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Smart Building Technology

The future of the building and construction industry is today's smart building technology.

At PTC we offer training in the latest construction skills and techniques that will prepare you for tomorrow's careers. By combining computers, electronics and design with strong communication skills, Smart Building Technology professionals can wire new construction or retrofit existing structures to network the latest technology.

Key Benefits

  • At PTC we have our own Smart House right on campus that you will work in.
  • Our program is very hands on. You will learn by doing and gain practical experience and be able to take what you have learned to create something new.
  • We have a troubleshooting focus. Our program provides real world challenges you will learn to solve.
  • We teach what companies are looking for. Companies tell us our students hit the ground running and contribute in the workplace right away.
  • Our students learn both the commercial side of building and the residential side of building so our graduates are well prepared for maximum career opportunities.
  • PTC's program includes training that is ideal for positions that Marcellus Shale companies are looking for.

More information about Smart Building Technology below

PTC is proud to have a 100% employed in field rate for our 2013 graduates with a Smart Building Technology Degree.

PTC Smart Building Technology graduates are prepared for entry-level positions at:

  • Technology companies
  • Engineering Companies
  • Security Companies
  • Audio/Video Companies
  • Communications companies

Key skills you will learn in PTC's Smart Building Technology are extensive and include:

  • Fundamentals of smart building computers and networks
  • Installation of home security systems
  • Connecting centrally controlled networks
  • Black box troubleshooting
  • Commercial systems integration
  • Residential networks and integrating television, lighting, computers and security systems
  • Ability to implement construction practices required by the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Rating System for projects pursuing certification.

The PTC program prepares you for certifications in:

  • Electronics Technicians Associations' REST Certification (Residential Electronics Systems Installer)
  • Electronics Systems Professional Alliance Certified EST (Electronic Systems Technician)
  • Green Advantage Environmental Certification (Commercial / Residential)


Math for Electronics
This course provides students with math skills necessary to solve problems in electricity and electronics. It consists of a review of arithmetic, algebra, equations, right triangle solutions and complex numbers.
Electricity and electronic systems are explored through the study of DC and AC fundamentals. Practical experience in parallel and series circuit analysis is gained by means of electronic bench test equipment and troubleshooting.
Electronics 1
This course is an introduction to transformers, diodes, rectifiers, filters, and regulators. Semiconductor fundamentals are presented and learners master competencies in constructing, measuring, troubleshooting and analyzing filter and basic semiconductor circuits. Prerequisites: ELT 101 and ELT115.
Structured Wiring
The course introduces students to low voltage cable wiring technology. It includes the design, construction, maintenance and interconnection of intelligent control systems.
Electronics 2
This is a course to expand the competencies of semiconductor concepts. FET, Operational amplifier and BJT circuits are explored as they apply to real world electronic systems. Students construct, analyze, and troubleshoot complete switching and amplifier circuits. Prerequisite: ELT125.
Computer and Network Systems
Students tear down and reassemble a personal computer, install the operating system, set up wired and wireless networks, and configure IP devices.
Entertainment Systems
The course introduces the student to technologies and techniques used to install and operate various gaming platforms as well as home theater/media room installations. Topics include equipment types, proper cabling and connectivity methods and multi system integration.
Applied Communications
This course begins with an introduction to digital electronics concepts and continues with basic communications theory. Students experiment with the telephone system and a variety of cabling techniques. Prerequisite: ELT135.
Audio and Video Systems
This course introduces the student to the technologies and techniques used to implement whole-house audio/video distribution systems. Topics include basic design, proper cabling and connectivity methods, system configuration and calibration. Prerequisite: ELT135.
Security and Life Safety
This course introduces the student to the design, installation and programming of security systems. Topics include closed circuit television, access control, Fire Alarms and Nurse Call Stations. Prerequisite: ELT135.
Energy Management and Lighting Controls
This course allows students to demonstrate proficiency in all aspects of Smart Building Integration, primarily energy management and lighting control systems.
Project Management
This course introduces the student to the duties of the project manager. These include customer expectations, cost estimation, equipment selection, personnel management and project oversight.
Green Technology
This course is designed as a primer in green building, from human and construction impacts on the environments to implementing smarter and more environmentally acceptable methods of building. It also introduces green building rating systems (LEED) that evaluates the overall level of a building's environmental performance.


Steps to Career Success 1
The purpose of this course is to acclimate students to the available resources to maintain their focus on achieving career goals. The course is scheduled for all students in the 1st quarter, one hour per week.
Steps to Career Success 2
In this course, students review their math skills using the NCCER Construction Math Module. Upon completion, they can sit for the construction math certification test. ELT003 Steps to Career Success 3 1 Credit
Career Development
The focus of this course is on preparing students for the upcoming job search process. They will produce a series of critical job search documents, including a resume, reference page, cover letter and thank you letter. These documents are applied to job search activities that give students the opportunity to hone their interview skills, research potential employers, complete an online job application, and experience a mock interview scenario.
The Internship is a cooperative effort between the Institute and the professional community. It is designed to provide the students with an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills learned in their major in a related working environment. This internship requires 240 hours work experience.



English Composition 1
This writing course focuses on the writing of descriptive narrative, cause and effect, and process essays from the initial stage of prewriting to final revisions and editing. Topics included are purpose, audience, development, focus and organization, as well as word usage and sentence structure. Elements of grammar, spelling, and punctuation are reviewed. Assigned readings are part of class discussion and writing assignments. Prerequisite: Satisfactory performance on the writing proficiency exam; otherwise, students must have concurrent success with GEE099 and GEE100 before proceeding on to GEE150.
English Composition 2
This writing course is a continuation of the fundamentals introduced in GEE100 English Composition 1. Library and electronic research techniques and guidelines are thoroughly covered. Advanced persuasive writing and research-based persuasion are emphasized using citations and works cited according to MLA guidelines. Analytical and critical thinking skills are developed through students' evaluation of their own writing and assigned readings. Prerequisite: Satisfactory performance on the writing proficiency exam or GEE100.
Effective Speech
This course focuses on the various dimensions of effective speaking with emphasis on audience analysis, reasoning, organization, evidence, and delivery. Throughout the course, the student is acquainted with the various types of speeches and their effectiveness through critical and analytical reading, individualized and group exercises and projects, and class discussions. Students deliver a variety of speeches, including informative and persuasive speeches.
History of Technology**
This general studies course exposes students to the evolution of technology and its impact on society. The course will emphasize the overall impact of major technological innovations and inventions that fundamentally altered the world as well as look at some of the great thinkers that helped advance technologies throughout history.
This general studies course involves various algebraic operations including signed numbers, evaluating expressions, simplifying and solving algebraic equations, factoring, functions and their graphs, and word problems relative to the respective fields. Prerequisite: Satisfactory performance on the mathematics proficiency examination or GEM100.
Physical Science
This General Education course surveys the foundational concepts behind classical physics, exploring basic principles of mechanics, thermodynamics, waves, and optics. This course is intended for programs that require little or no science background. Prerequisite: Satisfactory performance on the mathematics proficiency examination or GEM100.
Critical Thinking
In today's information age, critical thinking skills are vital for success. This course utilizes case studies to teach reasoning, analysis, and evaluation skills in everyday situations. Students learn the importance and benefits of critical and creative thinking, work through steps to understand, analyze, and evaluate specifics of argument and persuasion, and practice solving problems using critical thinking skills.
Leadership Principles**
Students will understand the concepts of leadership and supervisory roles, planning, decision-making, performance management, strategic management, team building, group and organizational dynamics, and functions in an organization. This class teaches how to be an effective leader in a dynamic, diverse, and continuously evolving business environment. Concepts of goal-setting, motivation, time management, and other interpersonal skills are taught. Students will become familiar with successful leadership practices through case studies and research practices.

**This course can be replaced by another approved General Education course.

PTC offers a comprehensive Career Services Department with a dedicated staff who will assist you in your career search. Companies that have previously hired PTC graduates include:

  • Accent Electronics Systems Integrators
  • Advanced Communications Inc. (ACI Direct)
  • Alpha Communications Technologies
  • Best Buy Geek Squad
  • David Davis Communications
  • Dobil Laboratories, Inc.
  • Goosebumps
  • Greyfox Services
  • Guardian Protection Services
  • HB Communications
  • Intelligent Electronics Systems
  • Intertech Security LLC
  • Lauttamus Communications
  • Live Wire Designs
  • Max Audio-Video
  • Muninn Group Inc.
  • North Star Communications
  • PSX Inc.
  • Radio Shack
  • Siemens Building Technologies
  • Sierra w/o Wires Inc.
  • SmartSolution Technologies L.P.
  • Surveillance Group
  • Theater Xtreme
  • The Wilkins Company
  • TriWire Engineering
  • Tschco Electronics and Security
  • Vector Security

*Some employers may require a background check and drug screening prior to employment.

For important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended this program, please click the link(s) below:

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