Utilities Operator


OBJECTIVE: Upon completion, the student will receive a diploma if he/she is enrolled as a diploma student. If he/she is enrolled as an apprentice, they will receive a certificate of completion for Apprenticeship-Related Instruction.

Course Outline

Basic Technical Math
Blueprint Reading and Schematics
Refrigeration and Air Conditioning I
Refrigeration and Air Conditioning II
Refrigeration and Air Conditioning III
Electricity I (A.C./D.C. THEORY)
Electricity III (COMMERCIAL) 
Programmable Logic Controls *Personal laptop required for this course
Basic Mechanics
Boiler and Steam Operations
Industrial Pipefitting
Industrial Refrigeration I - Concepts and Systems
Industrial Refrigeration II - Ammonia
Instrumentation and Process Control
OSHA 10 & Industrial Health and Safety
Introduction to Computers
Human Relation Skills
Communication Skills  
Supervisory Skills

Course Descriptions

Basic Technical Math presents the topics of arithmetic with whole numbers, common fractions, decimal fractions, percentage, measurement numbers, metric and English unit conversions, scientific notation, exponential operations and basic algebra - including the use of formulas and equation solving. The course is self-paced utilizing a text/workbook. Students may pretest to determine their skill level, with those meeting the competency level receiving credit for the course.

Covers all types of blueprints, schematics and symbols used in industrial plants. Discuss machine parts and machine drawings, concentrating on compound rest and clutch-brake control. Examines hydraulic and pneumatic, piping and plumbing, electrical, air conditioning and refrigeration drawings. The class also discusses air-conditioning and refrigeration systems, including explanations on electrical/electronic-control schematics.
Prerequisite: 2301

An introduction to the principles of refrigeration and air conditioning systems will be provided during this course. Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to explain the basic refrigeration system and cycle. The student will also be able to identify the tools and materials related to the field. Topics covered will include theory, matter and energy, refrigeration and refrigerants, general safety, tools and equipment.
Prerequisite: 2301

This course is a continuation of Refrigeration and Air Conditioning I and will include an introduction to the many components of the basic refrigeration and air conditioning system. Upon completion of the course, the student will possess a general working knowledge of refrigeration and air conditioning components (i.e. compressors, condensers, evaporators and metering devices). The student will also be exposed to and use tools and test equipment of the trade. Other topics include soldering pipe, charging of systems and compressors.
Prerequisites: 2301, 1001

This course will provide the student with an introduction to the electrical controlling devices used in the refrigeration and air conditioning field. The student will acquire a working knowledge of electrical temperature controls. Basic control diagrams will be thoroughly discussed. Topics covered will include an introduction to refrigeration and air conditioning, meters, control diagrams and electrical control circuits.
Prerequisites: 2301, 1001, 1002, 9001

This course is designed to provide the beginning student with a thorough working knowledge of basic electricity. The course will cover such topics as Ohm's Law, series circuits, parallel circuits, generation of direct current, generation of alternating current, and basic transformer theory. The student will also wire several basic electrical currents.
Prerequisite: 2301

This course includes topics relevant to the design and installation of commercial electrical systems. Topics included, but not limited to, are electrical drawings, branch circuits and feeders and their installations, plus the studies of three-phase electric services, three-phase transformer systems and short-circuit calculations. Also included will be overcurrent protection and coordination of overcurrent protective devices, emergency power systems, motor and appliance circuits and other subjects (AC motors and megger usage). The aforementioned topics will be studied utilizing the latest adopted version of the National Electric Code (NEC) where applicable.
Prerequisites: 2301, 9001

*Personal laptop required for this course
This seven-week course will provide grounding in the basic of binary logic and its use in the field of automatic control. The course begins with number systems and the rudiments of Boolean algebra and progresses to a thorough familiarity with a contemporary controller. A major fraction of the class is spent in hands-on involvement with the controller, solving practical problems with the assistance of computer software.
Prerequisites: 2301, 3035, 9001, 1211

This course covers the introductory principles of operating and maintaining most types of equipment found in an industrial environment. Providing a sound foundation of basic knowledge, the course begins with a general introduction to hand tools, fasteners and basic mechanical principles - progressing through belt and chain drives, couplings and basic mechanical drive alignment. Emphasis will be placed on providing the technician with a thorough grounding in industrial mechanics.
Prerequisite: 2301

The purpose of this course is to acquaint the student with boiler design and construction, combusting fuels, boiler settings, operation and maintenance of steam boilers, pumps and valve-operating mechanics.

This course will provide the student with the basics in pipefitting within industrial/commercial settings - including materials, pipe sizes and specifications. Instruction in the proper use and care of trade tools will be included. Students will learn to read isometric drawings and pipe plan drawings using piping symbols. Hands-on experience in pipefitting, selection of fittings and valves will also be included. Welding instructions will include proper fit techniques and beveling, use of the oxyacetylene torch, cutting and soldering. Students will also be instructed in selection and installation of pipe supports and steam traps.

This course is based on Refrigeration Engineers and Technicians Association Industrial Refrigeration I and II. It is directed to those persons responsible for the daily operation of ammonia refrigeration systems. Topics of instruction include fundamental refrigeration principles, the temperature-pressure relationship, ammonia properties, usage of refrigeration tables, system components, different system designs and piping considerations.
As required by employer

A continuation of Industrial Refrigeration I, this course is designed for maintenance personnel concerned with the proper care of equipment. Topics include installation, start up and additions to refrigeration systems. Important areas such as daily operations, record keeping and preventative maintenance are presented. RETA courses III and IV form the basis of this class, and students who complete both courses are encouraged to take the RETA exam and apply for certification.
As required by employer

This course will discuss and demonstrate the importance of understanding and applying Industrial Safety principles and practices in the work environment. This training includes defining and discussing safety concepts, terms, and definitions; recognizing best practices in accident prevention; understanding who is responsible for safety in the workplace and why. You will also learn how to recognize workplace safety hazards and how to deal with them. You will learn how to use specific tools in the workplace, what machine and chemical hazards are and how best to deal with them, and how to properly use personal protective clothing and related to PPE. OSHA 10 certification will be available.

This course is designed to introduce the student to the basics of a personal computer. Topics covered include computer hardware and background (1st session), Windows basics (2nd, 3rd and 4th sessions) and a look at the four main areas of software (word processing, spreadsheets, databases and presentations - 5th and 6th sessions).

This course will explore principles of human relations related to personal and occupational goals. Human relation principles to be explored include team skills, creative thinking, communications, goal setting, conflict management and self-image.

In this course, students will focus on communication as a survival skill in the workplace. We will learn how effective communication makes us better employees, employers and co-workers. We will study and practice the skills and oral and written communication. The goal of this course is to make students more perceptive and skillful speakers, listeners, readers and writers.

This course is designed for the prospective supervisor to develop the skills necessary to apply the principles of effective supervision on the job. The course covers the four functions of the management cycle (planning, organizing, directing and controlling), including ways of boosting productivity, communicating more effectively, handling problems, making correct decisions and reducing cost.