Low Pressure Steam Boilers and Operation

I.     Course Prefix/Number: AHR 209

       Course Name: Low Pressure Steam Boilers and Operation

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite


III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course covers low pressure steam boilers and principles of boiler operation. Content includes complete boiler setup from feedwater systems to boiler and piping layout and assembly; com-bustion accessories, steam accessories, and draft control. Focus is on boiler room operation and safety. Workbook  used in conjunction with chapter information and exercises.

IV.   Learning Objectives

Students will learn steam boilers and their proper and safe operation of boilers and associated pip-ing systems.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

1.    The Boiler
2.    Boiler Fittings
3.    Feedwater Accessories
4.    Steam Accessories
5.    Combustion Accessories
6.    Draft Control
7.    Boiler Water Treatment
8.    Boiler Operations
9.    Hot Water Heating Systems (Review)
10.    Boiler Room Safety

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Class room discussions, handout materials and video presentations when available.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

All workbook assignments will have to be completed on a weekly basis.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

1.    Textbook:    Low Pressure Boilers, latest edition
        Author: Frederick M. Steingress
        Publisher: ATP Publications
2.    Low Pressure Boiler workbook

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

XI.   Other Course Information

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at www.oakton.edu/title9/.

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.