When 2010 grad Brian Watkins is working, he oversees Honeywell’s Alaska branch, coordinating the systems that control comfort, efficiency and security of buildings throughout the Last Frontier. Off the clock, he treks the state’s vast outdoors, recording his adventures for popular hunting magazines.
About this program
From HVAC to elevators and lighting, nearly everything in modern buildings can be controlled with the tap of a button. Learn how to design, setup, and manage the technology that makes it all happen. With this dual-degree option, coursework begins with your area of focus and is paired with automation-specific training.
- Engineering specialist
- Applications engineer
- Project engineer
- Field engineer
- Systems specialist
- Service technician/engineer
At Penn College, we believe your educational experience should go beyond specialized skills. Real-world ready means taking a broader approach that builds communication skills, inspires collaboration, and encourages exploration of arts, history, and science.
Specialization requires in-depth knowledge and high-level proficiency. Students learn and apply major-specific concepts, skills, and methods.
- Directed Building Automation Technology Electives (BBT)
- HVAC Elective (HVE) or
- Electrical Electives (EEL)
- Building Automation Industry (BBT209)
- Direct Digital Control of HVACR Equipment (BBT304)
- Electric, Pneumatic & Electronic Control Systems (BBT344)
- Building Automation Industry Internship (BBT310)
- Building Control Networks I (BBT407)
- Building Commissioning & Recommissioning (BBT412)
- Building Automation Programming (BBT414)
- Senior Seminar-Lecture (BBT495)
- Integrated Building Operation & Energy Management (BBT415)
- Building Control Networks II (BBT417)
- Senior Seminar-Lab (BBT496)
Perspectives are points of view, offering a variety of ways of understanding, interacting, and influencing the world. Students identify, explain, and utilize the approaches used by academics and professionals to study, analyze, or understand problems, and offer solutions.
Foundations are the practical, intellectual, and social skills: communication, collaboration, critical and ethical thinking, quantitative thinking, and technological literacy that are crucial to every student at every stage of education and at every stage of life.
- Information, Technology & Society (CSC124) or
- Engineering, Technology & Society (EET124)
- College Algebra & Trigonometry I (MTH181)
- English Composition I (ENL111)
- Technical & Professional Communication (ENL201) or
- English Composition II (ENL121)
- College Algebra & Trigonometry II (MTH183) or
- Statistics for STEM Fields with Computer Applications (MTH161)
- Fundamentals of Speech (SPC101)
Choose Your Associate's Degree
When entering into the Building Automation Engineering Technology major you'll delcare a dual degree in one of our seven areas. In four years, you’ll take home an associate’s in your chosen major plus a bachelor’s in Building Automation Engineering Technology.
Electrical Labs Transformed
Check out the recently revamped electrical labs filled with new equipment and individual work stations for students.
Skilled technicians and engineers who can design and repair automated systems are in high demand. With state-of-the-art-labs, a cutting-edge curriculum, small class sizes, hands-on learning, and awesome internships, it’s no surprise that 82% of our Building Automation students are hired before graduation day!
Seeing is believing.
Think Penn College might be a good fit for you? Make plans to visit and discover what hands-on learning is all about.
Undergraduate Open House
Saturday, February 24 8:30 AM - 3 PM
Undergraduate Open House
Sunday, April 7 8:30 AM - 3 PM
Meet Instructor and Penn College alumni Todd Woodling. He'll explain the high points and differences between the three unique electrical associate-degree programs and the bachelor-degree program. And check out the dedicated, individual lab spaces, some of which are being remodeled.
Building Automation Lab
Get hands-on experience in specialized labs using industry-standard equipment and software just like you’ll see in the real world. Students work with Tridium’s N4 software along with JACE-8000 controllers, Distech Eclypse controllers, Schneider Electric wall mounted controllers, and Schneider Electric S-Flex VFDs. Plus, every student has an individual lab station and controllers.
Work with experts to become an expert
Penn College's strong corporate partnerships impact every step of your journey – from your first day in the classroom and labs, to career placement (oftentimes before graduation) and beyond.
Follow your passion
Lead and put your skills to the test
American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers Inc. (ASHRAE)
ASHRAE is an international technical society dedicated to improving the quality of life through the advancement of technology related to heating, refrigeration, air conditioning and ventilation.
SkillsUSA Champions at Work
Participation in SkillsUSA gives students a chance to compete in more than 80 national competitions.
Student Organizations at Penn College
Your college experience is about more than the classroom. Join one of 65+ clubs and organizations, or create your own.
Penn College News
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Authenticity assures HVAC grad's happiness, success