Paul Christner

Paul Christner CEM

Building Operator

CSEP Distinction Silver

Company

City of Kitchener

Sector

Municipal/Institutional Sector

What Paul says about his career

 

What is my role as a Building Operator?

Maintaining the building automation system (BAS) in 32 buildings. Providing a safe and comfortable environment for the staff and the public. Identifying energy-saving opportunities and implementing required changes. Utilizing available incentive money, such as utility incentive programs, to improve return on investment. Monitoring energy usage, identifying problems and troubleshooting causes of increased consumption. Identifying mechanical issues with HVAC equipment utilizing the BAS and assisting the maintenance team with solutions. Promoting a positive energy-minded workplace through example.

How did I reach this position?

Through continuously improving skills and education. I started in plant maintenance, earning Industrial Mechanical Millwright (IMM), and then moved to the utility and service sector, earning G1 and 313A. Then, I joined the municipal government staff as a HVAC technician, earning Environmental System Operator Class 1, and finally moved to a Building Operator position, earning the Building Operator Certification (BOC) and Certified Energy Manager (CEM) designations.

 

 

How does CIET training help me in my work? 

In this time of continuous improvement, energy savings and carbon emission reductions, to have a resource like CIET is invaluable. It has given me the skills I need to look at situations and always consider the environment in the solution. The designations that come with completion of the training also give me some legitimacy when proposing an expenditure item on an energy project, for example.

What skills are key to my work?

A good knowledge of building systems and what it takes to maintain them. The ability to step back and look at the big picture when deciding on courses of action. Good communication with maintenance staff, management, building occupants, contractors, and consultants. A good knowledge of energy flow and the math to work out the actual conditions of a system or building.

What is the best career advice I have ever received? 

From my parents, “Get an education. It doesn’t matter what field. No one can take an education away from you and it will never hurt you when looking for a job.”

Albert Fiacco

Albert Fiacco CEA, CEM, CMVP, CSDP

Facilities Director

What Albert says about his career

 

What is my role as Facilities Director?

My role is to direct the transitions of facilities management accounts from their current state to a C&W services structure. By onboarding key managers and operations personnel during transition, my role provides the blueprints and results-oriented model for our new team to follow. I create reporting structures to relay weekly and quarterly progress to our clients in operational efficiency, capital requirements and sustainability reporting. In my project management consulting role, I provide building asset audits for mechanical and HVAC efficiency with the goal of providing energy project retrofits to the client’s building. We direct energy savings produced from the installation of efficient equipment and systems to fund their recapitalization.

How did I reach this position?

My 30 years’ experience in mechanical engineering and facilities management provided the insight and background to perform my tasks. Continuous learning through IFMA, the University of Toronto FM Program and CIET gave me the confidence to know how to apply proven technologies.

How does CIET training help me in my work? 

The education and certification as Energy Manager, Auditor and Verification Professional provided the structure to support our clients with approved reporting formats and international credibility. These recognized certifications opened many doors to amazing opportunities and savings of thousands of kW and BTUs from the North American power grid that would have otherwise still be inefficiently burning our planet’s future.

What skills are key to my work?

Discipline, time management, prioritization and investing in the details of a building’s sequence of operation. Soft skills of understanding people’s motivation to save energy and how to direct the client decisions to the most cost-effective solution in a win-win end goal are priceless.

What is the best career advice I have ever received? 

Find a career that you absolutely enjoy, and you will never work a day in your life.

What is my dream job and how will I get it or how did I get it?

Managing Director where I could focus only on operations and cost-effective solutions for the client. By growing the current size of FM clients, the book of business will soon be large enough to backfill my transition director role.

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Important COVID-19 Update for CIET Spring 2020 Training Calendar – CIET Goes Virtual!

Last Updated: March 24, 2020, 09:20am

 

CIET Goes Virtual!

The entire CIET team has been working hard recently to provide new training options for you through virtual real-time classrooms considering the current situation. This will allow everyone to continue accessing CIET training in a safe manner, which protects both our participants and our trainers. You can register for these virtual courses in confidence, knowing that they will provide the same quality of training that you expect from CIET. These real-time training sessions will be available to all participants across Canada.

 

REGISTER FOR VIRTUAL TRAINING TODAY: You can view all these virtual training courses on our calendar!

 

Deferred courses

For now, CIET has taken the decision to defer all in-class courses which cannot be offered virtually, scheduled before June 15, 2020.

 

If you are NOT registered to a course yet:

We are still taking registrations for all courses (deferred and virtual) and will communicate with registered participants to a deferred course when it becomes possible to offer the training again in person.

Cancellation policy: Should you wish to cancel later, we’ve suspended our cancellation policy and there are no fees for any cancellation effective immediately. This suspension will be effective for all registrations made prior to, at least, April 30, 2020.


If you ARE registered to a deferred course:

Courses offered before June 15, 2020, which cannot be offered virtually, are currently deferred.

For now, we propose keeping the registrations of all participants active and informing you of: (1) new dates as they become possible/available; and (2) our new fall 2020 training dates, which should be announced in May-June. Your registration and payment could then be applied, without additional fees, to any new training session.

Should you still wish to cancel, we’ve suspended our cancellation policy and there are no fees for any cancellation effective immediately.

 

Through all these measures, CIET hopes to provide as much flexibility as possible to training participants while respecting its commitments to other participants, trainers and partners, as well as public health recommendations.

 

We thank you very much for your trust and collaboration and look forward to welcoming you soon with an elbow bump!

 

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