Building Mechanical Systems-Design, Operation and Maintenance

Online /
December 7, 8 , 12, 2022 /
Course Code: 13-1217-ONL22

  • Overview
  • Syllabus
  • Instructor


Please note, This instructor-led course has specific dates and times:
This course is held online over 3 days (December 7, 8 , 12, 2022) on the following schedule (All times in Eastern Time Zone):

10:00 am to 6:00 pm Eastern (Will include the usual breaks)

After participating in this seminar, you will be able to:
• learn the fundamentals of plumbing and sanitary systems design
• gain a working knowledge of heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems
• appreciate the design considerations associated with piping systems, pumps, valves, fans and boilers
• become conversant with the requirements of a building fire protection system
• understand elevator and escalator installations and their objectives

The efficient and reliable functioning of building mechanical equipment and systems is necessary to satisfy production and employee and/or public requirements in a safe and economical fashion. An initial overview of the building code will be presented and the operation and maintenance of building mechanical equipment and systems will be discussed.

The fundamentals and basic concepts associated with the operation and maintenance of boilers, pumps, piping, valves, fans and elevators will be discussed. The systems considered in this seminar are water, plumbing and sewer, heating ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC), steam systems, gas systems and fire protection.

Who Should Attend
Design, installation, commissioning, operations, maintenance and other engineers who need to upgrade their current experience and knowledge of building mechanical systems, including mechanical engineers, industrial and commercial plant and facilities engineers, consultants, property managers, project engineers, and other technical personnel who are responsible for HVAC, utility and plumbing systems.

The course will be of particular interest to personnel responsible for the management of commercial, institutional and industrial buildings.

More Information

Time: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Eastern Time

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Day I- Instructor: Mike Ivanovic

Welcome, Introduction, Course Preview, Learning Outcomes and the Assessment Method


  • Fuels and combustion
  • Fuel burners
  • Industrial boilers
  • Packaged fire tube boilers
  • Steam systems
  • Condensers
  • Waste heat recovery
  • Operation and efficiency
  • Steam piping

 Pipes and Pipe Systems

  • Overview
  • Pipe connections
  • Pipe loads
  • Water hammer
  • Pipe flexibility
  • Pipe supports
  • Insulation and heat tracing
  • Valves
  • Filters and strainers

Pipes and Pipe Systems-Continued

  • General pipe considerations
  • Pipe system maintenance


  • Pump types and configurations
  • Centrifugal pumps
  • Positive displacement pumps
  • Pump seals
  • Pump bearings
  • Pump selection
  • Pump operation and maintenance


  • Axial
  • Centrifugal
  • Performance
  • Efficiency
  • Association


  • Reciprocating
  • Diaphragm
  • Rotary
  • Centrifugal
  • Axial

 HVAC and Air Chiller Systems

  • HVAC
  • Purpose and design
  • System components
  • Codes and regulations
  • Air systems
  • Variable Air Volume (VAV) Systems
  • Acoustic and noise control
  • Refrigeration
  • Major components
  • Cycle
  • Chillers
  • Heat absorption
  • Packaged HVAC Specifications

Day II

Plumbing Systems

John Daly

  • Plumbing fundamentals
  • Codes and standards
  • System and component selection and specifications
  • Operability and maintainability
  • Layout plans and drawings
  • Piping systems and components - refrigerant, steam, water, fuel
  • Design guidelines and tips
  • Checkout and commissioning
  • Troubleshooting and maintenance guidelines

Sanitary Works

John Daly

  • Sanitary Drainage System
  • Sanitary Plumbing System
  • Standard Drawings for Sanitary Works

Lunch (1 hour)

The Ontario Building Code

John Percy

  • Sections
  • Requirements

Fire Protection Systems

John Percy

  • Codes and standards
  • Fire alarms
  • Sprinkler systems

Day III Instructor: Jim Brownlee

Elevator Technology

  • Basic principles
  • Engineering considerations
  • Elevator types
  • Major components
  • Elevator safety devices
  • Application guidelines
  • Applicable Codes and Standards

Escalators and Passenger Conveyors

  • Basic principles
  • Engineering considerations
  • Common types
  • Major components
  • Escalator safety devices
  • Application guidelines
  • Applicable Codes and Standards

Elevator and Escalator Modernization

  • Assessing existing installation
  • Modernization options and methodology
  • Specifying upgrade components
  • Design of upgrade components and integrated system
  • Testing and commissioning

Inspection, Troubleshooting and Maintenance

  • Applicable codes
  • Troubleshooting tips and guidelines
  • Maintenance strategies

Questions and Answers and Feedback to Participants on Achievement of Learning Outcomes

Concluding Remarks and Final Adjournment


Jim Brownlee, P.Eng.

Jim Brownlee P. Eng., is one of the Principals and has 30+ years of elevator experience. He is also a registered Professional Engineer. After working in sales for a few years, he moved into a superintendent / field management role. Jim has spent the years since then in consulting, with safety inspections, maintenance inspections taking the first priority. Jim is now working mainly on new projects, upgrade projects, maintenance quality evaluations. Jim was the Chair of the Elevator Technical Council, and is currently a member of the Technical Coordinating Committee for the Safety Codes Council. He is also on the Technical Standards Committee for APEGA and is a volunteer for BOMA.

John F. Daly, PE, LEED AP, CPD, CBIE

John F. Daly is a professional engineer and certified plumbing designer. With over 35 years of professional experience, he is currently Vice President/Director of Mechanical/Plumbing Engineering with Trautman Associates, a 50-person architecture and engineering firm headquartered in Buffalo, NY. As vice-president of Trautman Associates, Mr. Daly is the director of the Building Systems Group. He is also a member of ASPE (American Society of Plumbing Engineers) and a frequent speaker and instructor for schools and industry groups.

Mike Ivanovic, Ph.D.

Dr. Mike Ivanovic is President of UBAMIP Consulting, and also former Adjunct Associate Professor with over 30 years of experience in the field of thermal engineering. After working in the consulting group of ANSYS Canada Ltd., he now runs the private consulting company UBAMIP Consulting, dealing with analysis and problem solving in operation of vital stationary and rotating equipment in the process and petrochemical industry. Mike has also been active in providing training technical courses of various levels of complexity for professionals in industry in Canada, USA and overseas.

His area of expertize among others, includes design, operation and maintenance of various types of storage tanks, pressure vessels, piping systems, including pumps and compressors. The focus in the consulting projects has been on the risk assessment during operation and maintenance activities, as well as equipment failure analysis and accident prevention technologies based on the results of inspection and fitness for service studies.

John Percy, CFAA Tech, PFLSE, CFEI

John Percy is a certified Canadian Fire Alarm Association Technician (CFAA) for Ontario, public fire & life safety educator and fire prevention officer with the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management. He has over 25 years of experience in the fire protection and fire service industries. He has experience with enforcement of the Ontario Fire & Building codes, fire investigations, education, media relations and building plans examination review. Currently registered (BCIN) as a Fire Protection Inspector with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs & Housing in Ontario.

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Fee & Credits

$1995 + taxes

  • 2.1 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 21 Professional Development Hours (PDHs)
  • ECAA Annual Professional Development Points

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