Building Environmental Systems Operator

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Program Description

This program was designed to train individuals to work within a complex building such as a hospital, school, shopping mall or any large industrial is recommended that the applicant be currently employed in a building environment. The primary focus of the program will be to gain the basic knowledge of the interrelated complexities of  the following systems: heating, ventilation, water and air supplies, lighting and electrical power supply. Also included in the program will be the required codes and by-laws that regulate large complex buildings.


Program Requirements

Level 1
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:

Group 1
  Expected Availability
  Credits Fall Winter Summer
Air ConditioningCIVL-1013 3 No Yes
Learn to operate and maintain a variety of air conditioning and refrigeration equipment. Topics include: refrigeration cycle, terminology, auxiliary components, controls, lubrication, and purging technique. BES 702 .
Air HandlingCIVL-1012 3 No No
Covers air systems, fans, filters, coils, ductwork, and air supply points. Also preventive maintenance programs, check points, and forms to be used. BES 703
ControlsCIVL-1014 3 Yes No
Learn the operation and application of automatic controls. Topics include control drawings, calibration, types of controllers, humidity control, pneumatic devices, and electrical-electronic devices. BES 705
ElectricalCIVL-1016 3 No Yes
This course covers the design, operation and maintenance of electrical systems in buildings in a safe, energy efficient, economical and environmental responsible manner.
Energy Efficiency in Large BuildingsCIVL-1010 3 Yes No
Learn to control utility costs and calculate payback of new cost cutting equipment. Also learn where to look for savings in heat loss, heat gain, air handling, lighting, maintenance, and computerized switching systems. BES710.
HeatingENVR-1006 3 Yes No
This is an introduction to the operation and maintenance of boilers, burners, heating pipe systems and plumbing details. BES701
Introductory OverviewCIVL-1015 3 Yes No
This course which provides visual awareness of equipment in complex buildings with demonstrations of boilers, chillers, air handling units, fire protection, and electrical equipment. BES700.
Water TreatmentCIVL-1017 3 No Yes
This course covers terminology, elementary water chemistry, hot water, chilled water, steam, humidifiers, swimming pools, and solar heating of water. (BES706)

Group 2
Take 1 of the following courses:
CIVL-1019 CIVL-1041 CIVL-1042
  Expected Availability
  Credits Fall Winter Summer
Air Systems DesignCIVL-1019 3 Yes No No
This course develops the students' abilities to work through design problems pertinent to both the air volumes and water volumes required to satisfy a building's design criteria for both heating and cooling condition.
Hospital Building SystemsCIVL-1041 3 Yes No
This course covers building mechanical systems specific to hospitals and their effective maintenance. BES709.
Pipe Systems DesignCIVL-1042 3 Yes No No
Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to describe and list the design application(s) and operating characteristics of hydronic piping systems equipment. The course will provide examples of communication with mechanical designers and contractors.
Program Residency
Students Must Complete a Minimum of 7 credits in this
program at Fanshawe College to meet the Program Residency
requirement and graduate from this program

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Topic Area
Apprentice, Technology, and Trades