RALEIGH, NC (June 21, 2022) — Community leaders, industry representatives and Wake Tech administrators got an up-close look at how the college is training the next generation of skilled craftsmen at an open house Tuesday at the Center for Building Technologies on the University’s Southern Wake Campus.
Attendees visited with faculty, staff, and students and toured the new 34,000-square-foot facility, which hosts air conditioning, heating and refrigeration technology, and electrical systems engineering courses, as well as North Carolina’s first associate degree program in high-tech . world of building automation technology.
One of the most advanced facilities of its kind in the state, the Center for Building Technologies includes four classrooms and modern, spacious labs equipped with the latest technology from manufacturers such as Daikin, Mitsubishi and LG, enabling students to get started training .
The facility also features the only Mitsubishi Trane HVAC US (METUS) Training Center at a community college in the US, where students, educators and contractors can be trained through Mitsubishi’s ductless equipment certification programs.
Several companies and organizations have mobilized to support the university’s vocational training programs through equipment donations or sponsored areas. To date, these 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 is in dire need of qualified professionals to build and maintain complex electrical and HVAC systems,” Matt Smith, Wake Tech vice president of development and strategic partnerships. “This building is our response to that need, and we are delighted that so many strong Triangle companies have chosen to invest in our faculty and staff who will join their companies and serve our community in the future.”
The building will officially open in Fall 2020 and will be supported by a combination of CONNECT NC Bond funds and Wake County bond funds. The college launched the building automation degree in the fall of 2021 thanks to a $455,000 grant from the National Science Foundation.
“We celebrate this building and all of our partners today and we 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 as that is our roots and heritage, so thank you for helping us recruit students and give students more opportunities.”