Facilities Engineering Practicum

I.     Course Prefix/Number: FME 251

       Course Name: Facilities Engineering Practicum

       Credits: 3 (1 lecture; 15 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Completion of nine credits from the major requirements for the A.A.S. and/or consent of Program Coordinator.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

This course gives a work experience in which student ears credit while working within an approved business, industrial or instritutional firm.  Arrangement and credit given are worked out in conjuction with student, facilities engineering coordinators and workplace facility.

IV.   Learning Objectives

Develop skills and work place related skills directly usable for facilities engineering related topic.

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

Student will use textbook from all courses taken in the program and will relate the use of theoretical topics learned in actual practice at the job site.  The topics to cover will be:
1.    Electrical power distribution
2.    Applied automatic controls
3.    HVAC load calculations
4.    Operation of chilled water and cooling towers and related hydronics
5.    Operation of hot water or steam boilers and related hydronics
6.    Application of DDC controls & computerized interactive communications
7.    Sheet metal fabrication
8.    Operation of compressors, pumps, blowers, air handling units, etc.

VII.  Methods of Instruction

The instructions will consist of:

1.    Student’s participation in working at the work site and discussing with the
instructor of work-related activities of Facilities engineering.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Student will support the activity log and details of the duties performed on a weekly basis. 
Upon completion student will submit a report as of his/her accomplishment.  A letter from the
workplace facility may be required in some cases depending on the learning objectives

IX.   Instructional Materials

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

Student will work on equipment and systems actually in use at the practicum site under direction of the assigned supervisor.

Student will follow instructions given or complete assigned tasks.  A log of activity work assigned, work completed, difficulties experienced and help sought to complete the assigned task to the satisfaction of the supervisor will be logged in.

A portfolio of these activities will be discussed with the instructor.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Students will be evaluated based on his portfolio. The portfolio shall include items required under Course Practice above.

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.