Traverse City's first building operator certification training program features deeply discounted tuition of only $300 for public building operators

July 12, 2017

Nick Assendelft (Michigan Agency for Energy), 517-284-8300

LANSING, Mich. – Tuition for the first-ever building operator certification (BOC) program in Traverse City is only $300 for public building operators, a significant discount made possible by the Michigan Energy Office (MEO), the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA) and EPA Region 5.

The class will begin August 9 at the Traverse City State Office Building, 701 S. Elmwood.

The BOC class provides students with the skills needed to identify and implement ways to reduce energy waste and cut energy bills, a key part of Michigan’s new aggressive energy waste reduction goals.

Michigan graduates of the BOC program have been proven to save an average of $10,800 annually on electric bills of the buildings where they implement changes, according to the MEEA.

 “Adding to the army of trained building operators in Michigan is a worthwhile investment that will reap significant savings for years to come,” notes Valerie Brader, executive director of the Michigan Agency for Energy (MAE), of which the MEO is part. “Facilities with BOC graduates are proven to save energy, have lower energy bills and offer improved comfort for occupants.”

BOC training includes nearly 74 hours of classroom and project work (7.4 CEUs) in building systems operation and maintenance. Each course in the series is completed in a one-day training session offered every other week, except BOC 1001 Energy Efficient Operation of Building HVAC Systems, which is a two-day course. To complete the series, participants must pass a test at the end of each training day and complete five assigned projects. Unless otherwise noted, training begins at 8 a.m. and ends by 4 p.m. Space is limited. Early registration is encouraged.

Individuals interested in the Traverse City BOC program should email Joy Wang at More information on the BOC program is available at

On June 12, the MEEA selected the MEO as one of two entities to receive BOC training for up to 30 public building operators for $300 per student. The MEO submitted its application for this program with the support of K-12 schools, municipalities, universities, the State of Michigan and others.

MEEA calculated its estimated average annual per participant energy savings to be 100,500 kilowatt-hours per year, equivalent to $10,800 annually at Michigan electricity rates. The savings per credentialed operator ranges from over $3,000 to nearly $19,500 per year.

The MEO provides technical and financial assistance to public and private sector organizations, to lower energy costs and reduce energy waste. MEO's programs promote adaptable, affordable, reliable, and environmentally protective energy options, including energy efficiency and renewable energy. MEO is largely funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and is part of MAE.

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