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Building Systems Technician

Certificate

Program Overview

There’s a lot of technology at work in today’s commercial and institutional buildings, from energy efficient boilers to complex HVAC systems (heating, ventilation, air conditioning). Building systems require regular, skilled maintenance—mechanical and technical. That’s why building systems technicians are always in demand. It’s a job that requires good problem-solving skills and the ability to work independently or as part of a team.

Building Systems Technician is a one-year certificate program offered at Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Regina campus. You’ll receive comprehensive training in maintaining, operating and repairing electrical, ventilation, refrigeration and water treatment systems.

Most courses include practical activities to develop your troubleshooting skills. You’ll also get hands-on experience with a boiler during a work experience in your second term. It’s a great way to use what you’ve learned in class and labs in a real-world setting. It’s also a way to develop contacts for possible future employment.

Certification Opportunities

Industry certifications are important to your career mobility and earning power. So, in addition to developing your knowledge and skills, Saskatchewan Polytechnic helps you prepare for industry certification exams. You’ll have an opportunity to write the Boiler and Pressure Vessel Safety exam at the:

  • Fireman’s Level
  • Refrigeration Operator Level
  • Refrigeration Engineer Level

Your two-week work experience also qualifies you to write the Boiler and Pressure Safety exam at the Fifth Class Power Engineer Level.

Personal study is recommended before you write any industry certification exam.

Career and Salary Information

Your Career

SIAST’s Building Systems Technician certificate combined with industry certifications will open a lot of different doors. Graduates are working in building systems maintenance and operation in medium to large buildings (apartment blocks, hotels, malls, schools, health facilities, etc.). You could work in boiler and refrigeration plants, perform maintenance crew work or take charge of a building. Potential employers include building owners, property management companies and government agencies.

Potential Careers

Sample Job TitleNOC Classification1Earning Potential2
Maintenance ManagerFacility Operation and Maintenance Managers (721)$39,400 - $101,400
Property AdministratorProperty Administrators (1224)$27,700 - $90,100
Heating and Air Conditioning MechanicRefrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanics (7313)$34,300 - $83,200

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s): September

Length: 36 weeks

Locations

  • Regina

Admissions

Admission Requirements

  • Grade 12 with a minimum of 60% in Workplace and Apprenticeship Math 30 or 60% in Foundations of Math 20 or 60% in Pre-Calculus 20*
  • English Language Requirement

Note

Although First Aid and CPR are not admission or graduation requirements, many employers will require them prior to commencing your work experience; therefore, you are encouraged to obtain this certification prior to program commencement or as soon as possible after program commencement.


*Previous Saskatchewan mathematics requirement also accepted:

  • Math A30

Special Admission

Applicants who do not possess the academic qualifications for a program may be admitted if evidence of probable success can be established through a special admission assessment. Interested individuals should still apply. Applicants are automatically considered for special admission. However, some specific admission requirements may still need to be met. Refer to the ACCUPLACER© cut scores for this program below, and review additional details concerning Special Admission.

ACCUPLACER©

  • 75 Arithmetic
  • 60 Elementary Algebra
  • 75 Reading
  • 75 Sentence

Admission Method

First Qualified/First Admitted

The First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA) process is used for the majority of Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs. When we determine that you meet the program's admission requirements, you will be offered admission based on the date you fully qualify for the program. The earlier you provide the appropriate documents and information that qualify you for admission to the next intake, the earlier you might begin your studies. Your application, once qualified, is always considered for the next intake. 

Applicants to programs with multiple intakes in an academic year remain in the application pool until the last intake for that academic year has begun. Programs using the FQFA process receive applications year round and maintain an application pool for each academic year. Qualified applicants who are not offered a seat must reapply for the next academic year. 

Sponsored programs or programs targeted to specific groups do not accept applications year round or maintain an application pool.

See Admission Processes for more information about this method of admission.

Tuition and Fees

Estimates are based on current rates and are subject to change. Amounts for a program may vary by campus. Totals shown here include all mandatory fees as well as books and supplies. For a complete breakdown of tuition and fees for this program, click here to access the Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus Tuition and Fee Schedules.

 

$7,400

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Courses

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Semester 1

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
BLDG 103
Building Envelope
2
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You will examine the construction of different building types. You will learn sealing and insulating techniques and how to repair the interior and exterior (including windows, doors and roofs).
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 25.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
BLDG 106
Groundskeeping
1
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You will study different types of groundskeeping (including above-ground and underground sprinkler systems, landscaping and associated small equipment).
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 12.0
Prerequisites(s): SFTY 172(concurrent)
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
DRFT 103
Basic Mechanical Drafting
2
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You will learn the basic fundamentals used in the interpreting and sketching of technical drawings.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Equivalent Course(s): GRPH 181
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
ELEC 188
Basic Electricity 1
3
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You will be introduced to the basics of DC and AC circuits and machines. You will use electrical metering devices, perform electrical calculations and describe the operation of transformers and electrical distribution systems.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Corequisites(s):
Equivalent Course(s): ELEC 288, PHYS 224
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
ENGP 103
Legislation and Codes
1
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You will review the various provincial, Canadian and American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) legislation and codes related to the construction and operation of boilers, pressure vessels and refrigeration plants.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Prior Learning
ENGP 180
Power Lab 1
4
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You will learn the major components of a steam plant and participate in the start-up of the equipment which is similar to that used in industry. You will also perform water testing and chemical treatment.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Equivalent Course(s): PROP 182
Potential Learning Method(s): Lab/Practical, Prior Learning
ENGP 181
Plant Maintenance 1
4
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You will learn about and practice the various types of maintenance required to keep plant equipment functioning in a safe workplace.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
MATH 116
Mathematics
2
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You will review the fundamentals of mathematics, algebra and trigonometry. Topics include fractions, decimals, percents, equations, ratio and proportion, metric, areas, volumes and basic trigonometry.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 32.0
Equivalent Course(s): MAT 120, MAT 122
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Prior Learning
RFRG 103
Refrigeration Systems 2
3
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You will develop skills used to troubleshoot and repair different types of refrigeration systems used in buildings (such as ice machines, water coolers, refrigerators, walk-in coolers and/or freezers).
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 50.0
Prerequisites(s): ELEC 188(concurrent), SFTY 172(concurrent)
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
RFRG 195
Refrigeration Systems
3
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You will be introduced to the principles of refrigeration used in power plants including operation and maintenance procedures.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): THER 182
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
SEM 101
Technology Seminars
1
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You will receive an orientation to your program and learn where and how the technician/technologist fits into the workplace and society. You will become familiar with the role of technicians/technologists in society, study and time management skills, increasing diversity in the workplace, principles of sustainability, the impact of technology on society and workplace safety requirements.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Equivalent Course(s): ENGM 181, ETHC 183, ORTN 120, SEM 104
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Prior Learning
SFTY 172
Safety
3
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You will receive general safety information related to power engineering. You will study the basic principles dealing with personal safety equipment, fire safety and WHMIS. You will learn about environmental pollutants and their methods of control. An overview of the Transportation of Dangerous Goods legislation will be discussed. Communication as it pertains to health and safety will be studied. A review of some of the occupational health hazards in industry and methods of prevention of incidents will be undertaken.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Prior Learning
THER 182
Thermodynamics 1
2
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You will receive an introduction to the field of thermodynamics. You will learn the quantities, units and principles involved in elementary thermodynamics.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Equivalent Course(s): PHYS 224
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Prior Learning
WTER 100
Water Treatment 1
1
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The course will introduce you to some of the basic methods utilized in power plants to prepare and maintain the water used in steam generation.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning

Semester 2

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
BLDG 100
Auxiliary Power Systems
1
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You will learn how an uninterrupted power supply system works and how to manage emergency power systems (including a backup generator unit, emergency lighting systems and battery systems).
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Prerequisites(s): ELEC 188(concurrent), SFTY 172(concurrent)
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
BLDG 101
Building Administration
2
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You will examine the roles of various trades that work collaboratively within a building. You will be made aware of working liability and due diligence. You will complete an elevator visual and operational check and evacuation. You will also explain how to prepare a preventative maintenance checklist.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): COMP 172(concurrent), ELEC 135(concurrent)
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
BLDG 107
Hydronic Heating
3
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You will learn how to safely operate, maintain and service hydronic boilers, pumps, heating units and control systems.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 40.0
Prerequisites(s): PLMB 101(concurrent)
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
BLDG 109
Building Computer Operations
4
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Your studies will focus on building control systems in medium-to-large sized buildings. You will learn how to manage central control systems. You will gain an understanding of and be able to operate the basic control systems in your particular building including programmable controllers, direct digital control systems and computer-operated building equipment.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 55.0
Prerequisites(s): COMP 172(concurrent)
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
BLDG 110
Ventilation Systems
2
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You will study the principles of air-handling systems in buildings. You will learn the auxiliary systems needed to operate an air-handling system (including pneumatic controls, fans, blowers and filters). You will also learn how to service air compressors, pneumatic controls, fans, blowers, filters and rooftop units.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 35.0
Prerequisites(s): RFRG 183(concurrent)
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
CHEM 100
Chemistry
2
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You will receive a general overview of the fundamental principles in the structure, formation and interaction of chemical compounds and the importance of chemistry in industrial operations.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
COMP 172
Introduction to Microsoft Word and Excel
1
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You will learn the purpose and uses of a word processor and electronic spreadsheet. You will develop the basic skills of creating, editing and formatting documents and spreadsheets.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Equivalent Course(s): COAP 120, COAP 172, COAP 381, COMP 120
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Print Distance Group, Prior Learning
ELEC 135
Electrical Systems
3
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You will learn troubleshooting techniques and how to apply them in building systems equipment. You will learn how to calculate power factor correction as it applies to buildings. Your studies will also include variable frequency drives.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): ELEC 188, SFTY 172
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
ENGP 104
Advanced Power Lab
3
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Building on the skills you developed in ENGP 180 (Power Lab 1), you will operate boilers, pumps and take water tests in a functioning lab. The lab will allow you to bring all of your previously learned theory and skills together in order to validate your knowledge and operating skills.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 50.0
Prerequisites(s): ENGP 180
Potential Learning Method(s): Lab/Practical, Prior Learning
ENGP 178
Heating Systems
3
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You will be introduced to heating boiler terminology, design, operation and government regulations. You will learn about various heating systems and the importance of building ventilation. You will also study auxiliary building systems.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
ENGP 179
Applied Mechanics 1
2
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You will receive an introduction to the field of mechanics. You will learn the quantities, units and principles involved in statics and dynamics.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Prior Learning
ENGP 188
Plant Maintenance 2
4
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You will practice your plant maintenance skills by performing tasks such as shaft alignment and boiler cleaning, maintenance and repair as well as studying the construction of piping systems.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): ENGP 181
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
PLMB 101
Plumbing Systems
2
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You will study plumbing systems in larger buildings. You will learn water supply and waste-water handling. You will also learn how to test and service plumbing fixtures.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): ENGP 181(concurrent)
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
RFRG 183
Air Conditioning
2
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You will receive the information needed to operate and maintain a building's air conditioning system.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Equivalent Course(s): AIR 288
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Prior Learning
TCOM 105
Communications for Technicians
2
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You will learn and practice written, oral and interpersonal communication for the workplace. You will apply these skills as team members and in short presentations. You will also develop effective job search strategies.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Equivalent Course(s): COMM 127, TCOM 102
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
WORK 108
Work Experience
0
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You will have an opportunity to observe and participate in the operation of a boiler in the workplace. This experience will help you relate the theory you learned to an operational plant. It will also help you develop contacts for possible future employment.
Credit Units: 0
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): SEM 101(concurrent)
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Work Experience - Group, Work Experience -Individual

PLAR & Transfer Credit

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways and through many different means. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training. A detailed Candidate Guide, which includes a self-audit for all PLAR-ready courses, has been developed for this program. This information guides a candidate through all steps in the PLAR process.


Transfer Credit

Many Saskatchewan Polytechnic students benefit from transferring credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit from or to another college or university. To learn more, visit our transfer credit web page.

 

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