Building Automation Industry

BBT209

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. Fall Only.

3 Credits: 3 Lecture

Corequisites:
ELT239 or ACR227, PLH226

Direct Digital Control of HVACR Equipment

BBT304

Study of application-specific controllers as well as general-purpose digital controllers. Includes material on digital/analog input and output types, 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. Spring Only.

4 Credits: 3 Lecture, 3 Lab

Prerequisites:
BBT209

Building Automation Industry Internship

BBT310

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. This internship experience requires a minimum of 350 work experience hours, but may include more hours depending on the individual needs of the internship experience. In addition to work experience hours, students are also required to satisfactorily complete the internship experience through a final employer evaluation or assessment. An internship guide provides more information.

1 Credit: 0 Lecture, 5 Internship

Prerequisites:
BBT304 and BBT344

Electric, Pneumatic and Electronic Control Systems

BBT344

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. Spring Only.

4 Credits: 3 Lecture, 3 Lab

Prerequisites:
BBT209

Building Control Networks I

BBT407

Introduction to the industrial networking field. Topics include network terminology and protocols, local-area networks, wide-area networks, OSI model, cabling, and router programming, Ethernet, IP addressing, and network standards. Additional topics include transmission types such as twisted pair, fiber optic and RF. Routers, switches and Building Automation protocols, LON and BACnet, will also be discussed. Fall Only.

3 Credits: 2 Lecture, 3 Lab

Corequisites:
BBT412, BBT414

Prerequisites:
BBT304 and BBT344

Building Commissioning and Recommissioning

BBT412

Focus on the building commissioning and recommissioning process and includes topics in air and water balance and control system operation and optimization. Report writing including the use of tables and graphs is stressed. Fall Only.

3 Credits: 2 Lecture, 3 Lab

Corequisites:
BBT407, BBT414

Building Automation Programming

BBT414

Introduction to programming HVACR direct digital controllers and building integration panels. Topics include graphical representation, and block based programming. Focus on good programming practices including complete program documentation. Fall Only.

3 Credits: 2 Lecture, 3 Lab

Corequisites:
BBT407, BBT412

Prerequisites:
BBT304 and BBT344

Integrated Building Operation and Energy Management

BBT415

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. (Science, Technology and Society,Writing Enriched ) Spring Only.

3 Credits: 2 Lecture, 3 Lab

Corequisites:
BBT417

Prerequisites:
BBT407 and BBT412 and BBT414

Building Control Networks II

BBT417

Focus on programming concepts and applications of building control networks. Topics include common building control network implementations and protocol standards including intermediary framework, BACnet, LonTalk and various other proprietary protocols. Expansion of programming skills and using different protocols to share variables between controllers. Additional topics in this course will include interoperability, network architecture, installation and troubleshooting building controls/networks. Spring Only.

4 Credits: 3 Lecture, 3 Lab

Prerequisites:
BBT407 and BBT414

Senior Seminar-Lecture

BBT495

Lecture component of the senior capstone course draws upon course work in previous semesters, the internship, and current course work. Development of 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. Fall Only.

1 Credit: 1 Lecture

Corequisites:
BBT407, BBT412, BBT414

Senior Seminar-Lab

BBT496

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. Emphasis on critical thinking, oral and written communication, and engineering visualization presentation methods. Spring Only.

2 Credits: 0 Lecture, 6 Lab

Prerequisites:
BBT495