Building Operations and Maintenance

Building operations encompass the activities required to run, maintain, and manage a building. They are often critical to an organization’s ability to operate effectively and prevent the deterioration of equipment and systems. These include HVAC, electrical, plumbing, automation, and security systems as well as related building envelope components and facility improvements, retrofits, and upgrades.

From managers to operators and maintenance staff, those who work in building operations are often responsible for ensuring tenant comfort and the reliability of building functions and access. They also ensure building systems operate effectively, prepare facilities for seasonal changes, perform repairs and maintenance checks, make sure things are up to code, and remain vigilant of safety hazards.

Your building operations and maintenance learning path

CIET’s comprehensive training courses are designed for both current and aspiring building operations and maintenance professionals. Use the learning path below to identify the right courses and the best training sequence to achieve your career goals.

Building Automation Systems

Building Automation Systems Essentials

During the one-day Building Automation Systems Essentials course, we examine systems basics and energy conservation strategies that permit you to run your BAS efficiently and effectively – regardless of which system you are running. Whether you are a building operator, project manager, or technician, the BAS Essentials course helps you better understand BASs by delving into the most important components including protocols, controls, control strategies, scheduling, setpoints and resets, maintenance, as well as recommissioning and commissioning.

Advanced Building Automation Systems Optimization

This one-day training program leverages a Building Automation Systems diagnostic case study using real-time data to reinforce the principles taught in the course. The day also includes a variety of exercises meant to reinforce key concepts related to set-point identification, scheduling impacts, identification of BAS optimization possibilities, sensor selection, and more.

Building Commissioning

Existing Building Commissioning Essentials

Increasing occupant comfort and satisfaction while reducing energy operating costs are powerful ways to unlock value in your building assets. This workshop provides participants with practical approaches focussed on robust investigation. The course provides examples and case studies from commercial and institutional buildings with a focus on HVAC operational efficiency.

Certified Building Commissioning Professional (CBCP)

In addition to preparing you for the AEE CBCP exam, this comprehensive five-day course is designed to meet the training needs of professionals who need to know the technical details of the commissioning process. The course goes into considerable technical detail on the fundamentals of both new and existing building commissioning.

Advanced Course on Existing Building Commissioning (EBCx)

This four-day advanced course comprises all Existing Building Commissioning stages and an optional exam. It teaches Building Commissioning and the benefits while covering mechanical system fundamentals as well as good testing and verification practices. This training is ideal for Building Commissioning service providers, operating staff, energy managers, engineering professionals, as well as commercial and institutional building operators.

Capacity Building

Energy Efficiency for Building Operators & Maintenance Staff (EEBO)

This course is a hands-on and highly interactive two-day course designed to engage, motivate and empower Building Operators. Instructors develop participants’ understanding of how energy behaves, how energy is used in their facilities as well as how it can be controlled through operational action across a variety of building systems.

Certified Sustainable Building Operator (CSBO)

This 5-day certification program offers participants a holistic view of sustainable building operations. Through the CSBO program, participants will have the opportunity to improve their technical expertise, job skills, and awareness of core areas including HVAC systems, controls, electrical and mechanical systems, building energy performance, O&M best practices, GHG emission-reduction strategies, the incorporation of smart technologies and more.

Building operations and maintenance career opportunities

Here is an overview of some typical positions you can expect to hold once you are specialized in building operations and maintenance.

Building/Facility Manager

The main duties of a Building/Facility Manager include:

  • Conducting periodic building/facility inspections to determine maintenance requirements
  • Supervising the implementation of preventative maintenance programs and ensuring that key building assets are maintained
  • Monitoring building automation systems

Building/Facility Maintenance Technician

The main duties of a Building/Facility Maintenance Technician include:

  • Operating building/facility mechanical, electrical, and other systems to guarantee safe and efficient operations
  • Ensuring preventative and corrective maintenance as needed
  • Performing routine inspections and monitoring

Building Automation Engineer

The main duties of a Building Automation Engineer include:

  • Designing building automation systems and creating optimal design solutions to meet client requirements
  • Reviewing electrical drawings and equipment programming
  • Designing building automation network architecture and facilitating the integration of devices through different building automation protocols (Modbus, BACNET, etc.)

Commissioning Specialist

The main duties of a Commissioning Specialist include:

  • Providing support in conducting commissioning and testing results
  • Helping field technicians resolve technical issues and challenges
  • Creating and updating commissioning procedures and documentation (checklists, reports, etc.)

HVAC Technician

The main duties of an HVAC Technician include:

  • Ensuring proper testing of HVAC equipment before commissioning
  • Performing routine HVAC maintenance tasks
  • Dealing with issues with HVAC systems and controls

Electrical Technician

The main duties of an Electrical Technician include:

  • Ensuring proper testing of electrical equipment before commissioning
  • Performing routine electrical maintenance
  • Troubleshooting and repairing malfunctioning equipment, appliances, and apparatuses

Building Automation System (BAS) Technician

The main duties of a Building Automation System (BAS) include:

  • Ensuring the proper installation of building automation systems
  • Performing routine building automation system maintenance
  • Troubleshooting, fixing, and updating HVAC and electrical systems and controls

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Success Stories

Former participants share how training with CIET has transformed their professional life.

Pierre-Francis Parent, Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Consultant – Planéco Énergie

My background in energy efficiency was primarily at the industrial process level, so I chose to train with CIET to expand my knowledge on building energy systems. I completed the Advanced Course on Existing Building Commissioning (EBCx) as well as the two courses on Building Automation Systems. The new concepts I learned, enhanced by the knowledge of the trainers and the other participants, quickly helped me identify opportunities relating to energy, comfort, and maintenance, most often “low cost” ones.

Pierre-Francis Parent, Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Consultant – Planéco Énergie

Aaron Wouters, Energy Manager – Trillium Health Partners

CIET provides the BEST example of how program certification information should be provided. Its personal, with dates relevant to me and my timelines, and also communicates future events.

Aaron Wouters, Energy Manager – Trillium Health Partners

Leo Glaser, Energy Analyst – Operational Excellence, Quadreal Property Group

In our experience, CIET courses deliver a great foundation for all energy professionals—at any stage of their career or experience level. We were very satisfied with the facilitation and received positive feedback from QuadReal participants. It is a pleasure to work with CIET.

Leo Glaser, Energy Analyst – Operational Excellence, Quadreal Property Group

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