Effective Fall 2022

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 engineering specialist, building automation systems applications engineer, building automation systems field engineer, project manager, deployment manager, building automation systems controls integrator, fire/security specialist, building automation systems design engineer, building automation systems commissioning specialist.

Special Admissions Requirements

Incoming students desiring this bachelor’s degree must declare a dual degree with one of the following associate's degree majors:

  • Electrical Technology (EL)
  • Electrical Construction (EB)
  • Electric Power Generation Technology: Diesel Emphasis (DG)
  • Mechatronics Technology (MX)
  • Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning Technology (HV)
  • Robotics & Automation Emphasis (RO)
  • Information Technology: Network & User Support (NS)
Current students enrolled in any of the above associate degrees who desire to earn a bachelor’s degree in Building Automation Engineering Technology must declare a dual degree with this major. 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 Engineering Technology major based on their degree and related technical coursework.  It is recommended that transfer students begin their BMS degree with a fall semester start.

Remediation Strategies

All incoming students must meet placement requirements in math. Students are expected to remediate any deficiencies as explained in the College Catalog (see http://www.pct.edu/catalog/admissions-policy).

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 SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
FYE101First Year Experience 1.0.50 1.50 SREQ
BBTDirected Building Automation Technology Electives 10.0 MBBT
CSC124Information, Technology & Society 3.03 SREQ
or
EET124Engineering, Technology & Society 3.02 3 SREQ
MTH181College Algebra & Trigonometry I 3.02.50 1.50 SREQ
TOTAL CREDITS 17.0
Second SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
BBTDirected Building Automation Technology Electives 12.0 MBBT
ENL111English Composition I 3.03 SREQ
TOTAL CREDITS 15.0
Third SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
BBTDirected Building Automation Technology Electives 10.0 MBBT
ENL201Technical & Professional Communication 3.03 SREQ
or
ENL121English Composition II 3.03 SREQ
PHS103Physics Survey 3.03 SREQ
or
PHS114Physics with Technological Applications 4.03 3 SREQ
TOTAL CREDITS 16.0
Fourth SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
BBTDirected Building Automation Technology Electives 10.0 MBBT
OEEExploration Elective 3.0 SOEE
SSPCore Social Science Perspective 3.0 SSSP
TOTAL CREDITS 16.0
Fifth SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
HVEHVAC Elective 5.0 MHVE
or
EELElectrical Electives 6.0 MEEL
BBT209Building Automation Industry 3.03 MREQ
MTH183College Algebra & Trigonometry II 3.02.50 1.50 SREQ
or
MTH161Statistics for STEM Fields with Computer Applications 3.53 1.50 SREQ
OEAOpen Elective 3.0 SOEA
TOTAL CREDITS 14.0
Sixth SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
BBT304Direct Digital Control of HVACR Equipment 4.03 3 MREQ
BBT344Electric, Pneumatic & Electronic Control Systems 4.03 3 MREQ
SCIScience Elective 3.0 SSCI
or
SCLScience Elective with lab 4.0 SSCL
CDPCore Global & Cultural Diversity Perspective 3.0 SCDP
OEEExploration Elective 3.0 SOEE
TOTAL CREDITS 17.0
Summer SessionCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
BBT310Building Automation Industry Internship 1.0 MREQ
TOTAL CREDITS 1.0
Seventh SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
BBT407Building Control Networks I 3.02 3 MREQ
BBT412Building Commissioning & Recommissioning 3.02 3 MREQ
BBT414Building Automation Programming 3.02 3 MREQ
BBT495Senior Seminar-Lecture 1.01 MREQ
SPC101Fundamentals of Speech 3.03 SREQ
HIPCore Historical Perspective 3.0 SHIP
TOTAL CREDITS 16.0
Eighth SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
BBT415Integrated Building Operation & Energy Management 3.0Writing Enriched Requirement &
Science, Technology and Society Requirement
2 3 MREQ
BBT417Building Control Networks II 4.03 3 MREQ
BBT496Senior Seminar-Lab 2.0 6 MREQ
OEAOpen Elective 3.0 SOEA
ARPCore Arts Perspective 3.0 SARP
TOTAL CREDITS 15.0

Directed Building Automation Technology electives include ACR, BCT, CIT, DSM, EET, ELT, MET, MTT, PLH, and RET courses. Major courses other than those previously listed will need adviser approval.

MTH 181 and MTH 183/ MTH161 are required for the bachelor's degree. Those students in an associate's degree who have successfully completed MTH 123 should speak to a Building Automation adviser to learn how their MTH 123 credits can be applied to the bachelor's degree.

Students enrolled in the Building Automation Engineering Technology major with an HV associate's degree must take ELT 239 and students enrolled in an associate's degree in EB, EL, DG, MX, NS or RO 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 equal a minimum of 7.