The community gets a glimpse of the new Building Technology Center
RALEIGH, NC (June 21, 2022) – Community leaders, business representatives and administrators from Wake Tech got an up-close look at how the college trains the next generation of skilled workers during a door day open Tuesday at the Center for Building Technologies on the college’s Southern Wake campus.
Attendees visited faculty, staff and students and toured the new 34,000 square foot facility, which houses degree programs in Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Technology and Systems Technology electrical, as well as North Carolina’s first associate’s degree program in high technology. world of building automation technology.
One of the most advanced facilities of its kind in the state, the Center for Building Technologies features four classrooms as well as spacious modern labs equipped with the latest technologies from manufacturers such as Daikin, Mitsubishi and LG so that students can familiarize themselves with training.
The facility also includes the only Mitsubishi Trane HVAC US (METUS) training center at a community college in the United States, which allows students, faculty and contractors to be trained through Mitsubishi certification programs. for ductless equipment.
Several companies and organizations have stepped up to support the college’s skilled trades programs through equipment donations or sponsored areas. To date, these companies include Brady, Faulkner Haynes, Highwoods Properties, Johnstone Supply, Newcomb and Company, Piedmont Service Group CMS Controls Automated Facility Solutions, Schneider Electric and Siemens.
“Our region has a great need for skilled professionals to build and maintain complex electrical and HVAC systems,” said Matt Smith, vice president of development and strategic partnerships for Wake Tech. “This building is our answer to that need, and we are thrilled that so many strong businesses in Triangle have chosen to invest in our faculty and staff who will join their businesses and serve our community in the future.”
The building officially opened in the fall of 2020 and is backed by a combination of CONNECT NC Bond Funds and Wake County Bond Funds. The college launched the building automation degree in fall 2021 with a $455,000 grant from the National Science Foundation.
“Today we celebrate this building and all of our partners and want to thank you for making a difference to us, our students and our community,” said Wake Tech President Dr. Scott Ralls. “We are very proud of our technical role because it is our roots and our heritage, so thank you for helping us recruit students and provide more opportunities for students.”