Why You Must Learn IT If You Want To Keep Your Job In Building Automation

On this page, you will learn:

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    Why th​​​​​e future of your career depends on you learning IT
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    How the recent advancements in building automation technology can either grow your BAS career or end it
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    How a few simple changes can make your interactions with IT painless

Maybe you’ve noticed the shift taking place in the market, maybe you haven’t… 

The reality is that the change is happening whether you noticed it or not…

Meetings with IT are becoming a requirement and IT is an influential voice in whether your projects get approved… IT even has a say on whether your company’s proposal gets selected…

And unfortunately the  BAS industry is woefully unprepared for the onslaught of IP-enabled hardware, cloud-based systems, edge analytics, and micro-services that are going to be unleashed on the market. And if you don't know why the technologies I just mentioned are important then that means you are woefully unprepared as well. 

But it doesn't have to be that way. 

Over the next couple paragraphs I'm going to show you how you can stay relevant, you can continue to have a successful career in BAS.

I'm also going to show you how you can massively increase your knowledge of IT. When I say massively increase, I mean that you can bypass years of studying and trial and error, and learn IT in a couple days. Because let's be real, that's what you need. You need a steroid injection of IT know-how to rapidly get you up to speed. 

What would it be like to be able to:

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    Lead and motivate IT in meetings, so that you get what your project needs
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    Understand and communicate your IT needs, without getting a degree in IT
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    Future proof your BAS career by understanding the IT systems that BAS being released to the market use right now!

Further down this page, I am going to tell you how you can sign up for this groundbreaking training program. 

As BAS professionals we are asked to know a lot. We need to know contracting, HVAC, electrical systems, local codes, project management, and the list goes on. And now with Building Automation Manufacturers releasing new control systems that are dependent on IT… We’ve got to learn IT as well…

Just this year two major manufacturers released IP and wireless-enabled control lines, more manufacturers are gearing up to do the same… yet in the field sales people, engineers, and technicians are struggling to have basic conversations with IT…

There are only two ways this ends… Adapt or perish…

I Went Through This Transformation As Well

As you sit there reading this, maybe you’re like I was, you know you need to grow in your knowledge of IT but it seems so overwhelming. I mean, where do you even start? Do you grab a book and start reading? Do you go to a community college and take a few classes? Do you attend a certification class?

All of these actions are good, but do they get you to where you need to be? Do they teach you what a BAS Professional needs to know…

And then there is the problem of time, it’s very likely that you are working 40 to 50 hours a week with 2 hours of driving each day as well. All told that’s 60 hours a week. How can you fit in months and for some of you maybe years of studying with that kind of schedule…

The Reality Is If You Don't Learn IT You Will Get Replaced

The reality is, that if you don’t find a way to fit in the time, to learn IT you will get replaced. I know, I know… They can’t replace all the knowledge you have in your head, the years you’ve spent mastering HVAC, Design Engineering, and Sales… But history say’s your wrong…

There are scores of former pneumatics technicians and old-school designers who at best are getting paid peanuts and at worst are without a job… The same is happening, I see it everyday engineers battling against razor thin margins who realize that learning technology is their only hope… Technicians confronted with IP controls, subnets, routing, NAT, and all sorts of other three letter IT acronyms that must adapt…  Salespersons who are being challenged by an emboldened IT organization who have the final say in whether their proposal is accepted…

This is the tip of the iceberg, it’s only going to get more intense. And those of you who don’t adapt, you will perish…

But It Doesn't Have To Be That Way

You can change your fate. You can choose to become one of the BAS professionals who embraces the future. You can escape the “IT Knowledge Gap” before it sucks you down.

You can decide right now, that learning IT is vitally important to you career, invest in yourself, future-proof your career, and make IT an ally, not an enemy. I believe you can do this, I believe that you can take the time and learn IT, no matter what your technical skill level is.

But what if you don't want to take months and maybe years to learn IT. What if there was a way to rocket to the top, to quickly make quantum leaps in your knowledge of IT?

There is, but first, let me tell you what most folks do...

The Old Way Of Learning IT

When most BAS folks set about learning IT they follow a path that looks something like this...

Pick up a couple books, read maybe a quarter of the way through and then get bored. They then move onto watching videos but the person teaching doesn't understand BAS and the challenges we face so there's a disconnect.

Now at their wits end they try to go to a boot camp class only to find that the class teaches 10% of what they need to know and 90% of what they don't (History of the Internet and OSPF Routing Algorithms anyone ....)

So how can you learn IT quickly and only learn what you need? This sounds impossible. But it's not impossible... You just need to make sure that the solution you choose meets these 5 criteria:

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    The trainer must have a background in BAS and have actually worked with IT on BAS Projects
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    The training program needs to focus on step-by-step processes that you can apply right now to solve your IT challenges 
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    The training must be able to be accessed without physically attending a class and must be consumable while you are on the go (you know how much time us BAS folks spend in the car)
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    The training must have short, easy to understand videos that assume no prior knowledge
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    There must be a way to collaborate with other BAS Professionals in order to grow in your knowledge once the course is over

My Journey Towards IT Mastery

My entire career in building automation has been one of learning. That's why I love BAS so much and encourage folks to enter the field.  However, I wasn't always the IT expert I am now.  You see, when I talk about the path most folks take to learn IT I talk with conviction and experience because I've taken that path before. Just take a look at the picture below.

Yes, that is a "part" of my "journey" towards IT mastery sitting on a shelf in my closet. What you don't see are the over three years and thousands of hours of studying to gain two Master's Degrees in IT and over 6 IT certifications.

The reality is, I didn't need to do any of this. I just needed someone who had been in my shoes, who had made the journey...

To tell me what I needed to learn, to cut out the fluff...

But there wasn't anyone like that... I had to go it alone... 

But You're Not Alone

You, my friend, are not in that position... You have arrived here at the perfect time. A time when all of the knowledge you need to know has been captured. Now you just need a way to get access to this information and you need to have someone who has been in your shoes...

Someone who has made the journey...

So that you can take the hidden shortcut that I didn't know existed...

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    The training program needs to focus on step-by-step processes that you can apply right now to solve your IT challenges 
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    The training must be able to be accessed without physically attending a class and must be consumable while you are on the go (you know how much time us BAS folks spend in the car)
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    The training must have short, easy to understand videos that assume no prior knowledge
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    There must be a way to collaborate with other BAS Professionals in order to grow in your knowledge once the course is over

That's Why I Created IT For BAS Pros

I know for a 100% fact that the need for IT knowledge is only increasing. And it will continue to increase. Everyday I get e-mails from my several thousand followers and 50% of those e-mails have something to do with IT.  At first I tried to answer the e-mails every night but I couldn't keep up.

Next I tried to teach people through podcasts and blog articles but I could only teach parts and pieces.

I realized that to really serve the BAS community I needed to create a training program. That assumed no previous knowledge.

This program needed to take the student through a very clear and defined process that would teach them what they needed to know and only what they needed to know.

So I did what I normally do. I created a training program and recruited over 70+ BAS professionals from all walks of life (engineers, sales reps, technicians, owners, and integrators). I invited them into the course and together we created the training program you are reading about today.

What lies ahead of you is the culmination of years of field experience, Two Master's Degrees, and 6 IT certifications, tempered by the experience and review of over 70+ BAS Professionals.

This is the ultimate IT training program.

But what is the program...

Here's What You're Getting With The IT For BAS Pros Training Program


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Module 1: Intro To IT

Duration:  44m

Learn how IT departments are organized, who you should work within IT to solve BAS problems, and how to get sponsorship from IT to solve your issues.

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    Save time by learning how an IT group is organized so you know exactly who to go to (Lesson 1)
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    Get more done by discovering how to use the IT organization to help influence IT to work with you not against you! (Lesson 2)


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Module 12: Advanced Networking (NAT, VLSM, And QoS)

Duration:  41m

Learn the fundamentals of NAT, VLSM, QoS, and Port Security. This information will help you support BAS installations at the enterprise level.

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    Always stay connected,the secret to keeping your remote BAS connections from being blocked (Lesson 1)
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    Grow with your customers, learn how to design BAS networks that will scale (Lesson 2)
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    Don't let YouTube shut down your BAS learn how to make sure your BAS traffic never gets dropped by the network (Lesson 3)

Checkout a sample video from the course

Preview The Course Workbook




Raving Reviews From My Students


Is it possible to save time and money by learning it?

"This course will pay for itself in half a day. What I've learned in this course has enabled me to do in minutes what used to take hours. This course has paid for itself many times over... "

Todd Cleghorn (Controls Manager)


Why spend time searching the Internet when it's all in one place?

If you want to understand fully how IT and IT staff operate within BAS environment, you NEED to purchase this course. Everything you need to know is all in one place, so you don't have to waste time on areas of IT that aren't relevant to your job.

Simon Hopkins (Sales Account Manager)


What if you had a time machine?

I have a message for you from your future self. “Make the sacrifice required to make this happen. If that means paying for this yourself, DO IT! Having this content tailored to your career will save you hundreds of hours. This is not an exaggeration. Further, when required to dig deeper, you will be so much better prepared for the gauntlet in front of you."

Bob DeGroat (Head of Controls Division)


What could you do with thousand's of dollars?

Phil’s course has saved me thousands of dollars. If people working for you are involved with Building Automation Systems, you need to make this course part of their professional development plan.

Denis O’Connor (Energy Manager and M&V Specialist)

You Are Protected By Phil Zito's "Grow In Your Knowledge Of IT Or Get All Your Money-Back, No-Fuss, 30-Day Guarantee"

My new program Information Technology for Building Automation Professionals comes with my No-Fuss, 30-day, 100% Money-Back Guarantee. 

By the time you finish this program, you will:

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    Intuitively know the answers to information technology questions  
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    Be the information technology expert that everyone turns to  
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    Eliminate project delays caused by IT, so that your projects are delivered On-time and on-budget 
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    Reduce the amount of network, server, and database issues with your BAS by proactively working with IT
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    Increase your income by taking on complex projects and new positions 
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    Know intuitively how to work with IT to resolve issues with your BAS

"My goal is to help you to take your knowledge of information technology to the next level. I believe that anyone can learn information technology. You do not need to be an engineer or even a technical person. It is my personal promise that I will teach you information technology, 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.  " - Phil Zito

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 IT, work with IT, and resolve IT 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 over 1,100+ customers, and have never had a single refund request!)

And you won't have to wait weeks for a refund. I will issue your refund within 3 business days.

What Is This Program Worth

This program will pay for itself and here's why:

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    You will learn to communicate with and influence IT. This alone will easily save you the cost of the course in the time you gain back. (value of $2,400)
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    You will learn the fundamentals of IT, without leaving your house. You will not have to pay travel costs or take time off work. (value of $1,500)
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    You will have the ability to have me personally answer your IT questions on the live office hours calls. You will be able to tap into my vast experience, which if you were able to buy would cost you $300/hr (value of $2,100)
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    You will have lifetime access to the course and all future updates. As students ask questions this course will continue to expand and I will be adding new content to it. (value of $1,300)

That's easily a value of $7,300 dollars!

What if...

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 200+ hours creating this course. The cost of my time and knowledge easily exceeds $170,000 dollars.

If the course accomplished just one of the things below:

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    Empowered to work with and influence IT so you got what you needed for your projects.
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    Gave you access to a network of BAS professionals so that you can get your IT questions answered.
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    Taught you the fundamentals of IT without you having to travel or spend years in class

Each one of those benefits would easily be worth the $3,000+ that traditional IT training costs. And the good news is that my program Information Technology for Building Automation Professionals will deliver all THREE of those benefits and more!


I'm Adding $5,799 Of Bonuses To Make This A No-Brainer Decision

For those who order the online course package today, I have three special bonuses.

Office Hours = biweekly live group video calls (value $2,400)

Biweekly office hours to discuss any questions related to the course

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    Get any and all questions related to the course answered
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    Access the audio and video from the recordings 


Over a Dozen Bonus Lessons and growing! ((value $1,999)

You can stay up to date with the changes happening in the industry to ensure that you are always IT ready!

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    Stay up to date with the changes happening in the industry to ensure that you are always IT ready!
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    Learn about IP controls design, Wireshark, BAS Cyber Security, and much more in these in depth bonus lessons.


28+ Hands on Exercises (value $1,400)

It's one thing to learn IT, it's another thing to learn how to "do" IT. I am constantly adding hands on exercises to help you with your common IT tasks!

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    A constantly growing library of IT exercises to sharpen your skillset
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    Learn by doing so that you can truly understand why and how IT works

It's Time To Decide

What lies before you is the best information technology training for Building Automation System Professionals on the market. This training will give you all of the tools to work with IT, solve IT problems, and future-proof your career.

But it's up to you. Only you can make the choice to invest in yourself. I can't make you click the button below. I've done my best to provide you the best training program on the market for the best value. I've shown you what will happen if you do not grow in your knowledge of IT.

It's up to you now to decide which path you follow.

The path most people take is to continue along, ignorant of the change that is happening around them until it's too late and they've been passed by.

The other path, the one less traveled, is to choose to invest in yourself and grow in your knowledge of IT.

Which one do you choose....

Invest In Yourself

Yes, Phil, I choose to invest in myself by purchasing the Lifetime Access Edition of your program to grow my knowledge of IT. I understand that when I reserve my spot today, I'm getting:

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    Access to all 13 Modules (over 60+ training videos) (Value $4,500)
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    Ability to access the course online and not travel or take time off work (Value $1,000)
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    The course workbook (Value $499)
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    Bi-Weekly Office Hour Webinar Calls (Value $2,400)
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    Final Exam and Certificate (Value $1,000)

The Total ACTUAL Retail Value Of This Program Is $9,399!

But when I purchase the Lifetime Access Edition today my investment is only one payment of $1299 


  • 14 days access to the course
  • 6 Core Modules
  • 7 Advanced Modules
  • Live Biweekly Office Calls
  • 13 Bonus Videos
  • On-demand Downloads of Audio, Video, and Text Files
  • Final Exam and Certification
  • 30 Day Money Back Guarantee


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    Lifetime access
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    6 Core Modules
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    7 Advanced Modules
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    Live Biweekly Office Calls
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    13 Bonus Videos
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    On-demand Downloads of Audio, Video, and Text Files
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    Final Exam and Certification
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    30 Day Money Back Guarantee



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