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Program Outcomes

Graduates of the Commercial Building Engineering program will:

  • Have the knowledge of how to operate, repair, maintain, and troubleshoot boilers and boiler systems and earn an appropriate entry-level operator's license.
  • Have the knowledge, and some practical experience, of how to operate, repair, maintain and troubleshoot refrigeration systems and earn an appropriate operator's license.
  • Have a basic understanding, with some practical experience, of pneumatic, electric, electronic, and computerized building control systems to operate, repair, maintain, and troubleshoot them.
  • Have a good understanding, with some practical experience, of electrical fundamentals, components, and diagrams to repair, maintain, and troubleshoot electrical control systems.
  • Have the ability to successfully navigate through the National Electric Code book to answer questions that may arise regarding the installation of electrical systems.
  • Have a Washington State trainee certification and half of classroom time to apply toward a journeyman's certification.
  • Have a basic understanding, with some practical experience, of computers, computer systems, and the most common software to access and operate building management control systems, manage e-mail and computerized work orders and other systems.
  • Efficiently be able to utilize architectural and mechanical prints for commercial buildings and industrial plants.
  • Have a basic knowledge, and some practical experience, of the common welding and cutting equipment used in the maintenance field.
  • Have a basic understanding, with some practical experience, of programmable logic control systems to operate, repair, maintain, and troubleshoot them.
  • Have the ability to evaluate situations for air quality in a building and make recommendations as to preventing and resolving indoor air quality problems.
  • The knowledge to maintain the balance of the ventilation system in a building to minimize tenant discomfort.
  • Have a basic understanding of a building fire and live safety systems and understand the importance of maintaining the integrity of these systems.
  • Be able to set up and maintain preventive maintenance (PM) systems and performs PMs to minimize downtime, extend the useful life of equipment, and minimize indoor air quality problems.
  • Have a 40-hour hazardous waste handler's certification and understand how to handle and dispose of hazardous waste, read and interpret material safety data sheets, and how to limit worker exposure to hazardous waste.
  • Be able to demonstrate effective oral and written communications with co-workers, supervisors, and tenants.
  • Be able to gather and use information from a variety of prints, technical manuals, codes, and manufactures specifications.
  • Be able to apply mathematical principles to electrical and mechanical problems commonly faced by commercial building and industrial engineers.
  • Be able to create a resume, sample cover letter, and application packet in order to be eligible for employment in the stationary engineering field.
  • Be able to exhibit the interpersonal and human relations skills necessary to get and keep a job, as well as to advance in the field.

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