Course Descriptions

Building Automation Industry


This course presents the 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. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Corequisite(s): ELT239 or ACR227 and PLH226.

Direct Digital Control of HVACR Equipment


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. 4 Credits (3 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): BBT209.

Building Automation Industry Internship


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. An internship guide provides more information. 1 Credit (0 Lecture - 5 Internship) Prerequisite(s): BBT304 and BBT344.

Electric, Pneumatic and Electronic Control Systems


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. 4 Credits (3 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): BBT209.

Building Control Networks I


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. 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): BBT304 and BBT344. Corequisite(s): BBT412 and BBT414.

Building Commissioning and Recommissioning


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. 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Corequisite(s): BBT407 and BBT414.

Building Automation Programming


Introduction to programming HVACR direct digital controllers and building integration panels. Topics include line programming and icon based programming. Emphasis on good programming practices including complete program documentation. 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): BBT304 and BBT344. Corequisite(s): BBT407 and BBT412.

Integrated Building Operation and Energy Management


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. 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): BBT407 and BBT412 and BBT414. Corequisite(s): BBT417. (Science, Technology and Society, Writing Enriched)

Building Control Networks II


Focus on programming concepts and applications of building control networks. Topics include common building control network implementations and protocol standards including Tridium Niagara platform, 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. 4 Credits (3 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): BBT407 and BBT414.

Senior Seminar-Lecture


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. 1 Credit (1 Lecture) Corequisite(s): BBT407 and BBT412 and BBT414. Fall Only.

Senior Seminar-Lab


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. 2 Credits (0 Lecture - 6 Lab) Prerequisite(s): BBT495. Spring Only.