Frequently Asked Questions

We want to ensure that you as a student or employer understand and are informed about SEAS as your workforce partner in the commercial real estate business sector. A building engineer plays a vital role in maintaining facilities at peak perfomance while keeping up with all the latest buidling technologies.

The more you know, the better we can do our job. Everyone is facing talent and productivity challenges. A Registered Apprenticeship is a proven solution of which can be integrated into your organization's current training and human resource development strategy. Invest in today for tomorrow. Let us be your workforce partner!

RECRUIT. TRAIN. RETAIN TALENT.

What is Department of Labor (DOL) Accreditation?
As employers continue to face obstacles in attracting and retaining workers with the right skills, the public workforce system's challenge is to identify effective workforce solutions and collborative approaches that benefit both the job seeker and employers. Registered Apprenticeship programs are a proven strategy for developing a talent pipeline of qualified workers for employers and industries, and are created and sustained through strong partnerships.
What is Registered Apprenticeship?
Registered Apprenticeship is an employer-driven model that combines on-the-job training with job-related instruction, which progessively increases an apprentice's skill level and wages. Apprenticeship offers an industry-proven approach for preparing workers for careers while meeting employers need for a higly-skilled workforce.
Why Employer Involvement?
Employers are the foundation of every apprenticeship program and the skills needed by their workforce are at the core. Businesses must play an active role in building the program and be involved in every step of designing and implementing the apprenticeship.
Why Apprenticeship is Right for Your Company?
Companies in all buisness sectors are facing complex workforce challenges in increasingly competitive domestic and global markets. Registered Apprenticeship is your proven solution for recruiting, training, and retaining talent.
What are the Advantages of Registered Apprenticeship for Employers?
  1. Customized training - results in highly skilled employees trained to industry/employer specifications.
  2. Increased productivity and knowledge transfer - due to on-the-job training from an assigned mentor.
  3. Enhanced retention - employee longevity.
  4. Emphasis on safety training - that may reduce workers' compensation costs.
  5. A stable and predictable pipeline - for the development of qualified workers.
  6. Recognition - of the training program.
  7. A systematic approach to training - ensures that employees are trained and certified to produce at the highest skill levels required by that occupation.
  8. The ability to conduct a ready assessment - where the employer and employee are in terms of the continuous improvement process.
What are the Program Requirements?
Registered Apprenticeship programs are a written plan designed to move an apprentice from a low or no skill entry-level position to full occupational proficiency. These programs must meet parameters established under the National Apprenticeship Act that are designed to protect the welfare of the apprentice.

The Act an its promulgating regulation are administered by the Department of Labor's Office of Apprenticeship Agency or a State Apprenticeship Agency approved by the Secretary of Lbor for federal purposes.

Upon finishing the training program, an apprentice earns a "Completion of Registered Apprenticeship" certificate, an industry issued, nationally recognized credential that validate proficiency in an apprenticeship occupation.
How do You Earn the SMT, SMA, DOL Designations?
SMT (Systems Maintenance Technician)
The first five classes upon completion earns the student a designation of SMT:
  • Course 1:  Boilers, Heating Systems and Applied Mathematics
  • Course 2:  Refrigeration Systems and Accesories
  • Course 3:  Air Handling, Water Treatment and Plumbing Systems
  • Course 4:  Electrical Systems and Illumination
  • Course 5:  Energy Management and Controls

SMA (System Maintenance Administrator)
Completion of the last three classes (after the first five) earns the student a designation of SMA:
  • Course 6:  Building Design and Maintenance
  • Course 7:  Managing the Organization
  • Course 8:  Environmental Health and Safety Issues

DOL (Deparment of Labor)
Your company must register with the DOL at the beginning of the 8 courses; upon completion the student earns the DOL designation.

College Credits
26 college credit hours goes toward an Associate Degree in Construction Science (must complete all 8 courses).
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about SEAS please contact
Lloyd Blackstock
281-222-0492