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You've probably been told that you need to have a mechanical background and that you need to know HVAC to be a building automation professional.
That's only partially true.
You do need to understand how HVAC works. But do you need to know how to change compressors, install and service fan motors, and clean the tubes of chillers?
Yet listening to some folks in the BAS industry and looking at what is being taught in the trade schools you wouldn't know that.
I've trained over 2,400 students in BAS and almost 72% of them had little to no HVAC background when they started.
Here's what you really need to know.
You need to understand how HVAC systems should work. And more importantly you need to understand how your BAS should interact with the HVAC systems to provide optimal control and comfort.
After all your goals as a BAS professional are to:
At this point you're probably wondering how you can learn HVAC and BAS Control Sequences. Don't worry I will teach you how you can do this later on this page. But before we go there, I need you to realize something.
You can learn IT, programming, sales, design, and operations.
But, if you don't understand HVAC none of that matters.
I know, that's not the most "Politically Correct" thing to say but it's the truth. I've seen it play out time and time again throughout my career managing a large team of BAS professionals and then later in my career when I managed the Technical Integration Program for Johnson Controls.
The people who succeeded in BAS and outperformed their peers, often by a factor of 3x to 4x, were those who understood HVAC. Now here's the thing.
A good chunk of these folks were not mechanics.
You see the HVAC knowledge you learn as a mechanic is often different than what you learn as a BAS professional. So here is the first thing you need to write down.
Most mechanics often learn to control HVAC systems based on electromechanical thermostats. You know the devices that enable cooling and heating based on a little wall mounted thermostat. In the world of BAS we control HVAC based on setpoints, variables, and standards. These are completely different then what the average mechanic deals with.
Let that sink in for a second.
I'm not disparaging mechanics, quite the contrary, mechanics have some amazing knowledge but it's knowledge that is often not needed in the world of BAS. I couldn't change a compressor to save my life yet I've programmed some of the most complex HVAC sequences you will ever see.
When I start working with a student I often have to deprogram them. A lot of BAS professionals have been led to believe three myths about HVAC. Fortunately we've already dealt with myth #1, "You must be a mechanic to understand how to control HVAC".
The other two myths are:
There are only so many things you need to learn about HVAC to be successful. You don't need to know how to change compressors, install fan motors, or rebuild valves (I know shocking...).
The reality is you need to know how these things work but not how to "do them".
I get it, that flies in the face of everything you've been taught. But if that was the case then how are hundreds of my students who have no mechanical background effectively designing and programming BAS?
It's because they learned the right things about HVAC (don't worry I'll tell you what those are in just a little bit).
Here's the deal, when you look at how BAS folks are learning HVAC, many of them are still going through the same old methods that have been being used for decades. Let's see if some of these sound familiar?
Don't get me wrong, those things can eventually get you to the place where you understand HVAC but those actions take years, if not decades and if you don't happen to be assigned to a job with the "right" type of equipment you won't learn what you need to learn.
There has to be a better way...
I'm just like you.
I came out of the US Navy in 2007 and didn't know anything about HVAC. But yet, one year later I was leading the service team for Johnson Controls in Seattle.
What I'm about to teach you, if you apply it, will change your career. These are the same exact steps I teach in my $1,999 Control Sequences course, albeit I take around 20 hours to teach them in the course.
Back in 2007, I was a new BAS technician I didn't know anything. I was sent to 3 weeks of Alerton training and told to go program systems.
My first project was at an Intel Fabrication plant. It had 300 VAV boxes, several AHU's and several centrifugal chillers. Talk about a recipe for disaster.
I was over my head.
The mechanics on the job tried to teach me by explaining the intricacies of how the compressors worked on the chillers, and the different ways of controlling fans but those things had little to do with how to actually control these systems.
Fortunately for me a senior engineer at my company took me aside and worked with me every morning for several weeks.
The way he laid out the systems was different then any way I'd ever been taught.
He focused on the following things (by the way you'll want to take notes):
It was this process that helped me to master sequences. You see most folks focus on the individual pieces. They don't think about the system and how changes to one part of the system will affect the rest of the system.
You have to make a mental shift to succeed in BAS.
You've been taught that there is only one way you can learn how HVAC control sequences work. I've just showed you that is not true. If you do nothing else but practice the steps I just laid out for you, your ability to learn HVAC will increase massively.
But as great as that process was I still needed to spend a significant amount of time learning about the individual pieces that made up the systems I was controlling.
And that learning took a ton of time. It involved:
This process took me several hours every night for all of 2007 and most of 2008.
Look, it's not feasible to spend upwards of 1,000 hours researching and learning how HVAC control sequences work.
So I got to thinking.
Since learning how HVAC control sequences work is the biggest challenge faced by BAS Professionals how can I address this challenge?
After noodling on this idea for several months I came up with an idea.
What if I took the process I learned and all of the research I did and I compacted it into an online course.
This would allow my students to bypass all of the research associated with learning HVAC control sequences.
And since the course was online, it would become a library that my students could refer back to incase they got stuck on a project where they couldn't practice what they just learned.
So in April of 2018, after 2 months of beta testing I rolled out Control Sequence Fundamentals.
Control Sequence Fundamentals is a fully online, lifetime access training program that takes you along the same journey I took (except it does it in just under 20 hours).
If you or your team have been struggling to learn how HVAC control sequences work then Control Sequence Fundamentals is the solution to your problem.
Module 1: Control Sequence Overviews
Learn what control sequences are and how control sequences are structured.
Module 2: Interpreting Sequences
Master the step-by-step process of interpreting control sequences.
Module 3: Common Space Sequences
Duration: 1h 10m
Create the foundational system knowledge that allows the student to understand the relationship between space control and upstream systems.
Module 4: Common Airside Sequences
Duration: 4h 31m
Discover the different ways of controlling and conditioning the air stream along with the interrelationships between air systems and water systems.
Module 5: Hot Water Systems
Duration: 2h 25m
Learn what hot water systems are, how they are controlled, and how other systems interact with and influence hot water systems.
Module 6: Chilled Water Systems
Duration: 2h 37m
Gain an awareness of how and why chilled water systems are used, the methods and processes that control chilled water systems, and the limitations of chilled water systems.
Module 7: Pumping Systems
Learn what the different strategies for pumping and piping are and how these strategies effect the control and efficiency of water based heating and cooling.
Module 8: Unitary Systems
Learn how unitary systems are controlled and how the effect existing building systems.
Module 9: 2-Pipe Systems
Learn what a 2-pipe system is and how to properly control building systems that are supplied by 2-pipe systems.
Module 10: CRAC Units
Learn what CRAC and CRAH systems are, how underfloor cooling works, and the gotchas associated with controlling integrated systems.
Module 11: VRV Systems
Learn what VRV and VRF systems are, how they are controlled, and the complexities of integrating and controlling non-standard systems.
Module 12: Recovery Units
Learn the three different kinds of recovery systems, how they are controlled, and the effect they have on other systems.
Module 13: Integration Sequences
Duration: 1h 26m
Discover the multiple forms of integration, how the integration process works and how to interpret integration specifications.
Module 14: Mapping Out Sequences
Duration: 2h 50m
In this module students look over my shoulder as I create one line diagrams for each sequence of operations from scratch.
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Grow in your comfort level of how HVAC works
"After completing this course I feel more experienced and comfortable working with systems like chillers, boilers, RTUs and AHUs.
Also I am able to explain technical terminology to nontechnical audience like I did past week to our new hire, who appreciated it and thought that I am a good teacher. So thanks to you Phil.
The value of lifetime access to the course
"It really makes a difference seeing the sequences applied to a diagram and listening to you collate it into something diagramatic. When I took the Niagara 4 class and it started with diagramming (and the points they used drove me nuts given my programming background), I knew I needed to really understand the WHY. And though I still need to refresh and restudy some content (thank you for the ability to have lifetime access to the course), I feel like I now "get" it. THANK YOU. That was why I took the course.
The breadth of what you covered is amazing. Thank you so much for the leg-up in the field. It really does help."
Learn on the go, no matter where you are
Listen to this audio testimonial from one of my students on the value of having online access to the course.
My new program Control Sequence 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 understand how you can use a BAS to control HVAC systems. I know from experience that one of the biggest factors to a BAS professionals success is their understanding of HVAC. My program Control Sequence Fundamentals will teach you how a BAS controls HVAC. I believe in Control Sequence Fundamentals so much, I am offering a 30-day money back guarantee. " - Phil Zito
If at any time during your first 30 days of owning Control Sequence Fundamentals you feel that I have not provided you the ability to better understand how a BAS controls HVAC, 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.
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:
That's easily a value of $7,300 dollars!
This course is the culmination of my decade worth of BAS controls experience. I've spent over $140,000 dollars acquiring this knowledge and I've spent over 250+ hours creating this course. The cost of my time and knowledge easily exceeds $210,000 dollars.
If the course accomplished just one of the things below:
Each one of those benefits would easily be worth the $20,000+ that traditional trade school programs costs. And the good news is that my program Control Sequence Fundamentals will deliver all THREE of those benefits and more!
For those who order Control Sequence Fundamentals today, I have a special bonus.
Office Hours = biweekly live group video calls (value $7,800)
Biweekly office hours to discuss any questions related to the course
You can't move forward in your BAS career without understanding how a BAS controls HVAC systems.
Whether you are in sales, operations, or engineering, the ability to understand HVAC sequences will determine whether your career is a success or failure. I've seen this play out time and time again from working with thousands of BAS professionals.
The good news is that you have a choice.
You have come to a fork in the road of your career.
Before you lies two roads.
The wide road is the road most BAS professionals take. This road is filled with lost dreams and broken careers. Years agonizing over the inability to truly understand how to apply BAS to HVAC. Late days on jobsites trying to fix sequences that were improperly understood. I've been down this road, it's painful, and it's the reason I'm partially bald.
But there is another road.
This road is smaller, and if you don't know where to look for it you might miss it. This road allows you to tap into the knowledge of a guide who understands HVAC sequences. Who has been in your shoes and can teach you exactly what you need to know. Those who choose this road avoid the pain of learning through trial and error, they arrive at the finish line faster, and without the bumps and bruises.
My program Control Sequence Fundamentals is that road. I will guide you through learning exactly what you need to know about HVAC sequences. And the best news is because you have lifetime access to Control Sequence Fundamentals you will be able to refer back to what you've learned time and time again.
Hundreds of students have made the choice to enroll in Control Sequence Fundamentals. I look forward to hearing about your success after you complete Control Sequence Fundamentals.
Yes, Phil, I choose to invest in myself by purchasing Control Sequence Fundamentals to grow my knowledge of how to control HVAC systems. I understand that when I reserve my spot today, I'm getting:
The Total ACTUAL Retail Value Of This Program Is $14,699!
But when I purchase Control Sequence Fundamentals today my investment is only one payment of $1999 or four payments of $549
Here are some of the most common questions my students ask prior to enrolling in the course.
The only skill required for this course is a surface level understanding of building automation systems. In order to take the most from this course you must understand the basic parts and pieces of a building automation system. If you do not possess this knowledge I recommend signing up for my Building Automation Fundamentals Course.
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 installed, designed, programmed, and project managed hundreds of projects and have dealt with some of the most complex HVAC designs.
The course platform supports comments, which I encourage you to use for your questions.
I do provide group discounts. 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. 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.
This course was designed to be completed over 30 days. Each day will take on average 1 hour. 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 or download the course videos/audio to consume the content offline.
The 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.