Federal Facility Operators Awarded Building Operator Certification

June 1, 2002

In January 2002, the Northwest Energy Efficiency Council (NEEC) announced that 55 building operators working in Federal facilities completed training and were awarded the Building Operator Certification (BOC)—Level I. Three Federal participants received Level II certification. (See pages 18 and 19 for the list of BOC recipients.) BOC is a professional development program which certifies individuals in energy- and resource-efficient operation of building systems. BOC certification is earned by completing 7�months of classroom training (1 full day per month) and hands-on projects conducted at the operator's facility. The topics covered include HVAC systems and controls, energy conservation techniques, electrical systems, and indoor air quality.

Certifications such as BOC can be valuable for Federal facility staff and their agencies for many reasons. Many certification programs have an intensive classroom component, through which participants learn the most current building operations and practices, enabling them to improve energy use in their facilities. A study by the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance on the NEEC BOC program attributed savings of 330 megawatthours per year for each trained student. Certification programs also frequently offer continuing education credits. The BOC certificate is accredited by licensing departments and technical colleges for continuing education in several states, and is recognized by employers in 14 States.

Certification provides opportunities for professional development, and professional credentials demonstrate high levels of experience, competence, and specialized knowledge. It also provides objective benchmarks for validating skills of current employees, and assists as a hiring tool for organizations. Industry-wide, certification programs establish standards for professional practice. Participation in certification programs also helps agencies meet Executive Order 13123 requirements for training personnel in energy management.

FEMP's LOCATOR tool provides information on training opportunities such as certification programs. LOCATOR is a database tool of energy management training courses offered by the Federal government, professional associations, colleges and universities, industry groups, and other private-sector organizations. It can be accessed at www.eere.energy.gov/femp/resources/training/locator.html.

For more information on the NEEC BOC Level I and II course series, please contact Cynthia Putnam of NEEC at 206-292-3977 or cmputnam@aol.com, or visit www.neec.net/boc.htm. For additional information, please contact Arun Jhaveri of DOE's Seattle Regional Office at arun.jhaveri@ee.doe.gov.

The NEEC, a non-profit trade association, is just one of many organizations that offers professional certifications for energy professionals. Other organizations offering certifications for energy professionals include:
  • The Energy Center of Wisconsin (www.ecw.org/ecw/trainings.jsp) also offers the BOC course series.
  • The University of Wisconsin - Madison (epdweb.engr.wisc.edu) offers short courses and certificate programs such as the Energy Management diploma, which requires completion of four 1-week energy courses and an exam.
  • The Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) sponsors the Certified Energy Manager (CEM), Certified Energy Procurement (CEP), Certified Power Quality (CPQ), and Certified Lighting Efficiency Professional (CLEP) certifications, among other certifications for energy professionals (www.aeecenter.org/certification). In 2003, AEE will also introduce two new certifications, the Certified Emissions Trader (CET) and the Distributed Generation Certified Professional (DGCP).
  • The International Facility Management Association (IFMA) offers the Certified Facility Manager (CFM) program, and the Building Owners and Managers Institute (BOMI) offers courses for Systems Maintenance Technician (SMT), Systems Maintenance Administrator (SMA), and Facilities Management Administrator (FMA) designation (www.ifma.org).
  • The Association for Facilities Engineering (www.afe.org) sponsors the Certified Plant Maintenance Manager (CPMM) and Certified Plant Engineer (CPE) programs.
  • The Building Commissioning Association, which already offers courses through its Professional Development Program, is also designing a certificate in Building Commissioning, expected to be in place by the end of 2002 (www.bcxa.org).

The BOC Awardees:

BOC Level I Awardees:

Name Title Agency/Facility State
Ed Arel Work Control Specialist Pacific Northwest National Laboratory WA
Sandra Beardsley Building Technician Pacific Northwest National Laboratory WA
Dan Black Mechanic General Services Administration WA
Shannon Blas Engineering Technician Naval Submarine Base Bangor Public Works WA
Barry Brazzell Work Control Specialist Pacific Northwest National Laboratory WA
Art Broszeit Engineering Technician Naval Hospital, Bremerton WA
Charles Burton Electrical/Maintenance Supervisor Dept. of Veterans Affairs OR
Dennis Bush HVAC Technician Bonneville Power/TECOM Inc. OR
Guy Cannova Maintenance Mechanic General Services Administration OR
Norman Clare Building Officer Trident Refit Facility WA
Sam Culver Electronic Technician Naval Undersea Warfare Center WA
Pat Cunningham Facilities Planner Pacific Northwest National Laboratory WA
Greg Daiker Maintenance Engineering U.S. Postal Service OR
Darcy DeRosia Facilities Management Naval Air Station, Whidbey Island WA
Donna Eberhart Facility Specialist Pacific Northwest National Laboratory WA
Charles Eddington Building Engineer General Services Administration WA
David Erickson Senior Technician Pacific Northwest National Laboratory WA
Patrick Fallon Senior Technician Pacific Northwest National Laboratory WA
Craig Hall Building Technician Pacific Northwest National Laboratory WA
Howard Hebdon Maintenance Mechanic General Services Administration OR
Chris Helmer Operating Engineer General Services Administration OR
Karen Hill Senior Building Technician Pacific Northwest National Laboratory WA
Wayne Hill Maintenance Mechanic Naval Station Everett WA
Steven Hudspeth Supervisor Naval Station Everett WA
Dave Johnson Engineering Technician Trident Refit Facility WA
Michael Johnson Controls Mechanic Naval Station Everett WA
Fred Keithan Operating Engineer General Services Administration OR
Bryan Kiser Facilities Management Intern Madigan Army Medical Center WA
Charles Kwasny Facility Manager Hanscom Air Force Base New England
Garth LaComb Facility Management Intern Madigan Army Medical Center WA
Francisco Lalas Energy Manager Naval Station Everett WA
David Long Maintenance Manager U.S. Postal Service OR
Jack Manchini Maintenance Engineer U.S. Postal Service New England
Robert Manos Chief Building Engineer General Services Administration WA
Kimberly Martel Construction Electrician Naval Station Everett WA
Eddie Mason Hazardous Materials & Management Technician Naval Undersea Warfare Center WA
Stewart McLaughlin Assistant Facilities Manager Bonneville Power/TECOM Inc. OR
Glen Miller Hazardous Waste Manager Naval Station Everett WA
Neil Moffatt Production Controller Oregon Air National Guard OR
Diane Murdock Staff Engineer General Services Administration WA
Martin Murray Facilities Technician Pacific Northwest National Laboratory WA
Morris Ogunleye Mechanical Engineer Federal Aviation Administration WA
Kevin Olinger Stationary Engineer Bonneville Power/TECOM Inc. OR
Vic Parks Building Technician Pacific Northwest National Laboratory WA
Larry Phillips Electronics Technician Naval Station Everett WA
F. Lee Plumb HVAC Mechanic Naval Station Everett WA
Hari Ram HVAC Mechanic Bonneville Power/TECOM Inc. OR
Jeff Rencken Project Manager Pacific Northwest National Laboratory WA
Steven Sala Building Equipment Mechanic U.S. Postal Service OR
Don Schumacher Manager Maintenance U.S. Postal Service WA
Robert Schumacher Building Technician Pacific Northwest National Laboratory WA
David Shields Engineering Technician Trident Refit Facility WA
Gina Wellsfry Facility Technician Pacific Northwest National Laboratory WA
Rhonda Wierman Facility Project Manager Pacific Northwest National Laboratory WA
Wayne Witzel, Jr. Manager Maintenance Operations U.S. Postal Service WA

BOC Level II Awardees

Name Title Agency/Facility State
William Church Operating Engineer General Services Administration OR
Candance Hein Manager Oregon Air National Guard OR
Fred Keithan Operating Engineer General Services Administration OR