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Building Automation Systems

Building Automation is a fast-growing industry, forecasted to expand at about 10% per year, well above average. There’s a good reason for the growth. Buildings produce about 40% of greenhouse gasses. Knowing how to use building automation effectively makes buildings more comfortable and efficient, improves the air we breathe while also saving money.

In this rapidly developing market, it’s more important than ever for professionals who work with HVAC, lighting, maintenance, and other building systems to gain knowledge and experience in how to effectively and fully utilize their building management platforms.

Having a Building Automation Certificate from The Energy Institute at SLCC, the only one in Utah, designates you as a skilled professional in the operations and maintenance of building automation systems. In these courses you will get hands-on training from industry professionals that will help you get started in the field or take your career to the next level.

Level 1 Certificate – Get Started

Courses start every Fall and Spring

Students will learn fundamentals of Building Automotive Systems (BAS), advanced electrical concepts and devices and controls theory.

Level 2 Certificate – Move Ahead

Courses start every Spring

Students will gain an understanding of BAS specific computer systems and networking as well as logic and programming.  This certificate is for successful graduates of the Level 1 Certificate or professionals who have working knowledge of BAS.

This program has been approved for STIT funding (50% discount for individuals) while funds are available
For Individual Job Seekers

The Utah Legislature provides Short-Term Intensive Training (STIT) funds for Utah State residents who enroll in specific non-credit, short-term training courses. These funds cover 50% of the course cost and are available until depleted. At that point, the course cost will return to the regular cost. STIT funding is for individual job seekers. For employers interested in funding support, please see information about Custom Fit.

For Employers

Using funds provided by the Utah State Legislature, Custom Fit provides short-term, non-credit training designed to grow, train, and retain an efficient and productive workforce. For-profit companies can use these funds to share the cost of incumbent worker training. Apply for Custom Fit funds to determine eligibility.


Course CEST 0156
Title Building Automation Fundamentals

Building Automation Systems (BAS) Fundamentals provides an overview of the BAS industry in general. Topics include history, BAS manufacturers and contractors, industry scope and trends, careers in BAS, required skills and types of BAS systems 

Course CEST 0157
Title Building Automation Systems Advanced Electrical Concepts

Topics include power supplies, reactive electrical components, power distribution, circuit protection, electric motor theory, electric generator theory, types of electric motors, motor starters, switching devices, electric symbols, pictorial diagrams, schematics, sequences of operation and basic electrical troubleshooting. 

Course CEST 0158
Title Building Automation Systems Devices and Control Theory

Learn the major types of peripheral components found in BACS systems and how to properly select and apply them in the field as well as how these devices are used in the control process. Topics include standard I/O wiring; temperature, humidity, pressure, flow, and life and equipment safety devices; actuators and dampers; control valves; power supply and monitoring devices; transducers; relays and contractors; motor controls; enclosures; control theory; control loop design; installation; commission; and tuning. 

Course CEST 0270
Title Building Automation Systems Networking

Building Automation Systems (BAS) Networking presents the fundamental concepts of data transmission in various media types as it applies to building automation systems. The course is closely aligned with CompTia’s Network+ Certification and assists students in preparation for that credential. Topics include network fundamentals, standards, OSI model, IP protocol, network signal transmission, media, protocols, physical topologies, logical topologies, hardware, typical BAS networks and typical BAS subnetworks.

Course CEST 0280
Title Building Automation Systems Logic and Programming
Description Building Automation Systems Logic and Programming provides students with a solid understanding of programming fundamentals as well as a review on control theory. Students will plan, design, create and troubleshoot building automation systems programs in a visual development environment.


Simply call (801) 957-5200 to enroll in any class, M-F, 8:00-4:30 pm. See Registration requirements below. 

No, if you are enrolling in non-credit classes, you do not need to be a current student. Simply call our registration office at 801-957-5200 to enroll.
Classes are held both online and on the Miller Campus in Sandy in the Miller Corporate Partnership Center

If a student decides not to remain enrolled in a class, it is the student’s responsibility to contact the Program Coordinator to drop or withdraw from the class. Failure to officially drop classes not attended will result in failing grades and forfeiture of tuition due the College. Failure to officially drop may lead to enforcement of the college collection policy

Students are required to pay for all classes that they do not officially drop.

Full tuition will be refunded if student drops before the first day of class.

Tuition will not be refunded if student is a “no show” for entire class.

Last Date to Add Classes, Tuition Due Date will follow the Institutional Academic Calendar for the appropriate semester as Full Term 16-week schedule.

Academic Calendar

Late registrations must be approved by the Program Coordinator

Short Term Intensive Training (STIT) funds may be available for some noncredit courses. If funds are available and you are approved, these funds will pay for a portion of the cost of the tuition associated with the course.

For a STIT application, email Paul Jones.

Textbook cost for the Level 1 Certification program is typically around $200. Textbooks for the Level 2 Certification program are typically $50.
To prepare it is suggested you take CEBA 0010: Math for Industry as well as CEBA 0020:  Basic Electrical Concepts
You can! Please contact the program manager to determine credit

Registration Info

Short Term Intensive Training (STIT) funds may be available for some noncredit courses. If funds are available and you are approved, these funds will pay for a portion of the cost of the tuition associated with the course.

For a STIT application, email Paul Jones