Building Automation Engineering Technology

Bachelor of Science Degree (B.S.)
building automation student

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.

Next steps...

You're on your way to becoming a tomorrow maker.

100+

Individual Work Stations

92

Employers Attended Recent Career Fair to Recruit Students from this Program

95%

Overall Placement

Careers

  • Building automation engineering technician
  • HVAC temperature controls project engineer 
  • Controls-focused service technician 
  • Automation design engineer 

 

Courses

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 and Electronic Control Systems (BBT344)
  • Building Automation Industry Internship (BBT310)
  • Building Control Networks I (BBT407)
  • Building Commissioning and Recommissioning (BBT412)
  • Building Automation Programming (BBT414)
  • Senior Seminar-Lecture (BBT495)
  • Integrated Building Operation and 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.

  • Physics Survey (PHS103) or
  • Physics with Technological Applications (PHS114)
  • Core Social Science Perspective (SSP)
  • Science Elective (SCI) or
  • Science Elective with lab (SCL)
  • Core Global and Cultural Diversity Perspective (CDP)
  • Core Historical Perspective (HIP)
  • Core Arts Perspective (ARP)

​​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, and Society (CSC124) or
  • Engineering, Technology, and Society (EET124)
  • College Algebra and Trigonometry I (MTH180)
  • English Composition I (ENL111)
  • Technical and Professional Communication (ENL201) or
  • English Composition II (ENL121)
  • College Algebra and Trigonometry II (MTH182) or
  • Statistics for STEM Fields with Computer Applications (MTH161)
  • Fundamentals of Speech (SPC101)
Dual Degree
Select your area of focus

Select your area of focus

Students entering this bachelor degree as first semester freshman must declare a dual degree in one of the following associate's degrees:

Student Experience

"Penn College gives you the hands on experience, with all the resources that are needed to prepare you for a smooth transition heading into your career."

Crew Haefner

Building Automation Technology: Electronics Technology (Robotics & Automation Concentration)

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Electrical Labs Transformed

Check out the recently revamped electrical labs filled with new equipment and individual work stations for students.

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Building Automation

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!

Tour Schedule

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. Academic Tours allow you to explore labs and get to the core of your future program. If you’re looking for a deeper dive into your academic area of interest, opt for a Self-Scheduled Personal Tour. Comprehensive COVID-19 safety protocols are in place.

May 26

Electrical Visit Day

Wednesday, May 2611:00 AM - 3:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Jun 12

Electrical Visit Day

Saturday, June 1211:00 AM - 2:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Jul 7

Electrical Visit Day

Wednesday, July 79:00 AM - 1:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Jul 17

Electrical Visit Day

Saturday, July 1710:00 AM - 2:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

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Facilities

Lab Tour

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
Facilities

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.

Industry Partners

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.

Automated Logic
Honeywell
Schneider Electric
Distech Controls
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Siemens
Careers

The demand is real

Real world ready

Real world ready

Building automation is a growing field. See for yourself what employers are saying at our recent job fair.  

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Student Life

Lead and put your skills to the test

American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers Inc. (ASHRAE)

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

SkillsUSA Champions at Work

Participation in SkillsUSA gives students a chance to compete in more than 80 national competitions. 

Student Organizations at Penn College

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.

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Gain global experience
Study Abroad

Gain global experience

See the world via Williamsport. Take your education abroad and get hands-on experience learning about your industry on a global scale.

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Internship

Your knowledge in practice

Internships are key for career preparation. Apply your know-how in the workplace and learn about the industry first-hand. 

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More Information

Incoming students desiring this bachelor’s degree must declare a dual degree with one of the following associate's degree majors:

  • Electrical Technology (EL)
  • Electrical Construction (EB)
  • Mechatronics Technology (MX)
  • Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning Technology (HV)
  • Robotics and Automation Emphasis (RO)
  • Information Technology: Network and User Support (NS)
Current students enrolled in any of the above associate degrees who desire to earn a bachelor’s degree in Building Automation Engineering Technology must declare a dual degree with this major. Established dual degree requirements must be satisfied.

Students transferring from other institutions with an A.A.S. in a related applied technology field will be evaluated for admission to the Building Automation Engineering Technology major based on their degree and related technical coursework.

Building Automation course work can only be taken after the required 42 credits of Directed Building Automation Technology Electives have been satisfied.

This major is subject to the transfer standards established by the College as explained on the Transfer to Penn College web page. Exceptions must be approved by the school dean.

View general transfer information

Alternative Credit refers to academic credits earned through means other than traditional college course completion, including: credit by exam, articulation, proof of competency gained in high school, work/life experience, and advanced placement.

Visit the Alternative Credit Options page for requirements and procedures and for information on credit through Advanced Placement.

  • Mr. James E Beamer, Business Manager, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
  • Mr. Jayce Bell, Senior Controls Engineering Manager, First Quality Products
  • Mr. Kelly C Betz, Vice President, Martz Technologies, Inc.
  • Mr. Jason K Embick, '03, Special Projects Coordinator, NSSC, Pennsylvania College of Technology
  • Mr. Gary Gable, '74, President, Paul Gable & Sons Electric, Inc.
  • Mr. Jay Gable, '02, Vice President, Paul Gable & Sons Electrical Contractors
  • Mr Carl Gravely, '06, '08, Senior Engineer/Estimator, Honeywell International, Inc.
  • Mr. David Kranz, Owner/Electrical Inspector, Kranz Inspection Service