Mechanical, Electrical and Security Systems in Buildings

I.     Course Prefix/Number: FME 201

       Course Name: Mechanical, Electrical and Security Systems in Buildings

       Credits: 4 (4 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

FME 101

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

            This course is an overview of the electrical and mechanical systems of buildings.  Topics included are power and lighting distribution, motor controls, alarm systems, telephone, computer systems, and energy management.  Mechanical systems reviewed include HVAC, refrigeration, plumbing, and fire protection.  Electrical and mechanical building codes are studied as well as indoor air quality, communications, life safety and security systems.

IV.   Learning Objectives

Understand the energy systems used in buildings and how they are used so that opportunities for energy management can be explored.

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. Scope and impact of Mechanical and Electrical Systems
  2. HVAC Fundamentals
  3. HVAC Delivery Systems
  4. HVAC Cooling and Heating Equipment
  5. Fire Protection Equipment and Systems
  6. Introduction to Electricity
  7. Electrical Power Systems and Equipment
  8. Noise and Vibration in Mechanical and Electrical Systems
  9. Communications, Life Safety and Security Systems
  10. Forms and function of information systems
  11. Common characteristics of telecomm and classifications
  12. Components, wiring and telecomm systems
  13. Data distribution systems
  14. Security systems including intrusion, access, detection, annunciation, recording and closed circuit television systems
  15. Telephone systems
  16. Fire alarm systems
  17. Sound systems
  18. Time and program systems
  19. Specialty systems

VII.  Methods of Instruction

The methods include lectures, videos, class discussions; a mixture of classroom exercise, and supervised hands-on experience in laboratory.

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

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

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

Students will be evaluated by means of quizzes, three examinations and class participation.

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

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.