Logo: The Northwest Water and Energy Education Institute at Lane Community College
Logo: The Northwest Water and Energy Education Institute at Lane Community College

Education & Training for Energy & Water Professionals

Education & Training for Energy & Water Professionals

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Building Operators Certification - Level I

To receive the Level I certificate, participants must attend eight Level-One classes (74 hours), and complete class exams and project assignments at your facility. These hours reflect in-class time as well as project time. The first class is a two-day class. 

Certificate Cost: The BOC registration fee of $1,895 includes the full course series of Level I or Level II, a set of course workbooks, project assignments, and certificate materials. Fees must be paid in full before classes begin.  BOC Certification Exam Fee $285

Call Roger (541-463-6160) for information. 

Course Descriptions:

BOC 1001 - Energy Efficient Operation of Building HVAC Systems (2 Day)

Provides an overview of the Building Operator Certification program and the fundamentals of building systems. Focuses on the operation and maintenance of envelope, central heating, cooling, air, and ventilating systems in buildings. Emphasis is placed on group problem-solving and exercises with respect to preventative maintenance. Two days.
PROJECT: Facility and Equipment Floor Plan

BOC 1002 - Measuring and Benchmarking Energy Performance

Operators learn how energy is used in commercial buildings and how to identify and prioritize conservation opportunities. Includes basic principles of energy accounting, evaluation of fuel options, operation and maintenance strategies to improve efficiency, and energy management planning techniques. Participants will learn how to perform quantifiable evaluations of their facilities' energy use in order to be able to target prospects for energy conservation. One day.
PROJECT: Energy Benchmark for Facility

BOC 1003 - Efficient Lighting Fundamentals

Covers lighting fundamentals and types of lighting for economical and energy-efficient lighting systems. Participants learn principles of efficient lighting including evaluation of lighting levels, quality, and maintenance. Other topics include lighting fixture and control technologies, common upgrades, retrofit, and redesign options, and management strategies as they apply to space use and function. One day. PROJECT: Lighting Survey

BOC 1004 - HVAC Controls Fundamentals

Provides an introduction to automatic control systems and equipment, particularly for central air systems. Participants will learn to target possible inefficiencies in their HVAC systems and to evaluate potential problems as part of an enhanced operation and maintenance program. One day.
PROJECT: HVAC System Operational Review

BOC 1005 - Indoor Environmental Quality

Introduces the basic causes of indoor environmental quality problems and begins to develop a method of diagnosis and solution. Students will gain an understanding of the dynamic components of indoor environmental quality in relation to source control, occupant sensitivity, and ventilation. Emphasis will be placed on communications with building occupants for reliable investigations without aggravating existing issues. One day.

BOC 1006 - Common Opportunities for Low-Cost Operational Improvement

This class introduces common opportunities that offer the greatest energy-saving potential. This module examines typical areas and problems associated with different systems types and equipment as well as tools and techniques for identifying opportunities. One day.

BOC 1008 - O & M for Sustainable Buildings

Participants will learn O & M best practices for green or high-performance buildings including exterior site issues, water efficiency, cleaning products, material and supply purchasing, energy and indoor environmental quality to improve the performance of both existing buildings and newly designed green buildings. One day.

Building Operators Certification - Level II

To receive the Level II certificate, participants must attend four core classes and two elective classes, complete class exams, and assigned projects, for a total of 61 hours. These hours reflect in-class time as well as project time. 

Certificate Cost: The BOC registration fee of $1,895 includes the full course series of Level I or Level II, a set of course workbooks, project assignments, and certificate materials. Call NWEEI/Roger Ebbage (1-541-463-6160) for information.

Course Descriptions

BOC 201 - Preventive Maintenance & Operations (CORE)

Covers the step-by-step process for starting and operating a preventive maintenance program that produces energy savings and equipment reliability. The primary focus is using the system that is set up to manage and implement preventive maintenance. A system review will be conducted from the work orders that are generated to the tools that maintenance staff select. Specific maintenance and operational issues are addressed in detail in 202 and 203 for electrical and HVAC. Emphasis on effective troubleshooting methods for problem identification, testing procedures, problem-solving and operational analysis. Included are the developing of troubleshooting service records. One day.

BOC 202 - Advanced Electrical Diagnostics (CORE)

Students will learn to locate and repair electrical opens, shorts, overloads, and high resistance. The use of digital electric meters is taught along with maintenance and operational procedures to prevent electrical problems and evaluate power quality issues for the facility. One day.

BOC 203 - HVAC Troubleshooting & Maintenance (CORE)

Learn to troubleshoot and improve the efficiencies of the primary heating, cooling, and ventilation systems of commercial buildings. This intensive two-day class will focus on system performance evaluation and efficiency optimization of central boiler and chiller systems, vapor-compression cycles of AC and heat pump systems, and of distribution and ventilation systems. Two days.

BOC 204 - HVAC Controls & Optimization (CORE)

Learn energy-efficient operation, maintenance, and service of HVAC controls and related devices for central air systems commonly found in commercial buildings. The course will cover control principles, components, computerized controls, and calibrating the controlled subs-systems. One day.

BOC 210 - Advanced Indoor Air Quality

Learn to use the EPA recommended procedures for preventing and troubleshooting Indoor Air Quality problems for equipment and building operations. Sampling and troubleshooting will emphasize prevention and evaluation. Special emphasis will be placed on the evaluation of mitigation approaches. One day.

BOC 211 - Motors in Facilities

Learn to evaluate motor load profiles, operations, and maintenance needs. Students will learn to analyze motor maintenance and repair cycles and to prioritize the repair vs. replacement decisions for motor failures. One day.

BOC 214 - Introduction to Building Commissioning

Introduces the building commissioning process for new and existing buildings with an emphasis on existing building commissioning and the building operator's role. Topics include an overview of commissioning types, the elements of a successful project, working with a commissioning service provider, and the building operator's role in a commissioning project. One day


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