School of Engineering and Computing

Architectural Engineering Technology (BS)

Design and build the world around you. Make your mark on history by seeing your ideas take shape as infrastructure, buildings, and building systems. Vermont Tech offers exciting and challenging classes on how to plan, shape, and maintain the structures in the world around us. The bachelor’s program builds on the foundation established in the associate program in structural engineering, HVAC, plumbing, electrical, and integrated sustainable design. Hands-on learning is offered in the lab and the field. Students test systems, observe construction projects and evaluate infrastructure design.

Graduates of this program are prepared for a wide range of careers working with architects and engineers, including contractors, project managers, or junior engineers.

Graduates are allowed to 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 licensing exam.

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

In addition to the student outcomes included in the architectural or civil engineering associate programs, a student with a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering Technology will be able to:

  1. Select and apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of the discipline to broadly defined engineering technology activities
  2. 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
  3. Conduct standard tests and measurements; conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments; and apply experimental results to improve processes
  4. Design systems, components, or processes for broadly defined engineering technology problems appropriate to program educational objectives
  5. Function effectively as a member or leader of a technical team
  6. Identify, analyze, and solve broadly defined engineering technology problems
  7. Apply written, oral, and graphical communication in both technical and non-technical environments and identify and use appropriate technical literature
  8. Demonstrate a knowledge of the impact of engineering technology solutions in a societal and global context
  9. Demonstrate a commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement
  10. Create, utilize, and present design, construction, and operations documents
  11. Perform economic analyses and cost estimates related to design, construction, and maintenance of building systems
  12. Select appropriate materials and practices for building construction

Educational objectives that are demonstrated during their workforce careers include:

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

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

Curriculum Details

year
3
year
4

Placement Rate

75%

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84%

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Vermont Tech data: 6 Month Outcome Survey, Class of  opens in a new window2019. National Data: National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) First Destinations for the College Class of 2018 ( opens in a new windowDecember 2018)

Job Projections

NATIONAL AVG.
5%
Architectural & Engineering Occupations
4%
That Translates Into

113,300

JOB OPENINGS BETWEEN 2018 - 2028

Projected Employment Growth Architecture & Engineering Occupations, 2018-2028 (source:  opens in a new windowBLS). National data: Job openings for all occupations (source:  opens in a new windowBLS)

Employers

  • Aldridge and Elliot
  • Belmains
  • Blodgett Supply Co.
  • Chris Karvelas Construction
  • CSA Pro Services
  • Dartmouth Medical Center
  • DEC Enterprises, LLC
  • G4 Design Studios
  • Harris Rebar
  • Highwood Homes LLC
  • Keurig Green Mountain
  • MRH Engineering P.C.
  • New England Air Systems
  • NH Dept. of Transportation
  • Norian./Siani Engineering
  • North Woods Engineering
  • Penney Consulting Services
  • Salem Engineering
  • Snyder Homes
  • State of Vermont
  • SW Cole
  • The University of Vermont
  • VELCO
  • Vermont Mechanical
  • Vertek
  • VPIRG
  • Whiting-Turner Contracting Co.
  • WV Engineering Associates

Job Titles

  • Structural Engineer
  • Structural Designer
  • HVAC Engineer
  • HVAC Designer
  • Construction Manager
  • Architect
  • Firm Partner
  • HVAC/R Sales Engineer
  • Architectural Designer
  • Practicing Engineer
  • Civil Engineer 1
  • Engineering Technician
  • Architectural Estimator
  • Civil Engineer
  • Mechanical Designer
  • Supervisor Assistant
  • Field Engineer
  • Field Manager
  • Project Engineer
  • Electrical Design Engineer
  • Junior Engineer
  • Department Head
  • Designer
  • Product Support Technician

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