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Educational Needs of the Future HVAC Design Engineer

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

Start Date

June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



Conference Session

Energy Education and Industrial Partnership Needs

Tagged Division

Energy Conversion and Conservation

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22.523.1 - 22.523.10



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Patrick A. Tebbe Minnesota State University, Mankato

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Patrick A. Tebbe is an Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator for mechanical engineering at Minnesota State University, Mankato. He has degrees in both mechanical and nuclear engineering from the University of Missouri, Columbia. He is a member of ASME, ASEE, and currently serves as a Student Branch Advisor for ASHRAE.

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Educational Needs of the Future HVAC EngineerBuildings are a major consumer of energy in the United States. A large percentage of this consumptionis accounted for by the heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) needs of the building. Studentsand entry level engineers in this field need to have a firm understanding of energy mechanisms andprocesses specific to building systems. This includes new renewable energy and energy efficiencytechnologies. They also need to be familiar with a constantly changing and growing list of subsidiaryknowledge; such as construction principles, advanced control systems, state and federal energystandards, and new professional certifications.Over the last several years the author has worked with entry level and experienced HVAC engineers as aStudent Branch Advisor for ASHRAE, as manager of a series of continuing education classes on energy inbuildings, and as an instructor of an undergraduate HVAC course. Combining this experience withliterature research and several personal interviews with industry personnel a list of educational needsfor future HVAC engineers will be created. This will then be discussed with regard to what is achievablein the engineering curriculum and what other options for attainment (workshops, continuing education,on the job experience, etc.) are possible.

Tebbe, P. A. (2011, June), Educational Needs of the Future HVAC Design Engineer Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--17804

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