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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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Dec 13, 2021

Behind every successful BAS company is a successful sales team. But what do BAS sales people do and what do they need to know?

In this episode we explore the common types of BAS sales roles and the key skills sales people need in order to succeed.

Dec 6, 2021

How do you succeed in BAS sales? 

What are the different roles for a BAS sales person?

In this episode we discuss the BAS sales role, what the role does, and how to succeed in sales.

Dec 3, 2021

The BAS Service Technician is one of the most challenging roles due to the diversity of skills and tasks required. 

So how do you become a service technician and why would you want to?

In this episode we discuss:

  • The three types of service roles
  • How to gain the skills required of a service technician
  • How to get a job as a BAS service technician
Dec 1, 2021

Project managers can make or break a BAS project and ultimately the financials of a BAS company.

But how do you effectively manage BAS projects?

In this episode we discuss:

  • The three types of BAS project management
  • How to learn BAS project management skills
  • How to get a role as a BAS project manager
Nov 22, 2021

Have you ever considered getting into BAS Programming but didn't know where to start?

The BAS programmer is one of the most sought after roles by individuals and companies. 

But how do you get started?

In this episode we discuss:

  • How to learn programming
  • The three types of BAS programming
  • How to find a job as a BAS Programmer
Nov 17, 2021

In this episode we discuss the BAS Designer role.

  • What is a BAS Designer?
  • What does a BAS Designer do?
  • What skills does a BAS Designer require?
  • How do you get hired as a BAS Designer?
Nov 15, 2021

In this episode we discuss the BAS Technician role.

  • What is a BAS Technician
  • What does a BAS Technician do?
  • What skills does a BAS Technician require?
  • How do you get hired as a BAS Technician?
Nov 5, 2021

In this episode we discuss the benefits of a career in building automation and how to get started.

Nov 3, 2021

A lot of BAS companies lose money during the warranty phase. 

But it doesn't have to be that way. 

In this episode we discuss how you can protect yourself and establish a warranty process that avoids project slippage.

Nov 1, 2021

In this episode we discuss how to design and perform owner training so that you don't get deluged with warranty calls.

Oct 27, 2021

Learn how to close out your building automation projects while avoiding slippage, warranty issues, and chargebacks. 

Oct 25, 2021

In this episode we discuss how to work with and support commissioning agents on your building automation projects.

Oct 22, 2021

In this episode we discuss how to estimate, schedule and prepare to support test and balance in our building automation projects.

Oct 20, 2021

In this episode we discuss how to work with IT groups and IT personnel on your building automation projects. 

You will learn what roles exist within IT groups, when to engage IT groups, and how to work with IT groups to get your project needs met.

Oct 18, 2021

In this episode we discuss how to write building automation programs from scratch. 

We discuss the programming process, how to use design patterns, and strategies for writing programs from sequences. 

Oct 15, 2021

Often times what the customer sees is what defines the "quality" of your project. 

The reality is that graphics and the "functionality" of your building automation system are what shape the perceived quality of your installation.

In this episode we discuss strategies to implement user friendly graphics while also setting up your BAS front-end correctly.

Oct 13, 2021

Do you want to avoid callbacks on your building automation projects?

In this episode we discuss how to validate installation and how to perform point-to-point checkout on your building automation projects so you can get off your current project and onto the next project.

Oct 11, 2021

In this episode we discuss how to manage project costs and strategies for cost reduction and cashflow in your building automation projects.

Oct 8, 2021

Scheduling out labor for building automation projects can be a pain. In this episode we discuss how to approach labor scheduling and labor management in your building automation projects.

Oct 6, 2021

In this episode we discuss how to line out your subcontractors so that they can properly execute your BAS projects.

Oct 4, 2021

In this episode we discuss how to create submittals and project documents for your building automation projects.

Oct 1, 2021

In this episode of the Smart Buildings Academy Podcast we discuss how to perform takeoffs and reestimates after the sales to operations handoff process.

Sep 29, 2021

In this episode we discuss how and why to perform sales to operations handoffs for your building automation projects

Sep 24, 2021

In this episode we discuss how to approach starting and advancing a career in building automation. 

We also look at the mindset of investing in your employees and seeking growth experiences throughout your BAS career.

Sep 22, 2021

In this episode I share random things that are on my mind about sales, building automation, technology, and training.

I hope you enjoy this glimpse into my thoughts and beliefs.

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