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Chilled Water Systems On-Site Training

This on-site training class is also available as Public Schedule Seminar.

Learn to control your systems and properly maintain them. Understand what makes them work, why, and how to get the most out of them.

Course Description/Agenda

Whether your chilled water system keeps people or equipment cool, this seminar is for you if you need to understand how your system works and what you can do to make it work better.

Having a fundamental understanding of chilled water systems is a prerequisite to being able to properly maintain them and gain additional efficiency from them. This course will teach you what you need to know so that you can go back to your workplace and immediately apply what you have learned.

Who should take this course?

This course is designed for people working on or who are responsible for the chilled water systems in their facility. Attendees come from a wide variety of industries, skill-levels, company sizes, and job titles, so if you're not sure you'll fit in or will benefit from the class, don't worry - you will - as long as you are looking to increase your knowledge about chillers, cooling towers and other chilled water systems! People who will benefit from this seminar include?

All maintenance and supervisory personnel responsible for chilled water systems in:

  • Manufacturing Plants
  • Commercial Buildings
  • Hospitals
  • Waste Water Facilities
  • Schools
  • Government Buildings
  • Research Facilities
  • Shopping Centers
  • Apartment Buildings


  • Building & Facility Maintenance Maintenance Personnel
  • Industrial Maintenance Technicians
  • HVAC & Refrigeration Technicians
  • Building & Plant Engineers
  • Building Managers & Superintendents
  • Plant & Facility Managers
  • Environmental Health & Safety Personnel
  • Boiler Technicians
  • HVAC Design Engineers
  • Energy Management Personnel
  • Multi-craft & Cross Training Personnel
  • Any person needing a basic course in chilled water systems!

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, students will receive a training certificate and 1.6 Continuing Education Units indicating that the student understands:

  • Components used in chilled water systems and their functions
  • Theory of heat transfer and how it applies to chilled water systems
  • The compression refrigeration cycle
  • Uses and applications of chilled water systems in building HVAC
  • Uses and applications of chilled water systems for equipment and industrial settings
  • The differences and advantages/disadvantages between air conditioning & chilled water systems
  • Basic design, specifications and capacity of chilled water systems
  • Refrigerants and refrigerant characteristics
  • Psychrometrics ? what it is and why it is important
  • How to achieve system stability through proper maintenance practices
  • Energy consumption strategies for efficiency and savings
  • ?and more

Course Outline / Agenda


  • Introduction
  • Component tasks
  • System design
  • Controls
  • Codes and standards


  • Properties of matter: solid, liquid, vapor
  • Laws of Thermodynamics
  • Heat transfer theory:
    • Conduction
    • Convection
    • Radiation
    • Evaporation
  • Principles of heat and temperature measurement
  • British thermal unit, specific heat
  • Sensible heat latent heat, superheat
  • Gas laws
  • Atmospheric pressure, vacuum
  • Pressure/temperature and pressure/volume relationships


  • Refrigeration cycle, change of state of refrigerant
  • Heat transfer within the refrigeration cycle
  • Follow-the-heat?


  • Refrigerant composition, including new blends
  • Refrigerant oils
  • Refrigerant handling: recovery, recycling, reclamation


  • Compressors: reciprocating, scroll, screw, rotary, centrifugal
  • Evaporators: tube-in-shell, tube-in-tube, coil-in-shell
  • Condensers: water-cooled, air-cooled, evaporative
  • Metering devices:
    • Thermostatic expansion valve
    • Electronic expansion valve
    • High and low side floats
  • Auxiliary refrigeration equipment


  • Cooling towers
  • Evaporative coolers and condensers, heat exchangers
  • Cooling tower operation and maintenance
  • Water chemistry for open and closed re-circulating systems
  • Glycol systems and fluids


  • Principles of air movement
  • Wet-bulb and dry-bulb temperatures
  • Relative humidity and dew point temperatures
  • Psychrometric chart exercises

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

All students attending our seminars receive a personalized Certificate of Completion and .8 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) per day of training. Over 40,000 employers and government agencies who have sent their employees to our classes accept American Trainco CEUs for continuing education requirements. Our administration and record keeping practices meet or exceed the standards of ACE (American Council on Education) and we are able to provide transcripts of all classes attended and tests taken by individual students. Please contact us if our CEUs are not yet accepted by your authority. We will initiate an application to get the approval process started.

No Risk Registration & Money-Back Guarantee

United States and Canada

If you're not yet sure you'll be able to attend a seminar, you can still make a reservation to hold your space in class. While payment is due prior to the start of the seminar, you may choose a full refund or credit for cancellations made at least 24 hours in advance. Student substitutions can also be freely made at any time prior to the start of the seminar. Refunds will not be issued for registered attendees who fail to show up and have not given a notice of cancellation.

In the rare event that should you not receive the expected value after attending our seminar, simply notify us in writing of your reasons and your money will be promptly refunded.

International and Overseas

If you're not yet sure you'll be able to attend a seminar, you can still make a reservation to hold your space in class. However, payment for international and overseas students must be made prior to the start of the seminar, in U.S. dollars, and all seminar fees are non-refundable. Student substitutions can be freely made at any time prior to the start of the seminar. American Trainco?s Money-Back Guarantee does not apply for international and overseas registrations.


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