HVAC - 1100: Alternative Heating and Cooling Methods
HVAC 1100 This course will provide the student with an understanding of alternative heating and cooling applications and installations. Students will gain a working knowledge of a solar thermal and geothermal heating and cooling system including but not limited to: how the controls work within the system, panel installation, piping and site assessment/survey. Also covered will be gas fireplaces, pellet/corn stoves and wood fired boilers. The course will use lectures, handouts, media presentations and a structured lab to deliver the subject material. Prerequisites: None
HVAC 1110 Indoor air quality is an important consideration for the HVAC technician. This course familiarizes the student with accessories utilized in the HVAC field to improve indoor air quality. Topics covered include the different types of air filters, electronic air cleaners, UV air purifiers, air quality sensors, fresh air ventilation, humidifiers/dehumidifiers and heat/energy recovery ventilators.
HVAC - 1120: Refrigeration Principles and Applications
HVAC 1120 This course covers the theory and the basics of residential and commercial compression refrigeration systems. A refrigeration trainer will be built by each student to supplement the theory delivered in the classroom.
HVAC - 1130: Tool Usage, Brazing and Soldering Techniques
HVAC 1130 This introductory class introduces students to the tools required for a career in the HVAC field. Proper use of several types of torches, solders and brazing materials are included. Students will acquire the skills necessary to complete clean, leak free joints. Prerequisites: None
HVAC 1150 This course provides an understanding of characteristics of common refrigerants used in equipment installed and serviced by HVAC/R technicians. This course also addresses environmental concerns, federal and state regulations (Minnesota and Wisconsin) on refrigerants and procedures, and use of recovery equipment. New refrigerants and methods of leak detection will also be covered. Before completing the course, the student will perform hands on recovery procedure. The course includes approved testing to meet EPA technician certification requirements.
Employability, Problem Solving and Customer Relations
HVAC - 1160: Employability, Problem Solving and Customer Relations
HVAC 1160 This course covers the study of relationships with co-workers, supervisors, and customers. Also covered are job-seeking and employability skills. Topics include attitudes, behaviors, and techniques for achieving success on the job, human relations, job relocation techniques, informal interviews, job applications, and mathematical problems pertaining to the HVAC/R technician.
HVAC 1200 The student will identify furnace electrical components and circuits, basic procedures required to service and install standard gas, oil and electric furnaces, belt-drive and direct drive blowers, humidifiers and air filtration techniques.
HVAC 1210 This course is designed to familiarize the student with boiler safety and operation. Properly operating boiler safety controls, operating controls, proper placement of shut off valves and water level check valves are all very important to boiler operation and customer safety. In addition fluid flow principles, piping design and applications, hot water and steam system operation and maintenance are important aspects for troubleshooting and repair of wet systems. Each is explained in detail with some practical applications during this course. The principles of hydronic heat are studied, starting with an introduction of hydronic heat, heat load calculations, heat sources, fluid flow, pumps and emitters, and controls.
HVAC - 1230: Ventilating Systems and HVAC Installation
HVAC 1230 Indoor air quality is an important consideration for the HVAC technician. This course familiarizes the student with sheet metal fabrication and layout procedures. Construction blueprint reading and duct sizing is covered. Individualized instruction packets cover electronic air cleaners, air handler service procedures, multizone systems and the basic operation of economizers and make-up air units.
HVAC - 1240: Air Conditioning and Heat Pump Service
HVAC 1240 Knowledge of the maintenance, servicing and charging of residential and commercial air conditioners and residential heat pumps is covered. The student will replace components, test pressures and temperatures and perform charging and refrigerant recovery procedures. The student also will troubleshoot air conditioners, heat pumps, and rooftop heating-cooling units.
HVAC 1250 The student will learn about various types of commercial refrigeration equipment, the necessary controls and the proper operation. Equipment will include walk in and reach in coolers and freezers as well as ice machines. Also covered will be proper maintenance procedures as well as troubleshooting and schematic diagrams.
BIOL 1110 This course emphasizes the fundamental concepts of ecology as it pertains to the impact of humans on their environment. It addresses the demands placed on the biosphere by the exploitation of natural resources and energy, the creation of pollution and the disposal of waste. This course is interdisciplinary, combining concepts from the natural and physical sciences (e.g. biology, chemistry, geology, physics) with the social sciences (e.g. economics, politics, ethics, history) to present an understanding of how wise stewardship of earth's resources can result in the long-term sustainability of our shared environment.
Meets MnTC Goal 3 and MnTC Goal 10
SPEE 1020 This course is intended to increase student?s awareness of the processes, models, and theories of interpersonal communication relative to relationships that impact people?s personal and professional lives. Through self-analysis and reflection, case studies, practical application, and critical thinking, students will examine the influence of communicative behaviors on themselves, their personal relationships, groups, and society. Concepts include self-esteem, self-fulfilling prophecies, perception, ethics, emotion, conflict, cultural awareness, language, nonverbal communication, social media, and listening. Meets Goal 7. Meets MNTC Goal 1 Fall 2016 and after.