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Solar energy, Mechanical engineering, Buildings, Technology management, Engineering management, Collaboration, Engineering profession, Heating, Air conditioning, Springs


An HVAC course, previously offered to students in Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET), has been re-structured to include students in Building Construction Management (BCM). A large project is always an integral part of this course, creating a unique opportunity for collaboration between two distinctly different groups of Technology students. This cooperation is particularly beneficial because MET and BCM graduates frequently cross paths during their professional careers. Many MET graduates operate and service heating, ventilating, and air conditioning equipment that was originally specified and installed by BCM graduates. This paper discusses and evaluates student interactions during a solar energy renovation project that was completed in the Spring of 1996.


This is the AAM of Hutzel, W. J. (1996). An interdisciplinary solar energy project. Proceedings of the 1996 Frontiers in Education Conference, American Society for Engineering Education, pp 695-698. Copyright IEEE, it is made available here CC-BY-NC-ND, and the version of record is available at