Program Description

Acoustics for Professionals – Residential and Commercial
Instructor: R. Vedvik, P.E.

For contractors, builders, architects interested in the rules and guidelines that govern commercial (and residential) construction.
This class will start with a background in acoustic terminology and concepts in relation to International Building Code, ANSI, ASHRAE, LEED and FGI Guidelines. Acoustical applications include how walls and doors mitigate noise transfer for sound isolation and speech privacy, how acoustical treatments mitigate reverberation (echo) for improved occupant comfort, and how to mitigate noise from mechanical equipment. This class will include demonstrations and lessons in taking noise measurements using a variety of tools, including smartphones. Certification of completion available. Optional textbook is available at before the first class.

6 Thursdays         Feb. 7 – Mar. 14            6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
CRN 11185         Outreach – Rm. 407      Fee $75

Home Wiring and Acoustics for the Home Owner
Instructor: R. Vedvik, P.E.

This class will teach you about home wiring and how to save money with DIY projects and repairs as well as noise control and sound behavior to make your home have optimum acoustics. Get hands-on interactive experience needed to help you troubleshoot, maintain or make minor revisions while using meters and tools to complete a task safely. Learn practical house wiring including switch and receptacle circuits, breaker panels and thermostat controls as well as cable systems. You will learn how to control noise in your home (such as noise between rooms or spaces that echo) and understand audio-system design and layouts. Learn how to build affordable acoustical panels and how to mitigate noise transfer. Measuring sound will be demonstrated using a variety of tools, including smartphones. Optional textbook is available at before the first class.

6 Thursdays         Mar. 21 – Apr. 25           6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
CRN 11186         Outreach – Rm. 407       Fee $79

Required Textbook Purchasing Procedure

  1. For a list of PaCE textbooks, visit
  2. Click on campus location (Hawk’s Hub (QC)).
  3. Click on (Order Textbooks) in the Textbooks box.
  4. Select Term (Spring 19), Select Department (Adult Ed)
  5. Click on your course name under Select Course and click (Add Selection).
  6. Click on (Get Course Materials) to see your book title.
  7. Payment options – debit, credit, or pay at pickup.
  8. Delivery options – ship to home, pick up at East Campus or pick up at Quad-Cities Campus.