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Mechanical and Electrical Systems for Buildings

ARC 111

Mechanical and Electrical Systems for Buildings

ARC 111

Course Description

Fundamentals and operating principles of air conditioning, plumbing, and electrical systems; including typical layout, calculations, sizing, and methods of installation. Credit may be earned in ARC 111 or RC 206 but not in both. (45-0)

Outcomes and Objectives

Demonstrate knowledge of a residential electrical system.

Objectives:

  • Describe and use electrical symbols properly.
  • Identify electrical devices and fixtures.
  • Complete wiring diagrams of residential circuits.
  • Draw and label a schematic of the service entrance system.
  • Calculate the electrical demand load of a residential structure.
  • Evaluate the NEC as a minimum standard for the electrical industry.
  • Analyze minimum standards versus a "code-plus" approach.
  • Complete hands-on wiring of basic residential circuits.

Demonstrate knowledge of a residential plumbing system.

Objectives:

  • Describe and use plumbing symbols properly.
  • Identify plumbing piping and fixtures.
  • Complete plumbing diagrams of residential dwellings.
  • Draw and label a schematic of the water supply system.
  • Draw and label a schematic of the water drainage system.
  • Calculate the supply fixture units for a residential structure.
  • Calculate the drainage fixture units for a residential structure.
  • Analyze a public vs. private plumbing system.
  • Evaluate the plumbing code as a minimum standard for the plumbing industry.
  • Analyze minimum standards versus a "code-plus" approach.
  • Complete hands-on work on supply and drainage systems.

Demonstrate knowledge of residential HVAC systems.

Objectives:

  • Identify the elements of various heating systems.
  • Compare and contrast the various heating systems.
  • Identify the elements of various air conditioning systems.
  • Compare and contrast the various air conditioning systems.
  • Evaluate the effects of different fuels on these systems.
  • Calculate heat loss and gain in order to properly size a HVAC system.