Building Environmental Systems Operator Class II (Accelerated Stream)

Seneca College Certificate


Overview

OVERVIEW

80% of our graduates have secured employment in the field of Building Operations and Property & Facilities Management!

THE PROGRAM

Seneca's Building Environmental Systems - BES™ Operator Class II certificate is offered in an accelerated and enhanced format designed specifically for Internationally Trained Professionals with related expertise. Mobilize your career in the high-demand sector of Building Operations in the shortest time possible with specialized training and regular exposure to industry experts and hiring managers.

First developed and established by Seneca over 40 years ago, the BES™ certificate is the most highly recognized certification for Building Operators in Canada today.

ACCELERATED – Get a Canadian CERTIFICATE & PROFESIONAL DESIGNATION in only 36 weeks part-time.

ACCREDITED – The BES ™ Operator Class II Certificate is recognized by the Toronto Building Managers and Operators Association (TBMOA).

ACADEMIC – Graduate with a BES™ Operator Class II certificate.

 

THE INDUSTRY

The RAPID GROWTH of inter-dependent, high-tech building systems running on complex, automated systems requires constant monitoring - creating a need for more TECHNICALLY PROFICIENT Operators.

The majority of Building Operators & Managers are nearing retirement age and new graduates are not entering this field in large numbers, generating a significant labour shortage. 

The number of buildings under construction in Toronto has increased from 133 (in 2017) to 177 buildings today (as of January 2018). Toronto is second only to New York within North America for tall buildings under construction!

 

WHO SHOULD APPLY TO THIS PROGRAM

This exciting and emerging field will appeal to those with backgrounds in engineering, construction, HVAC, property and facilities management, building operations, professional trades, or related fields.

BENEFIT FROM

  • Industry-Developed Curriculum
  • Facility Tours and Practical Lab-Based Learning
  • Opportunities for Professional Accreditation
  • Training Subsidies and Financial Aid Options
  • Top Industry Instructors
  • Expert Resumé Writers & Employment Counsellors
  • Professional Mentorship Opportunities
  • Access to Industry Leaders and Seneca?s Extensive Employer Network

APPLICATIONS ARE BEING ACCEPTED ON AN ONGOING BASIS & SPACES ARE LIMITED. APPLY TODAY!

Please contact us at bridging@senecacollege.ca or (416) 491-5050 ext. 77337 to be registered for an upcoming Information Session.

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Information Session

New students are invited to attend an information session.

Individuals interested in learning more about Seneca  Bridging Programs are encouraged to attend an upcoming information session to learn more about the programs, the benefits of participation, and how to apply. You can register online, by phone 416-491-5050 ext. 77337 or email us at bridging@senecacollege.ca

Career Opportunities

The BES™ Operator Class II certificate program builds on your existing international education and experience to equip you to work as a BES™ Certified Building Operator.

This program has been designed to provide graduates with the knowledge and skills to operate and maintain complex buildings of any size efficiently, economically, and sustainably.

Dedicated, experienced staff, including job developers, employment consultants, and industry experts will help you on your path to secure professional employment by connecting you with employers and helping you to maximize these opportunities through personalized coaching.

A SAMPLING OF CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

 

?          Building Operator

?          Building Mechanic

?          Building Technician

?          Building Manager

?          Facilities Manager

?          Maintenance Technician

?          Maintenance Manager

 
 
 

SOME OF THE COMPANIES WHERE OUR GRADUATES ARE WORKING

 

?       Brookfield

?       Oxford

?       Hullmark

?       ACML

?       Black & MacDonald

?       BMO

?       TDSB

?       and many more!

 
 

Entry Requirements

In order to apply to the BES™ Certificate Program you must demonstrate the following:

  • Relevant Degree or Diploma from an accredited Institution outside of Canada
  • Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) Assessment Level 7
  • Presently unemployed or underemployed
  • Permanent Resident, Canadian Citizen, Convention Refugee, or Refugee claimant who is eligible to work in Ontario

How to Determine if You are the Right Fit for the BES™ Program:

  • You are mechanically and technically inclined
  • You have a background in engineering (particularly mechanical, electrical, or civil), construction, facilities management, the trades, or a related field
  • You enjoy problem solving and troubleshooting complex issues
  • You like fixing things and understanding how things work
  • You have an interest in sustainability and energy efficiency
  • You enjoy interacting with others, particularly clients and customers

International students, temporary foreign workers, and individuals lacking post-secondary credentials are not eligible for this program.

Application Process

Applications are being accepted on an ongoing basis & spaces are limited. Apply Today!

To apply for Seneca's Bridge Training Programs, you will be required to complete and email the following documents to bridging@senecacollege.ca:

Application Form:
Please answer every question on the Application Form in full and to the best of your ability. For legibility, please type rather than handwrite your responses.

Letter of Interest:
Your letter of interest should be 1 page single spaced (maximum) and address the following questions:

  • Why are your interested in the BES™ Program?
  • What do you hope to gain from your participation in the BES™ Program?
  • Why do you think you are a good candidate for the BES™ Program?

Resume:
Your resume must be detailed and updated (2 full pages is ideal, 3 pages maximum in 11 or 12 point font). It must be in a chronological format, beginning with your current or most recent employment. Please be sure to include the following:

  • All employment that you have held, whether in your field or not, with clear bullet point explanations of your responsibilities and accomplishments
  • All academic qualifications (exact names of degrees, certificates, diplomas, etc), including any education completed in Canada, with dates
  • Professional memberships, licenses, designations, certifications, etc
  • Any professional training or skills upgrading that you have completed in or outside of Canada including names of institutions and dates attended.

CLB Assessment:
You will need to provide proof of completion of a Canadian Language Benchmark Assessment at a minimum Level 7. CLB Assessments should be obtained within the last 12 months from the date of application to be valid. CLB Assessments accepted by the BES Program include the following:

  • CLBA
  • CLBPT
  • ELTPA
  • WLA

CLB Assessments are free for Permanent Residents, Convention Refugees and Canadian Citizens. For more information and to book an appointment, please contact the YMCA at 416-928-9622 or visit the Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks for a list of Assessment Centres in Ontario.

Immigration Status:
You will be required to submit a copy of one of the following: Citizenship Card, Canadian Passport, Permanent Resident Card, or Proof of Refugee Status.

Copies of Academic Qualifications:
Please provide a photocopy of all of your academic credentials in your submission, including any diploma(s), degree(s) and/or certificate(s).

Credential Assessment:
If you are accepted into the program, you will be asked to provide the results of a credential assessment from an approved agency. If you have these available at time of submission, please include a copy of these results in your application. For more information on approved credential assessment services, please visit Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials.

Please be advised that there is considerable demand for this program and due to the limited number of seats, selection of students follows a competitive process and shortlisted candidates will be invited meet with program staff to assess if they are a right fit for the program.

Curriculum

Our fast-tracked curriculum includes the following courses:

Building Systems - A Practical Overview

Heating

Air Conditioning

Air Handling

Electrical

Controls

Water Treatment

Advanced Career Management for Building Operators*

Communication Skills for the Canadian Workplace*

Occupational Health & Safety for Building Operators*

Building Operations Practicum & Lab*

 

* These courses are exclusive only to the BES Bridging Program and are designed with substantial input from industry experts and employers to increase the employability and marketability of our graduates.

Program details are subject to change without prior notice.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students are able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of all the systems and system components which make up the operation of a building
  • Discuss the design, components, purpose and operation of each of the following building systems: heating, air conditioning, air handling, electrical, HVAC controls, water treatment and one of: pipe systems, air systems, hospital building systems
  • Operate each system studied in a safe, comfortable, energy efficient and environmentally conscious manner
  • Manage waste
  • Work safely and protect the safety of building occupants
  • Perform calculations to achieve a desired outcome for a specific building system
  • Use a psychrometric chart
  • Identify factors which contribute to building safety, comfort and energy efficiency
  • Interpret and analyze charts and graphs commonly used in building operations
  • Troubleshoot and maintain building systems studied
  • Analyze large building operations from an energy efficiency perspective and create proposals to achieve more efficient utility consumption

Tuition and Financial Aid

The cost for the BES ™ Certificate program is $3200.00.00 plus the cost of materials.

You may be eligible to have the cost of the core courses and materials covered through a range of bursaries and supports available including the Ontario Bridging Participant Assistance Program (OBPAP). Please visit the  OBPAP website for more information.

Additionally, the following microloan programs are available to internationally trained professionals pursuing training, education, or certification for re-entry into their professional field:

Immigrant Access Fund

WIL Employment Connections, Internationally Trained Worker Loan Program

 (Note that our graduates are EXEMPT from the $1000 application fee for System Maintenance Technician (SMT) designation.)

Certification

Upon successful completion of the BES ™ Operator Class II Program and with the addition of 2 courses, students may upgrade their designation to BES ™ Operator Class I, the most highly recognized Building Operator Certification available, as well as professional designation as a System Maintenance Technician (SMT ®) with the Building Owners and Managers Institute (BOMI)and registration on the Energy Training Ontario Registry and the Inter-Provincial Facility Training Accreditation Council (IFTAC).

A note to prospective students: If you choose to obtain your SMT ® designation through Seneca College, you'll be exempt from paying BOMI's $1000 SMT ® license application fee.

Testimonials

?I moved to Canada from India in 2003, and like most immigrants, I went through my fair share of challenges at first. I took on several jobs just to make ends meet. I was a security guard, a custodian, and a general labourer?When I attended an information session organized by Seneca?s Building Environmental System services Program and met the bridging team, I knew that Seneca was the right fit for me?. While still studying at Seneca, I applied for a general maintenance position at Runnymede Health Care Centre ?.after working at Runnymede for eight months, my manager told me that he was very satisfied with my performance and work ethic, and offered me a full-time building operations position. It was one of the greatest days in my life. I had finally earned a position in the field I am most passionate about?..I wouldn?t be in this position if it we it weren?t for the people at Seneca who guided and supported me?.Seneca?s BES program equipped me with the skills to understand how buildings can be operated and maintained more efficiently, and my manager at Runnymede Health Care Centre gave me the opportunity to practice those skills in the workplace?? ~ BES Bridging Alumni

 

?The very reason why I chose Seneca was because I wanted to grow.   I wanted to grow in the sense that I wanted to gain more knowledge in my chosen career, and to harness my talents and skills, and be part of a network, similar to my career.  My studies at Seneca have created a big impact on my career.  Because through it, that I was able to join essential seminars and workshops, meet various employers who might be interested in hiring me.  So far, I got promoted on my current job when my current employer found out that I am taking this particular program at Seneca.  The most rewarding aspect of the program would be the knowledge I gained.  Through it, I was able to find a better job, get a better pay, in a better facility, for the betterment of me and my family, all because I was rewarded by this opportunity. ~ BES Bridging Alumni

Program Contacts

Contact us via this form or using the phone number(s) below:





Bridging
bridging@senecacollege.ca
416.491.5050 x77337


Information Session

New students are invited to attend an information session.