Fall 2023 Educational Classes

Energy Management (SMT) 

Start Date: Wednesdays, January 25th – March 8th * 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM 
Cost: $872/member rate - $972/non-member rate 
Location: Town Square Tower, 445 Minnesota Street, Conf Center off of Lobby Skyway 

Energy Management and Controls includes a number of key concepts and discussions that teach fundamental maintenance and energy management control aspects that will enable you to run your building operations in a cost-efficient manner. You will develop an understanding of the operation of heating, cooling, humidification, and dehumidification control applications, and learn about variable air volume design and building pressurization control devices. You will also develop the skills and knowledge to perform a cost-benefit analysis of HVAC, electric, and lighting systems and to create an energy management program for your facility. 

Upon successful completion of this course, learners will be able to: 

  • Apply an energy management plan to your building’s systems 
  • Evaluate new systems with a concentration on retrofitting 
  • Describe traditional and alternative energy systems and their integration with other building systems 
  • Discuss how to use programmable logic controllers and other resources to optimize your system 
  • Develop, implement, and manage an innovative preventive maintenance program

Key topic areas: 

control system basics  auxiliary and electronic controls and their application to heating, cooling, humidifying, and volume control  computerized automatic control systems  factors determining energy consumption in HVAC, electronic, and lighting systems  preventive maintenance measures in energy management  energy management control system applications 

Facilities Planning & Project Management (SMA, RPA, FMA) 

Start Date: Mondays, January 23rd – March 6th * 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM 
Cost: $994/member rate - $1,094/non-member rate 
Location: Town Square Tower, 445 Minnesota Street, Conf Center off of Lobby Skyway 

Facilities Planning and Project Management stresses that technical skills are important, but strategy, leadership, and direction will contribute more to the success of your facilities projects than logistical prowess. You will learn to develop strategic facilities plans, plan facilities projects, and effectively implement and evaluate projects.  

You will also understand the why and the how of communicating with those employees directly affected by facilities projects, and integrating them into the strategic process. To accomplish this, and to communicate with architects, designers, and general contractors, you will learn the basic symbols and tools you will need to read architectural drawings. The set of drawings included with this coursebook will be used in the course, relating course key concepts to the master case study, a facilities project for a hypothetical company, which is presented throughout the course. 

Upon successful completion of this course, learners will be able to: 

  • Execute post-occupancy evaluations using facilities annual reports 
  • Organize and plan a successful facilities project 
  • Assemble a project team 
  • Use best practices to determine facility needs 
  • Distinguish among the roles that each employee and/or contractor has in managing a facility 
  • Grow and implement project management skill sets 

Key topic areas:

the value of planning and organizing  planning models  identifying and rating user needs  owned vs. leased developed facilities  managing the planning process  classifying facilities projects  specifications for facilities performance  design development and review  implementing projects  planning occupancy  project closeout

Coming later in 2023: 

  • Boilers, Heating Systems and Applied Mathematics (SMT) - March 2023
  • Managing the Organization (SMA, FMA, RPA) - March 2023
  • Air Handling, Water Treatment & Plumbing Systems (SMT) - September 2023
  • Environmental, Health & Safety Issues (SMA, FMA, RPA) - September 2023
  • Refrigeration Systems and Accessories (SMT) - January 2024
  • Fundamentals of Facilities Management (FMA) - January 2024

If you are interested in a class, please contact Denise at 651.291.8888 / [email protected]