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Four Maintenance Workers Become Westar Energy Certified

TOPEKA, Kan.-Four Prairie Band Potawtomi Nation Construction/Maintenance department employees have earned a Building Operation Certification (BOC) Level 1 designation from Westar Energy.  The four include Robert Lange (PBPN), Sam Mitchell (PBPN), Carl Matousek and Jim Harvey who were part of a class of 23 who earned their certificates after rigorous training sessions, homework and exams that occurred from March to September.

Employees who maintain and operate large buildings and their complex heating, mechanical and electrical systems receive in-depth instruction through this nationally recognized certification program in building operation efficiency.

“Participants and their employers are committed to reducing their energy use by learning about the latest tools and techniques available to them,” said Kim Gronniger, manager of consumer services for Westar Energy.  “Previous graduates have reduced their facility costs by thousands of dollars, so the payback to employers can be immediate.  The measures they implement also have a positive impact on the environment.”

Using the tools and methods taught in class, participants compiled records on their organization’s electrical systems, HVAC operations, lighting levels, controls and annual energy consumption.  Upon the program’s completion, BOC graduates retain these in-depth reference manuals and gain access to BOC’s wide network of participants, experts and resources to leverage troubleshooting, best practices and advice.