Employee Skill Assessment Tool v2.0
Companies come to us when their existing staff are unable to keep up with backlog, they aren't hitting the amount of profit per employee that they'd like, or they are trying to skill up new or existing employees to perform building automation work.
We utilize a proven five step process that provides measurable increases in the abilities of our customers technical staff.
On the page below we will describe our five step process.
We will also provide an overview of each of our courses and our training process.
Building Automation Fundamentals takes the student through a complete look at BAS components, processes, and use scenarios. The purpose is to provide a foundational set of knowledge upon which the student can build their career. All of my other courses are dependent on a student having this foundational knowledge.
TOTAL COURSE DURATION: 10h 45m
"I feel that anyone working in the controls field should learn this material. Its definitely very informative and can propel the average BAS professional further in their career."
"I wish my company had started this earlier for me and hadn't waited till i was 7 months in. I came from never doing anything controls wise before in my life to now starting up and completing my own jobs solo."
"I believe this course covers the basics in great detail and breaks things down into what you actually need to know. This saves a lot of time and allows you to cover more area. I also think it is very helpful that Phil is readily available for questions of any sort. All of my questions were answered within minutes. "
Design for BAS Professionals takes the student from start to finish through the process of designing a BAS. We begin by reviewing a set of mechanical drawings, specifications, and scope of work. We perform a mock sales to operations hand-off and then move through the process of creating a full set of submittal documentation. Along the way we address topics like, RFI’s, submittal rejection, close out documentation, and advanced design strategies like retrofit and IP controller designs.
TOTAL COURSE DURATION: 17h 12m
"This course helps to see the process of how it all comes together and to know the roles and responsibilities of people involved in case questions arise during the integration or programming process.:
"This course gave me a different perspective on the tasks I have been doing for years. For me, the course was kind of like learning a second language, which provides you with a better understanding of your native language. This course is helpful and instructive, and no one else is teaching it like this."
"I have a better understanding on how design ties into all the HVAC equip and controls. I can now navigate drawings and update AB drawings with confidence.
Information Technology for BAS Professionals will make the student conversational in IT so that they confidently work with IT departments during the sales and/or operational phases of a BAS project. The student will spend 6 modules learning the fundamental IT skills needed to be “conversational” and then can dive deeper with more advanced topics and hands-on exercises in the remaining 7 modules.
TOTAL COURSE DURATION: 34h 21m
"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... "
"This course is great. The turn around on request to IT has gone from weeks to days, even a lot of same day service because I know how to ask for things and justify my request in their terms.
"I think the course was very helpful in that for the most part it stayed focused on IT concepts that pertained to BAS. It was good that it cut out alot of the stuff that you really DONT need to know. I also feel much more confident talking to IT people and discussing what we actually need from them and what they need from us. "
Students will do a comprehensive study of control sequences. We will move from simple terminal units all the way to complex central plants. During this course the student will learn the theory specific to systems control. While this course will address theory, it is theory tempered by my experience with over a decade of working on some of the most complex projects in the world. Students will learn the why behind BAS control strategies and will leave with a solid understanding of “how” systems work.
TOTAL COURSE DURATION: 19h 16m
"I feel really good about using this course because you can complete it on your own time. and being in controls we're travelling all the time so trying to get us in a classroom setting is very difficult. I've actually gone thru controls courses at MATC and I feel that your method of teaching was great and even better than being in a classroom setting."
"Great course for someone like me this has very little experience with how these systems work. I really like the whiteboard and mapping out the sequences so I can visualize what's happening. Your explaining the processes of all these different systems, how they are controlled, and how they come together has given me some confidence that I now will have at least a general idea of what I'm dealing with when in the field. Thanks!"
" This course for me was able to take me from Not ever even laying eyes on a sequence of operations to being able to follow one and understand what the overall expectations. Just being able to look at a document with confidence is really going to help me take hold of this career."
BAS Programming Fundamentals is designed to teach students how to program from scratch. In this course students will learn how to use design patterns to rapidly develop programs. Students will also learn how to use design patterns to "reverse engineer" existing programs.
TOTAL COURSE DURATION: 8h 54m
"This was the first and only course I found that teaches the mindset to approach programming. I went from programming nothing to programming, chillers from sequences, in weeks."
"I just completed my first job that was all mine. 11different RTUs, 44VAV's, small boiler room, EF and some pressure stuff I wouldn't of been able to do that without this course Johnson controls and Honeywell eagles being used so this course was extremely helpful"
"I feel a lot more confident in my programming ability after doing this course and all of the exercises."
BAS Protocol Bootcamp is designed to teach technical BAS professionals everything they need to know about BACnet, Lon, and Modbus in the shortest amount of time possible so that they can effectively design, install, and support systems based on these protocols.
TOTAL COURSE DURATION: 6h 51m
"This course is very insightful and provides information that helps to understand the protocols used in BAS. It has given me a better understanding of LON, Modbus and BACnet"
"This is one of the best training courses that I've had. Even though I have had worked with BACNet and Modbus protocols a lot, you answered some of the questions that I always had in my head. Deffenetely enriched my knowledge about standards, rules and configuration of the protocols that we use now on our industry."
In this fully online course building automation professionals learn how to install, set up, configure and checkout building automation systems.
Utilizing the 32 cheat sheets, checklists, and exercises provided in the course students will follow a controls submittal (included) as they mount, wire, power, configure, and checkout building automation controls.
TOTAL COURSE DURATION: 23h 18m
"This is a very extensive overview of BAS startup and checkout topics and I would highly recommend it."
"This course is loaded with valuable information for multiple systems and points of interest. I would highly recommend this course to any partner or colleague interested in learning more about how to set up, inspect, and operate multiple systems for Building control and automation. I am able to work more independently since taking this course, I have successfully troubleshooted a number of issues I have encountered without the need to ask for help of the senior technician, and I now understand how many devices operate including their purpose, and what to do if that device malfunctions."
"I feel the course is a great step by step program in understanding how to perform startup and checkout for a BAS. The organization of the course is organized in a way that it mirrors work in the field. "
Building Automation Monthly's (BAM) courses are fully online, on-demand, accelerated learning experiences that will level up your employees talent and skill level from the very first video lesson.
Every course goes through an extensive beta process with a minimum of 50 paid students prior to being rolled out. This ensures that every single minute of every lesson is delivering valuable insights that your employees can apply immediately.
If you don't use it, you lose it. Or at least that's how the saying goes.
But what if you didn't have to lose it?
Because BAM's courses come with online, on-demand access your employees can watch the lesson once or dozens of times.
But what if my employee has a question?
BAM has you covered there as well.
Every other week there are live office hours where your employees can ask any questions they have about the course. Can't wait for a live office hour session? Every module comes with an easy to use discussion board to ask any questions about the course.
I (Phil Zito, CEO of BAM LLC) managed a $60M operations team with 22 BAS professionals. I know first hand how hard it can be to develop your employees when you are managing finances, sales, and operations (plus the occasional site visit).
With BAM's courses you don't have to sacrifice developing your employees in order to do the rest of your job.
When you enroll your employees in BAM's courses, you will be provided an easy to follow course workbook.
The course workbook lays out the objectives for each lesson along with a series of questions that you can use during your conversations with your employees to ensure that they are growing in their knowledge of BAS.
And when your employees grow so does the profitability of your business.
You can access the course workbook for each course in the course descriptions above.
Hi name is Phil Zito and I am going to provide you and your employees the best BAS training to help you grow your business and succeed even more in the world of Building Automation.
My backstory: I started back in 2007 with no knowledge of 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 for a $250M line of business.
I know exactly what your employees 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.”
Here are some of the most common questions managers ask prior to enrolling their students in our courses.
Here are just a few of the companies we have provided training to:
Albireo Energy, Alerton, Automated Logic, CBRE | ESI, Climatec, GSA, Hoffman Building Technologies, Johnson Controls, Long Building Technologies, Schneider Electric, Sunbelt Controls, Trane.
We have had 4,600+ students since November 2017 and have provided training to students on every continent in the world except Antarctica.
BAM's programs are designed for all skill levels. Each module builds upon on another and assumes no prior knowledge unless explicitly states in the course description.
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 systems, networks, and application architectures for hundreds 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)
You can personally experience my knowledge and teaching ability by watching the free sample lessons above, listening to the 180+ podcast episodes we have recorded, or exploring our YouTube channel where we post regular educational videos.
The course platform supports comments, which students use extensively for their questions. Questions are answered within 24-hours (often faster) during normal working hours.
From the first day you enroll employees into our courses our training admin will begin to track their progress. We have automated weekly e-mails that are sent to them to remind them of their assigned lessons.
We can also provide status reports for these students to you via e-mail on a regular basis if required.
As soon as you purchase our corporate program your employee will be assigned their assessment. Upon completion of their assessment they will have full access to all of the modules in their assigned course.
Each course was designed to be completed over 30 days. Each day will take on average 15 minutes. However, we unlock the entire course immediately so your employees could conceivably consume the information faster.
All of BAM's videos are available on our course website which is supported by the best-in-class online training platform Thinkific. Upon purchasing the course your employee will receive a series of e-mails that guide you through how to access the course.
Once your employee accesses the course, they will be able to watch the course videos online and download the course audio to consume the content offline.
Each course is online and self-paced. As soon as you enroll your employee will have one year's access to the course(s)!
We have an optional exam that students can complete at the end of the course. If they complete the exam with a score of 90% or greater they will receive a certificate of completion.
In addition to this, each course comes with a course workbook. we recommend you use this course workbook to evaluate your employees mastery of the course material.
If you have a question we haven't answered here please send us an e-mail at [email protected] or call us at 262-441-1991 with your question, we'd love to answer it.