» Building Utilities Mechanic Program «
RCTC’s Building Utilities Mechanic (BUM) major is designed to prepare students for careers requiring skills in the operation, maintenance, troubleshooting, and repair of electrical and mechanical equipment found in residential and commercial buildings.
Employment opportunities are available in a variety of fields including: plumbing, welding, electrical, boiler operations, heating, ventilation, residential and commercial refrigeration, air-conditioning and automated building control systems.
Graduates usually start in entry level positions in various maintenance operation areas in medical clinics, hospitals, waste to energy plants, power plants, hotels, education, manufacturing, processing, industrial facilities, and some are self-employed in the HVAC field.
Local businesses that have hired or are looking to hire Building Utility Mechanic graduates when positions are available include: Mayo Health System (Mayo Clinic, St. Mary’s Hospital and Methodist Hospital); Kemps and Pace Dairies; Rochester Public Schools (John Marshall, Mayo and Century high schools); Olmsted County including the Waste to Energy Facility and the Government Center; federal positions at the regional lock and dam systems; the City of Rochester including Rochester Public Utilities; the State of Minnesota including Rochester Community and Technical College; Dairyland’s power generating plant in Alma, Wisconsin; Staybridge Suites in Rochester; and Johnson Controls Incorporated. And these are just a few of the area employers of BUM graduates!
The career outlook for BUM graduates has been good with employment opportunities in HVAC, boiler operation, building maintenance, building control systems, lock and dam systems operations, and at various processing plants. Many graduates start at jobs paying $35,000 – $60,000. Wages in southeastern Minnesota range from $18 to $30 an hour. Between 80% and 90% of RCTC’s graduating BUM students are placed each year.
As the population grows, so will the demand for systems that control the indoor climate. In addition, concern for the environment should lead to the development of more efficient systems. Mechanics will be needed to replace or modify current equipment and highly skilled heating and cooling system mechanics will have the best prospects for employment. In Southeastern Minnesota the employment outlook is expected to grow by 10.8% by 2016.