Electro-Mechanical Technologies Program Course Descriptions
Fundamentals of Electricity
This course provides students with a basic understanding of electricity. Instructors will teach schematic wiring, test meter usage and safety processes for handling electrical systems. Students will work with dual voltage systems commonly found in HVAC/R equipment and learn about control circuit wiring and high voltage wiring.
Fundamentals of Solar
Students will learn the concepts and processes of photovoltaic systems, including their design and installation, through lectures and hands-on lab exercises. This course also teaches solar energy systems’ conceptual, mechanical and electrical design, as well as wiring and electrical issues that can arise.
Electrical Wiring – Residential
This course uses the most current version of the National Electrical Code Book as a guide while instructing students on the basics of residential wiring, electrical safety and personal protective equipment. In this course, students will wire a scaled-down three-bedroom home. Students will also learn how to safely place all wiring, circuits, switches, receptacles, lighting fixtures and GFCI devices in the trainer according to the electrical code.
Electrical Wiring – Commercial
This course is a deeper dive into the National Electrical Code book. Students will learn about load calculations, blueprint reading, cost estimation, three-phase motor wiring and conduit manipulation. Students will also wire a commercial building with lighting in accordance with the applicable codes.
Fundamentals of Refrigeration
This HVAC/R class teaches students the mechanical and physical properties of the refrigeration cycle. Students will also be introduced to important tools used in the refrigeration industry:
- Manifold gauge set
- Vacuum pumps
- Service wrenches
- Recovery equipment
Fundamentals of Refrigeration also teaches students the necessary safety precautions to take when handling refrigerant and working in close proximity with rotating machinery.
Comfort Systems – Residential
This HVAC/R course trains students in building schematics and wiring air conditioning and heating systems. Students will also gain experience in working with:
- Residential split systems
- Packaged heat pump systems
- Air conditioners
- Gas furnaces
- Evaporative coolers
- Gas piping, sizing and installation
Comfort Systems – Commercial
In this HVAC/R course, students will learn how to safely remove and replace components in residential and HVAC systems like fan motors, fans, electrical components and compressors. They’ll also learn about brazing techniques with oxy/acetylene, refrigerant piping manipulation and air balance.
Students in this course will be tested on R410a. If successful, they will receive an R410a safety certification and EPA section 609 certification.
Refrigeration Systems & Practices
Students will learn how to maintain, monitor and manage residential and commercial-grade walk-in refrigerators and freezers. Some of the hands-on instruction in this course includes changing out compressors and servicing critically charged systems to enhance students’ understanding of mechanical and electrical troubleshooting.
Advanced Troubleshooting Techniques
This HVAC/R course has students training with the E-STAR Trainer, equipment developed to help students hone their electrical and troubleshooting skills. Students will also study mechanical troubleshooting, schematic wiring and the operation and maintenance of reciprocating liquid chillers.
This class also gives students the opportunity to qualify for EPA section 608 certification.