Building Automation and Systems Integration

Program: BASE
Credential: Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Delivery: Full-time
Work Integrated Learning: 1 Co-op Work Term
Length: 2 Semesters
Duration: 1 Year
Effective: Fall 2021, Winter 2022
Location: Barrie


Building automation and systems integration is critical to the work of technicians, technologists, engineers, and designers. In this program, students gain the knowledge and experience to transform and lead organizations in the efficient use of energy and resources.  In multidisciplinary teams, students develop innovative projects that reduce waste, and make better use of limited natural resources. With a focus on facilities efficiency, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, building automation, and systems integration, students enhance their understanding of efficient building systems. Students acquire the skills and knowledge to develop integrated systems that involve the complex interconnectedness of people, processes, resources, and technologies.

Career Opportunities

Graduates may find work in the public sector, private sector and in non-government organizations.  As well, graduates may work as entrepreneurs in the areas of energy auditing, carbon auditing, facilities and equipment design, or retrofitting, analyzing, installing, and maintaining building automation systems. Graduates may also choose to leverage their new skills and understanding of HVAC-R systems, automation, network communication, project management, and system integration when returning to their previous disciplines or careers.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. conduct building systems assessments to identify issues and opportunities and recommend solutions that maximize building efficiencies;
  2. use information technology for system interoperability, interconnectedness, and access to achieve synchronized control;
  3. use benchmarking and best practices in building automation systems to ensure quality in building operations;
  4. identify and apply discipline-specific practices that contribute to the local and global community through social responsibility, economic commitment and environmental stewardship;
  5. prepare, modify and use technical documents, reports and proposals to communicate with various audiences in relation to building automation systems;
  6. facilitate building automation by integrating the electrical, mechanical and technical systems in building operations to improve overall building performance;
  7. perform work in alignment with legislation, standards, regulations and guidelines, to support and maintain the effective operations of building automation systems;
  8. implement project management tools to monitor resources, timelines and expenditures in relation to building automation;
  9. apply basic entrepreneurial strategies to identify and respond to new opportunities related to building automation and systems integration.

Practical Experience

All co-operative education programs at Georgian contain mandatory work term experiences aligned with program learning outcomes.  Co-op work terms are designed to integrate academic learning with work experience, supporting the development of industry specific competencies and employability skills.

Georgian College holds membership with, and endeavours to follow, the co-operative education guidelines set out by the Co-operative Education and Work Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL) and Education at Work Ontario (EWO) as supported by the Ministry of Colleges and Universities.

Co-op is facilitated as a supported, competitive job search process. Students are required to complete a Co-op and Career Preparation course scheduled prior to their first co-op work term. Students engage in an active co-op job search that includes applying to positions posted by Co-op Consultants, and personal networking.  Co-op work terms are scheduled according to a formal sequence that alternates academic and co-op semesters as shown in the program progression below.

Programs may have additional requirements such as a valid driver’s license, strong communication skills, industry specific certifications, and ability to travel. Under exceptional circumstances, a student may be unable to complete the program progression as shown below. Please refer to Georgian College Academic Regulation 3.2.7: Changes in program, course, section or co-op, for details.

International co-op work terms are supported and encouraged, when aligned with program requirements.

Further information on co-op services can be found at

Program Progression

The following reflects the planned progression for full-time offerings of the program.

Fall Intake

  • Sem 1: Fall 2021
  • Sem 2: Winter 2022
  • Work Term: Summer 2022

Winter Intake 

  • Sem 1: Winter 2022
  • Sem 2: Summer 2022
  • Work Term: Fall 2022

Admission Requirements

  • Ontario College Diploma, Ontario College Advanced Diploma, degree or equivalent with a focus on business, computing and/or technology OR
  • Ontario College Certificate with three years of related work experience OR
  • One of the following Ontario College of Trades certificates or equivalent, and a letter verifying three years of employment as a tradesperson:
    • Electric motor system technician (446A)
    • Electrical control (machine) builder (617A)
    • Electrician - construction and maintenance (309A)
    • Electrician - domestic and rural (309C)
    • Electrician (signal maintenance) (289F)
    • Electronic service technician (416E)
    • Elevating devices mechanic (636E)
    • Industrial electrician (442A)
    • Information technology - hardware technician (634B)
    • Information technology - network technician (634C)
    • Network cabling specialist (631A)
    • Refrigeration and air conditioning systems mechanic (refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic) (313A)
    • Residential air conditioning systems mechanic (313D)

Additional Information

Prior experience or training in control theory, electrical and electronic controls, HVAC, networking, coding, or information management is recommended.

Graduation Requirements

12 Program Courses
1 Co-op Work Term

Graduation Eligibility

To graduate from this program, a student must attain a minimum of 60% or a letter grade of P (Pass) or S (Satisfactory) in each course in each semester. The passing weighted average for promotion through each semester and to graduate is 60%.

Program Tracking

The following reflects the planned course sequence for full-time offerings of the Fall intake of the program. Where more  than one intake is offered  contact the program co-ordinator for the program tracking.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Hours
Program Courses  
BASE 1001 Building Automation and Systems Integration 1 56
BASE 1002 Building Automation CAD 56
BASE 1003 Building Science 42
BASE 1004 Coding Basics 42
BASE 1005 Facilities Automation and Controls Technology 1 56
BASE 1006 Networking and Security Basics 42
Semester 2
Program Courses  
BASE 1007 Building Automation and Systems Integration 2 56
BASE 1009 Facilities Automation and Controls 2 56
BASE 1010 HVAC Automation Technology 42
BASE 1011 Principles of Control Theory 42
BASE 1012 Project Management 56
BASE 1013 Microgrid Systems 56
 Total Hours602
Plan of Study Grid
Co-op Work TermHours
COOP 1055 Building Automation and Systems Integration Work Term 560
 Total Hours560

Graduation Window

Students unable to adhere to the program duration of one year (as stated above) may take a maximum of two years to complete their credential. After this time, students must be re-admitted into the program, and follow the curriculum in place at the time of re-admission.

Disclaimer: The information in this document is correct at the time of publication. Academic content of programs and courses is revised on an ongoing basis to ensure relevance to changing educational objectives and employment market needs. 

Program outlines may be subject to change in response to emerging situations, in order to facilitate student achievement of the learning outcomes required for graduation. Components such as courses, progression, coop work terms, placements, internships and other requirements may be delivered differently than published.

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