Electromechanical Engineering Technology – Building Automation Program (T171)

Electromechanical Engineering Technology – Building Automation
School of Mechanical and Engineering Technologies
Casa Loma Campus
3 years (6 semesters)
September, January
Ontario College Advanced Diploma
Specialization in building automation is an emerging and growing employment opportunity, especially in the construction and property development sector. This advanced diploma program will provide the skills and knowledge you need in building science, building automation systems, networking and project management. Upon graduation, you’ll not only be prepared for jobs in the industrial/manufacturing sector, but will also have the skill set in demand by the construction and property development sector. Builders and property managers require people to design and integrate building control systems such as lighting, telephony, security, Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC), Heating Ventilation and Air-Conditioning (HVAC), air quality, energy consumption and fire and safety. They need technologists familiar with a centralized approach, who can manage and control a building from an interface that provides building-wide efficiency, cost-effective operations and information sharing.

Full Program Descriptions


Building automation systems don't just control the basics: they regulate airflow, monitor energy use and are integrated with security, lighting and other building systems to deliver comfort, safety and energy efficiency. Today’s buildings are increasingly complex, and they differ in use and size, but also in operating hours, comfort levels and environmental conditions. Offices, residences, hotels, schools and administrative buildings all have different requirements. Optimal building services technology is the result of appropriate systems design and integration during planning, construction, commissioning and operation.

George Brown’s advanced diploma program in Building Automation provides students the technical skills they need for success in the job market. Students learn to install, program, adjust and maintain building automation systems. They learn to program and install sensors, actuators and controllers; collect data for use in real time or for archiving in a central server; and work with building software platforms that interconnect different systems.

Graduates will have a diverse set of skills and abilities that will also prepare them for "green" careers focused on energy efficiency, renewable energy and the environment. This program provides a skill set that is in high demand in both the construction industry and the controls and automation industry.


  • Safety practices in the installation and troubleshooting of HVAC/R systems, including applicable codes and standards of the NEC, ASHRAE, OSHA, EPA and other regulatory bodies.
  • Basic HVAC/R processes and the function, layout and operation of commercial HVAC/R systems.
  • Functions, operating characteristics and applications of the control loops and control modes in digital, analog and pneumatic commercial control systems.
  • Blueprints and manufacturer’s technical instructions for installing or servicing a sensor, controller, actuator and related relays and power supplies.
  • General-purpose software and specific building automation software that monitors and controls HVAC/R and electrical systems.
  • Various BAS controls and systems, including DCS, PLC, PAC and SCADA.
  • Functions of network devices and protocols, such as a bridge, router, gateway, hub, firewall, twisted pair, Ethernet, TCP/IP, Zigbee, WiFi, BAS/IP and BacNet.
  • Emerging green technologies, such as solar, wind and hydronic, and how they can be integrated into building systems and residential applications.

Program Standards and Learning Outcomes  

Program standards apply to all similar programs of instruction offered by colleges across the province. Each program standard for a postsecondary program of instruction includes the following elements:

  • Vocational standard (the vocationally specific learning outcomes which apply to the program in question),
  • Essential employability skills (the essential employability skills learning outcomes which apply to all programs of instruction), and
  • General education requirement (the requirement for general education in postsecondary programs of instruction).

The vocational and essential employability skills components of program standards are expressed in terms of learning outcomes. Learning outcomes represent culminating demonstrations of learning and achievement. In addition, learning outcomes are interrelated and cannot be viewed in isolation of one another. As such, they should be viewed as a comprehensive whole. They describe performances that demonstrate that significant integrated learning by graduates of the program has been achieved and verified.

View standards and outcomes by program.

Source: Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities website

Course Outline

Required Courses 

Printable Curriculum Planner 2015-2016PDF icon


Code Course Name
EMNG1001 Circuit Analysis
EMNG1004 Metrology
MENG1002 Engineering Drawing
MENG1027 Introduction to Machining
GSSC1027 Personal Finance
MATH1071 Mathematics for IT and Mechanical Engineering
COMM1007 College English


Code Course Name
EMNG1003 Engineering Mechanics
EMNG1012 Engineering Design
EMNG1013 Electronic Devices
EMNG1016 Electro-Pneumatic
EMNG2020 Sensors and Instrumentation
MATH1171 Mathematics for Mechanical Engineering
GSSC1100 Small Business Plan and Operation


Code Course Name
EMNG1015 Motors and Controls
EMNG2001 PLC Systems
EMNG2004 Digital Electronics and Embedded Systems
EMNG2021 Automation Software Development
EMNG2022 Measurement & Final Control Elements
COMM1034 Professional Communications I
GNED General Education Elective


Code Course Name
EMNG2024 Internet of Things for Homes and Buildings
EMNG2025 Electrical Techniques
EMNG3003 Network Fundamentals
MENG2046 Sustainable Energy Technologies
COMM1035 Professional Communications II
GNED General Education Elective


Code Course Name
EMNG3002 Building Science Fundamentals
EMNG3004 Building Networks and Protocols
EMNG3006 Alarm and Video Systems
EMNG3009 Building Life Cycle Management
EMNG3015 Building Control Systems
EMNG3016 Fundamentals of HVAC/R Systems


Code Course Name
EMNG3011 Building Management and Commissioning
EMNG3013 Building Sub-Systems and Integration
EMNG3018 Capstone Project
EMNG3019 Building Operations and Management


Blueprint Reading for Buildings
EMNG3021 Connected Homes

Detailed course outlines

General Education Electives

Careers and Post-Graduate Study Opportunities

Your Career 

Areas in the building automation industry where graduates will be able to work include:

  • electronics companies
  • general contractors
  • communication and information systems companies
  • lighting suppliers and contractors
  • mechanical and electronic controller manufacturers
  • facilities management companies
  • automotive companies and suppliers
  • robotics and automation companies
  • residential developers

Future Study Options 

Graduates of the two-year Electro-mechanical (T146) program or equivalent may be eligible to enter the third year of this program.

Tuition and Fees


$3,936.00 *

Additional Cost 

* Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the first two semesters of programs starting in fall 2014. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in fall 2015 and at later dates.

International students: Visit the International Fees and Related Costs page for more information.

How to Qualify and Apply

Admission Requirements  

Applicants are selected on the basis of their academic achievement, including the required courses, and any other selection criteria outlined below.

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent**
  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • Grade 11 Math (M or U) or Grade 12 (C or U)

** Mature Student status (19 years of age or older)

Course Exemptions:

College or university credits may qualify you for course exemptions. Please visit www.georgebrown.ca/transferguide for more information.

International students: Visit the International Admissions page for more information.

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Ontario Colleges

Contact Us

Contact Us  

School of Mechanical and Engineering Technologies

Phone: 416-415-5000, ext. 4287

Email: engineeringtechnologies@georgebrown.ca

The office hours are 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., room C430.

For more information, you may also call the George Brown College Contact Centre at 416-415-2000 (TTY 1-877-515-5559) or long distance 1-800-265-2002.

George Brown College is continually striving to improve its programs and their delivery. The information contained in this calendar is subject to change without notice. It should not be viewed as a representation, offer or warranty. Students are responsible for verifying George Brown College admission, graduation, and fee requirements as well as any requirements of outside institutions, industry associations, or other bodies that may award additional designations concurrently with, or after completion of, a George Brown College program.