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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 fill out the registration form and email it to enrollment.management@rcc.mass.edu.  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.

Building Operator Training (LEVEL 1 Certification Prep) - OnlineBOC green and white logo small

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). The next BOC Prep course begins on January 27, 2021. All classes for this course will be offered through online instruction. The cost of this prep course is $1,895.00.

Class Schedule

Course # Course Title Day Begin Time End Time Start Date
CSA 322* Energy Efficient Operation of Building HVAC Systems T W 8:00AM 3:00PM 2/23 - 2/24/2021
  Measuring and Benchmarking Energy Performance  R 8:00AM 3:00PM 2/25/2021
  Efficient Lighting Fundamentals  W 8:00AM 3:00PM 3/10/2021
  HVAC Control Fundamentals  R 8:00AM 3:00PM 3/11/2021
  Indoor Environmental Quality  F 8:00AM 3:00PM 3/12/2021
  Common Opportunities for Low-Cost Operational Improvement  R 8:00AM 3:00PM 4/1/2021
  Operation and Maintenance Practices for Sustainable Buildings  F 8:00AM 3:00PM 4/2/2021

Note: Students will register for one course: CSA 322. The class schedule above will be included in that one course.

Building Operator Training (LEVEL 2: Equipment Troubleshooting and Maintenance) – Online

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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 prep course is $1,895.00.

Class Schedule

Course # Course Title Day Begin Time End Time Start Date
CSA 451* Building Scoping for Operational Improvements W 8:00AM 3:00PM 3/24/2021
  Optimizing HVAC Controls for Energy Efficiency R 8:00AM 3:00PM 3/25/2021
  Preventive Maintenance & Troubleshooting F 8:00AM 3:00PM 3/26/2021
  Advanced Electrical System Diagnostics W 8:00AM 3:00PM 4/14/2021
  HVAC Trouble Shooting and Maintenance R 8:00AM 3:00PM 4/15/2021
  HVAC Controls and Optimization F 8:00AM 3:00PM 4/16/2021
  Introduction to Building Commissioning W 8:00AM 3:00PM 5/12/2021
  Enhanced Automation and Demand Reduction R 8:00AM 3:00PM 5/13/2021

Note: Students will register for one course: CSA 322. The class schedule above will be included in that one course.

Building Science Principles (Certificate) – Online

The Building Science Principles certification prep 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 with COVID-19 spacing precautions and a class size of 10. The cost of this prep course is $204.00. 

Class Schedule

Course # Course Title Day Begin Time End Time Start Date
CSA 329 BPI Building Science Principles R F 6:00PM 9:00PM 6/17 – 6/18

G|PRO Fundamentals of Building Green - 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 Start Date
CSA 830 01 G|PRO Fundamentals of Building Green W 8:00AM 3:00PM 3/17

G|PRO Operations & Maintenance Essentials (Certificate) - 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 Start Date
CSA 831 01 G|PRO Operations & Maintenance Essentials R F 8:00AM 3:00PM 3/18 – 3/19

Building Automation Systems Fundamentals – Online

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 through online instruction. The cost of this prep course is $1,020.00. 

Class Schedule

Course # Course Title Day Begin Time End Time Start Date
CSA 477 Building Automation Systems Fundamentals  T 6:00PM 9:00PM 3/23 – 4/25

Intro to Building Automation 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 compressed 3 day, 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 with COVID-19 spacing precautions and a class size of 9. The cost of this prep course is $1,050.00. 

Class Schedule

Course # Course Title Day Begin Time End Time Start Date
CSA 478 Intro to Building Automation System Controllers W R F 8:00AM 3:00PM 5/5 – 5/7

Best Practices for Facility O&M Related to COVID-19-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 Start Date
CSA 833 Best Practices for Facility O&M Related to COVID-19 F 8:00AM 3:00PM 2/26

BAS Control Devices & Applications 

In BAS Control Devices & Applications, 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. Eight classes for this course will be offered through online instruction, two will be in person on site. The cost of this course is $1,020.00. Please fill out an enrollment form and send the form to enrollment.management@rcc.mass.edu to register. 

Class Schedule

Course # Course Title Day Begin Time End Time Start Date
CSA 479 BAS Control Devices & Applications W 6:00PM 9:00PM 2/24 - 4/28/2021

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.