High Pressure Steam Boilers and Operation

I.     Course Prefix/Number: AHR 210

       Course Name: High Pressure Steam Boilers and Operation

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

AHR 209

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

This course covers high pressure steam boilers as per ASME code standards.  Basic boiler room systems, fittings and accessories, feedwater heaters, desuperheating and pressure reducing stations, fuel combustion and draft, combustion controls are thoroughly covered.  Students learn the proper practices of boiler requirements to function properly and safely.  This is a classroom course only.

IV.   Learning Objectives

After successful completion of this course the student will:

  1. Learn boiler room layout
  2. Explain what is required for a piping system to carry steam and condensate
  3. Measure boiler breaching, stack height etc. for natural gas and oil systems.
  4. Describe what is required in water treatment for a boiler.
  5. Demonstrate how to use a pneumercator, flow meter and smoke indicators.

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
www.oakton.edu/studentlife/student-handbook.pdf

VI.   Sequence of Topics

  1. Steam Boilers
  2. Steam Boiler Fittings and Accessories
  3. Basic Boiler Room Systems
  4. Steam and Water Accessories
  5. Fuel Burning Equipment
  6. Combustion
  7. Combustion Controls
  8. Instruments
  9. Boiler Water Treatment
  10. Steam Boiler Operation

VII.  Methods of Instruction

The methods include lectures, videos, class discussions; a mixture of classroom exercise.


Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

  1. The maximum allowed absences are six (6). Any more will result in a failing grade.
    (Three absences will lower your grade by one letter grade).
  2. All quizzes and exam must be completed.
  3. Three tardiness will be equal to one absence.
  4. Do not leave the class for the evening without notifying your instructor.
  5. Lecture attendance is mandatory.

IX.   Instructional Materials

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

Books to be chosen by the instructor.

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

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

  1. Average of midterm and final exam.
  2. All assignments must be completed and signed by the instructor to earn a grade as listed above in part A.
  3. Three absences lowers one letter grade. Six absences automatically turns to ‘F’ grade.

XI.   Other Course Information

Three absences lowers the final letter grade three letters.  Six absences will result in failure of the course. All appropriate safety precautions must be observed during lab sessions.  Any accident must be reported immediately.  The lab must be cleaned and all equipment picked up before leaving.

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.