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)
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
• 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
- Scope and impact of Mechanical and Electrical Systems
- HVAC Fundamentals
- HVAC Delivery Systems
- HVAC Cooling and Heating Equipment
- Fire Protection Equipment and Systems
- Introduction to Electricity
- Electrical Power Systems and Equipment
- Noise and Vibration in Mechanical and Electrical Systems
- Communications, Life Safety and Security Systems
- Forms and function of information systems
- Common characteristics of telecomm and classifications
- Components, wiring and telecomm systems
- Data distribution systems
- Security systems including intrusion, access, detection, annunciation, recording and closed circuit television systems
- Telephone systems
- Fire alarm systems
- Sound systems
- Time and program systems
- 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
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
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
Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.