The Building Automation Technology degree is for students who wish to enhance their knowledge and skills in building automation and controls technology, as well as advance in their chosen career field.
Students who enter this program will declare a dual degree in one of the following associate’s degrees:
- Electrical Construction
- Electrical Technology
- Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning Technology
- Information Technology: Technical Support Technology Emphasis
- Mechatronics Technology
- Robotics and Automation Emphasis
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.
Building Automation is a growing field. See for yourself what employers at our recent career fair had to say about the need for Penn College Building Automation graduates: Pennsylvania College of Technology Job Fair Doubles in Size.
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 $57,790 in May 2018. The top 10 percent earned more than $88,860.
Industries with the highest published employment for this occupation are:
|Industry||Employment||Hourly mean wage||Annual mean wage|
|Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing||1,450||$27.26||$56,690|
|Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services||1,380||$29.24||$60,820|
|Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing||1,200||$26.63||$55,390|
|Machinery Manufacturing (3331, 3332, 3334, and 3339 only)||1,180||$26.54||$55,190|
|Scientific Research and Development Services||970||$35.06||$72,920|
Statistics reported in May 2018
Special Admissions Requirements
Students entering this bachelor degree as first semester freshman must declare a dual degree in one of the following associate's degrees:
- Electrical Technology (EL)
- Electrical Construction (EB)
- Mechatronics Technology (MX)
- Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning Technology (HV)
- Robotics and Automation Emphasis (RO)
- Information Technology: Technical Support Technology Emphasis (TU)
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 Technology major based on their degree and related technical coursework.
Building Automation Technology (BBT) coursework can only be taken after the required 42 credits of Directed Building Automation Technology Electives have been satisfied.
Read more about the required internship.
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.