Friday – January 17, 2020

Automated Building Systems (2019-2020)

Technical Diploma
School of Technology and Applied Sciences / Architecture & Construction Career Cluster

Oak Creek Campus – Center for Energy Conservation and Advanced Manufacturing (ECAM)
Program Code: 30-481-1 

For Information: 414-297-6315
Oak Creek Campus, 414-571-4500

Overview — Learn about emerging technologies and gain the entry-level skills required for careers as technicians and specialists in building automation and controls.

Courses for this two-semester program are taught in the new Automated Building Systems (ABS) Lab on the Oak Creek Campus.

This industry encompasses a broad range of technologies used to efficiently control electrical and mechanical systems in commercial, industrial and institutional buildings. The program prepares you to enter occupations related to building automation and control systems with capabilities related to installing, designing, servicing and troubleshooting complex commercial controls. You will learn about HVAC/R commercial systems, control theory, logic and programming, installation, system design and integration.

Career Outlook — Nationally, wages are starting at $45,000 for ABS technicians. In this field, there is potential for advancement, progressing from entry-level installation work to trouble-shooting and programming. 
The career options also encompass positions in facility management, project management, energy auditing and commissioning.

Program Learning Outcomes 

  • Perform building and energy use assessments
  • Install equipment and materials 
  • Service building automation systems

Admission Requirement

  • A high school diploma or GED


Possible Careers

Application Engineer
Building Automation Systems Specialist, Integrator or Technician
Control Systems Designer
Control Systems Installer
Controls Technician (Field-Based)
Energy Management Technician
HVAC Controls Technician
Systems Technician or Specialist

Related Programs

Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology
Power Engineering and Boiler Operator
Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heating Service Technician
Apprenticeships including Refrigeration and Air Conditioning, Environmental Service Technician, Industrial Manufacturing Technician


Start Dates: August and January

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements.

Sixteen-Week Terms
( ) = Semester Order for Full-Time Students






Building Systems 1





Measurement and Verification



(1) ABS-143 Electrical Concepts/Control Theory 1 for ABS  


(1) ABS-141 Building Systems 2  


(1) ABS-144 Control Theory 2 for ABS ‡   2
(1) ABS-150 Energy Auditing for ABS   2
(2) ABS-145 Control Theory 3 for ABS ‡   2


Automated Building Control Systems ‡





Networking Automated Building Systems





Commissioning Automated Building Systems





ABS Capstone Project Course ‡






‡ Prerequisite required.

Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.

For class times and locations or to register online, visit INFOnline.

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements.


Page updated April 2019.