High Pressure Steam Boilers and Opertion

I.     Course Prefix/Number: AHR 210

       Course Name: High Pressure Steam Boilers and Opertion

       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

Students will learn boiler room layout, associated piping systems to carry steam and condensate, boiler feedwater, fuel and draft systems will be covered, which will include steam traps, desuperheating and pressure reducing station.  Measurements of drafts, boiler breaching, stack height, etc. will be discussed for natural gas and fuel oil systems.  Students will also learn instruments such as pneumercators, flow meters, recorders, smoke indicators, etc.  Students will learn boiler water treatment, both internal and external, and blowdown system.

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

Week 1    Steam Boilers
Week 2    Steam Boiler Fittings and Accessories
Week 3    Steam Boiler Fittings and Accessories
Week 4    Basic Boiler Room Systems
Week 5    Basic Boiler Room Systems
Week 6    Steam and Water Accessories
Week 7    Steam and Water Accessories
Week 8    Fuel Burning Equipment
Week 9    Midterm test – Review Draft
Week 11    Combustion
Week 12    Combustion Controls
Week 13    Instruments
Week 14    Boiler Water Treatment
Week 15    Steam Boiler Operation
Week 16    FINAL

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Classroom 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.

Textbook:    High Pressure Boilers, latest edition
Author: Frederick M. Steingress and Harold J. Frost Publisher: ATP Publications

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

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

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.