The purpose of the Bachelor of Science degree in Building Automation Technology is to offer students with foundational skills in areas the of electrical, electromechanical maintenance, HVAC, mechatronics engineering or robotics automation the knowledge and skills to continue in a thriving career area related to building automation and controls technology. This major is designed as a two-plus-two program. After completing and petitioning to graduate with the appropriate two-year A.A.S. degree (Electrical Technology (EL), Electromechanical Maintenance Technology (MT), Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning Technology (HV), Mechatronics Engineering Technology (MH) and Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology, Robotics and Automation Emphasis (RO) students can obtain a baccalaureate degree with an additional two years of course work.
Students may choose to enter this bachelor degree with a concentration in:
- Electrical Technology (BBL)
- Electromechanical Maintenance Technology (BBC)
- Electronics Technology - Robotics and Automation (BBI)
- Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning Technology Concentration (BBV)
- Mechatronics Engineering Technology (BBX)
This major’s course work emphasizes the application of the fundamentals of mechanical systems, control system theory and the use of computer methods to control and integrate the operation of buildings in a productive, safe and efficient manner. The major also focuses on control system programming and layout, networks used for building control, software programs to design and document control systems, building commissioning, the operation and control of chillers and boilers, and related mechanical and electrical equipment. Energy management in buildings and interoperable systems are also stressed. Technical courses include hands-on lab components with work on industry standard and state of the art equipment. This major requires a three-month internship in building automation.
Graduates have a diverse set of skills and abilities that could prepare them for "green" careers focused on energy, renewable energy, and the environment.
About the curriculum
View the classes you will be attending in the College Catalog.
Building automation applications engineer, programmer, service technician, new construction technician, new construction sales associate, service-owner sales associate, project engineer, or project manager. Employment opportunities in building automation technology exist with HVAC controls companies, physical plant departments of college, university, hospital, and government buildings as well as commercial and industrial facilities.
The Building Automation Technology major most closely aligns with a electro-mechanical technician position.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for electro-mechanical technicians was $56,740 in May 2017. The top 10 percent earned more than $87,970.
Industries with the highest published employment for this occupation are:
|Industry||Employment||Hourly mean wage||Annual mean wage|
|Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing||1,610||$26.92||$56,000|
|Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing||1,570||$25.81||$53,680|
|Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services||1,460||$30.65||$63,750|
|Machinery Manufacturing (3331, 3332, 3334, and 3339 only)||910||$25.91||$53,890|
|Scientific Research and Development Services||900||$33.79||$70,290|
Statistics reported in May 2017
Special Admissions Requirements
A.A.S. degree in related major.
Read more about the required internship.
Students transferring from other institutions with an A.A.S. in a relevant applied technology field will be evaluated for admission to the Building Automation Technology major based on their degree and appropriate course work in general education areas. This major is subject to the transfer standards established by the College (see www.pct.edu/catalog/TransferringCredits.htm). Exceptions must be approved by the school dean.
Clubs & Activities
Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA)
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating & Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)
Architectural Student Association (ASA)
Construction Management Association (CMA)
Penn College Construction Association (PCCA)
Sigma Lambda Chi
SkillsUSA Champions at Work
Electrical Technology Advisory Committee
- Mr. James E Beamer, Business Manager, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
- Mr. Jayce Bell, Senior Controls Engineering Manager, First Quality Products
- Mr. John M DuBois, Lead Maintenance Specialist/Project Leader, General Electric Power & Water
- Mr. Adam Feather, '11, '12, Project Engineer, Trane
- Mr. Gary Gable, '74, President, Paul Gable & Sons Electric, Inc.
- Mr. Jay Gable, '02, Vice President, Paul Gable & Sons Electrical Contractors
- Mr. David Kranz, Owner/Electrical Inspector, Kranz Inspection Service
- Mr. Ken Kryder, '86, Electronics Instructor, Keystone Central School District
- Mr. Randy Schreckengast, CME, Energy Performance Engineer, Johnson Controls
- Mr. Adam J Yoder, '08, '11, Account Executive, Johnson Controls
Advisory committees, which act as recommending bodies to the faculty and administration, consist of in-field professionals who act as partners in the development of curriculum. Their curricular and equipment advice as well as their industry connections and internship opportunities are invaluable to our students and to the growth of our institution.