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The Smart Buildings Academy Podcast | Teaching You Building Automation, Systems Integration, and Information Technology

The weekly podcast where Phil Zito discusses topics related to building automation and provides useful tips and action packed examples to help you better understand building automation.
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Now displaying: September, 2018
Sep 24, 2018

How do you perform a takeoff? How do you ensure that you have the most competitive proposal when bid day comes? In this episode, we tackle the topic of takeoffs. You will learn 5 steps for quickly creating competitive proposals.

Sep 17, 2018

How do you interview a building automation candidate? Do you simply stick them in a room and hope you make the right choice? 

What if there was a way that you could verify that the person you are hiring actually has the skills they say they have on paper? 

In this episode, we lay out the 5 keys to successfully interviewing a BAS Candidate.

Sep 10, 2018

Have you ever tried to teach yourself something? It can seem overwhelming. 

Where do you begin?

How do you find resources for your training?

How do you know when you've "done it"?

In this episode of the Building Automation Monthly Podcast, we are going through our 7 step process for creating your own building automation learning plan from scratch.

Developing Your Learning Plan

  • Why learning how to self-train is critical to your success (1:38)
  • The 7 step process for creating your training plan (3:03)
  • How to identify supporting skills for your training plan (5:02)
  • The importance of an honest self-assessment (8:45)
  • How to use Google to solve all your problems (or at least most of them) (10:27)
  • Why you must be willing to invest in your career (12:58)
  • The power of constantly adjusting your training plan (15:47)
  • Three examples of how to apply the 7 step process (18:52)
Sep 3, 2018

Have you ever been told you just need to do your time? Rome wasn't built overnight after all, right?

Well, that kind of thinking is dumb. In this episode, we explore how the current way of learning building automation is to slow and what you can do instead. 

How to Learn BAS Fast

  • Why you are capable of much more in your career than you know (1:38)
  • The two ways of solving the skillset gap (4:37)
  • How the industry currently develops skilled labor (6:25)
  • What tasks should a first-year tech really be able to do? (11:45)
  • Overcoming the four barriers to optimization (11:02)
  • Three alternatives to traditional learning (16:10)
  • How to avoid the dreaded pay cut when moving into a BAS job (21:17)
  • Why we need to change how we approach learning  (28:25)
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