Architectural & Building Engineering Technology (AAS)

Make your mark on history by seeing your ideas take shape in tangible objects. Vermont Tech offers exciting and challenging instruction in how to plan, shape, and maintain the structures in the world around us, including homes, large commercial buildings, and bridges. All students gain extensive exposure to architectural design; history; construction materials and methods; structural engineering; surveying; estimating; heating; ventilating; plumbing; and energy-conscious design. You'll be introduced to the fundamental skills of architectural and engineering drafting, including instruction in CAD systems, along with an academic foundation in science, mathematics, and technical writing. Practical projects involve laboratory testing and field observation of construction.

Graduates of this program are prepared for a wide range of careers in the constructed-facilities industry, including those in sustainable, energy-efficient, and environmentally-conscious fields, at the technical and design support level. Graduates understand the importance of teamwork and of the economic, social, and environmental consequences of choices made in the exciting building industry. They typically enjoy positions with architects, engineers, and building contractors and provide all levels of support to the building industry in manufacturing, sale, and governmental administration. Graduates of the program are also prepared to advance to bachelor’s degree programs in architecture or engineering to further enhance their abilities to effect positive change in the world.

Graduation from the program at the associate level allows students an ideal opportunity to make an informed decision relative to their career paths. This “decision platform” offered to students completing their associate degree is one of the program’s greatest strengths. Students may continue on into a bachelor of science degree program in Architectural Engineering Technology, Construction Management, or Business Technology & Management. Some program graduates transfer to other schools of architecture or engineering to continue working toward a bachelor’s or other degree in these fields.

Architectural Engineering Technology students in the news:

  • During National Engineers Week 2016, an architectural student, Dillon Delano, was awarded Student Engineering Technician of the Year. Read more...
  • In April 2015, architectural students took first place in the SEI student design competition. Read more...
  • Also in the spring, a team of students took first place overall, as well as first and second place for the Closest Strength category and second place for the Least Cost category for the RC3 award competition. Read more...
  • Again demonstrating their competitiveness against much larger national and international colleges and universities, Vermont Tech students won ASHRAE scholarships. Read more...

Educational objectives for students with an Associate of Applied Science in Architectural and Building Engineering Technology include:

  • Graphic communication skills: Graduates are able to use freehand sketches, board drafting, presentation graphics, and CAD as tools for design and communication
  • Communication skills: Graduates are able to communicate technical information in writing, speaking, listening, and interpersonal skills to work effectively as part of a team and to interact effectively with clients, the public, and others
  • Technical skills: Graduates understand residential and commercial building systems, materials, and regulations; apply that knowledge to site layout and material estimating; and use appropriate computer applications
  • Architectural design: Graduates demonstrate knowledge of historical precedents and aesthetics and use design principles (including energy use, conservation, and sustainability concepts) as part of a process to create workable building designs
  • Engineering design: Graduates understand design principles and apply procedures in the design of building engineering systems in the areas of building structures, HVAC, plumbing, electrical, and lighting with emphasis on energy use, conservation, and sustainability concepts

Students with an Associate of Applied Science in Architectural & Building Engineering Technology will be able to:

  • Apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of the discipline to narrowly-defined engineering technology activities
  • Apply a knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to engineering technology problems that require limited application of principles but extensive practical knowledge
  • Conduct standard tests and measurements and conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments
  • Function effectively as a member of a technical team
  • Identify, analyze, and solve narrowly-defined engineering technology problems
  • Apply written, oral, and graphical communication in both technical and non-technical environments and identify and use appropriate literature
  • Understand the need for and possess an ability to engage in self-directed continuing professional development
  • Understand and commit to addressing professional and ethical responsibilities, including a respect for diversity
  • Commit to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement
  • Utilize instruments, methods, software, and techniques that are appropriate to produce A/E documents and presentations
  • Utilize measuring methods that are appropriate for field, office, or lab
  • Apply fundamental computational methods and elementary analytical techniques in sub-disciplines related to architectural engineering

The program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET,

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Before Vermont Tech

  • I graduated from high school in Massachusetts.
  • I was looking for a small school with faculty who care.

This is me now

  • Other students ask me to help them with course material.
  • I loved playing soccer and getting involved in clubs.
  • My degree from Vermont Tech will pay off.
Who's hired Vermont Tech grads recently?

VTC graduates are among the best qualified to succeed in the field of commercial, industrial and institutional construction management.

Tim Regan, President & CEO, Whiting Turner

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Patty Danahy

  • Mechanical Engineering Intern, EYP Architecture & Engineering, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Graduated with a B.S. in Architectural Engineering Technology, 2013

Education & Career Opportunities


For the past five years, U.S. News & World Report has listed Vermont Tech among the top 15 best public colleges in the North. This year, we're ranked #8.

As an associate degree graduate you'll be prepared to succeed at the technical and design support level in the construction industry, typically working with architects, engineers, and building contractors. Our graduates also provide support to the building industry in manufacturing, sales, and government administration.


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