GLEN ELLYN, Ill., March 15, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The new Building Automation Systems Certificate program at College of DuPage will prepare students for a growing field that merges traditional heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration knowledge with computer and IT skills.A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/7e353d6a-c8ac-44f9-b6f0-a8470f48a60aRecently approved by the Illinois Community College Board, the program is aimed at students who want entry-level positions as building controls technicians and current building stationary operating engineers who want to upgrade their skills and credentials.“In a vast majority of commercial buildings, whether they are medium or industrial sized, the building’s systems – including lights, elevators, heating and cooling, and alarms – are now controlled and monitored by computers,” said Jim Janich, Professor of HVACR. “Building automation is the fastest-growing area of the HVACR industry and makes up the core of the ‘green building’ trend. The perfect worker is someone who knows both the mechanical and computer systems, and a lot of companies are desperate to hire these people. But too few employees currently have both skills sets.”To prepare for this program, Janich wrote letters to manufacturers of digital control systems worldwide to discuss equipment needs and curriculum. Automated Logic Corporation, located in DuPage County, replied and eventually donated $50,000 in hardware and software as well as expertise in curriculum development.The new certificate consists of 37 credits and includes six new courses: Heating Principles, Building Automation Systems Object-Oriented Programming (both I and II), Building Commissioning, Building Automation Systems Solutions and Building Automation Systems Integration with Open Protocols. Janich and Bob Clark, Assistant Professor of HVACR, also worked on curriculum with the BEST (Building Efficiency for a Sustainable Tomorrow) Center, a national collaborative that promotes state-of-the-art building technician education in public two- and four-year colleges and universities. Click here to read more.Press contact: Joe Moore, Vice President for Marketing and Communications, (630) 942-2371.