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Building Management and Maintenance, A.O.S.

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Degree: Associate in Occupational Studies
HEGIS Code: 5317
Curriculum Code: 0576
Campus Location: City

Engineering & Technologies Division

Pre-Admission Recommendations: 2 years Math
Recommended H.S. Courses and/or Experiences: Drafting/CAD, Business Courses, Building Trades, or Shop Courses.

Career Opportunities/Further Education: Facilities Manager, Director of Building Services, Building Automation Control Technician, Sales of Products and Service, Building Inspector, Building Mechanic, and many more.

Program Description

The Building Management and Maintenance curriculum prepares students to assume key positions in fields of facility operations and property management. There is a great need for highly-trained individuals to operate, manage and maintain various kinds of facilities both locally and nationally. The curriculum is unique among New York State colleges in providing this technical and managerial training.

The student will gain knowledge in the following areas: operation of a building's mechanical system; overview of the building trades; and managerial/supervisory skills and business practices. Our program aims to develop skills which are needed for planning, scheduling and controlling the efficient operation and repair of state-of-the-art equipment and buildings.

The facilities operations and property management fields will require a thorough understanding of the construction and maintenance process. This is accomplished by utilizing trade-specific software for estimating, project management, and preventative maintenance.  The training will also include computer simulations which provide students both problem solving and troubleshooting skills. The curriculum provides hands-on activities to augment and complete the education of the student.

Positions our graduates may acquire include: facilities manager, director of building services, building inspector, building automation controls technician, building engineer, property manager, building mechanic, and sales representative for building services and products.

Although this degree is designed for students entering the work force, our graduates have successfully transferred to several area colleges, such as Empire State College.  At Empire State, students can work toward a B.P.S. (Baccalaureate of Professional Studies) in Facilities Management, Sports Facilities Management or Business Administration. Some graduates have also transferred to the State University of New York College at Buffalo's Vocational Education Department to pursue trade teaching positions.

Program Competencies

Upon graduation with an Associate in Occupational Studies degree in the field of Building Management and Maintenance, the graduate will be able to:

  • operate, maintain and troubleshoot building mechanical systems (HVAC, electrical, power distribution, plumbing, etc);
  • operate, maintain, and troubleshoot structural systems;
  • develop operational forms for a facility;
  • demonstrate knowledge of multiple trades, tool usage, and safety procedures;
  • develop and implement Standard Operating Procedure (S.O.P.) manual;
  • develop and implement preventive maintenance program(s);
  • estimate labor, material and equipment for the maintenance function;
  • manage a project, renovation, or remodeling for a facility;
  • perform an energy audit and make recommendations for cost effective retrofits;
  • supervise the maintenance function-personnel, work, load balancing, problem solving and scheduling;
  • develop a training program in various media formats or subordinates;
  • interpret and use financial and legal documents;
  • demonstrate communication skills through an extensive, multi-format presentation-video, oral, or written;
  • interpret residential and commercial blueprints;
  • understand dynamics of management-human resources productivity, corrective action, cognitive/psychomotive; and 
  • be aware of day-to-day operational considerations.


Total Degree Credits: 64.0

Full-Time Students

Second Year, Fall Semester


NOTE (1):  This is a recommended sequence.  Each student should consult their academic adviser prior to registering.

NOTE (2):  Students with a Math level lower than MT 006 must take BM 180 and then BM 181.

* Student may choose a course from the three certificate programs (Building Trades, Green Building Technology, or HVAC/R).  The selection must be approved by an Advisor, and the course should be trade related or career path related.

** Suggested Business elective courses follow; however, course must be approved by Advisor and be based on student's interest and career path.

Articulation Agreements - The Building Management and Maintenance curriculum currently has articulation agreements with Buffalo Public Schools and Erie 1 BOCES.

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