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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: 40 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.

 

$8,000

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Courses

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Semester 1

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
CODE 102
Legislation and Codes
2
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You will study professionalism in the workplace as outlined in provincial regulations and codes. As well, you will apply various provincial regulations and codes to boilers and pressure vessels.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online
ELEC 149
Basic Electricity
3
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You will be introduced to the basic concepts of direct current (DC) and alternating current (AC) circuits and machines. You will use multi-meters, perform electrical calculations and apply transformer principles. You will study electrical distribution systems in relation to building lighting.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): SAFE 104(concurrent)
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online
HDRO 100
Hydronic Heating
2
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You will study safety issues and components of hydronic boilers, pumps and heating units. You operate hydronic heating systems.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): SAFE 104(concurrent)
Corequisites(s): SAFE 104
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
HEAT 100
Heating Systems
3
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You will be introduced to steam, electric and infrared heating terminology, systems and equipment. You will also study fuel cut-offs, feed water chemical control as well as heating boiler controls.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
MAIN 109
Plant Maintenance 1
4
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You will work with basic tools and fasteners while maintaining a safe workplace. Your studies will include discussing boiler fittings, piping and valves as well as welding terms and inspections. You will practice skills used in plant maintenance.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): SAFE 104(concurrent)
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
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: 30.0
Equivalent Course(s): MAT 120, MAT 122
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
RFRG 104
Refrigeration Systems 1
3
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You will be introduced to principles and theories related to refrigeration systems. You will discuss refrigerants as well as refrigeration components and equipment. You will apply your skills by participating in startup and chiller operations.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): THER 182(concurrent)
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
SAFE 104
Safety
3
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You will study concepts and trends related to personal and building safety. You will discuss environmental impacts of building operations.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online
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, Online, Prior Learning
WTER 100
Water Treatment 1
1
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You will be introduced to basic methods utilized in power plants to prepare and maintain water used in steam generation. You will practice your skills by operating a low pressure power plant.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning

Semester 2

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
AIR 104
Air Conditioning
3
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You will study heating system components and equipment. You will also discuss ventilation and humidification.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): RFRG 104, SAFE 104
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
BLDG 111
Building Envelope
3
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You will be introduced to construction characteristics and maintenance requirements of various types of buildings. You will learn how sealing and insulating techniques impact energy consumption and conservation. You will study various types of landscaping techniques.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): ELEC 149, HEAT 100, SAFE 104
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
ELEC 159
Electrical Systems
4
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You will be introduced to electrical troubleshooting techniques and how to apply them to building systems equipment. You will learn how an uninterrupted power supply system operates and how to manage auxiliary power and lighting systems. Your studies will also include variable frequency drives.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): ELEC 149, SAFE 104
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
ENGP 105
Power Lab 1
3
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You will practice workplace safety. You will operate steam plant systems. You will use boiler controls and test interlocks. You will also practice water testing procedures.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): HEAT 100, SAFE 104
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
ENGP 106
Power Lab 2
2
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You will practice workplace safety. You will perform boiler inspection and maintenance in accordance to provincial codes and regulations. You will interpret combustion and draft data.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): ENGP 105(concurrent)
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
MAIN 110
Plant Maintenance 2
4
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You will study various types of air compressors and pumps. You will practice your operations and maintenance skills by using lubrication equipment. As well, you will practice skills used in plant maintenance.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): ENGP 105(concurrent)
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
PLMB 105
Plumbing Systems
2
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You will study basic plumbing systems in larger buildings. You will learn water supply and wastewater handling. You will also service plumbing fixtures.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): MAIN 109, SAFE 104
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
RFRG 103
Refrigeration Systems 2
4
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You will practice workplace safety. You will troubleshoot and maintain refrigeration systems.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): ELEC 149, SAFE 104
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning

Semester 3

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
BLDG 112
Building Automation Systems
4
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You will be introduced to building control systems in medium to large size buildings and study various types of controllers. You will learn how to manage central control systems as well as practice operating basic control systems.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): HEAT 100, SAFE 104
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
PRNT 105
Blueprint Reading
1
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You will study building blueprints. You will identify various symbols, and print types. Finally, you will maintain and store blueprints.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lab/Practical, Online
PROJ 287
Project Management
2
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You will be introduced to project management. You will examine the basic theory of project planning and control, from project initiation to project close out. You will apply research techniques and various tools to practice project management theory in a variety of projects. You will practice skills using project management software.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Equivalent Course(s): MGMT 222
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, 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, TCOM 105CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, 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): Online, 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 Sask Polytech students benefit from transferring course credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit from or to another college or university. Learn more about Transfer Credit.

Student Awards

Thanks to the generosity of donors and alumni, Saskatchewan Polytechnic gives away more than $2 million in student awards during the academic year.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic offers student awards for every certificate and diploma program at every campus. You don't have to be a brainiac to receive a student award. Not all student awards are based on marks - some are based on financial need or things like community or volunteer involvement.

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