Building Operator Training: Course Outline and Eligibility

What It Covers

Designed by operations & maintenance (O&M) training experts, the curriculum covers:

Graduates of the Columbia University cohort of Building Operator Training.
  1. Ventilation and IAQ
  2. Heating System: Boiler-Burner, and DHW
  3. Heating System: Burners and Controls
  4. Heating System: Distribution (Steam)
  5. Heating System: Distribution (Hydronic)
  6. Health, Safety and Resilience
  7. Electric System and Safety
  8. Water Conservation and Lighting, Appliances & Efficiency
  9. Building Management and Communications
Benefits of Training

Even with the best equipment, optimal energy efficiency is not guaranteed without proper training for building staff. The course upgrades the skills of building staff so they can run a better building. Possible benefits of this training include:

  • Reduced building energy costs (estimated 5-20% reduction),
  • Extended lifespan of building equipment,
  • Fewer calls to outside service providers and better management of contracted services,
  • A more comfortable building for tenants, and
  • Better safety, compliance and emergency management protocols
Who Is Eligible

All individuals that manage, operate, and/or have hands-on access to building equipment and systems of small to mid-size multifamily buildings (5-50 apartment units or between 5,000 to 50,000 gross sq ft), including:

  • Maintenance staff
  • Property managers
  • Handymen/women
  • Superintendents
  • Operators
  • Owners
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