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Course Descriptions

Building Automation Industry


Fundamentals of commercial HVACR systems used to condition buildings and their occupants and equipment. An introduction to control system operation and control system types is covered. Career opportunities and the scope of the building automation industry are also covered. 3 Credits (3 Lecture)

Direct Digital Control of HVACR Equipment


Study of application-specific controllers as well as general-purpose digital controllers. The course also includes material on digital/analog input and output types. Course work includes the installation and set-up of the controllers for single zone, variable air volume (VAV), and unitary systems. Topics also include digital control system architecture and the fundamentals of control theory as they apply to digital HVACR control. DDC cycles of operation and control sequences and documentation are also covered. 4 Credits (3 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): BBT209.

Building Automation Industry Internship


Paid internship with a company, association, or institution with direct involvement in HVACR controls and automation design, layout, installation, or troubleshooting. Internships must be approved by BBT faculty prior to the start of the internship. An internship guide provides more information. 1 Credit (0 Lecture - 5 Internship) Prerequisite(s): BBT304 and BBT344.

Electric, Pneumatic and Electronic Control Systems


Basics of commercial HVAC control theory as it applies to electric, pneumatic and electronic controls systems. Students study control sequences, system drawings and specifications. A section on troubleshooting is also included. 4 Credits (3 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): BBT209.

Building Control Networks


Topics in common building control network implementations and protocol standards including Web-based applications, BACnet, Ethernet, Arcnet, LonTalk and various proprietary systems. Additional topics include transmission types such as twisted pair, coax, fiber optic cable, and RF. Study also includes routers and bridges, installation, and troubleshooting building controls. 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): BBT304 and BBT344. Corequisite(s): BBT414.

Building Commissioning and Recommissioning


Building commissioning and recommissioning process, including topics in air and water balance and control system operation and optimization. Report writing including the use of tables and graphs is stressed. 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): BBT406.

Building Automation Programming


Introduction to programming HVACR direct digital controllers and building integration panels. Topics include line programming, icon based programming, and template programming. Emphasis on good programming practices including complete program documentation. 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): BBT304 and BBT344. Corequisite(s): BBT406.

Integrated Building Operation and Energy Management


Study of interoperability between horizontal systems such as HVACR equipment operation from different manufacturers. Topics also include vertical interoperability between HVACR, security, energy monitoring and control, fire safety and elevator systems. Topics in energy management strategies for new and existing buildings are explored. 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): BBT406 and BBT414. (Science, Technology and Society, Writing Enriched)

Central Mechanical Equipment Control and Building Electrical Systems


Topics in the operation and control of central mechanical equipment, including air and water-cooled reciprocating, centrifugal, scroll and screw chillers, cooling tower operation and control, and single and two-stage absorption. Other topics include commercial steam and hot water boiler control and chilled water, steam, and hot water distribution systems control. Study includes building electrical systems, including metering, wye/delta, and part winding starters, soft-start starters and variable-speed drives applied to HVAC fans and pumps. A brief overview of fire and security systems is provided, as well as electrical codes, standards, isolation transformers. 4 Credits (3 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): BBT406 and BBT414.

Senior Seminar-Lecture


Lecture component of the senior capstone course, which draws on course work in previous semesters, the internship, and current course work. Students develop a problem statement in the form of a proposal with supporting documentation concerning an operating or proposed HVACR control system. Emphasis on critical thinking, oral and written communication, and engineering visualization presentation methods. 1 Credit (1 Lecture) Corequisite(s): BBT406 and BBT414. Fall Only.

Senior Seminar-Lab


Students work under a faculty mentor to develop and deliver the finished project as proposed by the student in the planning portion of the senior seminar. Course work includes an executive summary, a graphical and oral presentation. The senior seminar emphasizes critical thinking, oral and written communication, and engineering visualization presentation methods. 2 Credits (0 Lecture - 6 Lab) Prerequisite(s): BBT495. Spring Only.

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