Architectural & Building Engineering Technology (AAS)

Start Date: 
August 27, 2018 12:00 am

Make your mark on history by seeing your ideas take shape in the built environment. Vermont Tech offers exciting and challenging classes on how to plan, shape, and maintain the structures in the world around us. You'll gain the fundamental skills of architectural and engineering drafting, including instruction in CAD systems, along with a 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 working with architects and engineers, including contractors, project managers, drafters, and surveyors.

Graduates of the program are also prepared to advance to bachelor’s degree programs in architecture or construction management to further enhance their abilities to effect positive change in the world.

The ABET-ETAC program educational objectives and student outcomes are listed on the Curriculum page

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

  1. Select and apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of the discipline to narrowly defined engineering technology activities
  2. Apply a knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to engineering technology problems that require limited application of principles but extensive practical knowledge
  3. Conduct standard tests and measurements and conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments
  4. Function effectively as a member of a technical team
  5. Identify, analyze, and solve narrowly defined engineering technology problems
  6. Apply written, oral, and graphical communication in both technical and non-technical environments and identify and use appropriate technical literature
  7. Understand the need for and engage in self-directed continuing professional development
  8. Understand and demonstrate a commitment to address professional and ethical responsibilities, including a respect for diversity
  9. Commit to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement
  10. Employ concepts of architectural theory and design in a design environment
  11. Use instruments, methods, software, and techniques that are appropriate to produce A/E documents and presentations
  12. Use measuring methods that are appropriate for field, office, or laboratory
  13. Apply fundamental computational methods and elementary analytical techniques in sub-disciplines related to architectural engineering

Educational objectives that are demonstrated during their workforce careers include:

  • Graphic communication skills: use freehand sketches and drawing, presentation graphics, and CAD as tools for design and communication
  • Communication skills: 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: 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 skills: 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 skills: understand design principles and apply procedures in the design of building engineering systems in the areas of building structures; heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC); plumbing; electrical; and lighting with emphasis on energy use, conservation, and sustainability concepts

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

Program enrollment and graduation count.

Careers in Architectural & Building Engineering Technology

Placement Rate
Vermont Tech

Vermont Tech data: 6 Month Outcome Survey, Class of 2019. National Data: National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) First Destinations for the College Class of 2018 (December 2018)

Job Projections
National Avg.
Architecture & Engineering occupations
Job projections




Projected Employment Growth for Architecture & Engineering Occupations, 2018-2028 (source: BLS). National data: Job openings for all occupations (source: BLS)

Median Pay
All Occupations

2018 Median Pay (Architecture & Engineering Occupations) vs. National Median for All occupations (2018), Source: BLS

Vermont Tech data: 6 Month Outcome Survey, Class of '12-'18
  • Aldridge and Elliot Blodgett Supply Co.
  • G4 Design Studios MRH Engineering P.C.
  • Snyder Homes State of Vermont
  • SW Cole Vermont Mechanical
  • Whiting-Turner WV Engineering Associates
  • Vermont Department of Building & General Services
  • Addison Residential Engineering Ventures
  • Wiemann Lamphere Black River Design
  • Cushman Design Group
  • Architectural Designer Draftsperson
  • HVAC/R Sales Engineer Practicing Engineer
  • Architectural Estimator CAD Technician
  • Engineering Technician Mechanical Designer
  • Project Engineer Electrical Design Engineer
  • Project Manager Designer
  • Design Engineer Architect

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