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 for building science, building automation systems, networking and project management. Upon graduation, you will be prepared for jobs in the industrial/manufacturing sector and will have the skill set expected 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.


Program name
Electromechanical Engineering Technology – Building Automation
Experiential learning
3 years (6 semesters)
Starting month
September, January
Ontario College Advanced Diploma
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Program Availability

Domestic students
Sept. 2020 Open
Jan. 2021 Open
May 2021 N/A
International students
Sept. 2020 Open
Jan. 2021 Opens Apr 6, 2020
May 2021 N/A

Full Description

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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.

Experiential Learning


Program Standards and Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Fabricate and build electrical, electronic, and mechanical components and assemblies in accordance with operating standards, job requirements, and specifications.
  2. Analyze, interpret, and produce electrical, electronic, and mechanical drawings and other related technical documents and graphics necessary for electromechanical design in compliance with industry standards.
  3. Select and use a variety of troubleshooting techniques and equipment to assess, modify, maintain, and repair electromechanical circuits, equipment, processes, systems, and subsystems.
  4. Modify, maintain, and repair electrical, electronic, and mechanical components, equipment, and systems to ensure that they function according to specifications and to optimize production.
  5. Design and analyze mechanical components, processes, and systems by applying engineering principles and practices.
  6. Design, analyze, build, select, commission, integrate, and troubleshoot a variety of industrial motor controls and data acquisition devices and systems, digital circuits, passive AC and DC circuits, active circuits and microprocessor-based systems.
  7. Install and troubleshoot computer hardware and programming to support the electromechanical engineering environment.
  8. Analyze, program, install, integrate, troubleshoot and diagnose automated systems including robotic systems.
  9. Establish and maintain inventory, records, and documentation systems to meet organizational and industry standards and requirements.
  10. Select and purchase electromechanical equipment, components, and systems that fulfill job requirements and functional specifications.
  11. Specify, coordinate, and apply quality-control and quality-assurance programs and procedures to meet organizational standards and requirements.
  12. Work in compliance with relevant industry standards, laws and regulations, codes, policies, and procedures.
  13. Develop strategies for ongoing personal and professional development to enhance work performance and to remain current in the field and responsive to emergent technologies and national and international standards.
  14. Contribute as an individual and a member of an electromechanical engineering team to the effective completion of tasks and projects.
  15. Design and analyze electromechanical systems by interpreting fluid mechanics and the attributes and dynamics of fluid flow used in hydraulic and fluid power systems
  16. Contribute to project management through planning, implementation and evaluation of projects, and monitoring of resources, timelines, and expenditures as required.

Required Courses

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semester courses
CodeCourse Name
EMNG1001Circuit Analysis
MENG1002Engineering Drawing
MENG1027Introduction to Machining
GSSC1027Personal Finance
MATH1160Mathematics for Engineering Technology 1
COMM1007College English


semester courses
CodeCourse Name
EMNG1003Engineering Mechanics
EMNG1012Introduction to Mechanical CAD
EMNG1013Electronic Devices
EMNG1015Motors & Controls
MATH1171Mathematics for Engineering Technology 2
GSSC1100Small Business Plan and Operation


semester courses
CodeCourse Name
EMNG2001Introduction to PLC Systems
EMNG2004Digital Electronics
EMNG2020Sensors & Instrumentation
EMNG2021Automation Software Development
MENG2070Workplace Essentials
GNEDGeneral Education Elective


semester courses
CodeCourse Name
EMNG2022Measurement and Final Control Elements
EMNG2024Internet of Things for Homes and Buildings
EMNG2025Electrical Techniques
EMNG3003Network Fundamentals
MENG2046Sustainable Energy Technologies
MENG3030Technical Report Writing
GNEDGeneral Education Elective


semester courses
CodeCourse Name
EMNG2026Applied Project 1
EMNG3002Building Science Fundamentals
EMNG3016Fundamentals of HVAC/R Systems
EMNG3004Building Networks and Protocols
EMNG3006Alarm and Video Systems
EMNG3015Building Control Systems


semester courses
CodeCourse Name
EMNG3011Building Management and Commissioning
EMNG3013Building Sub-Systems and Integration
EMNG3018Applied Project 2
EMNG3019Building Operations and Management
EMNG3020Blueprint Reading for Buildings
EMNG3021Connected Homes

Detailed course outlines

General Education Electives

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


$4,094.00 *

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 2019. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in Fall 2020 and at later dates.

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

Financial Assistance

This program is approved for OSAP funding, provided the applicant meets OSAP eligibility criteria.

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)

Mature Students may take the Admissions Assessment for English and Math, OR may consider upgrading to achieve the credit(s) needed in English and Math.

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

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