A required, 3-credit program course.

Preliminary and detail planning of service and mechanical equipment and facilities in multi-family, commercial, industrial, and municipal buildings. Topics include energy, thermal control, acoustics, large capcity plumbing and electrical systems, fire protection equipment, vertical transportation equipment, security systems, and service accesses.

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to...
  1. Identify the fundamental components of a water supply system.
  2. Identify the fundamental components of a building drainage/waste/vent system.
  3. Prepare a simple electrical layout and electrical panel schedule.
  4. Demonstrate the use of the Psychrometric Chart in determining human comfort zones.
  5. Identify at least two different types of elevator.
  6. Identify systems and/or components that are used to conserve resources such as electricity and water.
  7. Illustrate the different components in the refrigeration cycle.
  8. Prepare a basic illustration of an air conditioning duct system.
  9. Report to a workplace regularly and punctually, engage effectively and congenially with peers and supervisors, work from written as well as oral instructions, use assigned time efficiently for productive work and meet production deadlines.
  10. Demonstrate oral and written communication, computation and problem-solving skills appropriate to the level of the coursework.


Energy Requirements and Efficiency
Thermal Protection
Acoustical Standards, Devices, and Materials
Large Capacity Plumbing Systems
Large Capacity Electrical Systems
Fire Protection Systems and Equipment
Safety and Security Systems
Service Access

  1. Prerequisite: AEC 140
  2. Recommended preparation: AEC 118
  3. The course is open to AEC majors only.
  4. Roughly two hours of lecture/demonstration and three hours of lab per week.
  5. The course is typically offered only in the spring term.
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