Journeyman General Mechanical Examination is an
illustrated review designed to prepare practicing A/C contractors
and senior year apprentices for the Journeyman's HVAC or General
Includes over 500 questions and answers from
previous municipal and state certification tests.
The principle aim of this book is to prepare practicing journeymen
and senior-year apprentices for the journeymen's air conditioning and
general mechanical examination; to help him or her pass any municipal
or state examination for certification. It is, therefore, a practical
book--a fact book. 272 pp.
Although many schools for air conditioning and refrigeration are in
place today, the industry is crying out desperately for skilled,
well-trained mechanics. In checking the number of school graduates who
have successfully passed a journeymen's general mechanical
examination, the author has found that only a tiny fraction of the
people completing a school course of any kind were able to pass a
municipal certificate examination without further study.
An exception to this pattern is the graduate from the Joint
Apprenticeship Schools administered by the United Association of
Journeyman and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry.
As far as this author is aware no schools in the nation can compare
with the UA training program for Journeymen General Examination.
The number of air conditioning courses offered in vocational and
trade schools throughout the country has proliferated. High schools,
colleges, and adult extension courses provide various levels of
training, and these are supplemented by a growing number of private
technical schools offering either regular classroom training or home
study correspondence courses. But the journeyman general mechanical
must know much more.
Albeit different states and municipalities vary in their
certification and licensing programs, usually, a journeyman general
mechanical; that is, he must be qualified to perform in air
conditioning, refrigeration, heating, and pressure piping trades. And
in some areas he must also be qualified to do sheet metal, ventilation
and insulation. He must be knowledgeable in gas cooling as well as gas
heating, large ammonia systems as well as centrifugals, construction,
service and test and balance.
There are many excellent air conditioning mechanics who have little
knowledge of pipefitting, many skilled service men who cannot erect a
50-ton cooling tower, many good heating men are unable to perform the
test/adjust/balance function on a total environmental control systems,
many good sheet metal men who can erect in air handler but know
nothing about controls.
- What to Bring to the Examination Room.
- The Day of the Examination.
- Tactics Used by the Test Writers and the Strategy Used to
- 300 Answers to Questions from Previous Examinations.
- Basic Mathematics.
- Pipefitter's Formulas and Tables.
- Fans, Pulleys and Belts.
- Useful Electrical Data.
- General Safety Requirements.
- Useful Conversion Factors.
- Decimals of a Foot.
- Inch-Foot-Decimal Conversion.
- Calculated Lengths of Pipe for Various Bends.
- Pressure Temperature Chart.
- Refrigerant Circuit Accessories.
- Scheme for the Identification of Piping Systems.
- Refrigerant Piping Test Procedures.
- Hangers, Straps and Chains.
About the Author:
John Gladstone, Life Member and Fellow of ASHRAE, has
had over 40 years experience in every phase of the industry, including
service, construction, planning, engineering and sales management. He
holds a journeyman's card as well as a Master Mechanical Contractor's
License and speaks from authoritative experience to journeyman
mechanics, contractors and engineers alike. He was Chairman of the
Examinations Committee of the Dade County Contractor's Examining Board
(1965-1968) where he wrote some of the first contractor and journeyman
examinations in the nation.
Mr. Gladstone graduated from Miami-Dade Community College with
honors, took his Bachelor's degree at St Thomas and his Master's at
Vermont College. He taught air conditioning design and license
preparation at Miami-Dade Community College for many years.
Gladstone has written 11 books on air conditioning and construction
and is well-known for his many articles in the professional journals;
his work has been translated into Dutch and Spanish. He was a founding
member of the Associated Air Balance Council (retired) and a
Certificate Member of RSES (retired). Founder of the Air Conditioning
Academy in Dania in 1977, Mr. Gladstone continues to be active in
educational and industry circles.
272 pages, Softcover - 6 x 9 in.
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