Short Courses

Boiler Short Course

Central Plant Heating Systems and Equipment

May 18 — 20, 2021 

Are you “in-tune” with your central heating plant systems and equipment? Would you like to explore troubleshooting techniques to help identify and prevent equipment failures? Consider attending the PSFEI Boiler Short Course. Participants will learn the fundamentals of central heating plants including equipment, operations, and maintenance requirements. This course is intended for boiler operators, utility plant supervisors, maintenance managers, and other facility maintenance or management personnel who would like a greater understanding of their central plant heating systems. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and a certificate of completion will be awarded for 100 percent attendance and participation.

Course Instructors

  • Bryan Edwards, PSFEI building systems engineer 
  • Wayne Macafee, PSFEI mechanical engineer
  • Paul Moser, PSU superintendent of steam services
  • Marty Myers, ProAsys
  • Brice Ohl, PSFEI mechanical systems engineer
  • Jim Rohan, PSFEI building systems engineer

This course will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis

NOTE: This course will be held virtually via Zoom. Pre- and post-course information will be sent via email.

Registration Deadline: May 4, 2021

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Electrical Short Course

Facility Electrical Loads

June 9 — 11, 2021

Increase your fundamental understanding of selecting, operating, and maintaining different electrical loads such as wiring, lighting, motors, variable frequency drives, and controllers by attending the Facility Electrical Loads course. Designed to benefit electricians, supervisors, physical plant engineers, technicians, and other facility maintenance or management personnel, this course will explore troubleshooting techniques specific to these systems. It will also equip participants with the tools needed to identify and prevent potential failures. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and a certificate of completion will be awarded for 100 percent attendance and participation.

Course Instructors
  • Chris Bereznak, PSFEI electrical systems specialist 
  • Brian Johnson, PSFEI electrical field engineer        
  • Mike Regester, PSFEI facilities controls engineer   
  • Bill Ryan, PSFEI electrical systems engineering specialist
  • Dakota Sinclair, PSFEI electrical field engineer
  • Paul Smith, GE Grid Solutions
  • Guillermo Weyer, Bluefin ESI
  • Jonathan Woodworth, ArresterWorks

This course will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis

NOTE: This course will be held virtually via Zoom. Pre- and post-course information will be sent via email.

Registration Deadline: May 26, 2021

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HVAC Short Course

HVAC Equipment Troubleshooting and Service Procedures

June 22 — 24, 2021

Operations and maintenance personnel, facility managers, engineers who support facilities, and anyone who wants to increase their knowledge of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment should consider attending the HVAC Equipment Troubleshooting and Service Procedures course. Instruction will focus on the fundamentals of troubleshooting HVAC equipment and executing service procedures including how to measure, test, and evaluate system performance. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and a certificate of completion will be awarded for 100 percent attendance and participation.

Course Instructors

  • Cecil Johnson, C&A Associates—PSFEI course instructor
  • Brice Ohl, PSFEI mechanical systems engineer
  • Mike Regester, PSFEI facilities controls engineer
  • Jim Rohan, PSFEI building systems engineer

This course will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis

NOTE: This course will be held virtually via Zoom. Pre- and post-course information will be sent via email.

Registration Deadline: June 8, 2021

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Effective Facility Management

Effective Facility Management (Year I) — Facility Infrastructure Fundamentals

July 21 — 23, 2021

Join us for one of the most successful programs offered by PSFEI—the Effective Facility Management short course, a three-year series of courses that provides an orderly progression of topics to enhance the knowledge, skills, abilities, and effectiveness of facility management personnel. Effective Facility Management — Year 1 is designed to benefit facility managers, general maintenance technicians, and other facility maintenance or management personnel who need a basic understanding of how their facilities operate and best practices used for safe and efficient operations. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and a certificate of completion will be awarded for 100 percent attendance and participation. Participants who complete the three-year program (Years 1, 2, and 3 in any sequence) will be awarded with a plaque.

Course Instructors

  • Mark Bodenschatz, PSFEI director
  • Tom Churbock, HSE Solutions—PSFEI course instructor
  • Mark Garlicki, PSFEI water systems engineer
  • Devin Pennebaker, PSFEI energy procurement manager
  • Scott Tunnell, PSFEI energy management consultant

This course will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis

NOTE: This course will be held virtually via Zoom. Pre- and post-course information will be sent via email.

Registration Deadline: July 7, 2021

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About

The Penn State Facilities Engineering Institute (PSFEI) provides education programs, energy services, engineering services, and facility condition assessments to Pennsylvania state agencies, the federal government, and nonprofit organizations. The organization aims to advance its customers’ facilities engineering objectives through applied research, education, and innovation.

Penn State Facilities Engineering Institute

Marion Place, Suite 414

135 East Nittany Avenue

State College, PA 16801

Phone: 814-865-7615

Fax: 814-863-7835