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Graduates of the Covington Real Estate cohort proudly display their Building Operator Training certificates.

Graduates of the Covington Realty Services cohort proudly display their Building Operator Training certificates.

The NYC Building Operator Training program is part of New York City’s OneNYC commitment to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 80 percent from 2005 levels by 2050 (80×50). The training improves the skills of operations and maintenance staff working in NYC’s small to mid-sized residential buildings through an overview of critical building systems with an emphasis on preventative maintenance and energy efficiency.

Over the past decade, operators of many of NYC’s municipal facilities, commercial buildings, and large residential buildings have benefitted from training programs such as Building Operator Certification and 32 BJ’s Green Supers. This program complements these training options with curriculum geared towards smaller and mid-sized multi-family buildings with multiple sites offering classes throughout the boroughs.

What It Is

The NYC Building Operator Training:

  • Is a 30-hour training for supers, operators, and maintenance staff of small to mid-sized multifamily buildings (5-50 apartment units or between 5,000 to 50,000 gross sq ft).
  • Offers courses at locations throughout the city beginning in 2017.
  • Provides course curriculum materials in Spanish and English.
  • Is offered at NO COST to all eligible participants!

What It Covers

Designed by operations & maintenance (O&M) training experts, the curriculum covers:

  • Building systems, including heating, electrical, and water systems
  • Preventative maintenance of equipment
  • Best practice energy efficiency measures
  • Safety, compliance, and emergency management

For more detail, download the Curriculum Outline.

Training Impact

Completing the Building Operator Training program can result in energy savings of 5–20% without requiring any major capital expenditures. Since it launched in early 2017, more than 180 building staff, including maintenance staff, property managers, supers, and handymen/women have participated in the training. Read more about the impact of the program in our Building Operator Training Testimonials page.

Wage Gain Preference

shaun.001While all applications for the program will be considered, employers that agree to provide a wage gain for their staff in recognition of their newly acquired skills are prioritized. Employers have reported measurable — sometimes immediate — savings on their energy bills, and passing along a portion of these savings to employees in the form of wage gain reinforces the commitment across the organization to energy and water use reduction and overall sustainability.

Incentives to Help Graduates Put Their New Skills to Work

For each staff member who completes training, employers can receive up to $700 reimbursement for implementing select energy efficiency project(s). Through this incentive, program graduates are able to apply what they’ve learned and put energy-saving projects in motion in their buildings.  Examples of projects that graduates are doing under the incentive program include:

  •  Air sealing
  • Pipe insulation
  • Boiler/burner tuning
  • Boiler timer installation
  • Apartment water conservation

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