Hello again. In my last post I talked about what led me to the Earth Rangers Center and learning about some of the systems and technologies of this smart building.
The field of green technology is growing and new systems and concepts are being introduced on a regular basis. To keep up I have enrolled in Seneca’s Buildings Environmental Systems program. This part time certification program will provide me with an in-depth understanding of typical building systems and energy management techniques. Upon completion I will receive a BES I/II certificate that is a sought after qualification for most Building Operators in Canada. The course is offered after typical work hours and has a follow up Facility Management program that I plan to enroll in as well.
Building automation systems are complex and are increasingly being utilized to integrate more and more systems in office buildings. To complement my formal education, I continue to look for every opportunity at the ERC to learn more about our building automation system. With so many components and uses the learning opportunities are almost never-ending.
Automation specific areas include micro and network controllers, remote terminal and processing units, BACnet/MODBus, TCP/IP, MSTP, Zigbee, Enocean, digital/analog signals, analog/digital input/outputs and Arduino.
Programming basics include C, C++, numeric vs. strings, SQL/transact SQL, relational data base, HTML, Java Script and CSS.
Basics of information technology include WAN, LAN, PAN, lPv4, lPv6, internal vs. external networks, DHCP, stacks and packets.
A long list indeed but once you start learning about the exciting and in demand world of automation, all of these components will fall into place.
In my next blog I will talk about how automation is used at the Earth Rangers Centre and why it is so important for Building Operators to know and understand. You can get a sneak peek here.