Brian Lovell is president of the Association of Controls Professionals (ACP).
As a former building controls contractor in the Atlanta area, Brian experienced first-hand the difficulty in assessing, acquiring and retaining high-quality building automation technicians. He decided to do something about it, and in 2007 joined with the Technical College Systems of Georgia and leading automation companies to develop the nation’s first associate’s degree in building automation. The products of that work have been made available to technical colleges around the country since 2012 through National Science Foundation funding, resulting in dozens of new training programs and creating strong demand for non-proprietary industry certifications.
ACP was established as a non-profit organization focused on setting skills standards through certification to align training program learning outcomes and employer expectations, resulting in more flow of talent into the field. Establishing industry-recognized, nonproprietary certifications is a long and expensive process which engages thought leaders, representative of various business and educational sectors, in directed research. ACP continues to enjoy strong financial support through key sponsors and memberships in conducting this important work, soon to be released to an industry desperate for technical talent. ACP will continue to work closely with the nation’s educators, contractors, conglomerates and federal agencies to fully characterize building automation career pathways from first exposure through graduation, certification, employment and professional advancement.