A building automation class has been added to the Washington D.C. Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committee’s (JATC) curriculum to provide electrical workers and contractors with the most up-to-date training on modern buildings automation systems.
“The JATC decided to offer the class because modern office buildings require a complete understanding of building management and automation systems installation and maintenance. It’s a necessary step to ensure our workers are the most trained and knowledgeable,” said Ralph Neidert, a master electrician in Virginia, Maryland, and West Virginia and assistant director at the JATC.
The JATC is sponsored by the Electrical Alliance, a cooperative effort between the Washington, DC Chapter of NECA and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, (IBEW) Local 26. The JATC offers accredited apprenticeship programs that prepare students to excel in tomorrow’s electrical industry and continuing education that readies experienced electricians for work on tomorrow’s systems.
The building automation class consists of class discussion, presentation and hands-on training on newly installed building automation equipment including power metering, security, temperature control and lighting and features the new “Niagara FrameworkR” software across Lonworks, BACnet and Modbus protocols. The platform integrates diverse systems and devices regardless of manufacturer or communication protocol, into a unified platform that can be easily managed and controlled in real time over the Internet using a standard web browser.
The class is scheduled to begin on January 12th, 2012 and run every Thursday for 14 weeks. The class is open to all inside wiremen, residential wiremen, telecom technicians and apprentices.
Visit www.washdcjatc.org for more information.