Commercial Building Engineering

Modern commercial buildings are wonders of engineering, combining electrical, mechanical and communications systems to create safe, comfortable environments for people. The Commercial Building Engineering program prepares students to regulate and maintain the heating, cooling, and ventilation systems of commercial buildings. Students will train on the principles and practices of refrigeration and building systems, boiler operations, and hazardous waste management. This program is a recognized "School of Technology" by the cities of Seattle and Tacoma.


Enrollment Point: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer


Certificate of Completion: 
8 or 16 Quarters
120 Credits
Associate of Applied Science: 
10 or 18 Quarters
135 Credits
AAS - Transfer: 
N/A
N/A
Bachelor of Applied Science: 
N/A
N/A

All program lengths are estimates and are not guarantees. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling (425) 235-5840.

Median Salary: 
$36,200
Projected Growth: 
9%
Annual Job Openings: 
37,970

These amounts are based on median entry level wages, they are estimates and are not guarantees. For more information, visit careerinfo.net

Tuition

At Renton Technical College, tuition is affordable and competitive.

Financial Aid

Federal aid is available for most students to help pay for school. Fill out your FAFSA now to get started.

Scholarships

The RTC Foundation offers scholarships to help pay the costs of attending school.


All costs are estimates and are not guarantees. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling (425) 235-5840.

Monday - Thursday

Morning, afternoon, and evening options available.


Hours may vary based on specific program requirements. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling (425) 235-5840.

Rick Hudson


Entry Requirements

Admission Requirements

  • Must take the Accuplacer test with a score of 235 or higher before enrolling in AMATH 185 or CBE 101.

Admission Recommendations

  • Able to lift 50 lbs. occasionally, climb ladders and work in confined spaces.
  • Write, speak and understand English.
  • Mechanically inclined with good eye/hand coordination.
  • Able to perform moderately physically demanding tasks on a regular basis.

Course Information

Course Requirements for Certificate:

Course # Course Title Credits
AMATH 185 Applied Algebra for Business and Industry 5
CBE 101 Fundamentals of Electricity and Lab 6
CBE 102 Advanced Electrical and Lab 5
CBE 103 National Electrical Code 4
CBE 104 Computer Fundamentals and Lab 2
CBE 105 Boiler Operators 8
CBE 106 Boiler Lab 4
CBE 107 Refrigeration and A/C Fundamentals & Lab 6
CBE 111 Control Fundamentals 7
CBE 112 Pneumatic Controls and Lab 5
CBE 113 Preventive Maintenance and Lab 4
CBE 115 Refrigeration and A/C Systems 5
CBE 116 HVAC/Plumbing Distribution 4
CBE 117 Safety and Health 1
CBE 118 Critical Systems 4
CBE 150 Hazardous Waste Management 3
CBE 170 Communications for the Stationary Engineer 2
CBE 180 Human Relations and Leadership Skills 2
CBE 190 LEED Green Building 4
CBE 210 Programmable Logic Controls – Allen-Bradley 3
CBE 211 Programmable Logic Controls – Siemens 3
CBE 212 Programmable Logic Controls I 4
CBE 213 Motor Control Principles and Lab 5
CBE 214 Mechanical Prints and Lab 6
CBE 215 Mechanical Maintenance and Lab 4
CBE 216 Welding Fundamentals and Lab 4
CBE 218 Programmable Logic Controls II 4
  Total 114

General Education Course Requirements for AAS Degree:

Course # Course Title Credits
CMST& 101 Introduction to Communication 5
COMP 100 Applied Composition or  
ENGL& 101 English Composition 5
PSYC& 100 General Psychology 5
  Total 129

Program Outcomes

  • Apply mathematical principles to problems commonly faced by commercial building and industrial engineers.
  • Communicate effectively in writing and verbally with co-workers, supervisors, and tenants.
  • Exhibit the interpersonal and human relations skills necessary to fulfill the expectations of the employer.
  • Gather and use information from a variety of architectural and mechanical prints, technical manuals, codes, and manufactures specifications.
  • Maintain the integrity of building, fire and life safety systems.
  • Operate, repair, maintain, and troubleshoot building, boiler, refrigeration and electrical control systems by properly using tools and technology.

Accreditation

External accreditation is not applicable to this program.

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