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Building Systems Technician Certificate

Program Start: 22 August 2022 - In Session
Location: Nipawin
Credit Granting Institution: Sask Polytech
Length: 1 year


There is a lot of technology at work in today’s commercial and institutional buildings, from energy efficient boilers to complex HVAC systems (heating, ventilation, air conditioning). Building systems require regular, skilled maintenance—mechanical and technical. That’s why building systems technicians are always in demand. It’s a job that requires good problem-solving skills and the ability to work independently or as part of a team.

Building Systems Technician is a one-year certificate program that consists of 3 semesters between September - June. You’ll receive comprehensive training in maintaining, operating and repairing electrical, ventilation, refrigeration and water treatment systems.

Most courses include practical activities to develop your troubleshooting skills. You’ll also get hands-on experience with a boiler during a work experience in your second term. It’s a great way to use what you’ve learned in class and labs in a real-world setting. It’s also a way to develop contacts for possible future employment.


  • Grade 12 with a minimum of 60% in Workplace and Apprenticeship Math 30 or 60% in Foundations of Math 20 or 60% in Pre-Calculus 20*
  • English Language Requirement

         *Previous Saskatchewan mathematics requirement also accepted:

  • Math A30


Tuition: $5,000*
Books & Supplies: $1,100*
Student Fees: $95
Health & Dental Plan: $252*
*Note: Tuition, Books and Supplies, Health and Dental amounts are approximate, based on last year's program and may change at anytime.


  • Books & Material costs will be determined in Spring 2022.  The amount of above is an estimate and is subject to change at anytime.
  • Students are required to complete 2 labs at SaskPolytech campus in Regina.  Students are responsible for all costs such as meals, travel, accomodations, etc. during these two 3 week labs.  Lab dates and times are yet to be determined but estimated to be as follows:
    • Lab 1 - Late Fall
    • Lab 2 - late Spring
  • Students are required to purchase steel toed shoes/boots, safety glasses, gloves(optional) for the start of the program. 


Graduates are working in building systems maintenance and operation in medium to large buildings (apartment blocks, hotels, malls, schools, health facilities, etc.). You could work in boiler and refrigeration plants, perform maintenance crew work or take charge of a building. Potential employers include building owners, property management companies and government agencies.

Potential Careers

Sample Job Title NOC Classification1 Earning Potential2
Maintenance Manager Facility Operation and Maintenance Managers (721) $39,400 - $101,400
Property Administrator Property Administrators (1224) $27,700 - $90,100
Heating and Air Conditioning Mechanic Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanics (7313)

$34,300 - $83,200

Building Systems Technician Certificate includes the following courses

Applied Mathematics (MATH104)

You will solve practical problems using arithmetic, linear equations, geometry and right triangle trigonometry. You will manipulate and use some formulas related to your trade.

Equivalent Course(s): MATH 182, MATH 193

Building Applications 1 (BLDG113)

You will perform tasks related to electricity, lighting, plumbing, interior and exterior systems.

Building Applications 2 (BLDG114)

You will safely troubleshoot basic electrical and plumbing systems. You will perform interior and exterior maintenance of buildings.


BLDG 113

Building Automation (BLDG 117)

You will be introduced to building control systems in medium to large size buildings and study various types of controllers. You will learn how to manage central control systems as well as practice operating basic control systems. You will identify the safety and control of building lighting systems.

Building Systems Maintenance (MAIN 109)

You will work with basic tools and fasteners while maintaining a safe workplace. Your studies will include discussing boiler fittings, piping and valves as well as welding terms and inspections. You will discuss plant layouts and diagrams.You will practice skills used in plant maintenance.

Corequisites(s): ENGP 107


CODE 103 (concurrent)

Capstone Project (PROJ 109)

You will reflect on the skills, training, and knowledge you acquired throughout your work experience. Using the knowledge you acquired in the program, you will prepare a presentation recommending changes for the company for possible implementation.

Corequisites(s): WORK 108

Communications for Technicians (TCOM 105)

You will learn and practice written, oral and interpersonal communication for the workplace. You will apply these skills as team members and in short presentations. You will also develop effective job search strategies.

Equivalent Course(s): COMM 127, TCOM 102, TCOM 105CE

Consumption and Waste Management (BLDG115)

You will identify water savings measures in buildings through detection and repair of leaks, operational changes, and low-cost equipment improvements. Your studies will include examination of water and sewer bills for savings opportunities. You will study irrigation and drainage systems and solid waste management. You will perform the steps of an audit.

Culture and Diversity (CLTR 200)

Your studies will focus on the many dimensions of culture and approaches to promoting inclusion and innovation. You will explore culture in Canadian society as it pertains to Indigenous and immigrant populations. You will also examine the correlation between culture and diversity.

Energy Management (BLDG 116)

You will be introduced to construction characteristics and maintenance requirements of various types of buildings. You will investigate how sealing and insulating techniques impact energy consumption and conservation. You will examine techniques used with green buildings.

Heating Systems (HEAT 100)

You will study the components of hydronic, steam heating, electric, infrared, and warm air heating. You will operate hydronic, electric, infrared, and warm air heating systems. Your studies will involve ventilation and humidification. You will perform heating system maintenance.

Corequisites(s): HEAT 107

Introduction to Microsoft Word and Excel (COMP 172)

You will learn the purpose and uses of a word processor and electronic spreadsheet. You will develop the basic skills of creating, editing and formatting documents and spreadsheets.

Legislation Codes and Safety (CODE 103)

You will recognize and apply different types of legislation, codes and regulations, and their applications. You will use and interpret blueprints. Your studies will include safety practices, fire safety and fire systems.

Power Lab 1 (ENGP 107)

You will practice safety needed when working around boilers. You will learn about components and systems associated with boilers. You will use proper technics to start up and shut down a boiler system.

Corequisites(s): MAIN 109

Power Lab 2 (ENGP 106)

You will practice workplace safety. You will perform boiler inspection and maintenance in accordance to provincial codes and regulations. You will test the interlock for the boilers. You will perform water tests. You will interpret combustion and draft data.


ENGP 107

Project Management (PROJ 287)

You will be introduced to project management. You will examine the basic theory of project planning and control, from project initiation to project close out. You will apply research techniques and various tools to practice project management theory in a variety of projects. You will practice skills using project management software.

Equivalent Course(s): MGMT 222

Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Systems (RFRG 104)

You will be introduced to principles and theories related to refrigeration systems. You will discuss refrigerants as well as refrigeration components and equipment. You will operate and maintain refrigeration equipment.


THER 182

Renewable Energy (ENRG100)

You will examine alternative energy sources. You will identify where to access government grants and funding agencies in the alternative energy sector.

Technology Seminars (SEM 101)

Your orientation will include discussions regarding the role of technicians/technologists in the workplace and society. You will study time management skills, diversity in the workplace, principles of sustainability and safety requirements.

Equivalent Course(s): ENGM 181, ETHC 183, ORTN 120, SEM 104

Thermodynamics and Mechanics (THER182)

You will receive an introduction to the field of thermodynamics. You will learn the quantities, units and principles involved in elementary thermodynamics. You will learn the concepts of basic mechanics.

Equivalent Course(s): PHYS 224

Work Experience (WORK 108)

You will have an opportunity to observe and participate in the operation of a boiler in the workplace. This experience will help you relate the theory you learned to an operational plant. It will also help you develop contacts for possible future employment.

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