(Effective Fall 2019)

Building automation course work emphasizes the application control system design, programming and documentation, building control networks, building commissioning, 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 an industrial internship in building automation.

Career Opportunities

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.

Recommended High School Subjects

High school Algebra I and II are necessary for this major.  Four years of high school English are desirable.  Three science courses, with physics recommended, are suggested for this major.

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)
Current students in any of the above associate degrees may declare a dual degree in the Building Automation Technology degree. 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 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.

Remediation Strategies

All entering students will be tested for English, math, and reading deficiencies. Students are expected to remediate any deficiencies as explained in this catalog (see http://www.pct.edu/catalog/PlacementTesting).

Program Goals

A graduate of this major should be able to:
  • apply safe practices to the installation and troubleshooting of modern building automation systems. 
  • analyze interoperability and energy management as they apply to vertically and horizontally integrated building control systems
  • use general-purpose software and specific building automation software to monitor and control a building HVACR system and building electrical systems
  • explain the function, operating characteristics, and appropriate applications of basic control loops and control modes as found in direct digital, analog electronic, electric and pneumatic commercial control systems.
  • given a sequence of control, lay out a control system logic diagram and program it into a DDC controller.
  • demonstrate an understanding of the commissioning, re-commissioning and retro-commissioning processes and how they apply to different phases of a building's existence.
  • demonstrate functional knowledge of networks, network devices, and network software.
  • enhance industry professionalism skills such as work ethic, communication, time management, problem solving, working on a team, building self-confidence, accept and learn from criticism and flexibility/adaptability
  • install, maintain, troubleshoot, and repair commercial building automation systems

 

Curriculum

First Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
FYE101 First Year Experience 1 .50 1.50 S REQ
BBT Directed Building Automation Technology Electives 10   M BBT
CSC124 Information, Technology, and Society 3 3 S REQ
or
EET124 Engineering, Technology, and Society 3 2 3 S REQ
MTH180 College Algebra and Trigonometry I 3 3 S REQ
TOTAL CREDITS 17
Second Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
BBT Directed Building Automation Technology Electives 12   M BBT
ENL111 English Composition I 3 3 S REQ
TOTAL CREDITS 15
Third Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
BBT Directed Building Automation Technology Electives 10   M BBT
ENL201 Technical and Professional Communication 3 3 S REQ
or
ENL121 English Composition II 3 3 S REQ
PHS103 Physics Survey 3 3 S REQ
or
PHS114 Physics with Technological Applications 4 3 3 S REQ
TOTAL CREDITS 16
Fourth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
BBT Directed Building Automation Technology Electives 10   M BBT
OEE Exploration Electives 3   S OEE
SSP Core Social Science Perspective 3   S SSP
TOTAL CREDITS 16
Fifth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
HVE HVAC Elective 5   M HVE
or
EEL Electrical Electives 6   M EEL
BBT209 Building Automation Industry 3 3 M REQ
MTH182 College Algebra and Trigonometry II 3 3 S REQ
or
MTH160 Elementary Statistics with Computer Applications 4 3 3 S REQ
OEA Open Elective 3   S OEA
TOTAL CREDITS 14
Sixth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
BBT304 Direct Digital Control of HVACR Equipment 4 3 3 M REQ
BBT344 Electric, Pneumatic and Electronic Control Systems 4 3 3 M REQ
SCI Science Elective 3   S SCI
or
SCL Science Elective with lab 4   S SCL
CDP Core Global and Cultural Diversity Perspective 3   S CDP
OEE Exploration Electives 3   S OEE
TOTAL CREDITS 17
Summer Session Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
BBT310 Building Automation Industry Internship 1 M REQ
TOTAL CREDITS 1
Seventh Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
BBT407 Building Control Networks I 3 2 3 M REQ
BBT412 Building Commissioning and Recommissioning 3 2 3 M REQ
BBT414 Building Automation Programming 3 2 3 M REQ
BBT495 Senior Seminar-Lecture 1 1 M REQ
SPC101 Fundamentals of Speech 3 3 S REQ
HIP Core Historical Perspective 3   S HIP
TOTAL CREDITS 16
Eighth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
BBT415 Integrated Building Operation and Energy Management 3 Writing Enriched Requirement &
Science, Technology and Society Requirement
2 3 M REQ
BBT417 Building Control Networks II 4 3 3 M REQ
BBT496 Senior Seminar-Lab 2 6 M REQ
OEA Open Elective 3   S OEA
ARP Core Arts Perspective 3   S ARP
TOTAL CREDITS 15

Directed Building Automation Technology electives include ACR, CIM, EET, ELT, MET, MTT, PLH, RET, SAF 110 and WEL courses. Major courses other than those previously listed will need advisor approval.

MTH 180 and MTH 182 are required for the Bachelor degree. Those students in Associate degree that have successfully completed MTH 124 should speak to a BBT adviser to learn how their MTH 124 credits can be applied to the Bachelor degree.

Students enrolled in the Building Automation major with a emphasis in HVAC must take ELT 239 and students enrolled with an Electrical, Electromechanical Maintenance, Robotics and Automation, Mechatronics, and Renewable Energy emphasis must take the combination of ACR 227 and PLH 226.

Associate degree students taking PHS 103 during their first four semesters must take a 4-credit science elective with a lab in the sixth semester. Those associate degree students who complete PHS 114 during their first four semesters may take a 3-credit science elective during their sixth semester. In order to meet core educational requirements science elective credits must be a minimum of 7.