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Building Systems Technician Certificate

Program Start: 22 August 2022
Application Deadline: 22 August 2022
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: $5,775*
Books & Supplies: $1,100*
Student Fees: $85
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.


  • International Tuition:  $18,000*
  • 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

Air Conditioning (AIR 104)

You will study heating system components and equipment. You will also discuss ventilation and humidification.


RFRG 104, SAFE 104

Basic Electricity (ELEC149)

You will be introduced to the basic concepts of direct current (DC) and alternating current (AC) circuits and machines. You will use multi-meters, perform electrical calculations and apply transformer principles. You will study electrical distribution systems in relation to building lighting.

Blueprint Reading (PRNT 105)

You will study building blueprints. You will identify various symbols, and print types. Finally, you will maintain and store blueprints.

Building Automation Systems (BLDG 112)

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.


HEAT 100, SAFE 104

Building Envelope (BLDG 111)

You will be introduced to construction characteristics and maintenance requirements of various types of buildings. You will learn how sealing and insulating techniques impact energy consumption and conservation. You will study various types of landscaping techniques.


ELEC 149, HEAT 100, SAFE 104

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.


COMM 127, TCOM 102

Electrical Systems (ELEC 159)

You will be introduced to electrical troubleshooting techniques and how to apply them to building systems equipment. You will learn how an uninterrupted power supply system operates and how to manage auxiliary power and lighting systems. Your studies will also include variable frequency drives.


ELEC 149, SAFE 104

Heating Systems (HEAT 100)

You will be introduced to steam, electric and infrared heating terminology, systems and equipment. You will also study fuel cut-offs, feed water chemical control as well as heating boiler controls.

Hydronic Heating (HDRO 100)

You will study safety issues and components of hydronic boilers, pumps and heating units. You operate hydronic heating systems.

Legislation and Codes (CODE 102)

You will study professionalism in the workplace as outlined in provincial regulations and codes. As well, you will apply various provincial regulations and codes to boilers and pressure vessels.

Mathematics (MATH 116)

You will review the fundamentals of mathematics, algebra and trigonometry. Topics include fractions, decimals, percents, equations, ratio and proportion, metric, areas, volumes and basic trigonometry.

Plant Maintenance 1 (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 practice skills used in plant maintenance.


SAFE 104

Plant Maintenance 2 (MAIN 110)

You will study various types of air compressors and pumps. You will practice your operations and maintenance skills by using lubrication equipment. As well, you will practice skills used in plant maintenance.


ENGP 105

Plumbing Systems (PLMB 105)

You will study basic plumbing systems in larger buildings. You will learn water supply and wastewater handling. You will also service plumbing fixtures.


MAIN 109, SAFE 104

Power Lab 1 (ENGP 105)

You will practice workplace safety. You will operate steam plant systems. You will use boiler controls and test interlocks. You will also practice water testing procedures.


HEAT 100, SAFE 104

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 interpret combustion and draft data.


ENGP 105

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.


MGMT 222

Refrigeration Systems 1 (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 apply your skills by participating in startup and chiller operations.


THER 182

Refrigeration Systems 2 (RFRG 103)

You will practice workplace safety. You will troubleshoot and maintain refrigeration systems.


ELEC 149, SAFE 104

Safety (SAFE 104)

You will study concepts and trends related to personal and building safety. You will discuss environmental impacts of building operations.

Thermodynamics 1 (THER182)

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

Water Treatment 1 (WTER 100)

You will be introduced to basic methods utilized in power plants to prepare and maintain water used in steam generation. You will practice your skills by operating a low pressure power plant.

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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