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Building Management and Maintenance

Building Management and Maintenance

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:

  • install, identify, categorize, operate, maintain and troubleshoot building mechanical and electrical systems using diagnostic analysis methods;
  • identify building components, systems, construction material means and methods utilized in residential and commercial buildings;
  • demonstrate knowledge of multiple building trade and management procedures, tool usage, diagnostic preventive maintenance and safety practices;
  • ability to estimate and schedule the labor, materials and equipment necessary to manage construction renovation-restoration project and facilities operations;
  • develop an understanding of project, property and supervision management for scheduling that includes the knowledge of the employment requirements, service contracts and financial documents that impact workloads, daily operations and capital improvements; an
  • ability to read and interpret blueprints including structural, mechanical, electrical and architectural prints.


Total Degree Credits: 64.0

First Year, Fall Semester
BM 130 - Building Systems I Credit Hours: 3
BM 140 - Electrical Systems I Credit Hours: 3
BM 181 - Budget Control and Estimating Credit Hours: 4
CO 120 - Architectural Blueprint Reading Credit Hours: 3
EN 100 - Composition I: Rhetorical Strategies Credit Hours: 3

First Year, Spring Semester
BM 231 - Building Systems II Credit Hours: 3
BM 237 - Building and Grounds Operations Credit Hours: 3
BM 240 - Plumbing Systems Credit Hours: 3
BM 241 - Electrical Systems II Credit Hours: 3
BM 275 - Maintenance Management/Supervision Credit Hours: 3
BM 281 - Facilities Maintenance & Environmental Topics Credit Hours: 3

Second Year, Fall Semester
BM 200 - Techniques of Renovation and Restoration Credit Hours: 3
BM 243 - Heating Systems I Credit Hours: 3
BM 244 - Air Conditioning and Ventilation Credit Hours: 3
BM 270 - Project Management Credit Hours: 2
BM ___ - Approved Technical Elective Credit Hours: 3*

Second Year, Spring Semester
BM 225 - Energy Management Credit Hours: 3
BM 246 - Heating Systems II Credit Hours: 3
BM 272 - Property Management Credit Hours: 3
BM 290 - Maintenance Programs Credit Hours: 4
BU ___ - Business Course Elective Credits Units: 3*

  • BU 120 - Introduction to Accounting
  • BU 151 - Marketing I
  • BU 261 - Business Law I

* Student may choose from the following list and the selection must be approved by an adviser. The course should be trade related or career path related.

  • BM 101 Tools, Equipment and Materials
  • BM 105 Refrigeration Principles
  • BM 120 Electricity for HVAC/R
  • BM 210 Commercial Air Conditioning Systems
  • BM 215 Workplace Practicum
  • BM 250 Renewable Energy Systems
  • BM 255 Green Building Technology
  • BM 260 Electrical Systems for Renewable Energy
  • BM 266 Green HVAC & Plumbing
  • BM 295 Green Building Lab
  • BR 100 Building Trades Practicum
  • BR 102 Building Trades Practicum II

Note: This is a recommended sequence. Each student should consult their academic adviser prior to registering. Students with be at MT 006 to take BM 181.

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

Available At:

City Campus

Recommended H.S. Courses and/or Experiences:

Business Courses
Building Trades
or Shop Courses

Pre-Admission Recommendations:

2 years of Math

Career Opportunities/Further Education:

Facilities Manager
Director of Building Services
Building Automation Control Technician
Sales of Products and Service
Building Inspector
Building Mechanic

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Engineering & Technologies
Building Management and Maintenance

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Building Management and Maintenance

Andrew Sako
City Campus
Room G57
121 Ellicott Street
Buffalo, NY 14203
P: (716) 851-1026