Architectural & Building Engineering Technology (AAS)

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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.

Educational objectives for graduates with an Associate of Applied Science in Architectural & Building Engineering Technology that are demonstrated during their workforce careers include:

  • Graphic communication skills: using freehand sketches, board drafting, presentation graphics, and CAD as tools for design and communication
  • Communication skills: communicating 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: understanding residential and commercial building systems, materials, and regulations; applying that knowledge to site layout and material estimating; and using appropriate computer applications
  • Architectural design: demonstrating knowledge of historical precedents and aesthetics and using design principles (including energy use, conservation, and sustainability concepts) as part of a process to create workable building designs
  • Engineering design: understanding design principles and applying 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

A student 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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Vermont Tech data: 6 Month Outcome Survey, Class of 2017 National Data: National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) First Destinations for the College Class of 2016 (October 2017)

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Projected Employment Growth for Architecture & Engineering Occupations, 2014-2024 (source: BLS). National data: Job openings for all occupations (source: BLS)

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2016 Median Pay (Architecture & Engineering Occupations) vs. National Median for All occupations (2016), Source: BLS

Vermont Tech data: 6 Month Outcome Survey, Class of '12-'16
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News & Events

The Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) were recognized for their energy improvements by Governor Phil Scott at a press conference Wednesday, September 20th at the Ed Weed Station. Morgan Easton, a senior in the Vermont Tech Architectural Engineering Technology program, was on hand for her role... Read More
Tension Builds... The annual Bridge Building Competition is a chance for middle and high school students to build their own model bridges and test them on the Gordonator. On March 30 the High School Bridge Building Competition was held in Judd Hall on the Randolph Center Campus. Tensions were... Read More
Two exceptional Vermont Technical College engineering students were honored by the college and recognized at a Vermont Society of Professional Engineers event on February 24 at the DoubleTree Hotel in South Burlington. This event is part of E-Week, a national celebration of Engineering... Read More


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