HVACR Controls/Building Automation Systems

This course is designed for HVACR technicians, facility managers, and commercial maintenance technicians who have already completed an educational course for HVACR and/or have current industry work experience in the field. The course will build on your existing knowledge of HVACR fundamentals and equipment and help you learn HVACR Controls and Building Automation Systems.

The course modules were written by Ron Auvil who is the Author of HVAC Control Systems, American Technical Publishers. Ron also teaches these topics in a series of recorded video lecture presentations included with each learning module.

6 Months / 90 Course Hrs
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Course code: GES752

What you will learn

  • Identify and describe typical uses of the following sensors in a commercial building
  • Demonstrate the ability to identify and describe the function and operation of BAS and Controllers and Operator Interfaces
  • Demonstrate the proper procedures to install and test BAS to include mounting, power supplies, communication networks, input/output wiring, and wireless systems
  • Demonstrate typical building system management functions including alarms, data trending, graphics, and maintenance management software

How you will benefit

  • Develop your skills to work as a controls technician, HVACR technician, or facilities maintenance technician
  • Build on your existing knowledge of HVACR fundamentals and equipment and help you learn HVACR Controls and Building Automation Systems
  • Access video lectures to further your understanding of the course
  • Set yourself apart from competitors by developing advanced knowledge of HVACR best practices
  • Enrolled students are invited to attend our exclusive annual virtual National Apprenticeship Week events, featuring live webinars, workshops, and employer interactions

How the course is taught

  • Self-paced, online course
  • 6 Months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 90 course hours
  1. 153 HVACR Control Systems Fundamentals
    1. HVAC Fundamentals
    2. Commercial Building Heating Systems
    3. Commercial Building Cooling Systems
    4. IAQ and Commercial Air Handling Units
    5. HVAC System Energy Sources
    6. Control Principles
  2. 154 HVACR Control System Types and BAS Basics
    1. Control Systems
    2. Electrical Control Systems
    3. Electronic Control Systems
    4. Building Automation Systems and Controllers
    5. Operator Interfaces
    6. Building Automation System Inputs and Outputs
  3. 155 HVACR BAS Installation and Strategies
    1. Building Automation System Installation, Wiring, and Testing
    2. Computer Networks and Web Based Control
    3. Direct Digital Control Strategies
    4. Supervisory Control Strategies
    5. Building Automation Retrofit of Existing Systems
  4. 156 HVACR BAS System Management and Advanced Technologies
    1. Building System Management
    2. Energy Audits and Utility Structures
    3. Building Automation System Troubleshooting
    4. Building Automation System Interoperability-Advanced Technologies
    5. Building Commissioning
  5. 157 Troubleshooting DDC Systems & Components Course
    1. Troubleshooting Tools & Safety; Overview of 'Typical' DDC System Today
    2. Input Troubleshooting with Multiple, Typical Field Scenarios
    3. Output Troubleshooting with Multiple, Typical Field Scenarios
    4. Field Controller Level Troubleshooting Part 1
    5. Field Controller Level Troubleshooting Part 2 with Multiple, Typical Field Scenarios
    6. Basic Web-Based Control Systems Troubleshooting Part 1
    7. Web-Based Control Systems Troubleshooting Part 2 with Multiple, Typical, Field Scenarios

Ron Auvil

Ron Auvil is a Staff Instructor for HVACRedu.net. He has 38 years of HVAC and Controls Experience. This includes 35 years teaching experience. He has worked as a senior controls technician for Johnson Controls. He has also taught HVAC controls classes across the United States for Johnson Controls, Honeywell, and others. He has written the definitive textbook on pneumatic and DDC control systems HVAC Control Systems 3rd Edition, from American Technical Publishers.


To enroll in this course you must have completed an educational course for HVACR and/or have current industry work experience in the field.


Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 8 or later.
  • Mac: macOS 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment. The following textbooks will be shipped to you approximately 7-10 business days after enrollment:

  • HVAC Control Systems

Please note: You will receive a digital book if the physical book is on backorder.


This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.

This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive six (6) months to complete the course.

The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact the student advising team to see what options you may have available to work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.

Our courses are designed to accommodate various learning preferences. Depending on the course structure, you may get different forms of support. Self-paced courses are designed to be user-friendly and independent, minimizing the need for external support. In courses with instructors, our direct platform support feature includes opportunities for questions, discussions, and remediation, with email and phone support available for select courses. Our student advising team is available to guide you on program requirements and administrative requests, but they do not provide assistance with course content. Our goal is to provide you with the necessary support for success, whether it's through self-paced exploration, direct communication, or guidance from our advising team.

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.

This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

This course is non-credit, so it does not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements. Financing is available from select schools. Learn more about financial assistance.

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