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PLHE 2140

Optimizing HVAC Control Systems

Credits: 4

Description: This course is designed to give the learner an extensive understanding of forced air and hydronic heating controls. Instruction will begin with the electrical safety and the basics of electricity, then progress into electronic controls. Both low voltage and high voltage circuits will be addressed. Prerequisite(s): PLHE2031, 2075, 2095

Credit Breakdown: 3/1/0 (Lecture/Lab/On the job training)


This course should help you gain the following abilities and competencies.


Core Abilities

  1. Demonstrate thinking/active learning skills.
  2. Demonstrate technology skills.
  3. Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
  4. Solve Problems Efficiently
  5. Work Safely
  6. Demonstrate Professional Work Behavior


  1. Demonstrate basic safety procedures disigned to protect learners, equipment and tools.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of basic electric theory
  3. Identify various electric components and controls
  4. Demonstrate an understandign of alternating current systems
  5. Communicate an understanding of electric motors
  6. Interperate schematic diagrams
  7. Demonstrate an understanding of control circuits for gas furnaces
  8. Demonstrate an understanding of controls circuits for fuel oil furnaces
  9. Troubleshoot gas and oil boiler controls

Guidelines for Success


In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, learners are encouraged to register with the Learning Services Director in the Learning Enrichment Center for assistance with accommodations. It is the learner's responsibility to voluntarily and confidentially disclose information regarding the nature and extent of a disability. The college cannot assume responsibility for providing accommodations or services to learners who have not identified themselves as having a qualifying disability.

Last Updated: 2011-05-23
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