Architectural Engineering Technology (BS)
Make your mark on history by seeing your ideas take shape in tangible objects. This program teaches you how to plan, shape, and maintain structures such as homes, large commercial buildings, and bridges. You 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 architectural and engineering drafting with CAD systems, and perform laboratory testing and field observation of construction.
Graduates of this bachelor’s program receive broad-based preparation for career opportunities in building design and construction industries. With this degree, you can merge environmentally sustainable, and socially-conscious career goals with competitive salaries and the satisfaction of seeing creative, energy-efficient designs become reality. Careers include such diverse areas as:
- Structural engineering
- HVAC design
- Electrical and lighting design
- Plumbing and fire protection
- Construction management
- Facilities management
Students graduating with a bachelor's degree are well-prepared to serve in project management or junior engineer positions.
Graduates may sit for the Fundamentals of Engineering exam in many states and, after meeting state requirements for appropriate work experience, may also take the Professional Engineer exam.
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.
Employers seek out Vermont Tech students to meet their workforce needs. Our students have the skills they need as day-one employees. Employers know jobs for our graduates are so competitive that they offer scholarships to encourage students to work for them after graduation.
To find out your eligibility for your total aid package, we encourage you to complete the 2017-2018 FAFSA and enter our school code: 003689.
To learn more about our programs and the employer-sponsored scholarships, contact the Assistant Director of Admissions, Paul Winters. Give him a call or email him a question.
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Education & Career Opportunities
Percent Job and Advanced Education Placement Rate in Architectural & Building Engineering Technology
Vermont Tech Architectural & Building Engineering Technology student outcomes are strong. The class of 2016 had a 100% job and advanced placement rate within six months of graduation. Many students have internships while they’re in college that lead to full-time employment after graduation.
The median annual wage for architecture and engineering occupations was $76,870 in May 2015, according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS).
Employment of architecture and engineering occupations is projected to grow 3 percent from 2014 to 2024, adding about 67,200 new jobs (BLS).
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