The HVAC Systems Design program is a three-year discipline designed to provide students with a practical understanding of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning concepts as they apply to the field of construction. The core courses for the first year of the program focus on fundamental refrigeration concepts, where students revisit the mechanical functions of condensers, evaporators, compressors, and expansion valves. Subsequent courses provide a thorough exposure to heat load calculations, electric power supply, and psychometrics and humidification. The program is rounded out with rigorous course work in control systems and applications. Throughout the program, students are able to “personalize” their instruction by choosing elective courses that they find relevant to their current employment and future career objectives. Who should enroll in the HVAC Systems Design program? Individuals employed as HVAC mechanics, as well as engineers working in any of the diverse fields that rely on an integral understanding of heating, cooling, and boilers. Those working in the HVAC field in a managerial or supervisory capacity will also benefit from the thorough understanding of refrigeration theory provided by this program. Vocational Mathematics Fundamentals of Refrigeration Practical Physics Heat Load Calculations Visual Communication Electric Power Supply for Refrigeration Systems Psychometrics and Humidification Refrigeration Cycle with pH Charts Ducts & Fans, and HVAC Equipment Centrifugal and Absorption Machines Control Systems & Applications for HVAC Vocational Mathematics This course is a prerequisite for students entering the Electrical Technology or HVAC Systems Technology programs. The educational objective of this course is to enable those employed in said trades to solve the problem that may arise in their daily work. The basics of arithmetic, the use of formulas, and the simple applications of algebra and geometry, form the basis of the work in this course. Fundamentals of Refrigeration The educational objective of this course is to provide the student with a detailed understanding of refrigeration components. Students will be given a working familiarity with condensers, evaporators, compressors, and expansion valves. Practical Physics This course is a prerequisite for students entering the Electrical Technology, Plumbing Design , or HVAC Systems programs. The educational objective of this course is to re-familiarize students with the principles of physics which govern the processes of their industries. Course topics include lectures and experiments in energy, pressure, heat, fluids, and motion. Heat Load Calculations The educational objective of this course is to build upon the fundamentals covered in RF 101. Instructional topics include fundamentals of thermodynamics heat transfer, heat loss and heat gain calculation, ventilation, and infiltration. Visual Communication This course is a requisite for students entering the Plumbing Technology and HVAC Systems programs. The educational objective of this course is to provide students with a working familiarity with drafting tools and their use. They will learn the use of equipment such as T- squares, triangles, scales, and compasses. Students will enhance their understanding of their trade by assignments in rendering art, plans, and visual concepts that communicate the architect’s or contractor’s perception. Electric Power Supply for Refrigeration Systems The educational objective of this course is to provide the student with a detailed understanding of the types of utility electric supply, electric motors, and basic electric control circuits that are used in refrigeration systems. Psychometrics and Humidification The educational objective of this course is to introduce the student to the properties of air changes in volume and temperatures, and gas laws. Students will be given a working familiarity with psychometric charts, which are used extensively to study humidification and washers. Refrigeration Cycle with pH Charts The educational objective of this course is to provide the student with a detailed understanding of the refrigeration cycle. Students will work extensively with the Pressure Enthalpy (pH) Chart and saturated and superheated tables of refrigerants, refrigerant pipe sizing, including single and double risers. Ducts & Fans, and HVAC Equipment The educational objective of this course is to provide the student with a detailed understanding of the fundamentals of HVAC air distribution systems including, fan laws, fan curves and pressure losses. The student will be required to design air distribution systems using the equal friction and velocity method. This course will also include review and analysis of an existing air distribution system of a high-rise building. Centrifugal and Absorption Machines The educational objective of this course is to introduce the student to the components of centrifugal systems and capacity controls. Students will be given a working familiarity with the fundamentals of absorption systems including absorber, absorbent, solutions, and operating techniques. Control Systems & Applications for HVAC The educational objective of this course is to introduce the student to the control theory including control loop components and configurations. Students will be given a working familiarity with the operational details of control devices, and applications including mixing dampers, heating and cooling strategies.   HVAC Electives Blueprint Reading for HVAC The educational objective of this course is to introduce the HVAC student to the skills of understanding and reading heating and air conditioning-related blueprints and construction drawings, and to coordinate the information represented by each type of drawing. HVAC Hydronics The educational objective of this course is to provide the student with a detailed understanding of the fundamentals of HVAC piping, pumps, and pump curves. This course will also include the review of an existing piping distribution system of a high-rise building. Low Pressure Boilers The educational objective of this course is to provide the student with a detailed understanding of boiler operation principles, operating procedures, and operating safety. Other instructional topics will include feedwater systems, steam systems, and information pertinent to boiler operation licensing.