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PLHE 2151

Hydronic Design and Controls

Credits: 3

Description: This course is designed to give the learner an extensive understanding a hydronic heating. It will include sections on heat theory, types of boilers, radiators, piping systems, floor heat and several other areas that are unique to hot water heat. Prerequisite(s): PLHE1085, 2060

Credit Breakdown: 2/1/0 (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 career/computation skills.
  3. Demonstrate technology skills.
  4. Demonstrate self-development skills.


  1. Explain the history and Advantages of Hot Water Heat
  2. Acquaint self with a knowledge of gas, oil and electric steam and hot water boilers
  3. Acquaint self with a knowledge of pipe and fitting systems
  4. Acquaint self with fluid flow, pumps and related systems
  5. Contrast the differences between radiant and convection heat emmitters
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of boiler controls, mixing and purging

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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