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Architectural Engineering Technician

Architectural Engineering Technician

Learn all aspects of sustainable building design, construction and inspection.

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Start Date:
Typical Length:
2 Years
(Varies for part-time or blended studies)
$3,515 (Domestic) • $11,350 (International)
Tuition is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.
+Locations & Availability

September 2020
Campus/Location DeliveryIn-class – Complete your program through courses that are held at a campus.

Online – All program courses are delivered online.

Blended – Complete your program through a combination of online and in-class courses (some courses are delivered 100% online). In-class courses are held at a campus.

Collaborative – program is delivered virtually on campus
Ivany Campus • Dartmouth Full time • In-class Seats available
Ivany Campus • Dartmouth Part time • In-class Seats available


Build your portfolio to succeed in three major areas of the construction industry: building design, construction and inspection.

You experience all design aspects of commercial and residential buildings, including architectural, structural, mechanical and electrical. You explore and consider the impact of building design and construction on the environment, while learning to prepare architectural and engineering design drawings, cost estimates, material specifications and technical reports. You also acquire important computer skills, such as computer-aided drafting (CAD), building information modelling (BIM), word-processing and spreadsheets.

An Architectural Engineering Technician is a job for a reliable and responsible person with good problem-solving skills and a natural curiosity for all aspects of building.

Admission requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent, including Academic Grade 12 Math and Academic Grade 11 Physics.
    • International students – High school diploma equivalency and English language requirements vary by country. View details
  • If you do not have the required academic credits, NSCC offers a variety of credit courses through the Academic & Career Connections program.

Program requirements

  • Portfolio Development – As part of your studies at NSCC, you develop a portfolio of your work; the portfolio captures your achievements and profiles your skills to employers.
  • Standard First Aid, CPR Level A

Tuition, fees and program costs

In addition to annual tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, health and dental plans, your student association and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that tuition values on these pages are for 2019/20 and are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Work experience

  • Field experience (work placement) is a mandatory credit course completed at the end of your program. It provides you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills outside of the classroom.
  • Opportunities are typically unpaid and last approximately 5 weeks.
  • Transportation, accommodations and other costs related to work placements are your responsibility.
  • This program is eligible for an optional cooperative education (co-op) credit course between year one and two.
  • Co-op provides an opportunity for paid, full-time work placements that last 12 to 16 weeks.
  • Our co-op program follows Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL) guidelines.
  • For more information visit Work Experience Opportunities

Study options

  • This program is available for part-time study.
  • When applying for part-time study, you must meet all the admission requirements.
  • Once admitted, you're referred to a campus for course selection.
  • The time to complete the program through part-time study will vary and depend on the schedule you choose and the number of courses you complete each term.
  • Tuition for part-time study is calculated on a per-course basis and is paid at the beginning of each term.
  • Some courses are available online.

Career options

  • Graduates have been successful in securing employment with engineering and architectural firms, steel fabricators, government, construction contractors, material suppliers and manufacturers. Many graduates enter the industry as engineering assistants, technicians, CAD drafters, junior estimators, inspectors and code enforcement or project coordinators, while others pursue careers as technical sales representatives for construction-related projects and services.
  • Learn more about labour market information – visit Career Options.

Choose NSCC

  • Learn from faculty who are industry professionals with engineering, contracting and architectural design experience.
  • This program is accredited with the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB), a standing committee of The Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists (CCTT). CTAB accreditation means that this program has been evaluated against standards designed by industry leaders across Canada and is recognized internationally. Graduates may be eligible for membership with TechNova, the certifying organization for Engineering and Applied Science Technicians and Technologists in Nova Scotia.
  • Continue your studies at university – This program includes courses that count towards a university degree. Find out more

Other info

  • This program places a high importance on providing you with skills and knowledge to work safely in industry. You participate in a number of introductory safety awareness courses to prepare for employment.
  • Additional skills and abilities, including math, reading and workplace skills, are essential for your success in Trades and Technology programs. See the Trades and Technology Preparation Checklist (PDF 23KB).

Courses may include

Course descriptions
Code Course
AETE 1021   Architecture I
AETE 1022   Specification Writing and Contracts
AETE 3014   Architecture II
AETE 3015   Architectural Estimating I
AETE 3017   Architecture III
AETE 3018   Architectural Estimating II
AETE 3100   Work Experience
BIMT 1001   Concepts in Building Information Modelling (BIM)
CADD 1010   Computer Aided Drafting I
CADD 1020   Computer Aided Drafting II
CADD 3010   Computer Aided Drafting III
CADD 3020   Computer Aided Drafting IV
CMTG 1021   Construction Materials I
CMTG 1022   Construction Practices
CMTG 1023   Construction Materials II
COMM 1245   Technical Communications I
COMM 2245   Technical Communications II
DRAF 1001   Introductory Drafting
ENGI 1002   Structural Design I
ENGI 1003   Electrical Services I
ENGI 1004   Mechanical Services I
ENGI 1005   Structural Design II
ENGI 1006   Electrical Services II
ENGI 1007   Mechanical Services II
ENGI 1009   Strengths of Materials
ENGI 1014   Physics
ENGI 1115   Engineering Problems and Statics (A)
ENVI 1010   Building Information Modelling I
ENVI 3010   Building Information Modelling II
ENVI 3020   Building Information Modelling III
MATH 1014   Technical Mathematics I
MATH 1015   Technical Mathematics II
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act
SAFE 1020   Introduction to Confined Space
SAFE 1021   Introduction to Hazard Identification
SAFE 1022   Introduction to Fall Arrest and Protection
SAFE 1023   Introduction to Lock Out/Tag Out
SAFE 1024   Introduction to Respiratory Protection
SURV 1001   Surveying

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