High-paying, rewarding careers in building engineering and maintenance do not require a college degree. However, there are certain education and training programs that can help you get your foot in the door. Below are several programs serving Northern Virginia:
- NAPEEF: The National Association of Power Engineers Educational Foundation (NAPEEF) is a leading training provider for commercial real estate firms throughout the Washington metro area. The NAPEEF “Ready to Work” program and other introductory courses are great ways to start a career in building engineering and maintenance and “Ready to Work” includes a career fair at the end of the course. NAPEEF’s offices and training headquarters are located in Alexandria, VA. They also offer classes in Maryland and DC. Click here to learn more about NAPEEF classes.
- NOVA Community College: Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) offers courses in the skilled trades (HVAC, plumbing, electrical, etc.) that can help you learn and display the mechanical knowledge and talent required for a career in building engineering. In particular, courses and certifications related to HVAC may be of interest. Learn more about NOVA’s certification and training offerings here.
- CET: The Center for Employment Training (CET) is a nationally based education and training provider with a location in Alexandria, VA. CET offers education and training options related to construction and building maintenance. Click here to learn more about CET’s class offerings in construction and building maintenance.