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PPGS 1210 - Introduction to Mechanical Insulation

Piping, Plumbing, Gas Part-time Studies Course

School of Construction and the Environment

Course Details

The establishment of a quality assurance certification (QAC) program in BC’s mechanical insulation industry has received increased attention over the last several years. This has been fuelled by three primary issues: 1) contractors minimizing, or in some cases totally eliminating insulation where it is required; 2) the use of non-certified materials; and 3) improper installation practices. This course introduces students to the BC Insulation Contractors Association (BCICA) quality assurance certification (QAC) program. Topics include an introduction to the QAC program; insulation materials; construction safety; technical specifications; blueprint and detail drawings; and, an introduction to the inspection and certification process. Note: This course is one of four courses related to mechanical insulation, heat and frost, training for mechanical insulation inspectors: www.bcit.ca/study/courses/ppgs1210,ppgs1220,ppgs1230,ppgs1240 .

Credits

1.5

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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:

Unit 1: BCICA Quality Assurance Certificate Program

  • List the benefits of using mechanical insulation systems in a commercial/institutional building.
  • Explain the importance of mechanical insulation systems in controlling condensation on low temperature water systems.
  • List the primary goals of the BCICA Quality Assurance Certification program.
  • Describe the roles and responsibilities of the key players in the BCICA Quality Assurance Certification program.
  • Locate project specifications in the BCICA inspection manual.

Unit 2: Insulation Materials

  • Describe the types, characteristics, and applications of insulation materials that are commonly installed on piping and HVAC systems.
  • Describe the types, characteristics, and applications of insulation accessories and attachments that are commonly installed on piping and HVAC systems.
  • Describe the types, characteristics, and applications of jacketing finishes for piping and HVAC systems.
  • Describe the types, characteristics, and applications of insulation fire stop materials that are commonly installed on piping and HVAC systems.
  • Unit 3: Inspector Safety
  • Identify the workplace hazards with respect to an inspector’s personal site safety.
  • Describe strategies to minimize the risk of workplace accidents or illness with respect to an inspector’s personal site safety.
  • List the personal protective equipment an inspector should bring to a worksite in preparation for an inspection of mechanical insulation.
  • Recognize the limitations of PPE that is used while inspecting mechanical insulation.
  • List the key players an inspector should notify prior to entering a worksite to carry out an inspection of mechanical insulation.

Unit 4: Technical Specifications

  • Determine the correct materials, applications, finishes, and thicknesses for mechanical insulation as identified in the specifications with reference to the BCICA manual for detail.
  • Determine material specifications for mechanical insulation including density, use limits, flame spread, thickness, and “k” values for mechanical insulation as identified in the specifications with reference to the BCICA manual for detail.
  • Determine material thickness for mechanical insulation as identified in the specifications and applicable codes.
  • Explain how the MasterFormat (2004) can be used to organize specifications and other written information for commercial and institutional projects.

Unit 5: Blueprints and Detail Drawings

  • Identify the system of symbols and abbreviations commonly found on mechanical and plumbing drawings.
  • Determine the location of insulated piping, ductwork, and equipment on mechanical and plumbing drawings including boiler rooms, fan rooms, plenums, pump rooms, washrooms, and cooling towers.
  • Determine the location of equipment such as pumps, condensate tanks, hot water tanks, chillers, boilers, heat exchangers, and control valves based on information obtained from mechanical detail drawings.

Effective as of Spring/Summer 2012

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