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 Why the SMC?

The SMC program provides in-depth information on key building principles, including efficient energy management and water treatment. This program will also help you gain a better understanding of HVAC, plumbing, and other building systems that work together to provide a comfortable indoor environment.

Required Courses

Air Handling, Water Treatment, and Plumbing Systems is about understanding air-handling systems, water systems, plumbing systems, and fire protection systems. Specifically, the chapters in this text address human comfort, ductwork, air-handling units, and indoor air quality. They also discuss the basics of water system problems, water testing, and typical treatment options. The course concludes with a discussion of the psychrometric chart. Upon successful completion of this course, learners will be able to: 

  • Replace and/or maintain complicated HVAC systems
  • Outline procedures for water sample analysis, testing, and treatment
  • Reference guidelines when installing and monitoring pipes and valves
  • Maintain a reliable and effective fire protection system

Energy Management and Controls includes a number of key concepts and discussions that teach fundamental maintenance and energy management control aspects that will enable you to run your building operations in a cost-efficient manner. You will develop an understanding of the operation of heating, cooling, humidification, and dehumidification control applications, and learn about variable air volume design and building pressurization control devices. You will also develop the skills and knowledge to perform a cost-benefit analysis of HVAC, electric, and lighting systems and to create an energy management program for your facility. Upon successful completion of this course, learners will be able to: 

  • Apply an energy management plan to your building’s systems
  • Evaluate new systems with a concentration on retrofitting
  • Describe traditional and alternative energy systems and their integration with other building systems
  • Discuss how to use programmable logic controllers and other resources to optimize your system
  • Develop, implement, and manage an innovative preventive maintenance program

Elective Courses (choose one)

Boilers, Heating Systems, and Applied Mathematics provides information for you to learn about the critical factors involved in boilers and heating systems. It provides a thorough review of mathematical skills, thermodynamics, and energy sources. You will learn the skills necessary to identify, operate, and maintain boilers, boiler components and pumps, boiler controls, steam heating systems, hydronic heating systems, and warm air and radiant heating systems. Upon successful completion of this course, learners will be able to: 

  • Understand the different boiler types, their components and control systems, and their operation and maintenance
  • Recognize, set up, and maintain a reliable and effective heating system
  • Calculate ratios, proportions, and percentages
  • Convert units of measure

Refrigeration Systems and Accessories reviews the basic refrigeration cycle and refrigeration system components, as well as how to operate and maintain reciprocating and absorption refrigeration systems. You will gain the skills and knowledge to describe the principles of refrigeration and identify the performance characteristics of refrigeration components. You will also learn how to establish maintenance processes and troubleshooting techniques. Upon successful completion of this course, learners will be able to: 

  • Employ a working knowledge of refrigeration systems to describe how they can be integrated into an existing building
  • Maintain a reliable and effective refrigeration system
  • Troubleshoot refrigeration systems and accessories
  • Perform general maintenance on refrigeration systems and accessories
  • Explain the computer technology used to operate refrigeration systems
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