Building Operators' Certificate Program


Learn how to become more energy efficient, how to improve the air quality, and how to install the most appropriate lighting. Do you have the correct a/c units for the size of the facility, and are they working properly? Is your building up to code? Find out what it takes and much more when you register for our Building Operators' Program. Our course is unique in that each instructor specializes in the field he teaches.

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Our Instructors

Ed Weiss

Mr. Weiss has a distinguished background in Power Quality Engineering for the past nineteen years and is a published author, seminar speaker, holds two P.Q. related patents and is currently President of Applied Power Quality Solutions.

Don Happ

Mr. Happ is the owner of D.H. Lighting Solutions, a lighting design and consultation firm for commercial, industrial and public projects. He is Past President and an instructor for the Arizona section, Illuminating Engineering Society, a CEM, certified by the EPA and holds LC certification in lighting.

Derrick Denis

Mr. Denis has been providing professional environmental consulting and industrial hygiene services for over 15 years. Mr. Denis has been Vice President of Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) for Clark Seif Clark, Inc. (CSC) for 9 years. Mr. Denis has performed and/or managed over 7,000 IEQ investigations. He has acquired various industryrelevant certifications in addition to a B.S. in Environmental Science.

Dan Turley

Mr. Turley has over 27 years' experience in the commercial and residential electrical industry and currently works as a maintenance electrician. He has over 12 years of supervisory experience, including over 8 years as a Licensed Arizona electrical contractor, and has overseen large electrical installations. He is a certified Level 1 Thermographer.


Marc Ramirez

Marc Ramirez has worked in the electrical industry for over 50 years. He owned and operated Mr. Electric Service Co., Inc. located in Hicksville, New York focusing primarily on service, sold the company and retired in 2001. With over 40 years of business experience in service operations management, he was recruited by Hatfield-Reynolds Electric, an IES Company, as V.P. of Service Operations from 2001 - 2008. He has been an adjunct faculty member of Gateway Community College teaching the third year Electrical Apprenticeship Program for the IEC Arizona Chapter from 2006 till 2017 and is a member of the IEC Safety & Codes and Standards Committee. He served as principle member of the NFPA National Electrical Code Panel 17 from 1993 to 2014, and an OSHA Authorized Construction 10/30 hour Trainer.

Steve Holmquist

Working for several Fortune 500 companies over the last 37 years, Steve is experienced in every phase of facilities management, construction, maintenance, production systems and system integration projects from planning to completion. Expert level knowledge and proficiency in critical building infrastructure design, construction, manufacturing and operations. Designed and managed construction of data centers, industrial and commercial buildings and the systems that reside within these facilities.

Vic Pietkiewicz

Mr. Pietkiewicz has over 45 years of experience in the engineering and construction industry. He is the Owner of Dove Valley Services, LLC a consultant to the construction industry. Previously he owned his own air-conditioning company. Many of his years included creating training programs for mechanical and electrical engineers, managers, estimators, construction workers, and technicians.

Robert MacPherson

Mr. MacPherson has worked in the HVAC/R industry for over 25 years. He has an associate's degree in Mechanical Maintenance Engineering from RSI and is a past member of RSES. He has worked in residential, commercial refrigeration, facilities maintenance and in the educational field. He is currently semi-retired, owns a business and works part-time for an electrical company.