My grades have been posted to the GRCC website. As expected, I did well in both of the HVAC classes I took this semester. Though I don’t feel like I got as much out of either of them as I would have liked. That’s partially my fault; I didn’t do much of the assigned reading. That is one of the problems with taking classes in things you’ve been doing for 20+ years, you tend to take it a little bit for granted that you’ll be able to pick it up with minimal effort. Fortunately, My calculated gamble in Philosophy played out as I thought it would. I feel bad that I skipped out on the final paper, and the 40-points would have been very nice, but I still ended up with a B. So here is that official grades.

Class Grades – 2018 Fall

HVA 121Metallic and Non-
Metallic Join
HVA 275Commercial
PL 201Introduction to

I’m going to take advantage of the winter break to take a little vacation, celebrate some holidays, and relax for a few weeks before getting back to it in January.

Well, that’s done.
My class load for the summer has come to an end. It was not a fantastic semester for me, but as I’m all about telling you when I get good grades, I suppose I should tell you about the bad grades as well. I mentioned already that after lots of very hard work I managed to get a B+ in my Intermediate Technical Math class. Note to self: do not take the next math class online. I am very happy to have that grade, but with a 86.982% I just can’t help think that I could have pulled off an A with just a bit more work and/or by asking for a bit more direction from the instructor. We live. We learn.
My Basic Electricity & Electronics class was a whole other story. Last night was the final and I did very poorly, 66%. I can only attribute a small part of that to having left my formula sheet on the kitchen counter, as there were not 34 math equations on the exam. What I can attribute it to, is all most completely checking out of the class by about the 2/3 mark. I’m not making excuses, I should have worked harder… but I just couldn’t. I knew this was a mistake from the very first class. For a class with “Basic” as the first word in its title, the instructor went out of his way to tell us how hard this was going to be, how much advanced math was going to be needed, how there should have been a math prerequisite listed in the catalog (there wasn’t), and how hard he was going to push us to get this 15-week class done in 9-weeks. He seemed to really get his jollies on making this basic class as difficult as possible.
Struggling students were told to do the reading or to go watch YouTube videos on the subject. During the last lab, a two session lab I might add, he told my group of three that he wasn’t going to answer our questions because he wanted us to figure it out. Between the three of us, what we figured out was how to get 4/10 on that lab. It was ugly. The class was a 4½ hour class, which is longer than most by a half hour, he would lecture for ¾ of that, give us maybe a short 10-minute break, and rarely enough time to get the labs done. I was not impressed with this guy, though he did seem to be very into his subject.
But the real problem, the thing I couldn’t get past, was me. I started off well enough. My existing background of basic electric principles and theory helped quite a bit. However, I knew from that first week onward, that I did not need this class for what I’ll be doing. I wanted electrical, what I got was electronics. They sound similar, but they are quite different. Transistors, resistors, MOSFETs, diodes, BJTs, and amplifiers are not things that I use in my HVACR work. I got something from the transformers and capacitors sections, but mostly it was in presented in ways that just don’t apply to what I do. And that was the problem. I started down the path of “I’ll never use any of this”, took it too “this doesn’t apply to my career”, and ended up at “I don’t care, I just want it to be over”.
I could have done better; should have done better. I didn’t read the chapters. I didn’t do the extra homework. Never figured out how to work this damn calculator. So it’s mostly my fault. I recognize that. Early on, I was more concerned with my math class, as I felt that required most of my focus. Right. I mean I know electrical stuff. But the electrical stuff from this class pretty quickly diverged from the electrical stuff I deal with at my job. But I continued to focus on math, and by the time that was over, it was really too late to get back up to speed in electronics.
I would have done better on my exam if I had remembered my formula sheets (two pages of electrical formulas). I still would not have gotten an A, but I could have probably pulled off a low B. So a 66% on my final drops me 3% and puts me at 75.65267% as my final weighted percentage. The official grades haven’t been posted yet, but that’s a C.
I’ll take a C, but I’m more than a little disappointed in myself and the effort I put in. I’m not looking forward to what these grades are going to do to my GPA.

The grade for my final exam in HVACR Electronic Controls has been posted.
Going into the final exam I had missed a whopping 4 Points on all of my combined assignments and grades. The final was a little tougher than I expected, having far more detailed explanations required than I have found in most of these HVAC classes. But I persevered and ended up doing pretty well.
My final score was 56 out of a possible 60. That works out to 93%.
Which means I missed out on a total of  eight points, 272/280. For a not too shabby 97.16%. And then I get an extra 1% for perfect attendance.
So, that gives me an A in electronic controls. Woot.

The final exam for my Air Conditioning Theory class was last Tuesday. I just checked to see if the grades were posted. They were.
So here is my report card for the Fall 2017 semester. I wish I could say I was happy about those two A- grades, but I’m not. If my math is right, I missed an A in both of those classes by less than a full percentage point. Ah, well, my grade point will not matter in the real world. That’s another 7-credits under my belt, bringing my total to 31-credits. That puts me beyond the half-way point, as I need 60-credits to get this degree.

Class Description Units Grading Grade Grade Points
HVA 128
Heating and Cooling Controls
HVA 135
Heating Theory
HVA 136
Air Conditioning Theory

And with those classes entered in the ledger my current grade point is 3.808, or roughly, way better than I ever did in high school.
I only have two classes next semester, and there’s only a 3-week span where I have then together. I feel like I should take one more class, but there is  a lot of non-school stuff going on this winter and spring. Probably, I should just take care of that stuff and be grateful for a lighter load in school.
In other news; I just realized that I was publishing all this to my LinkedIn page… I’ve shut that off. That’s probably not the place for this blog.