Commercial Building Engineering

Modern commercial buildings are wonders of engineering, combining electrical, mechanical and communications systems to create safe, comfortable environments for people. The Commercial Building Engineering program prepares students to regulate and maintain the heating, cooling, and ventilation systems of commercial buildings. Students will train on the principles and practices of refrigeration and building systems, boiler operations, and hazardous waste management. This program is a recognized "School of Technology" by the cities of Seattle and Tacoma.

Enrollment Point: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Commercial Building Engineering

Certificate of Completion
124 Credits
Associate of Applied Science
139 Credits
AAS - Transfer
Bachelor of Applied Science

All program lengths are estimates and are not guarantees. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling (425) 235-5840.

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At Renton Technical College, tuition is affordable and competitive.

Financial Aid

Federal aid is available for most students to help pay for school. Fill out your FAFSA now to get started.


The RTC Foundation offers scholarships to help pay the costs of attending school.

All costs are estimates and are not guarantees. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling (425) 235-5840.

Please see the online class schedule for day & time information.

Rick Hudson

Entry Requirements

Admission Requirements

  • Must take the Accuplacer test with a score of QRAS: 200-219 or higher before enrolling in AMATH 175 or CBE 101.

Admission Recommendations

  • Able to lift 50 lbs. occasionally, climb ladders and work in confined spaces.
  • Write, speak and understand English.
  • Mechanically inclined with good eye/hand coordination.
  • Willing to work shift work, weekends and holidays.
  • To be employed in this field, the student must be able to perform moderately physically demanding tasks on a regular basis.

Course Information

Course Requirements for Certificate

Course # Course Title Credits
AMATH 175 Financial Math or  
AMATH 190 Financial Algebra 5
CBE 101 Fundamentals of Electricity and Lab 6
CBE 102 Advanced Electrical and Lab 5
CBE 103 National Electrical Code 4
CBE 104 Computer Fundamentals and Lab 2
CBE 105 Boiler Operators 8
CBE 106 Boiler Lab 4
CBE 107 Refrigeration Fundamentals 6
CBE 111 Control Fundamentals 7
CBE 112 Pneumatic Controls and Lab 5
CBE 113 Preventive Maintenance and Lab 4
CBE 115 HVAC Systems and Lab 5
CBE 116 HVAC/Plumbing Distribution and Lab 5
CBE 118 Critical Systems 4
CBE 150 Hazardous Waste Management 3
CBE 190 LEED Green Building 4
CBE 201 Direct Digital Controls and Lab 5
CBE 202 Advanced Direct Digital Controls and Lab 4
CBE 203 Energy Conservation 4
CBE 204 Architectural Prints and Lab 5
CBE 205 Fire and Life Safety Systems 6
CBE 206 Air and Water Balancing and Lab 6
CBE 207 Indoor Air Quality 6
CBE 208 Instrumentation for Stationary Engineers 3
WTD 109 Safety, Tool and Equipment Certification 3
WTD 175 Communication for Trades 1
WTD 180 Human Relations for Trades 2
  Total 124

General Education Course Requirements for AAS Degree:

Course # Course Title Credits
  Any communication or humanities class in General Education 5
  Any social science class in General Education 5
  Any elective class in General Education 5
  Total 139

Program Outcomes

  • Apply mathematical principles to problems commonly faced by commercial building and industrial engineers.
  • Communicate effectively in writing and verbally with co-workers, supervisors, and tenants.
  • Exhibit the interpersonal and human relations skills necessary to fulfill the expectations of the employer.
  • Gather and use information from a variety of architectural and mechanical prints, technical manuals, codes, and manufactures specifications.
  • Maintain the integrity of building, fire and life safety systems.
  • Operate, repair, maintain, and troubleshoot building, boiler, refrigeration and electrical control systems by properly using tools and technology.


External accreditation is not applicable to this program.


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