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Professional Certificate in Facilities Management

Professional Certificate in Facilities Management

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Required (12 units)
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Case Studies in Facilities Engineering

This course serves as a comprehensive capstone to the program and provides students with the opportunity to review and analyze practical case studies in facilities management and plant engineering. Students gain an in-depth understanding of complex problems; crisis management; project planning; review and analysis; process improvement; human resources; customer service; and emerging issues in facilities engineering.

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3 units

Construction Project Planning, Scheduling and Control Systems

Planning, scheduling and controlling construction projects with examination of various topics: cost control, contracts, client relations, project manuals, crisis management, claims management and scheduling methods like bar charts, network diagrams and Critical Path Method (CPM). Explores the trade-offs of time vs. cost vs. quality of construction. Also discusses purchasing, monitoring and control of long-lead items and the "fast track" process from design through construction completion.

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3 units

Facilities Management

Provides a practical and comprehensive overview of facilities management and plant engineering. Major areas analyzed are facilities operations, maintenance, staff management, budgeting, scheduling, managing construction projects and relationships with contractors and vendors. Participants explore current issues related to facilities management and plant engineering and their relationship to various organizational units, including human resources, operations, occupational health and safety, finance, purchasing and executive management.

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3 units

Facilities Operations

Surveys various systems used in facilities operations, including HVAC, electrical, plumbing, back-up systems, security, etc. Students examine cost control/conversion, equipment selection and utilization, preventive and predictive maintenance, life-cycle costing, support services, safety, hazardous materials management, vendor contracting and utilization.

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3 units

Elective (6 units)
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Construction Budget, Accounting and Contract Management

This course covers topics such as the fundamentals of finance, cost management strategies, basic concepts and methods of financial and managerial accounting, cash flow and revenues projection, payment scheduling, and contract preparation and management. Participants explore the methods commonly used for cost budgeting, procurement of materials, equipment and labor, subcontracting, as well as control of the various financial components of a construction project.

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3 units

Energy Management: Principles and Practice

Examines the latest trends, innovations and best practices for reducing costs associated with facilities usage. Topics include energy management principles and techniques, controlling energy usage and costs, conducting the energy audit, energy codes and standards, benchmarking energy use and performance, energy accounting, fuel rate structures, electric rate structures, economic analysis of alternative energy investments, financing energy projects, life cycle costing, energy suppliers and supply alternatives, electric energy management, lighting, HVAC systems costing and efficiency, insulation, LEED principles and practice, boilers and steam plants, cogeneration, equipment maintenance and replacement schedules and the role of energy management in overall planning and operations.

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3 units

Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC): Principles and Practice

Surveys the principles and practices to effectively design, implement and maintain HVAC systems. Participants examine heat transfer, air conditioning systems, air flow requirements, load calculations and human thermal-comfort principles. Topics include heating and air conditioning system requirements, air flow calculations, design elements and constraints, new building designs, retrofitting older buildings, green technology, current codes, efficiency requirements and standards, system maintenance, cost/benefit tradeoffs, zone control, system controls, electrical requirements and industry best practices. Real design challenges and performance measurements are discussed and participants view current systems to evaluate designs and maintenance issues.

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3 units

Principles of Risk and Insurance Management

Introduction to risk and insurance management as applied to the work environment. Risk control, risk financing and claims administration will be explored. Among topics covered are the legal framework, insurance coverages, self-insurance options, loss reduction/prevention techniques, the relationship to workers' compensation and employee benefits. Case studies and current issues will be examined.

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4 units

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