Spring 2024 Educational Classes

Electrical Systems and Illuminations (SMT) 

Start Date: Wednesdays, March 27th - May 1st – 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 

Electrical Systems and Illumination is about understanding the electrical systems and illumination in buildings and facilities. Specifically, the chapters in this text address the fundamentals of electricity, electric circuits and circuit protection, lighting systems, power distribution, motors and motor maintenance, electrical system installation, and electrical safety practices.

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

  • Explain fundamental concepts of electricity and electrical circuitry
  • Employ metering devices to measure electricity consumption
  • Trace the path of power, from its generation at the utility to distribution throughout your facility
  • Comprehend electrical symbols used in block diagrams, schematics, installation drawings, and other construction drawings
  • Distinguish among the various types of wires, cables, splices, and conduit used in commercial properties
  • Describe devices and practices used in circuit protection
  • Summarize lighting principles related to measurement, efficiency, maintenance, and resource conservation
  • Install, monitor, and maintain motors and starters
  • Practice life-saving safety procedures, including lockout/tagout, when working with electrical equipment

Key topic areas: sources of electricity • electrical safety • electrical circuits • electric meters • cables, terminations, and conduits • light sources, fixtures, and maintenance • electric motor basics and maintenance

Building Design & Maintenance (SMA)

Start Date: Monday, March 25th -  April 29th * 6:00 to 9:00PM
Cost: $994 members / $1,094 non-members
Location: Town Square Tower, 445 Minnesota Street, Conf. Center off of Lobby Skyway

Building Design and Maintenance stresses that it is important for all building systems administrators to not only have an intimate knowledge of a facility’s systems and components, but also have an understanding of the day-to-day and month-to-month operations that keep a building in good working order. This comprehensive course covers the basics of subjects such as building design and structural systems, foundations, walls, flooring, roofing, and landscaping. In addition, this course provides information about building maintenance and an overview of the types and uses of construction documents.

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

  • Maintain efficient and cost-effective building systems
  • Distinguish among a variety of building materials and structural components
  • Read, understand, and use construction documents
  • Identify your role in effectively maintaining the functions of a structure

Key topic areas: common building materials and systems in building foundations • curtain walls • windows • roofing systems • interior finishes • flooring, interior walls and ceilings • vertical transportation • grounds maintenance and inspection • the reading, scaling, interpretation, care, and use of construction documents

Coming later in 2024/2025:

  • Energy Management (SMT) - September 2024
  • Environmental, Health & Safety Issues (SMA) - September 2024
  • Boilers, Heating Systems and Applied Mathematics (SMT) - January 2025
  • Facilities Planning & Project Management (SMA/RPA/FMA) - January 2025
  • Air Handling, Water Treatment & Plumbing Systems (SMT) - March 2025
  • Managing the Organization (SMA) - March 2025
  • Refrigeration Systems and Accessories (SMT) - September 2025
  • Building, Design & Maintenance (SMA) - September 2025

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