Air Conditioning and Mechanical Trades -
with solutions to mechanical contractor examination problems. Its
aim is to assist practicing contractors and journeyman mechanics in
successfully passing any examination anywhere.
For those who are skilled and capable in the mechanical trades,
but have not been in a classroom for many years, Mr. Gladstone
advises how, where, when and what to study. In easy-to-read,
concise language he analyzes the approach, tactics and strategy
required to beat the test writers. He tells how exams are written,
and what you should know in order to pass - in brief, the inside
The book includes over
575 actual questions and answers from previous exams covering
air conditioning, refrigeration, heating, service and maintenance,
sheet metal and ventilation, insulation, pressure and process
piping, and test and balance. A special section explains the
national codes and gives you better insight into NFPA 90, 90A and
90B, ASHRAE B9.1, ASME B31, and the Power Piping and Pressure Vessel
Code, as well as the ASNI Scheme for the Identification of Piping
Systems. Thoroughly dealt with are the special problems involving
load estimating, psychrometrics, cooling tower and pump selection,
cooling tower piping, duct sizing and layout, and pipe fitting.
Another special section concerns OSHA as it applies to mechanical
contractors. Each chapter covers a specific topic area in a
well-organized arrangement so that the basic equations (psychrometrics,
heat load, air and water flow, etc.) are presented in a total,
integrated manner with tables for ready reference. You'll find much
helpful, hard-to-find information on general safety requirements,
rigging, business and management - reading a statement, and
contractor law. These, along with a handy mathematics refresher, are
all scaled to the needs of preparing for the exam. The appendix is
packed with vital tables, charts and conversion data providing quick
answers for everyday field use as well as an excellent reference
source for the open-book portion of the exam.
This book - the first on the subject - fills a long-existing
need. It will be welcomed by engineers, contractors, mechanics,
teachers and students interested in passing the contractor license
examination in any state or municipality.
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
- Preface And Acknowledgements
- Questions And Answers From Previous Exams
- Code Questions
- Understanding Special Problem Solving Questions
- General Safety Requirements
- About Business And Management
- Contractors Law
- Basic Mathematics
- Useful Data: Electrical, Heating, Insulation
424 pages, Soft-cover - 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 in.
Published August 2008
Paperback, 424 pages
Air Conditioning & Mechanical Trades - Exam Study Guide