalpy processes. Job safety.
single-line designs of constant-volume and multi-zone systems. Low- and
high- pressure steam, boilers and their systems. Steam/hot water fan coil
SERV133 - Cooling Systems III
units. Steam accessories and codes regulating them, with emphasis on the
Residential air conditioning and heat-pump studies. Theory and hands-on
Minnesota Boiler Examination. Hands-on analyzing control systems serving
troubleshooting of heat pumps. Theory and operation of air-conditioning
these HVAC systems. Focus on hot water heating systems and
and heat-pump controls and safeties. Wiring diagrams and schematics.
Real-life field problems simulated within shop projects. Introduction to
Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Systems Servicing

SERV263 - Building Systems Operations II

Start-up, check-out, troubleshoot, diagnose, repair and replacement of
various HVAC wet and dry systems and components. Final check-outs of
various systems used in commercial installations. Operational reports.
Control systems. Energy management systems. Preventive maintenance
schedules of HVAC equipment. Plumping, fire-protection and snow-melting
systems analyzed.