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Building Utilities Mechanic Overview


Building Utilities Mechanic

Career/Program Overview

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.

Curriculum-at-a-Glance

First year instruction in RCTC’s BUM program includes courses in boiler, boiler operation, welding, electricity, plumbing, tool usage, hydraulics, pneumatics, electrical controls, motor controls, and programmable logic controls.  The second year of instruction includes courses in residential and commercial refrigeration, air conditioning, pneumatics, heating and cooling controls, and computerized energy management systems.  Also in the second year, students are placed with a co-op training sponsor to gain hands-on work experience.  After initial training, students may take the state examination for a special steam engineer’s license.  After completion of the second year, students who qualify may take the state examination for second class “A” steam engineer’s license and/or refrigeration certifications. 

Program/Degree Options

RCTC offers both a Diploma and an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Degree in Building Utilities Mechanic.  The Diploma and AAS can be completed in as little as two years if taken full-time.  Part-time options are also available. 

Program Start Date(s)

The Building Utilities Mechanic courses begin fall and spring semesters.  Professional core courses are not offered summer semesters; however, some of the general education requirements may be offered during the summer.

Career Opportunities/Information

Building Utilities Mechanic graduates usually start at entry level positions in various maintenance operation areas in medical clinics, hospitals, waste to energy plants, power plants, hotels, educational, manufacturing, processing and industrial facilities.  Graduates of the BUM program may also be employed as service technicians in the heating/ventilation/air conditioning (H.V.A.C) field, building trades, and some are self-employed in the H.V.A.C. field.

Gainful Employment Programs

Gainful employment programs are those “that prepare students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.”

RCTC gainful employment information for Building Utilities Mechanic Diploma (the Green Energy Management Certificate is currently not being offered.):

http://www.mnscu.edu/admissions/ge/rochester/002373-46.0401/gedt-002373-46.0401.htm

Accreditations/Articulations

Rochester Community and Technical College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.

For additional information on the most current list of RCTC program articulations see us at: http://www.rctc.edu/catalog/articulations

Additional Information

Program Website: http://www.rctc.edu/program/bum
Program Plan: http://www.rctc.edu/catalog/programs
More Information: http://www.rctc.edu/contact

Last Updated: October 7, 2014

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