PCC/ CCOG / AM

Course Content and Outcome Guide for AM 171

Course Number:
AM 171
Course Title:
Heating & Air Conditioning Systems
Credit Hours:
4
Lecture Hours:
0
Lecture/Lab Hours:
85
Lab Hours:
0
Special Fee:
$24.00

Course Description

Introduces theory, operation and repair of automotive heating and air conditioning systems. Includes the testing and repair of HVAC control systems on approved customer automobiles. Prerequisites: CG 209. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

Students will study the fundamentals of automotive heating and air conditioning systems. This includes theory, operation, safety factors, components, electrical and vacuum controls. Proper handling of refrigerant and antifreeze will be discussed as well as government regulations concerning their use. Correct use of air conditioning recovery and recycling equipment will be presented. Students will test, diagnose and repair problems on customer and school owned vehicles.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Perform heating and air conditioning system inspection, maintenance, adjustments and repair with limited supervision.
Perform engine cooling system maintenance, diagnosis and repairs as related to heating and air conditioning with limited supervision.
Communicate effectively with employers, customers and co-workers.
Access and utilize repair information in a rapidly changing technology.
Develop and implement strategies and processes to solve heating and air conditioning repair problems.
Perform heating and air conditioning repair to professional and ethical standards.
 

Outcome Assessment Strategies

To reach the outcomes goals students will complete the following tasks
1.Perform heating and engine cooling system tests and determine necessary action
2.Perform air conditioning tests and determine necessary action
3.Use refrigerant recovery and recycling equipment correctly and safely
4.Diagnose air conditioning and heating failures and make repairs on school owned and customer cars
5.Identify different types of air conditioning systems
6.Achieve minimum of 70% on written tests
7.Meets minimum requirements for attendance and standard shop practices

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Students will study the following concepts:
•Sources of heat in an automobile
•Nature of heat
•Heat transfer; conduction, convection and radiation
•Pressure
•Vacuum
•Physical principles of refrigeration
•€œConditioning€ air
•Properties of refrigerants
•Air conditioning system retro-fits .Competencies/Skills:
•Familiarization with government regulations concerning the use of refrigerants
•Use refrigerant recovery and recycling equipment safely
•Inspect, test, diagnose and repair various air conditioning systems
•Inspect, test, diagnose and repair heating and engine cooling systems
•Use all forms of technical service information
•Practice safe tool and equipment usage
•Read and interpret wiring and vacuum diagrams
•Provide accurate verbal and written description of testing and diagnostic procedures .

Related Instruction

Computation
Hours: 4

Outcomes:

1. Perform heating and air conditioning system inspection, maintenance, adjustments and repair with limited supervision.
2. Perform engine cooling system maintenance, diagnosis and repairs as related to heating and air conditioning with limited supervision.
 

Activities:

Students compare vehicle test results to manufactures specifications.

Communication
Hours: 11

Outcomes:

1. Communicate effectively with employers, customers and co-workers.
2.  Develop and implement strategies and processes to solve heating and air conditioning repair problems.
 

Activities:

Students work teams and communicate with staff to check out tools, school cars, and have repair orders written for lab projects.
Students provide written documentation for part requests and verbally explain what parts, repairs and services are needed to customer service person.
 

Human Relations
Hours: 15

Outcomes:

1. Perform heating and air conditioning repair to professional and ethical standards.
 

Activities:

Students work in teams to complete assigned lab projects.
Students work in teams and staff members to bring school cars in /out of the shop for class lab projects.
Students work with lab partners, staff members, and their instructor to bring customer/school cars in /out of the shop for class lab projects.