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.
Great article. As the BUM Club President, I have to say, it’s all true. There are guys that come into the course and some of them have never been mechanical in one way or another and there are tools they have never used and have to learn to use. Even myself. It’s great to have these ladies in the program and I hope that we see more and more interest in the program – especially women. — Mike
After initial training, students will be eligible to 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.
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 operation and repair of residential and commercial refrigeration, air conditioning, pneumatics, heating and cooling controls, and computerized energy management systems. Also, in the second year, students provided an opportunity for an internship experience with a training sponsor to gain hands-on work experience.
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 for course Generals 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.
Building Utilities Mechanic graduates usually start in various entry-level maintenance operation positions in medical clinics, hospitals, waste to energy plants, power plants, hotels, education, manufacturing, processing and industrial facilities. Graduates of the BUM program may also be employed as service technicians in the Plumbing, Electrical, Heating/Ventilation/Air conditioning (H.V.A.C) fields, building trades, and some are self-employed in the Service field.
The Higher Learning Commission accredits Rochester Community and Technical College.
For additional information on the most current list of RCTC program articulations see us at www.rctc.edu/academics/articulations/
Gainful Employment Programs
Most Graduates have multiple job opportunities and offers.
The U.S. Department of Education’s (USDE) gainful employment regulations require disclosure of certain program information for programs that lead to certificates or diplomas and are financial aid eligible. The most current RCTC gainful employment information can be found at www.rctc.edu/catalog/programs.
Information Building Utilities Mechanic Dipl 69 Overview content updated: 2017-04-17