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. We 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.

This 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
  • Program and install sensors, actuators and controllers
  • Collect data for use in real time or for archiving in a central server
  • 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  

Each George Brown College certificate, diploma, advanced diploma and graduate certificate program is expected to deliver specific program learning outcomes. Program learning outcomes are statements that describe the knowledge and skills that students are expected to demonstrate by the end of their program of study. Programs are designed to deliver both vocation or discipline-specific learning outcomes and more generic essential employability skills (including communication, numeracy, critical thinking and problem solving, information management, interpersonal and personal skills).

In addition to the aforementioned learning outcome requirements, College programs are required to provide students with exposure to a breadth of learning beyond their vocational field, to increase their awareness of the society and culture in which they live and work. This breadth requirement is addressed through additional mandatory General Education courses in the program curriculum.

To see the relevant program learning outcomes for your specific program of study, please visit georgebrown.ca/programs/learning-standards-and-outcomes

Course Outline

Required Courses 

Printable Curriculum Planner 2016-2017 PDF icon


semester courses
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


semester courses
Code Course Name
EMNG1003 Engineering Mechanics
EMNG1012 Engineering Design
EMNG1013 Electronic Devices
EMNG 2020 Sensors and Instrumentation
EMNG1016 Electro-Pneumatics
EMNG2020  Sensors and Instrumentation
MATH1171 Mathematics for Mechanical Engineering
GSSC1100 Small Business Plan and Operation


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


semester courses
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


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


semester courses
Code Course Name
EMNG3011 Building Management and Commissioning
EMNG3013 Building Sub-Systems and Integration
EMNG3018 Capstone Project 
EMNG3019 Building Operator Fundamentals
EMNG3020 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


$4,007.00 *

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 2015. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in fall 2016 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 and no OSSD)

Please note that George Brown is committed to ensuring that applicants will succeed in their program of choice and meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. Applicants may be required to have grades higher than the minimum requirements stated.

Course Exemptions:

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

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

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