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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 $2,095 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 This is separate and not done through LCC. 

Call Roger (541-556-7724) 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 2004 Water Efficiency for Building Operators

Participants will identify water savings measures in their building through detection and repair of leaks, operational changes, and low-cost equipment improvements. The class will start with an examination of water/sewer bills for savings opportunities. Other subjects will include deduct meters, leaks, faucets, showerheads, toilets, urinals, cooling towers, garbage disposals, and landscapes. 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 $2,095 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 (541-556-7724) for information.

Course Descriptions

BOC 2001 - Building Scoping for Operational improvements (CORE)

In this two-day class, participants will learn about the Building Operator Certification Level II training program and the requirements for earning the Level II Certificate. Participants will also learn how to gather building data and create a building walkthrough plan to find opportunities for improving their building’s efficiency and operational performance. Topics include the characteristics of high-performance buildings, data gathering tools such as a building operations map and occupant interview guide, four common opportunities for operational improvement, and the steps for completing a building walkthrough. Class is two days scheduled a week apart.

BOC 2002 - Optimizing HVAC Controls for Energy Efficiency (CORE)

In this one-day class, participants will learn about strategies for controlling the operation of HVAC systems to improve building comfort and energy efficiency. Topics include optimization strategies, reviewing and writing sequences of operation (SoO) for HVAC system components, procedures for functionally testing the control system, and future trends in building controls. A combination of lectures, class discussions and small group activities will prepare operators to write an SoO for an HVAC system in their building and to develop a procedure for testing the control system. One day

BOC 2003 - Introduction to Building Commissioning (CORE)

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. At the completion of this class, students will understand the range of commissioning; when, where, and what type of commissioning may be appropriate for their building or project; how building operators can reduce commissioning costs through active participation in the process; establish a list of expected work products (deliverables) from a third-party commissioning service provider, and access the available resources. One day.

BOC 2010 Preventative Maintenance & Troubleshooting Principles

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 selected by maintenance staff. Emphasis on effective troubleshooting methods for problem identification, testing procedures, problem-solving and operational analysis. Included are the procedures for developing troubleshooting service records. One day.

BOC 2014 Enhanced Automation and Demand Reduction

This class introduces technologies to help building personnel better manage their energy use, reduce electrical demand, and maintain or even improve the comfort of building occupants. Topics covered include how to screen buildings to assess enhanced automation (EA) potential, lighting and HVAC technologies and control strategies, energy management and information systems, as well as EA implementation strategies. Upon completion, students will understand the complexities of enhanced automation and the role of the building operator in making EA really work in facilities. One day.


BOC 2005 - Project Peer Exchange: Present your Final Report (CORE)

Present your final report In this half-day class, students will make short presentations to classmates and the instructor on a scoping report for their building. The report documents building operating conditions and provides a set of recommendations for improving performance with a focus on energy efficiency. Presentations offer students the opportunity to practice communication skills and to share feedback with their peers. Following presentations, the class will wrap up with a discussion of effective strategies for presenting their reports to management and winning support for their recommendations. Students attending this class will understand how to prepare and deliver an informative and coherent presentation on their building’s performance.



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