Back in 2007, I had just left the Navy and was working as a BAS Technician. If I'm honest with you I wasn't at all qualified for this job but I got it nonetheless. On this particular day I was asked to go and work on setting up a BAS server and getting the client software installed.
I had no idea what that meant...
And you know what, that's the situation many BAS professionals are in every single day. Sales people, technicians, facility operators, and design engineers are staking their reputations and careers on the choices they make. And underneath these choices is a shakey foundation of BAS knowledge.
Why is that?
I've found that it's largely because of four false beliefs related to Building Automation. Those beliefs are:
So at this point you may be feeling a little discouraged, you can't take time off work and traveling is to cost prohibitive. You know that there are some community colleges that will teach you BAS but their programs require years and also teach a lot of stuff you don't need to know.
You may have resigned yourself to hoping that you pick things up along the way. Well my friend hope is a lot of things but it is NOT a career strategy!
Online training changes the game. When online training is done right you are able to learn exactly what you need to know on-demand, at your own pace. And the best thing is that if you don't get a chance to apply what you learning you can come back to the training.
But here's the deal. Most online training is done wrong. Here are the three things you must look for in online training:
I realize for a lot of you, you've been given a false choice in your career. You've been told there are only two ways to learn BAS:
That simply is not the case, I've had over 1,350+ students go through my online courses and see amazing results. But how do you know that my online courses aren't making the mistakes I described earlier?
I figured the best way to answer that question was to show you exactly what your experience will be like once you enroll as a student in Building Automation Fundamentals.
Upon purchasing the course you will be emailed your course workbook and you will be emailed your course login name. This email will also contain a link so that you can create a password for your login.
From there you will be taken to the online course. You will have immediate access to all of the course modules that you purchased. This means you can immediately begin learning and applying what you learn.
If you purchased the platinum package of the course you will also get the following benefits:
Now before I take you through what is in each module, l should probably introduce myself
My name is Phil Zito and I am going to guide you through the fundamentals of Building Automation. I started back in 2007 with no knowledge of BAS. I got let go from my first job in BAS and fought my way back into the field within two weeks. I know what it's like to struggle with BAS.
But here's the deal. From that point on I dedicated myself to mastering BAS.
Through the help of some great mentors and many, many long nights of self-study I taught myself BAS, IT, and Systems integration. Over the course of 10 years I went from a struggling technician to, leading a $60M dollar branch with 22 techs and project managers, and before I resigned to start Building Automation Monthly I was leading the technical systems integration program at Johnson Controls.
I know exactly what you need to know and I have the field experience to back it up!
“Everyone is capable of succeeding in Building Automation. All you need is the right guide to show you the way and point out the landmines along the path. I am that guide.”
Let me tell you what this course is all about. Building Automation Fundamentals is a three-tier course that will give you a solid foundation on which to build and grow your BAS career.
This course is targeted at anyone who works with Building Automation Systems. Now, what exactly does that mean?
Ok, so as I mentioned earlier this course consists of three tiers. I use a three tier pricing structure to give you multiple options. Here is a brief description of the three tiers:
In the next section I'll take you through what is in each module.
Module 1: Overview of Building Automation Systems
Gain a complete overview of building automation systems
Module 2: Building Automation Hardware
Duration: 1h 15m
Learn the five different pieces of BAS hardware and how each piece functions within a full-blown BAS
Module 3: Building Automation Servers and Clients
Learn the different types of BAS servers, what each type is used for, and how they are used
Module 4: Building Automation Points
Learn what points, trends, and alarms are, how and when to use them and point naming strategies for your BAS
Module 5: User Interfaces
Learn what a user interface is, how to properly structure graphics, why and how to use BAS reporting, and how to create an optimized scheduling strategy
Module 6: Building Automation System Architectures
Learn the three different BAS architectures, the pros and cons of each architecture, and how to use each architecture
Module 7: Control System Types
Learn what control systems are, why control systems matter, the four different kinds of control systems, and how to tie each control system type into your BAS
Module 8: Common Control Modes
Duration: 1h 14m
Learn what control modes are, how the 7 common control modes work, when to use each control mode, and how to adjust each control mode
Module 9: Building Automation Protocols
Learn what a protocol is, how the 3 most common protocols work, when to use each protocol, and how to use each protocol
Module 10: The Three Types of Controls Work
Learn what the three types of controls work are, how each type of controls work is done, what your role in each type of controls work is
Module 11: The Fundamentals of Electricity, Wiring, and Circuits
Learn the fundamentals of electricity, how wiring works and the different parts of wiring, what a circuit is, and how relays and safeties work in a circuit
Module 12: Information Technology Parts and Pieces
Learn the key pieces and parts of an IT system and how each part relates to a BAS
Module 13: Construction Documents
Learn what the main construction documents are, how to use the documents as a BAS professionals, and how to interpret and use BAS controls documents
Module 14: Test and Balance & Commissioning Overview
Learn what test and balance is, how the BAS professionals is involved in the T&B process, what commissioning is, and how to create and perform functional tests
Module 15: The Basics of Integration
Learn the basics of systems integration, what the three types of integration are, and when to perform each type of integration
My new program Building Automation Fundamentals comes with my No-Fuss, 30-day, 100% Money-Back Guarantee.
By the time you finish this program, you will:
"My goal is to help you to take your knowledge of Building Automation to the next level. I know from experience that anyone can learn Building Automation. You do not need to be an engineer or even a technical person. It is my personal promise that I will teach you Building Automation, no matter where you are in your learning journey. I believe in my new program so much, I am offering a 30-day money back guarantee. "
If at any time during your first 30 days of owning this program you feel that I have not provided you the ability to better understand BAS, work with BAS, and resolve BAS issues then simply send an e-mail to Phil@PhilZito.com and I will send you your refund within 3 business days. If you aren't satisfied for any reason, then I do not want to keep your money.
I want to be clear, there are no strings attached to my refund policy. You don't need to fill out a form or answer some questionnaire... and I promise I won't question you or pressure you to try to change your mind. (Just for the record I've had only 2 refund requests from over 1,350+ customers)
And you won't have to wait weeks for a refund. I will issue your refund within 3 business days.
This program will pay for itself and here's why:
This course is the culmination of my decade worth of experience. I've spent over $110,000 dollars acquiring this knowledge and I've spent over 100+ hours creating this course. The cost of my time and knowledge easily exceeds $140,000 dollars.
Why does that matter to you? Because, you are not buying a course. You are buying access to my experience. I've packaged everything you need to know into this course and I've put it in the exact order you need to learn it.
When you purchase the Platinum Package today you will get over $5,600 in quick action bonuses.
Office Hours biweekly conference call ($2,400 Value)
Biweekly office hours to discuss any questions related to the course. In the words of my students the ability to talk to me and have me answer their questions live has been an invaluable resource to them learning and applying the course material.
Final Exam and Certificate ($1,000 Value)
Showcase your knowledge to your current or future employer with a course completion certificate. Everyone is looking for qualified employees. Armed with the knowledge you learn and your course certificate you'll be able to stand out from other candidates.
Download Everything and Learn Offline ($2,200 Value)
This is like having your own personal classroom, on the plane, in a car, on the bucket at a job site? It doesn't matter because with the ability to download all of my course material you can learn no matter where you are
Here are some of the most common questions my students ask prior to enrolling in the course.
I've created three different packages because I realize some of my students have to fund their training themselves. By breaking up the course into three packages I'm able to serve the most students.
Yes, this program is designed for all skill levels. The first 6 modules form the base level of understanding that all BAS professionals should have including salespersons and managers. If you decide to increase your knowledge further there are 9 advanced modules to enable you to take your knowledge to the next level.
I have extensive real-world experience with both Building Automation Systems and Information Technology. I led the integration program for Johnson Controls prior to owning Building Automation Monthly. I have designed networks and application architectures for dozens of projects.
In addition to this I have two Master's Degrees (Information Systems and Cyber Security) and several IT certifications (CCNA, CCDA, CISSP, MCSD Web Apps, TOGAF Certified)
The course platform supports comments, which I encourage you to use for your questions.
One of the things I can point most of my success to is developing a robust network of professionals who I can share ideas and questions with.
I do provide group discounts for the Platinum Package. The discount is based on the size of the group. Please e-mail me at Phil@philzito.com for further details.
No, as soon as the course opens you will have full access to all of the modules in your package. There will be a series of e-mails I send out with suggested timelines but if you want to consume the entire course over a couple of days you are more than welcome to do so.
The most common misconception about this course is that it is only for techs. This is information you need to know whether you are in sales, engineering, or operations.
The time will come, and for many of you it has already come, where you will be asked to explain building automation, control systems, project processes, and the list goes on and on....
After this course you will be able to CRUSH those conversations and stand head and shoulders above your peers and competition!
This course was designed to be completed over 30 days. Each day will take on average 15 minutes. However, I unlock the entire course immediately so you could conceivably consume the information faster. I recommend that you follow the e-mail sequence I send out that way you are on pace with the rest of the class.
All of my videos are available on my course website which is supported by the best-in-class online training platform Thinkific. You will be able to watch the course videos online. If you have the Platinum package you will be able to download the course videos/audio to consume the content offline.
Prior to each call I will send out a form that you can complete in order to ask any questions you may have. I will answer submitted questions first and then will answer live questions with the time remaining.
These calls will be recorded so that you can watch them later.
The class is online and self-paced. As soon as you enroll you will have life long access to the course!
If you've followed me for any amount of time you'll know that I'm pretty transparent. If you have a question I haven't answered here please send me an e-mail at Phil@philzito.com with your question, I'd love to answer it.