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ECS 121 at-a-glance

This class provides entry-level and experienced controls technicians with the skills necessary to install, interface and operate Carrier’s i-Vu® Open BACnet® DDC control system.

  • Learn basic digital control theory and the standard algorithms used to control typical HVAC systems
  • MS/TP Network configuration options and requirements
  • Open systems architecture and standard communications protocols
  • Learn their function, application, installation, and wiring within the i-Vu® Open control system.
  • Application of the i-Vu Open Tech Tools software
  • The i-Vu® user interface and selected training simulators will be used to alter set point tables and occupancy schedules and monitor algorithm performance and operation

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2 days $600 classroom



Class Overview

This is a comprehensive introductory course that provides entry-level as well as the experienced controls technicians with the skills necessary to install, interface and operate Carrier’s i-Vu® Open (6.0) BACnet® DDC control system. The course begins with a review of basic digital control theory followed by a discussion of the standard algorithms used to control typical HVAC systems. MS/TP Network configuration options and requirements, Open systems architecture and standard communications protocols will also be covered. Students are introduced to Carrier’s family of native BACnet®, stand-alone and networkable controllers, and learn their function, application, installation, and wiring within the i-Vu® Open Control system. The i-Vu® 6.0 Tech Tools software will be discussed and application will be introduced to the student. The i-Vu® User interface will be used to interface with selected training simulators to alter set point tables and occupancy schedules and monitor algorithm performance and operation. The class is a combination of 50% classroom and 50% simulator exercises. The information learned in this class provides students the tools and knowledge to install and maintain Carrier i-Vu® Open (6.0) Control systems quicker and operate them more efficiently.

Who Should Attend this training

This course is for HVAC engineer, contractors, owner / operators and new control technicians who are designing HVAC systems, operating HVAC systems or who will be servicing HVAC controls. A working knowledge of building design, HVAC equipment and basic computer skills are required.

HVAC Training Objectives

Learning Objectives

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

  • Identify the elements of HVAC DDC systems with control devices at zone level, equipment level, and building level
  • Demonstrate the proper design and setup of an i-Vu® building control system including the Carrier Open BACnet® and integration of the CCN architecture
  • Explain the fundamentals of a communicating DDC controller in a building automation system
  • Demonstrate the i-Vu® Tools v6 or greater and the differences between the family of i-Vu® application specific and field applied programmable controllers
  • Explain what BACnet® is, and what HVACR technicians need to know about BACnet® and third party integration with i-Vu®
  • Using lab exercises, show how to configuration systems, run equipment checkout, and operate an i-Vu® (v6)
  • Explain how using i-Vu® (v6), a technician can integrate both i-Vu® BACnet® and CCN controllers into one Graphical User

Learning Methods Used

This course uses a combination of classroom lecture, videos, lab tours of commercial equipment, demonstrations using the controls lab and workshops to present the material. Student’s achievement of the learning objectives is determined by successful completion of the workshops, and final written exam. 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).

  • DDC control fundamentals (2.0/0)
  • BACnet® and MS/TP wiring (2.0/0)
  • i-Vu® 6.0 product overview (2.0/0)
  • Exercise 1: Login into i-Vu® 6.0 Plus (0/1.0)
  • Exercise 2: Discover and upload routers and controllers (i-Vu® Server) (0/1.0)
  • Exercise 3: How to update and verify current version of SAL files used in the Equipment Library in i-Vu® 6.0 Server (0/1.0)
  • i-Vu® 6.0 integration and productivity (2.0/0)
  • Exercise 4: Applying i-Vu® 6.0 (Std., Plus & Pro versions) cumulative updates/patches (0/1.0)
  • Exercise 5: Updating i-Vu® 6.0 Tools with the latest cumulative update (0/1.0)
  • Exercise 6: Using EquipmentBuilder to create a equipment program and graphic for control of a single zone unit (0/1.0)
  • Exercise 7: Downloading of control routine UC XP Controller, UC Open Controller or UPC Control (0/1.0)
  • Exercise 8: Understanding the operation and configuration of the single zone equipment program (0/1.0)
  • Exercise 9: Understanding the APP controller and its applications (0/1.0)
  • Exercise 10: Set up & configuration of a RTU application specific controller (0/1.0)

Class Requirements

Completion Requirements

To receive a certificate for this course student must be present for the entire course, complete all workshops and receive a grade of 70% on graded final.

Prerequisite requirements

Successful completion of the MSTP BACnet course on LMS System is required. Additional recommended material downloaded via LMS:

  • BACnet MS/TP Networks Wiring
  • Training IP & MS/TP Networks and Controller Addressing


A introductory knowledge of commercial air conditioning and heating systems, commercial building design, basic control theory and design process is desirable.


Students must procure the following prior to attending the class and ensure all software tools loaded and operating correctly and incorporate all software updates:

  • i-Vu® Tech Tools Kit (part number: USB-TKIT) includes the i-Vu 6.0 Tech Tools DVD, and a USB Link Kit (USB to RS485 Converter, and a Rnet 485 Cable)
  • i-Vu® 6.0 Tools (Field Assistant, EquipmentBuilder, ViewBuilder, etc.)

Minimum Computer Specs:

  • 2 GHz processor / 1 GB RAM / 2 GB Disk Space / 1 USB Port
  • Internet Explorer 8, 9, 10 OR 11
  • DVD Drive
  • Windows 8 Enterprise and Professional (32 or 64 bit) OR Windows 7 Pro or Ultimate (32 or 64 bit) OR Windows Vista Business or Ultimate Editions (32 or 64 bit)

Student computer software includes ActiveX and JAVA. Student must have administrative rights to load and remove programs on the PC and communicate to remote internet sites.

NOTE: Students using CSC provided laptops will need to acquire temporary administrative rights to access software setup parameters. Built in wireless adapter capable of connection to the internet without cables.


Students in this course receive a course workbook.


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 starts at 8 AM Monday and runs from 8 AM till 5 PM each day including Friday if class is scheduled at the end of a week. Travel arrangements should be made accordingly.


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