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Electrical and Instrumentation Technology (Building Automation Systems)

Mission Statement

The primary mission of the Electrical and Instrumentation Technology (Building Automation Systems) program is to provide quality educational training designed to meet the current and future needs of the electrician/construction industry. Toward this end the following guidelines are established: assist students to choose, prepare for, enter, and be gainfully employed in the electrician field; offer a program which emphasizes sound fundamentals while responding to the needs of this particular industry; and provide courses to meet current and specific needs of the student and this industry.

Occupational Outlook

O*NET Program Detail

Curriculum Framework

Program Outlook

The Building Automation Systems program will help students develop the high-tech skills necessary for future employment in an exciting new field. Building Automation Systems all technicians to work in living-labs where their primary responsibility is to focus on energy efficiency and sustainability. Automation is transforming the way facilities manage real-time energy consumption. Students will prepare for employment in this field by learning control theory, IT networking, electrical and mechanical systems, data analysis, energy management strategies, and systems integration. Building Automation Systems Technicians (also referred to as Control/Automation Technicians) are responsible for providing technical solutions to automation-related tasks for their organization. Their responsibilities include designing programs for logic controllers, as well as providing maintenance for programmable devices used in production equipment. They also ensure the correct performance of motion controllers and human-machine interfaces. They debug and repair control devices and minimize production loss, as well as create documentation based on the schematics and wiring plans for each device. Technicians must follow electrical regulations and inspect controllers to ensure code compliance. Students are encouraged to join the SkillsUSA and eligible students may be nominated by their teachers to join the National Vocational-Technical Honor Society.

Program Content

  • Diagnose, test, and debug complex equipment
  • Program, modify, and audit programmable logic controllers (PLCs)
  • Create and audit maintenance tasks, procedures and logs
  • Maintain documentation of downtime and repairs
  • Build and implement improvement and fixes
  • AC/DC Power Sources
  • AC/DC Motors
  • Motor Controls
  • Transformers
  • Over-current Protection and Grounding
  • Industrial Power Distribution Systems
  • Preventative and Corrective Maintenance
  • Electrical Test Equipment
  • Hydraulic and Pneumatic Systems
  • Process Control Systems
  • Instrumentation Drawings
  • Technical Reporting
  • Employability Skills and Safety

Length of Program

The average length of this program is 1,800 hours, approximately 20 months, for adults if attending full-time. Actual time is dependent upon enrollment status, whether you are a full-time or part-time student, and the length of time necessary for the student to achieve competencies. This program contains several occupational completion points designed to prepare students for various entry level jobs within this occupational area.

Entrance Requirements

  • Application.
    • Interview by guidance counselor.
    • Assessment in reading, math and language.
    • Must be at least 16 years old and not attending high school.
  • Fees:
    • ID $20.00
    • Application fee $15.00
    • Material fee $140.00
      • Tuition $3010.00
      • Books $300.00
      • Miscellaneous fees 0.00
  • Approximate total $3485.00

Entrance Dates

This program operates on an open-entry, open-exit basis. Students may enter the program anytime during the school-year. Entrance is dependent upon space availability. Call (305) 557-1100 and speak to a counselor.

Career Opportunities

According to Payscale.com, an entry-level Control/Automation Technician with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $47,000, including tips, bonuses, and overtime pay. A technician with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn $59,000 annually. Related fields include Electronic Technician, Computer Repair Technician, Audio Technician, Electronic Engineering Technician, Communication Technician, Digital Equipment Repair Technician, Benchwork Electronic Technician, and Security Systems Technician. O*NET lists the following occupations that the Electronics Technology program prepares students to enter: 17-3029.04 Electronics Engineering Technologists


*    *    * The United States Department of Education requires the following information be disclosed for all educational programs that are Title IV eligible. The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) in reporting year 09/10, under Institutional Characteristics, indicates the following average program costs: Tuition & Fees: $3010.00/program Room and Board: No on campus room or board provided Off campus, not with family: Est. $21440/16 month program Off campus, with family: Est. $12080/16 month program Books and Supplies: $ 200 /year Other Cost:   N/A

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