Architectural & Building Engineering Technology (AAS)

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

The Program 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

The Student Outcomes are for graduates with an Associate of Applied Science in Architectural & Building Engineering Technology to 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, http://www.abet.org.

Program enrollment and graduation count.

Careers in Architectural & Building Engineering Technology

Placement Rate
100%
Vermont Tech
VS
%
National

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)

Job Projections
National Avg.
Architecture & Engineering occupations
Job projections

THAT TRANSLATES INTO

67,200

JOB OPENINGS BETWEEN 2014-2024


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


Median Pay
$0
$0
All Occupations

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
  • 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
  • Draftsman HVAC/R Sales Engineer
  • Architectural Designer 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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29May
Vermont Tech congratulates the students who achieved the honors of President's and Dean's List during the Spring 2018 semester. To be accorded Dean's List honors a student must be enrolled in at least 12 letter-graded credit hours and attain a GPA of 3.5 or higher. Students who have been awarded... Read More
24May
Vermont Technical College hosted its three commencement ceremonies this weekend. Two were held on Friday, May 18th and another was held Saturday, the 19th. Vermont Tech conferred certificates and degrees for 504 graduates from 32 programs. Nursing students were also presented with their Nursing... Read More
11Apr
A new effort is underway to bring students back to Vermont to help bend the state's demographic curve. A new policy called Welcome Home makes it easier for Vermont natives living out of state to come back and pay in-state tuition at any one of the four Vermont State Colleges. [View the original... Read More

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