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Are you looking for an exciting new career that will remain relevant in the future?

Are you a hands-on learner who thrives on practical training?

Are you a Green Energy enthusiast, looking to get your foot in the door of a rapidly expanding field?

Then RCC’s Center for Smart Building Technology offers many programs that could be a great fit for you!

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What is a Smart Building?

Smart buildings deliver essential automated building services such as lighting, cooling and heating, and air quality, at the lowest cost and environmental impact over the building lifecycle.  In order for smart buildings to run at maximum efficiency, the buildings must be maintained by skilled, technology-savvy facilities managers and technicians, trained on digital automated maintenance systems. 

The City of Boston is filled with smart buildings; but there aren’t enough technicians trained on smart building technology to ensure that the buildings are running properly.  Our SBT Program will provide you with the skills and certifications needed to fill these in-demand jobs.

Professional Certification Prep Courses

The courses listed below are courses designed to prepare working professionals for nationally-recognized certifications.  Courses are either offered fully online or through in-person instruction.  To review the guidelines for accessing classrooms and interacting on-campus, please visit rcc.mass.edu/campusaccess.

To register for any of these courses, please visit our online application.  Questions about the registration process should be directed to Assistant Dean Kandley Val at kval@rcc.mass.edu or 857-701-1207.  Questions about course content should be directed to Executive Director Frank Mruk FAIA, RIBA at 857-701-1564 or fmruk@rcc.mass.edu.

BOC Operators Certificate Level 1 - Online

Building Operator Certification® (BOC) is the leading training and certification program for COMMERCIAL building engineers and maintenance personnel. Level I classes support the BOC operator skill standard by devoting significant content to the topics of HVAC controls, common opportunities for operational improvements, and building scoping for energy efficiency. The Level I course series provides building operators with knowledge and skill enhancement in the key activities associated with energy efficient building operations. BOC training is for building operators with two or more years’ experience in building operation and maintenance, who wish to broaden their knowledge of the total building system. Past participants have included building engineers, stationary engineers, maintenance supervisors, maintenance workers, facility coordinators, HVAC technicians, electricians, operations supervisors, operations techs, and others in the facility operation and maintenance field. Upon successfully completing BOC Level I course, you will earn a BOC Training Certificate of Completion (TCOC) credential. You may also choose to sit for the Certification Exam to earn the BOC Certification and become a Certified Building Operator (CBO). All classes for this course will be offered through online instruction. The cost of this course is $1,895.00.

Class Schedule

Course # Course Title Day Begin Time End Time Dates
 CSA 322 (Summer)  BOC Operators Certificate Level 1 W R F  8:00AM  3:00PM 7/6 - 8/5/22
  Energy Efficient Operation of Building HVAC Systems W R   8:00AM  3:00PM 7/6-7/7/2022
  Measuring and Benchmarking Energy Performance F  8:00AM 3:00PM  7/8/2022
  Efficient Lighting Fundamentals W  8:00AM 3:00PM  7/20/2022
  HVAC Control Fundamentals R  8:00AM 3:00PM  7/21/2022
   Indoor Environmental Quality F 8:00AM 3:00PM  7/22/2022
   Common Opportunities for Low-Cost Operational Improvement T 8:00AM 3:00PM  8/4/2022
   Operation and Maintenance Practices for Sustainable Buildings F 8:00AM 3:00PM  8/5/2022
 
Course # Course Title Day Begin Time End Time Dates
 CSA 322 (Fall)  BOC Operators Certificate Level 1 W R F  8:00AM  3:00PM 10/5-11/4/2022
  Energy Efficient Operation of Building HVAC Systems W R   8:00AM  3:00PM 10/5-10/6/2022
  Measuring and Benchmarking Energy Performance F  8:00AM 3:00PM 10/7/2022
  Efficient Lighting Fundamentals W  8:00AM 3:00PM 10/19/2022
  HVAC Control Fundamentals R  8:00AM 3:00PM 10/20/2022
   Indoor Environmental Quality F 8:00AM 3:00PM 10/21/2022
   Common Opportunities for Low-Cost Operational Improvement T 8:00AM 3:00PM 11/3/2022
   Operation and Maintenance Practices for Sustainable Buildings F 8:00AM 3:00PM 11/4/2022
 

BOC Operators Certificate Level 2 - Online

Building Operator Certification® (BOC) is the leading training and certification program for building engineers and maintenance personnel. Enhanced BOC Level II coursework prepares building operators to evaluate the operational performance of their buildings with a focus on improving energy efficiency. Operators learn how to collect and analyze building data in order to prepare a building walk-through plan to identify opportunities to improve performance. Optimizing HVAC control systems for energy efficiency is highlighted with an emphasis on equipment sequence of operation and functional testing. Students apply the data collection and analysis steps to their own building through a 5-part set of project assignments completed between class sessions. The course culminates with a Project Peer Exchange day, where students will make short presentations to classmates and the instructor on a scoping report for their building. Specific building information is REQUIRED in order to complete project assignments. Please see Level II Project Requirements FAQ for details. Prerequisite: BOC Level 1 Training. Upon successfully completing BOC Level II course, you will earn a BOC Training Certificate of Completion (TCOC) credential. All classes for this course will be offered through online instruction. The cost of this course is $1,895.00.

Class Schedule

Course # Course Title Day Begin Time End Time Dates
 CSA 451 (Summer) BOC Operators Certificate Level 2 W R F  8:00AM  3:00PM 6/1 - 7/15/22
  Building Scoping for Operational Improvements W R   8:00AM  3:00PM 6/1-6/2/2022
  Optimizing HVAC Controls for Energy Efficiency F  8:00AM 3:00PM 6/3/2022
  Introduction to Building Commissioning W  8:00AM 3:00PM 6/15/2022
  Water Efficiency for Building Operators R  8:00AM 3:00PM 6/16/2022
  Enhanced Automation and Demand Reduction F  8:00AM 3:00PM 6/17/2022
  Project Peer Exchange F  8:00AM 3:00PM 7/15/2022
 
Course # Course Title Day Begin Time End Time Dates
CSA 451 (FALL) BOC Operators Certificate Level 2 W R F  8:00AM  3:00PM 11/16-12/22/2022
  Building Scoping for Operational Improvements W R   8:00AM  3:00PM 11/16-11/17/2022
  Optimizing HVAC Controls for Energy Efficiency F  8:00AM 3:00PM 11/18/2022
  Introduction to Building Commissioning W  8:00AM 3:00PM 12/7/2022
  Water Efficiency for Building Operators R  8:00AM 3:00PM 12/8/2022
  Enhanced Automation and Demand Reduction F  8:00AM 3:00PM 12/9/2022
  Project Peer Exchange R  8:00AM 3:00PM 12/22/2022
 

Building Automation Systems Fundamentals - On Campus

This Roxbury Community College course provides an introduction to automatic control systems for building mechanical systems and equipment and HVAC control sequences and programming. Students will learn about ways to target possible inefficiencies in their Building systems and to evaluate potential problems as part of an enhanced operation and maintenance program. Students will also work with controllers and programming software to sequence different operations which maximizes energy efficiency in buildings. All classes for this course will be offered on campus. The cost of this prep course is $1,020.00.

Class Schedule

Course # Course Title Day Begin Time End Time Dates
 CSA 477 (Summer)  Building Automation Systems Fundamentals T 6:00PM 9:00PM  6/21 - 8/23/22
 CSA 477 (Fall)  Building Automation Systems Fundamentals T 6:00PM 9:00PM  9/6 - 11/8/22
 

Intro to Building Automation System Controllers - On Campus

This Roxbury Community College course provides an introduction to the controllers and their software used in Building Automation Systems. This is a hands on class, which utilizes open source software to control and sequence equipment typically used in facilities. Students acquire skills that can enhance their career options in facilities management and HVAC management. All classes for this course will be offered on campus. The cost of this prep course is $1,050.00.

Class Schedule

Course # Course Title Day Begin Time End Time Dates
 CSA 478 (Summer) Intro to Building Automation System Controllers T 6:00PM 9:00PM 6/21 - 8/2/22
 CSA 478 (Fall) Intro to Building Automation System Controllers T 6:00PM 9:00PM 9/6 - 10/18/22
 

BAS Control Devices and Applications 1 - On Campus

In BAS Control Devices & Applications I, you will learn about the major types of peripheral components found in BAS systems and how to properly select and apply them in the field. Topics include standard I/O wiring, temperature devices, humidity devices, pressure devices, flow devices, life & equipment safety devices, actuators & dampers, control valves, power supply devices, transducers, relays & contactors, motor controls, enclosures, and power monitoring devices. Prerequisite: CSA 478 - Intro to Building Automation Controllers. All classes for this course will be in person on site. The cost of this course is $1,020.00. To register, please complete our online application.

Class Schedule

Course # Course Title Day Begin Time End Time Dates
CSA 479 (Summer) BAS Control Devices and Applications 1 R F 6:00PM 9:00PM 7/28 - 8/26/22
CSA 479 (Fall) BAS Control Devices and Applications 1 W 6:00PM 9:00PM 9/7 - 11/9/22
 

BAS Networking - On Campus

This Roxbury Community College course provides skills needed to troubleshoot, configure and manage wired and wireless networks found in BAS systems. Students acquire skills that can enhance their career options in facilities management and HVAC management. All classes for this course will be offered on campus. The cost of this prep course is $1,020.00.

Class Schedule

Course # Course Title Day Begin Time End Time Dates
CSA 480 (Fall) BAS Networking T W 6:00PM 9:00PM 11/15 - 12/14/22
 

BAS Control Devices and Applications 2 - On Campus

In BAS Control Devices & Applications II, you will get advanced learning about the major types of peripheral components found in BAS systems and how to properly select and apply them in the field. Prerequisite: CSA 479 - Intro to Building Automation Controllers. Prerequisite: CSA 474 – BAS Control Devices and Applications I. All classes for this course will be in person on site. The cost of this course is $1,020.00. To register, please complete our online application.

Class Schedule

Course # Course Title Day Begin Time End Time Dates
 CSA 481 (Fall) BAS Control Devices and Applications 2 R F  6:00PM 9:00PM  9/15 - 10/14/22
      

Building Science Principles (BOOT CAMP) - On Campus

The Building Science Principles/Gpro certification Bootcamp provides a broad introductory background in Building Science Principles including Heat and Insulation, Air and Air Sealing, Moisture and Moisture Control, Mechanical Systems, and Energy Conservation Strategies. The class also prepares students to take the Building Science Principles Certification Exam, developed by the Building Performance Institute. Students acquire skills that can enhance their career options in smart building technology, facilities management and building energy management. BPI certifications are recognized nationwide for providing a common standard for professionals in the building performance industry and is recognized by states, municipalities, utilities, and contractors. All classes for this course will be offered on campus. The cost of this prep course is $1,020.00.

Class Schedule

Course # Course Title Day Begin Time End Time Dates
 CSA 329 (Summer) BPI Building Science Principles (BOOT CAMP) M-F 9:00AM 5:00PM 6/6 - 6/10/22
 CSA 329 (Fall) BPI Building Science Principles (BOOT CAMP) M-F 9:00AM 5:00PM 9/26 - 9/30/22
 CFA 329 (Fall) BPI Building Science Principles (BOOT CAMP) M-F 9:00AM 5:00PM 10/24 - 10/28/22
 

WELL (Certification Prep) - Online

The WELL Accredited Professional (WELL AP) credential denotes expertise in the WELL Building Standard™ (WELL™) and a commitment to advancing human health and wellness in buildings and communities. For more information, contact the Smart Building Technology Center, 3-338. All classes for this course will be offered through online instruction. The cost of this prep course is $272.00.

Class Schedule

Course # Course Title Day Begin Time End Time Dates
CSA 460 (Fall) WELL (Certification Prep) M 6:00PM 8:00PM 11/7 - 11/28/22
       

LEED v4 (Certification Prep) - Online

The LEED Green Associate is a foundational credential for professionals. The exam measures general knowledge of green building practices and how to support others working on LEED projects. For more information, contact the Smart Building Technology Center, 3-338. All classes for this course will be offered through online instruction. The cost of this prep course is $272.00.

Class Schedule

Course # Course Title Day Begin Time End Time Dates
CSA 468-E1 (Summer) LEED v4 (Certification Prep) M T 6:00PM 8:00PM 6/6 - 6/14/22
CSA 468-E2 (Summer) LEED v4 (Certification Prep) M 6:00PM 8:00PM 7/11 - 8/1/22
 

G|PRO Fundamentals of Building Green (Certification Prep) - Online

In GPRO Fundamentals of Building Green, you will learn how to see buildings differently and understand the strategies that make them efficient, healthy and resilient. GPRO Fundamentals is designed for a range of real estate, construction, architecture and engineering professionals. This entry level course is ideal for anyone who needs a better understanding of high-performance building including: • Sales or administrative staff who work in real estate, construction, architecture or engineering • Facilities and operations support staff • Workforce development providers • College students interested in entering the building and construction industry. All classes for this course will be offered through online instruction. The cost of this prep course is $238.00.

Class Schedule

Course # Course Title Day Begin Time End Time Dates
CSA 830 (Summer) G|PRO Fundamentals of Building Green (Certification Prep) W 6:00PM 8:00PM 6/1 - 6/22/22
CSA 830 (Fall) G|PRO Fundamentals of Building Green (Certification Prep) W 6:00PM 8:00PM 9/7 - 9/28/22
 

G|PRO Operations & Maintenance Essentials (Certification Prep) - Online

The GPRO Operations and Maintenance Essentials is ideal for property managers and building staff in multifamily residential and high-rise commercial buildings, including: building superintendents, operators, facility and property managers, operating engineers and stationary engineers. Topics covered include: • Fundamentals of Building Green • O&M in Green Buildings • Building Performance Metrics • Building Envelope • Water Use • Heating, Cooling & Hot Water • Indoor Air Quality • Lighting • Waste Reduction • Resilience • Commissioning Existing Buildings • Action Plan. For more information, contact the Smart Building Technology Center, 3-338. All classes for this course will be offered through online instruction. The cost of this prep course is $476.00.

Class Schedule

Course # Course Title Day Begin Time End Time Dates
CSA 831 (Summer) G|PRO Operations & Maintenance Essentials (Certification Prep) W R 6:00PM 8:00PM 6/29 - 8/10/22
CSA 831 (Fall) G|PRO Operations & Maintenance Essentials (Certification Prep) W 6:00PM 8:00PM 11/2 - 12/14/22
     

Best Practices for Facility O&M - Online

The required procedures for facility operation and maintenance in general and the HVAC system in particular have recently changed in response to the COVID-19 threat. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as several organizations that have jurisdiction over the O&M of buildings including ASHRAE, OSHA and BOMA have developed various related guidelines. This course will review the pertinent sections of these guidelines including topics such as the procedures for O&M during shutdown and how to prepare for reopening as well as HVAC operation modifications required for ongoing mitigation of virus spread including outside air requirements, filtration requirements, and maintenance procedures. The course will include several break-out sessions to allow participants to share their experiences with each other and to develop mitigation strategies tailored to the particular equipment and operations of their facility. All classes for this course will be offered through online instruction. The cost of this course is $272.00.

Class Schedule

Course # Course Title Day Begin Time End Time Dates
CSA 833 (Summer) Best Practices for Facility O&M F 8:00AM 4:00PM 6/3/22
CSA 833 (Fall) Best Practices for Facility O&M R 8:00AM 4:00PM 12/2/22
 

FAA Remote UAS Drone Pilot License - On Campus

Gain the knowledge and skills to operate a remote-controlled drone and to prepare for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Aeronautical Knowledge Test to earn an FAA Airman Certificate. This certificate is necessary to apply for and obtain the Remote Pilot Certificate for commercial or business drone use. Drones are very useful in Facility Management. Current Remote Pilot Certification holders can also benefit from the program to brush up on their knowledge for re-certification. All classes for this course will be offered on campus. The cost of this prep course is $272.00.

Course # Course Title Day Begin Time End Time Dates
CSA 835-01 (Fall) FAA Remote UAS Drone Pilot License F 8:00AM 4:00PM 9/9/22
CSA 835-02 (Fall) FAA Remote UAS Drone Pilot License F 8:00AM 4:00PM 10/21/22
      

Passive House Training (Certification Prep) - Online

The Passive House Certified Builders Training provides construction professionals for PHIUS Certified Builder Certification. Students learn about superinsulation, air-tight envelopes, energy recovery ventilation, high-performance window installation, and sourcing components. Passive building comprises a set of design principles used to attain a quantifiable and rigorous level of energy efficiency within a specific quantifiable comfort level. The PHIUS Certified Builder designation is a recognized nationwide certification. All classes for this course will be offered through online instruction. The cost of this prep course is $750.00.

Course # Course Title Day Begin Time End Time Dates
CSA 475 (Fall) Passive House High Performance Principles and Methods M-F 6:00PM 8:00PM 11/14 - 11/18/22
 

HERS Training Component (Certification Prep) - Online

A home energy rating involves an analysis of a home’s construction plans and onsite inspections. Based on the home’s plans, the Home Energy Rater uses an energy efficiency software package to perform an energy analysis of the home’s design. This analysis yields a projected, pre-construction HERS Index. Upon completion of the plan review, the rater will work with the builder to identify the energy efficiency improvements needed to ensure the house will meet ENERGY STAR performance guidelines. For more information, contact the Smart Building Technology Center, 3-338. All classes for this course will be offered through online instruction. The cost of this prep course is $1,899.00.

Class Schedule

Course # Course Title Day Begin Time End Time Dates
CSA 476 (Fall) HERS Training Component (Certification Prep) MTWRF  8:00AM 4:00PM 12/5 - 12/9/22
 

How do I get started?

To learn more about SBT Center programs, fill out inquiry form below. You can also contact Executive Director Frank Mruk FAIA, LEED AP at 857-701-1564 or fMruk@rcc.mass.edu for more information.