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
All program lengths are estimates and are not guarantees. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling (425) 235-5840.
At Renton Technical College, tuition is affordable and competitive.
Federal aid is available for most students to help pay for school. Fill out your FAFSA now to get started.
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.
- Must take the Accuplacer test with a score of QRAS: 200-219 or higher before enrolling in AMATH 175 or CBE 101.
- 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.
- Willing to work shift work, weekends and holidays.
- To be employed in this field, the student must be able to perform moderately physically demanding tasks on a regular basis.
Course Requirements for Certificate
|Course #||Course Title||Credits|
|AMATH 175||Financial Math or|
|AMATH 190||Financial Algebra||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 201||Direct Digital Controls and Lab||5|
|CBE 202||Advanced Direct Digital Controls and Lab||4|
|CBE 203||Energy Conservation||4|
|CBE 204||Architectural Prints and Lab||5|
|CBE 205||Fire and Life Safety Systems||6|
|CBE 206||Air and Water Balancing and Lab||6|
|CBE 207||Indoor Air Quality||6|
|CBE 208||Instrumentation for Stationary Engineers||3|
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|
- 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.
External accreditation is not applicable to this program.