This program trains individuals to work as building systems technicians who ensure the proper functioning of mechanical systems and manage the energy cost of buildings. These technicians can work on plumbing, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, refrigeration and/or fire prevention systems. Some of these systems are equipped with electrical controls as well as automatic control circuits.
The work conducted by building systems technicians varies depending on the size of the buildings and mechanical systems as well as the nature of the task(s) to be carried out. Specialists play one or more roles and can work alone, as part of a team or in collaboration with specialized resource persons. They are often called upon to make technical drawings, help develop mechanical systems and prepare plans, estimates and bids as needed. Building systems technicians can perform various tasks such as ensuring the proper functioning of mechanical systems and overseeing their maintenance; inspecting systems and ensuring they conform with regulations; acting as a technical representative and ensuring optimization of systems and energy management of buildings. The level and frequency of tasks varies depending on their employer, the type of work they are employed to do and whether they are self-employed or salaried employees.
For the first five years or so of their careers, these technicians may only be entrusted with smaller projects such as supervising a construction site or coordinating a mechanical system installation project.
Graduates can work for consulting firms or with energy advisors, entrepreneurs, manufacturing agents and wholesalers, in municipalities, public and parapublic departments or in the manufacturing industry.
They must respect building code standards at all times.