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. Using Building Information Modeling (BIM) software, create models and construction drawings of vertical circulation (elevators, escalators), air distribution, water supply, drainage/waste/vent and electrical distribution systems in a building to maximize efficiency and minimize resource waste.
  2. Demonstrate the use of the Psychrometric Chart to explain the relationships of dry bulb temperature, wet bulb temperature, relative humidity and the dew point of air to each other.
  3. Illustrate the different components in the compression refrigeration cycle.
  4. 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.
  5. 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. Co-rerequisite: AEC 140
  2. Recommended preparation: AEC 118
  3. The course is open to AEC majors only.
  4. Roughly two hours of lecture and one hour of lab time getting projects started. Most drawing work is completed outside of class time either at open lab times or at home.
  5. The course is typically offered only in the spring term.
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