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CEP 101 at-a-glance

This class is designed for recent engineering graduates entering the HVAC field as consulting engineers.

  • Workshops will be utilized for specific topics in order to build confidence in key skills.
  • A fully functioning lab will be utilized daily to further enhance the learning process.
  • At the completion of this class, the participant will help a new hire become a useful and profitable member of the design team.

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Class Overview

This class is designed for recently graduated engineers entering the HVAC field as consulting engineers. This five-day program will provide an overview of HVAC terms, concepts and system fundamentals to enhance the ability to properly run loads and energy models while understanding the validity of output from these modeling tools. Workshops will be utilized for specific topics in order to build confidence in each of the key skills identified in the class syllabus. In addition, a fully functioning lab will be utilized daily to further enhance the learning process. Seven online prerequisite topics are made available prior to the class to baseline class knowledge. One multiuse building will be utilized throughout the entire class. Additional online training modules will be made available for 6 months after class completion. Class size is very limited to provide maximum interaction with instructors. At the end of this course participants will be able to recognize and use common HVAC terms and concepts, recognize basic system types and their benefits, use load and energy software and recognize appropriate results, select and layout diffusers and size duct, and develop a sequence of operation and a points list for single zone and VAV systems.

Who Should Attend this training

This course is for new engineering graduates and others who are new to the role of an HVAC consulting engineer. A working knowledge of building design, commercial HVAC equipment, heat transfer and fluid dynamics and basic computer skills are required.

HVAC Training Objectives

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this course each student should be able to:

  • Recognize and use HVAC terms and concepts
  • Explain the parameters that must be controlled to achieve human comfort
  • Use psychrometrics to describe basic air cycles
  • Use load analysis software to perform load calculations and recognize appropriate results for four common systems
  • Use energy analysis software to perform an energy analysis and recognize appropriate results for four common systems
  • Select and layout diffusers and use a calculator to size ductwork
  • Using a chart size water pipe
  • Configure a sequence of operation and identify points for a single zone and VAV system

Learning Methods Used

This course uses a combination of classroom lecture, videos, lab tours of commercial equipment, demonstrations and workshops to present the material. Student’s achievement of the learning objectives is determined by successful completion of the workshops. Workshops are instructor guided exercises using the procedures taught in the lectures.

Class Details

Topics Covered

All times are approximate and shown as (classroom hours/lab or workshop hours).

Online Pre-Work

  • ABC’s of Air Conditioning (1/0)
  • ABC’s of Comfort (1/0)
  • Concepts of Systems (1/0)
  • Psychrometrics (1/0)
  • Load Estimating (1/0)
  • Principles of Mechanical Refrigeration (1/0)
  • Introduction to Controls (1/0)

Class Topics

Day One

  • Introduction to course (0.5/0)
  • Comfort systems and basic components (1/0)
  • Component identification lab (0/.5)
  • HVAC Systems types and operation (1/1)
  • Systems workshop (0/1)
  • Applied psychrometrics (0/1)
  • Using psychrometrics workshop (0/1.5)

Day Two

  • Airside basics 1 (1/0)
  • Airside lab (0/2.5) 
  • Airside basics 2 (0.5/0)
  • Room Air Distribution (0.5/0.5)
  • Duct design workshop (0/1)
  • Hydronic basics (1/0.5)

Day Three

  • Load Estimating – Basics (0.5/0)
  • Load Estimating – Design Conditions (1/0)
  • Load Estimating – Spaces (1/1)
  • Load Estimating – Single Zone Systems (RTU, WSHP) (1/1)
  • Load Estimating – Multiple Zone Systems (VRF, VAV)  (1/1)

Day Four

  • Energy Modeling – Basics (0.5/0)
  • Modeling – Single Zone Systems (RTU, WSHP) (1/1.5)
  • Modeling – Single Zone Systems (RTU, WSHP) (1/1.5) 
  • Evaluating Energy alternatives workshop  (1/1)

Day Five

  • Selecting CAV Packaged DX Equipment  (0.5/1)
  • Understanding the Fan: CFM Calculation for SZ CV Systems   (0.5/1)
  • Understanding the impact of IEEC on design (1.5/0)
  • Summary (0.5) 

Post Class Topics (current topics; list varies)

  • How to Select the Proper Fan (1)
  • Water-Cooled Centrifugal Chillers (1)
  • Chiller Plant Fundamentals (1)
  • ASHRAE Standard 55 Designing for Comfort (1)
  • Mechanical and Electrical System Impact of IECC 2015 – Introduction (1)

Class Requirements

Completion requirements

To receive a certificate for this course student must be present for the entire course and complete all workshops.

Prerequisite requirements

None. However the pre-work training is available online approximately 2 weeks before the class. 

Suggested background

A working knowledge of commercial air conditioning and heating systems, commercial building design and design process is desirable.

Materials to bring

A computer with the ability to load software programs (programs are furnished as part of the course).  Use of Microsoft Office programs Word and Excel is useful but not required.

What you will receive

Students in this course receive a course workbook, a flash drive with a demo copy of Carrier’s HAP Program and Psych+ program. 

Appropriate dress for this class

This class is held in a class and business casual dress is appropriate. Some demonstrations are held in the training lab and hard sole shoes are recommended. Any safety equipment required for these lab tours will be furnished.

Class hours

Class starts at 8 AM Monday and runs from 8 AM till 5:30 PM each day and ends on Friday at 3 PM. Travel arrangements should be made accordingly.

Location & Lodging

Carrier University is located at 6540 Old Collamer Road South, East Syracuse, NY 13057. Lodging options can be found here.