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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

International Training Institute for the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Industry (ITI) | Evaluated Learning Experience

Testing, Adjusting and Balancing (TAB) Curriculum (SMAC-0014)

Location: 

International Training Institute for the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Industry, Fairfax, VA, and other ITI approved locations.

Length: 

Version 1: 80 hours of classroom instruction and 1,720 hours of supervised practical experience over one year. Version 2: 489 hours of classroom instruction and 3,600 hours of supervised practical experience over two years.

Dates: 

Version 1: April 2013 – September 2015. Version 2: October 2015 – Present.

Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

Version 1 and 2: Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: calculate and verify electrical measurements; balance HVAC systems; adjust the total system to meet design specifications; measure and establish the fluid flow rates required to meet design specifications; verify the performance of all equipment and automatic controls; calculate and apply related mathematical applications; measure sound and vibration; and document results of testing.

Instruction: 

Version 1: Major topics include: instrument care; basics of heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning systems; airflow; psychometrics; heat and heat transfer; fundamentals of electricity; electrical measurements; motors and starters; rotational speed measurements; temperature measurements; air-pressure and airflow measurements; methods of airflow measurements; duct systems; automatic controls; fans; fan laws and v-belt drives; preparation for balancing and TAB forms; methods of balancing; hydronic systems; hydronic pressure and flow measurements; pumps and pump laws; principles of the cooling tower; hydronic balancing; and TAB-related disciplines.Methods of instruction include: lecture, discussion, audiovisual materials, unit quizzes, and projects or examinations and supervised field experience.Version 2: Major topics include: instrument care; basics of heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning systems; airflow; psychrometrics; heat and heat transfer; fundamentals of electricity; electrical measurements; motors and starters; rotational speed measurements; temperature measurements; air-pressure and airflow measurements; methods of airflow measurements; duct systems; automatic controls; fans; fan laws and v-belt drives; preparation for balancing and TAB forms; methods of balancing; hydronic systems; hydronic pressure and flow measurements; pumps and pump laws; principles of cooling towers; hydronic balancing; and TAB-related disciplines. Methods of instruction include: lecture, discussion, audiovisual materials, unit quizzes, and projects or examinations and supervised field experience.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 2 semester hours in Applied Mathematics, 1 semester hour in Basic Electricity, 2 semester hour in HVAC Fundamentals, 3 semester hours in HVAC Systems Testing, Adjusting, and Balancing for a total of 8 semester hours (10/15 administrative review). Version 2: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 4 semester hours in Basics of Testing, Adjusting and Balancing, 4 semester hours in Instrumentation of Testing, Adjusting and Balancing, 6 semester hours in Balancing Airflow and HVAC systems, 5 semester hours in Balancing Water flow and HVAC systems, 2 semester hours in Indoor Air Quality, 4 semester hours in Energy Management, 1 semester hour in Psychrometrics, 1 semester hour in Direct Digital Control, 3 semester hours in Adjusting Fans and HVAC systems, and 4 semester hours in Field Experience for a total of 34 semester hours (10/15).

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