Critical Facilities: Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning

Description: The critical facilities heating ventilation air conditioning (HVAC) course provides advanced knowledge of air-conditioning systems and methods used in the cable TV access network. Regional and international standards for HVAC systems will be explored along with air circulation, greener technologies, and auditing of current systems in place in the operator’s footprint. Participants will gain the skills to successfully audit, retrofit, upgrade, and administer policies regarding HVAC systems used in their footprint.

 

Target Audience:

This course is designed for individuals that will be auditing or working in the critical facility such as headend and hub sites or an operator.

Recommended Prerequisites:

  • SCTE·ISBE Broadband TelecomCenter Specialist (BTCS)

Requirements for Successful Course Completion:

  • Final exam with a passing grade of 80%
  • Completion of SCTE·ISBE course feedback form

Subject Areas:

  • HVAC mechanical systems
  • Environmental controls
  • Air circulation methodologies
  • Cooling system failures and recovery
  • Greener cooling technologies

Included in the Course :

  • In-depth interactive eBook™ module 
  • CORTEX mobile app to access eBook module in the field 
  • Engaging and Interactive LightningMod™ to prepare learner for training  
    Engaging and Interactive LightningMod™ to prepare learner for training  
  • Course final exam
  • Fun VirtuGame™ to improve absorption and retention of competencies 

Upon Successful Course Completion You Will Receive:

  • SCTE·ISBE Course Completion Certificate
  • 1 recertification units (RUs) toward SCTE·ISBE certification renewal

Course Components:

Chapter 01: Introduction to heating ventilation air conditioning (HVAC)

Chapter 02: HVAC mechanical systems

Chapter 03: Air-conditioning environment

Chapter 04: Air circulation methodologies

Chapter 05: Cooling system failures

Chapter 06: Greener cooling technologies

Module Objectives:

Chapter 01 Introduction
Upon successful completion of this topic, the learner will be able to:

  • Identify heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) mechanical systems, direct expansion (DX) systems, precision cooling, capacity and efficiency ratings
  • Define the strict environmental requirements associated with HVAC system functionality Explain the efficiently of air-conditioning systems
  • Compare air circulation methodologies, cooling topologies, cooling towers, water supplies, chillers and how they are used within a critical facility
  • Explore headend practices for rack placement and isle approaches related to airflow and cooling performance List techniques used by the industry to make cooling systems a greener energy efficient technology
  • Examine recovery from cooling system failures
  • Explore cooling monitoring systems

Chapter 02: HVAC Mechanical Systems

Upon successful completion of this topic, the learner will be able to:

  • Describe cool liquid systems
  • Examine the different components in a water cooled mechanical system
  • Explore how a refrigerant cooled mechanical system operates
  • Identify the uses of a computer room air conditioning (CRAC) system or computer room air handling (CRAH) unit in a critical facility

Chapter 03: Air Conditioning Environment

Upon successful completion of this topic, the learner will be able to:

  • Define relative humidity
  • Examine the effects of excessive humidity in the supply air
  • Identify potential conditions in the air that make static discharge possible
  • Compare the different rates of air exchanges in a critical facility
  • Define the activities that affect the environment
  • Identify procedures for equipment changes that have a less impact on air quality
  • Examine how common maintenance procedures may affect air quality

Chapter 04: Air Circulation Methodologies

Upon successful completion of this topic, the learner will be able to:

  • Understand the operation of floor plenum
    • Identify leakage problems that affect airflow
    • Examine how mixing decreases cooling efficiency
    • Explore recirculation methods found in a critical facility
  • Understand the rack placement methods used by operators
    • Examine how hot and cold aisles can affect efficiency
    • Identify the best placement of hardware racks to improve airflow


Chapter 05: Cooling System Failures
Upon successful completion of this topic, the learner will be able to:

  • Discuss situations that may cause power outages
  • Examine how weather may affect up time
  • Identify ways that maintenance processes may limit outages
  • Recognize the difference redundancy plans for critical facilities


Chapter 06: Greener Cooling Technologies

Upon successful completion of this topic, the learner will be able to:

  • Identify heat recovery and reuse in a facility
  • Recognize the use of economizers
  • Examine the use of a dry air system to condition the air in a greener way

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