Architectural Engineering Technology (BS)

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 bachelor’s program receive broad-based preparation to succeed in numerous challenging twenty-first century career opportunities in the building design and construction industries. Education in this area provides the opportunity to merge “green”, environmentally sustainable, and socially conscious career aspirations with competitive salaries and the satisfaction of seeing creative, energy-efficient designs become reality. Within the scope of the discipline fall such diverse areas as structural engineering; HVAC design; electrical and lighting design; plumbing and fire protection; construction management; and facilities management. Students graduating with a bachelor's degree are well-prepared to serve in project management or junior engineer positions.

Students may enroll as freshman candidates for the bachelor’s degree or may choose to enroll first as associate degree candidates and defer a decision on bachelor’s candidacy until the second year. Transfer students from other two- and four-year architecture and engineering programs are encouraged to apply. 

The bachelor’s program builds on the foundation established in the associate program in structures, HVAC, plumbing, electrical, and integrated sustainable design. The scope of the curriculum is also extended to include such fields as thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, electrical circuits, lighting systems, AE management, and advanced math. Advanced computer applications are included. Throughout the curriculum, teamwork, creativity, and “green” solutions to building needs complement rigorous traditional engineering-based instruction.

Graduates are allowed to sit for the Fundamentals of Engineering examination in many states and, after meeting state requirements for appropriate work experience, may also be examined for the Professional Engineer designation in many states.

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 graduates with a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering Technology that are demonstrated during their workforce careers (in addition to all of the outcomes included in the associate program) include:

  • Technical design: Graduates are able to design and integrate complex systems into the building form, emphasizing human comfort and resource conservation, incorporating expertise in a single engineering discipline
  • Communication skills: Graduates use computer-aided design and drafting to communicate complex building systems and exhibit expanded oral presentation skills to effectively explain technical designs; graduates have also improved their interpersonal skills for team efforts and for interacting with clients, the public, and others
  • Structural engineering design: Graduates use principles and procedures to analyze and design structures in wood, steel, concrete, and other materials while addressing sustainability issues
  • Mechanical engineering design (HVAC & plumbing systems): Graduates use principles and procedures to analyze and design building mechanical systems, including the use of energy conservation and sustainability concepts
  • Electrical & lighting engineering design: Graduates use principles and procedures to analyze and design energy efficient building electrical and lighting systems
  • Engineering management: Graduates understand and apply the principles of management for engineering business and project administration

In addition to the student outcomes included in the associate program, students with a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering Technology will be able to:

  • Select and apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of the discipline to broadly defined engineering technology activities
  • Select and apply a knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to engineering technology problems that require the application of principles and applied procedures or methodologies
  • Conduct standard tests and measurements and conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments and apply experimental results to improve processes
  • Design systems, components, or processes for broadly defined engineering technology problems appropriate to program educational objectives
  • Function effectively as a member or leader of a technical team
  • Identify, analyze, and solve broadly defined engineering technology problems
  • Know the impact of engineering technology solutions in a societal and global context
  • Create, utilize, and present design, construction, and operations documents
  • Perform economic analyses and cost estimates related to design, construction, and maintenance of building systems
  • Select appropriate materials and practices for building construction
  • Apply principles of construction law and ethics in architectural practice
  • Perform standard analysis and design in at least one recognized technical specialty within architectural engineering technology that is appropriate to the goals of the program

The program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

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Students

Before Vermont Tech

  • I attended a small high school in southern Vermont.
  • As a first-generation college student, I wanted a college that was accessible.

This is me now

  • I appreciate Vermont Tech faculty’s one-on-one attention.
  • I’ve made lots of connections through professional organizations.
  • I’ve met engineers who rave about Vermont Tech.
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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Alumni

Patty Danahy

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

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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.

Our graduates are well prepared to be successful structural, mechanical, or electrical designers engaged in building construction projects; as facilities managers; and as construction project managers. Bachelor degree graduates have the opportunity to sit for the Fundamentals of Engineering examination in many states and, after meeting state requirements for appropriate work experience, may take the examination for the Professional Engineer designation.

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