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.
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Source: Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities website