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Smart Building Technologies

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Bray Institute of Further Education

Bray Institute of Further Education

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Course overview

Course Code 6M5154 ND
QQI Award Code 6M5154 Maintenance Skills Technology
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

Smart buildings use information technologies to connect a variety of subsystems, which typically operate independently, so that these systems can share information to optimise total building performance. Smart buildings reach beyond the building equipment within their four walls. They are inter-connected, responsive to interactive technologies, and interact with building operators and occupants to empower them with new levels of visibility and actionable information. The course combines theory with practical application in a real work environment. Participants will become proficient and comfortable working with computers & advanced technologies, and competent with regard to the networking and configuration of smart building technologies and maintenance systems. Successful candidates will acquire a unique set of technology skills that will position them as a highly valuable asset, with strong jobs prospects in a new sector of the economy that is experiencing rapid growth that will continue to expand and flourish into the foreseeable future.

What will you Study?

Connecting building management systems, energy efficiency measures, security and maintenance systems
Connecting people and building technologies
Networking of Systems/ Appliances and Wireless Technologies
Connecting to the external / global environment
Systems Management & Monitoring
Connectivity to an intelligent future
Installing and Maintenance of Assistive Technologies
Data Collation & Analysis
Configuration, Monitoring and Maintenance of Automation / Multi-media Systems
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Progression to CAO Courses

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Related Career Sectors

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Architecture, Construction & Property
Engineering & Manufacturing
Computers & ICT
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