Building Automation Technology: Mechatronics Engineering Technology Concentration (BBX)

(Effective Fall 2015)

This two-plus-two Bachelor of Science curriculum in Building Automation Technology prepares students to work in the field of building and automation, heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration control (HVACR) and building energy management.  The major emphasizes the application control system design, programming and documentation, building control networks, 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 studied.  Technical courses include hands-on lab components with work on industry standard and state of the art equipment.  Students with an associate degree in Mechatronics Engineering Technology (MH) may enter the major and take an additional two years plus a required summer internship to complete this bachelor's degree.

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 Equipment Needs

See the Tool List on the Mechatronics Engineering Technology major web page.

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

Transfer Procedures

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  Exceptions must be approved by the school dean.

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


First Semester Credits
FYE101 First Year Experience 1  
SAF110 Occupational Health and Safety 2  
SAF112 PEC Basic Safety Orientation 1  
RET111 Direct Current Essentials 3  
RET117 Basic Wiring Applications 1 3  
FIT Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1  
ENL111 English Composition I 3  
MTH180 College Algebra and Trigonometry I 3  
Second Semester Credits
RET122 Alternating Current Essentials 3  
CSC124 Information, Technology, and Society 3  
EET124 Engineering, Technology, and Society 3  
MTT104 Manufacturing Processes and Toolmaking Survey 3  
MTT211 Manufacturing Materials and Processes 3  
MHE Directed Technical Mechatronics Engineering Electives 3  
ENL121 English Composition II 3  
ENL201 Technical and Professional Communication 3  
Third Semester Credits
ELT229 Process Control Basics 3  
ELT234 Electrical Motor Control 4  
EET145 Networking I 4  
CIM227 Material Handling/Fluid Power 3  
MET220 Mechanical Power Transmission Systems 4  
Fourth Semester Credits
MET230 Mechatronic System Maintenance 4  
MHE Directed Technical Mechatronics Engineering Electives 3  
ELT245 Introduction to Programmable Logic Control 4  
HUM Humanities Elective 3  
SSE Social Science Elective 3  
ART Art Elective 3  
FOR Foreign Language Elective 3  
AAE Applied Arts Elective 3  
IFE International Field Experience Elective 3  
MHS Directed Mechatronics Science Elective 4  
Fifth Semester Credits
ACR227 ACR System Operations 3  
PLH226 Fundamentals of Heating Systems 3  
BBT209 Building Automation Industry 3  
MTH182 College Algebra and Trigonometry II 3  
SSE Social Science Elective 3  
OEA Open Elective 3  
Sixth Semester Credits
BBT304 Direct Digital Control of HVACR Equipment 4  
BBT344 Electric, Pneumatic and Electronic Control Systems 4  
SCI Science Elective 3  
COR Liberal Arts Elective 3  
BPT Cultural Diversity Elective: Humanities/Social Science/Art/Foreign Language/Applied Arts/Int'l Field Exp 3  
Summer Session Credits
BBT310 Building Automation Industry Internship 1  
Seventh Semester Credits
BBT407 Building Control Networks I 3  
BBT412 Building Commissioning and Recommissioning 3  
BBT414 Building Automation Programming 3  
BBT495 Senior Seminar-Lecture 1  
SPC101 Fundamentals of Speech 3  
HUM Humanities Elective 3  
FIT Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1  
Eighth Semester Credits
BBT415 Integrated Building Operation and Energy Management 3  Writing Enriched Requirement &
Science, Technology and Society Requirement
BBT417 Building Control Networks II 4  
BBT496 Senior Seminar-Lab 2  
OEA Open Elective 3  
ART Art Elective 3  

Students enrolled in the Building Automation major with an 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.


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