The Advanced Certificate in Building Controls & Energy Management (BCEM) program was developed in partnership with industry to meet the growing need for individuals with both energy management and building controls expertise.
The aim of this program is to supply industry with graduates who can use controls and building automation systems to improve energy efficiency. This includes integration of this knowledge in all phases of a building’s life: sustainable design, construction, commissioning, and ongoing operation.
Owing to the dynamic nature of the building automation control and energy management fields, people working in these fields come from many different backgrounds. Individuals often specialize in one field or the other, but not both. This industry is now growing as more high performance buildings are being constructed. An additional driver is the advent of “connected” buildings, with data from formerly isolated systems being integrated and sent to the internet cloud for third party analysis and diagnostics, lending an information technology flavour to both aspects.
The target audience for this program are designers, builders, operators, commissioners, and energy managers of buildings with an interest in sustainability. Each will come into the program with a different skillset. This program will provide each sector segment with the same language and knowledge in order to improve energy efficiency of buildings through use of effective controls systems.
The BCEM program is an online part-time studies program that will provide graduates with the skills and knowledge of sustainable energy management and building controls system principles, approaches, techniques, and tools, so that they will be able to function quickly and effectively in the building controls and efficiency sector.
The program uses live, web-based lectures and self-guided learning as the primary method to develop the knowledge and applied skills of the learners. Learning methodologies will also include case studies, project work, group collaboration, and student presentations.
There is a strong demand in industry for people with the skills that the Advanced Certificate in Building Controls & Energy Management will develop. Many industry partners have stated that their company has difficulty finding people with both building controls and energy management skills. Industry believes that there is demand for graduates with the BCEM credential’s profile.
Current job titles of people typically working in this emerging field that could benefit from this program are:
- Engineers, P.Eng. (Mechanical, Control Systems Designer)
- Power Engineers (Control Technicians, Facility Managers)
- Controls Contractors
- Energy Managers
- Facility Operators
- Energy Modellers
- Analytics Specialists
- Systems Integrator (Manager of Integration, System Integration Operator)
- Commissioning Agents
- Building Operators
- Sustainability Managers
- Engineering Technologists
- Vendors or suppliers of automation equipment
To date, there is no job title that reflects the uniqueness of this emerging field. Potential employment areas for graduates of this program are:
- Engineering Design Firms
- Engineering Commissioning Firms
- Energy Management Jobs
- Facilities Management and Operations Companies
- Construction Companies
- Real Estate and Property Management Companies
- Controls Companies
The primary reasons for students to pursue a credential in this field are to stay up-to-date in an emerging field, to advance their career, and to make a shift into a new specialization of career.
Sustainable Energy Management, Building Controls & Energy Management
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