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Building Automation Systems Technician

Program Description

The Building Automation Systems (BAS) certificate prepares students for an entry-level position with an HVAC Building Automation company.  Course and lab work prepare them for this computer-based aspect of HVAC.  This field contains integration of HVAC and networked IT systems that control all major buildings today.​ Building Automation System (BAS) jobs focus on the installation, design, and repair of equipment and controls regulating the basic systems of a facility. 

A BAS is a centralized system that controls the heating, air conditioning, ventilation, and lighting inside of an industrial, commercial, or residential building. As a BAS technician, your duties may include installation of system components, repair and maintenance, and regular system-wide safety and functionality tests. BAS specialists and engineers design systems, determine overall effectiveness, and choose components that meet the building’s energy and operations needs.​

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this Continuing Education Workforce Certificate, students will be able to:

1. ​analyze commercial HVAC system design for large buildings and advanced large-scale systems; 

2. employ computer-aided design basics as they are used in the building automation industry;

3. summarize the use of information technology as it is employed in the network systems that support the building automation systems;

4. demonstrate the use of building automation system hardware and software to control HVAC system operations and energy consumption;

5. interpret construction drawings to include mechanical, electrical, and structural sets​;

6. program operational sequences for building equipment and systems;

7. commission building systems and the related components to ensure effective performance and compliance; and

8. demonstrate effective skills to work as an entry level BAS technician. ​

CCBC Pathway

Technology and Engineering Pathway - Pathways are designed to help you meet your academic and career goals by aligning related courses and programs.  Pathway students participate in a variety of activities that help explore career opportunities in their field of study.  You can meet with a CCBC advisor who help align — or realign — your educational plan with the Pathway that best supports you and your goals.

Program Credentials

CCBC Credential: Students will be awarded a Continuing Education Workforce Certificate, and will have access to a Continuing Education academic record (transcript).

Length of Training

Approximately 12 to 18 months

Financial Aid and Payment Options

We offer financial aid by packaging public and private funding options to those who qualify, in select Continuing Education courses and programs. Additional opportunities for financial support include partial payment options through Nelnet Business Solutions and tuition waivers for those who qualify. Resources outside of CCBC may also be available through employer/sponsor paid tuition,  the Department of Rehabilitation Services (DORS), and your local office of workforce development.

Program Requirements

​High School Diploma or GED

Minimum age of 18 

College level reading and math skills 

Application Process

To apply, go to www.ccbcmd.edu/apply and complete the CCBC Continuing Education Workforce Certificate program application.  An email will then be sent with program information and any additional requirements necessary to apply for the program.

Open Entry – No screening or documentation required.

Prior Learning Assessment

This program has potential options for waving select courses based on previous coursework or articulated coursework from an approved curriculum, and/or demonstrated portfolio and/or prior occupational learning.  A maximum of 204 hours may be earned from prior learning.


Program Sequence

Required Courses:



Course Title

Course Hours

 Textbook Information Costs
VOA802 Commercial Controls System 45 Modern Refrigeration & Air Conditioning $170 $569
VOA801 Commercial HVAC Systems 46 Same as VOA802 $569
VOA970 Basic HVAC Electricity 56 Same as VOA802 $729
VOA656 Advanced HVAC Electricity 58 Same as VOA802 $569
VOA559 Introduction to CAD 55 To Be Announced, estimated cost $52 $569
VOA764 Construction Blueprint Reading 43 To Be Announced, estimated cost $126 $569
PCA619 Networking and Data Communications 37.5 Digital Materials included with course $569

Data Communications Elective - A part of their program, student should choose one of the following three courses: 



Course Title



 Textbook Information Costs

PCA644 or

PCA994 (hybrid)

A+ Certification PC Technician Module 1​ 50  PC Pro (Access Code); TestOut; $172

** Check with Coordinator for potential text update before purchasing​​

PCA609 Windows 7 Professional 50 Client Pro (Access Code); TestOut; $172 $729
PCA 610 Windows Server 50 Install& Storage (Access Code); TestOut - $172 $729

Course Series Total - Required Courses and Required Choice of Elective




Textbook Information Cost
Course Series Total 390.50 $405.30



Additional Information

Skills for Success

Successful candidates must be self-motivated, independent learners, able​ to work both independently and as a team member, be detail-oriented, have strong analytical and troubleshooting skills, persistence, manual dexterity, mechanical aptitude, mathematical aptitude​, ability to understand blueprints and schematics, ability to develop programming skills, ability to stand or crouch for long periods of time, and ability to lift 35 pounds.​


Career Opportunities

BAS engineer, BAS equipment installer, BAS tester,​ BAS sales representative.

Career Coach

Research your career interests, explore live job postings, take a career assessment, discover which companies in the Baltimore region are hiring, and more.  View a brief tutorial video on how to use Career Coach at https://youtu.be/C7KpznbPYfA.  Explore career and training opportunities at https://ccbcmd.emsicc.com/.

Program Contact Information

Coordinator: David Frey | dfrey@ccbcmd.edu | 443-840-2793 | Dundalk | STAT 110​

Administrative Assistant: Ollie Wright | owright@ccbcmd.edu | 443-840-4476 | Catonsville BESS 100