Building Operators' Certificate Program
Learn how to become more energy efficient, how to improve the air quality, and how to install the most appropriate lighting. Do you have the correct a/c units for the size of the facility, and are they working properly? Is your building up to code? Find out what it takes and much more when you register for our Building Operators' Program. Our course is unique in that each instructor specializes in the field he teaches.
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CERTIFICATE & STANDALONE COURSES
Courses a now being offered a la carte. Participants can register for the full certificate at a reduced price or create a course calendar that fits their schedule by completing standalone courses at their own pace.
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+ FME 101 HVAC Fundamentals in a Commercial/Industrial Facility
Course Description: A discussion of commercial systems, chiller systems, and A/C control systems in a modern industrial setting.
Course Content: A discussion of types of systems and controls working with application sequences, energy efficiency, diagrams and specific HVAC Controls.
* Reviews heating, cooling, and ventilation
* Commercial systems and their applications
* Commercial condensers, evaporators and compressors
* Centrifugal, screw, scroll and reciprocating applications
* Types of chillers and their applications
* A/C Control Systems
* Work with specific systems diagrams
* Chiller Systems
* Specific HVAC Controls
* KW per ton and energy usage
+ FME 102 Airflow Dynamics for the Commercial/Industrial Facility
Course Description: A thorough understanding of airflow dynamics can enable you to uncover and resolve system problems.
Course Content: An overview of what causes most airflow related problems and how they can be prevented.
* Airflow dynamics
* Central air systems
* Airflow systems and components
* Variable speed fans and pumps
* Ventilation requirements for HVAC
* Types of fans
* Airflow testing and instruments
+ FME 103 HVAC Codes and Safety for the Commercial/Industrial Facility
Course Description: A discussion of local and national health, safety, energy, and environmental codes as they relate to the HVAC system in a Commercial/Industrial Facility.
Course Content: An overview of codes, standards and specifications and how they apply in a Commercial/Industrial Facility.
* EPA Codes
* Mechanical Codes
Note: Course fees include a copy of the 2021 International Mechanical Codebook.
+ FME 104 Electrical Codes and Standards for the Commercial/Industrial Facility
Course Description: Electrical, energy management and related codes that facility managers must know.
Course Content: Compliance with the most important maintenance related codes and their application to an energy efficient building.
* 2023 National Electrical Codes
+ FME 106 Electrical Safety for
the Commercial/Industrial Facility
Course Description: A discussion of commercial facility safety practices as it relates to electrical systems.
Course Content: An overview of safety practices related to electricity and how it relates to the Commercial/Industrial Facility.
* Recommended safety practices
* OSHA Codes
Note: Course fees include a copy of the 2023 NFPA 70 National Electrical Codebook.
+ FME 107 Lighting Fundamentals and Efficiency for the Commercial/Industrial Facility
Course Description: A broad-based discussion of lighting fundamentals and efficiency and how they're applied to a Commercial/Industrial Facility.
Course Content: An overview of the Lighting Industry.
* Lighting fixture technology and efficiency
* Applications and Strategies
* Light Source/Efficiency/Common Retrofits
* Lighting maintenance
+ FME 108 Power Quality for the Commercial/Industrial Facility
Course Description: The basics of important, "Need to know" power quality issues in your facility. Learn as the instructor performs a real, hands-on analysis of a large facility.
Course Content: An overview of what causes most Power Quality related problems and how they can be prevented.
* Techniques for identifying PQ symptoms
* Trouble-shooting common problems
+ FME 109 Indoor Air Quality
for the Commercial/Industrial Facility
Course Description: The purpose of this course is to familiarize the attendees with Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) and Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ).
Course Content: This course will familiarize attendees with common IEQ issue and terminology. Attendees will receive an introduction on how to anticipation, recognition, prevention and responses to common IEQ issues that impact the facilities.
Attendees will receive an:
* Introduction to common contributors to poor IEQ
* Familiarization with the common IEQ terms
* Introduction to broadly applicable prevention, assessment, and response concepts
* Comprehension of the health effects, building consequences and other liabilities associated with poor or mismanaged IEQ
* Acquaintance with example preventative actions, such as controlling outside air, regular HVAC filter replacement, managing pests, addressing water releases, reducing Legionella in water systems, etc
* Understanding of various response actions to IEQ issues such as asbestos releases, sewer line breaks, COVID-19 positive occupants, visible mold growth, odor complaints, sick occupants, Legionellosis outbreaks, chemical releases, etc
+ FME 110 Energy Conservation Techniques
Course Description: The use of energy in commercial buildings and how to identify and prioritize conservation opportunities.
Course Content: An overview of the basics of energy accounting, evaluation of fuel options, operation and maintenance strategies to improve efficiency, and energy management planning techniques.
* Implementing an effective energy management program
* Use of infrared technology to measure thermal losses
* Developing an energy efficiency "checklist" for a facility
* Utility fact sheets that are customized for different facilities and energy end uses
* Sensible retrofits
* Case studies of local facilities
* Building controls
* HVAC maintenance
* Efficient lighting
* New technologies
+ FME 111 Energy Audit
Course Description: The essentials that a building operator should know about how to measure the energy performance of their facilities.
Course Content: An overview of where your facility uses energy and how your facilities' energy use compares to your competition.
* Find out where you spend the most and where the most opportunities for savings exist
* Techniques for studying your energy usage history and downloading your account data into spreadsheets to analyze usage and quickly highlight important trends
* Energy end-use data that shows typical energy breakdowns for different types of facilities
* Essential for operators who manage multiple facilities
+ FME 112 Direct Digital Controls
Course Description: An introduction to the application of Direct Digital Controls (DDC) to operating a building's temperature control system.
* The ability of the system to process data
* Input & output types, transducers, variable frequency drive (VFD) theory, communication protocols (LON & BACnet), programming vs. configuring controllers
* Workstation basics
* How to make the controls act like an Energy Management System (EMS).
* Specific manufacturers will not be covered, only the overall theory of how these systems operate
+ FME 115 Design & Operation of Commercial Chilled Water Systems
What You Can Expect: This class provides an overview of the design and operation of Building Chilled Water Systems including piping system design and unit components..
Piping System Design:
A. Direct & Reverse Return Piping Systems
B. Pipe Sizing
C. Piping Specialties
D. Flow Control
C. Terminal Units (Air Handlers, Fan Coil Units, Coils)
D. Cooling Towers
E. Compression-Expansion Tanks