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  • Building Systems Engineering Technician

    Building Systems Engineering Technician

(Optional Co-op)

Program Code:BTS
Duration:4 Semesters (2 Years)
Start Dates:Fall, Winter,
Start dates are subject to change
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Diploma

Program Description

  • Both theory and practice of heating, air conditioning, refrigeration, air handling, electricity and control systems are taught.
  • Emerging renewable energy technologies are highlighted.
  • Energy efficiency principles are applied to all studies.
  • Building systems software training is included.
  • Practical hands–on experiences exist throughout the program.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with:
    • Grade 12 English: ENG4(C) or ENG4(U)
    • Grade 12 Mathematics: (C) or (U) or Grade 11 Mathematics: MCR3(U)
  • OR Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with the above prerequisite course(s), their equivalent(s), or appropriate Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate program credits (see Academic Upgrading).



 The Importance of Learning Skills:

Student success in college requires well developed learning skills (such as being able to work independently, participate in a team, be well–organized, develop good work habits, and show initiative). These skills are as important as prior academic achievement. While it is expected that applicants would have developed these skills through previous education and life experiences, Seneca offers support to assist students with further development of these important skills. Seminars, workshops and tutoring are available at Seneca's Learning Centres.

Receive Designation as a Building Environmental Systems Operator:

In addition to your diploma, upon successful completion of BES700 through BES706, you will earn a Seneca Certificate with the designation of Building Environmental Systems Operator Class II.

Successful completion of the above, as well as BES710 and one of BES707, 708, or 709, earns a Seneca Certificate with the designation of Building Environmental Systems Operator Class I.



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Your Career

As a Building Systems Engineering Technician graduate you’ll be able to join the operations team of some of the most advanced buildings in the marketplace, aware of the environmental and energy impacts of your operating decisions. Your skills can be applied in energy auditing, controls calibration and maintenance, or a host of other operations and maintenance roles in the properties and buildings sector.

Topics Covered

  • Introduction to Engineering and Built Environment
  • Mathematics l, II, III
  • CAD Fundamentals/Building Systems CAD
  • Health and Safety Practices
  • Building Systems: Practical Overview
  • Building a Sustainable Future
  • Heating/Heating Practices
  • Air Conditioning/Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Practices
  • Electrical/Electricity Fundamentals
  • Air Handling
  • Water Treatment
  • Codes and Regulations
  • Plumbing and Pipe Systems
  • Controls
  • Hospital Building Systems
  • Energy Efficiency – Large Buildings
  • Energy Technologies

Upper Level Entry

With existing postsecondary education in mechanical engineering or directly related technology disciplines, applicants may qualify to begin their Seneca College studies in a higher semester than 1. At the discretion of the academic area, upper level entry may be granted to applicants who partially qualify with the understanding that they need to take additional courses from previous semesters.

Workplace and Co-op Learning

You’ll benefit from opportunities for co–op placement and involvement with employers throughout the entire building industry while studying in BTS.

Important Academic Dates

Please take a few moments to view Important Academic Dates for your relevant semester.


Semester 1 Course Name Hrs/Wk
BEA001 CAD Fundamentals 4
BES700 Building Systems: Practical Overview 3
BGS161 Building a Sustainable Future 3
EAC150 College English 3
EBE161 Introduction to Engineering and Built Environment 4
HSP161 Health and Safety Practices 1
MTA001 Mathematics I 3
Semester 2 Course Name Hrs/Wk
BES701 Heating 3
BES702 Air Conditioning 3
BGA261 Heating Practices 2
BGB261 Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Practices 2
BGL261 Electricity Fundamentals 3
MTA002 Mathematics II 3
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
CPP100 Co-op Professional Theory 1
CWT261 Co-op Work-Term
Semester 3 Course Name Hrs/Wk
BES703 Air Handling 3
BES704 Electrical 3
BES706 Water Treatment 3
BGD361 Building Systems CAD 4
BGM361 Codes and Regulations 3
BGP361 Plumbing and Pipe Systems 2
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
CPP200 Co-op Professional Practice 1
Semester 4 Course Name Hrs/Wk
BES705 Controls 3
BES709 Hospital Building Systems 3
BES710 Energy Efficiency - Large Buildings 3
BGN461 Energy Technologies 3
MTA003 Mathematics III 3
TEC400 Technical Communications 3
XXXXXX General Education Option 3

Contact Us

Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: Angela Li
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22036
International Admissions Advisor: Anne Paterson
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22638
Registration & Records Advisor: Sandra Phoon
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22468
Program Contacts:
Student Advisor: June Lewis
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 26038
Program Coordinator: Filimon Tsionas
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22113
Co-op Coordinator: Ian Macleod
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22361
Program Chair: Ken Ellis
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22250
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