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Architectural Engineering Technician

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

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Start Date:
September
Typical Length:
2 Years (Varies for part-time or blended studies)
Credential:
Diploma

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Overview

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.

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.

Choose NSCC

  • Learn from faculty who are industry professionals with engineering, contracting and architectural design experience.
  • This program is accredited by Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC), an organization created by Technology Professionals Canada. TAC accreditation means that this program has been evaluated against standards in the National Accreditation Components, including the learning outcomes in the Canadian Technology Accreditation Criteria (CTAC) and as such is recognized nationally. 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).

September 2020

Campus Location Full time/part time Delivery Availability
Ivany Campus Dartmouth Full time In-class Seats available
Ivany Campus Dartmouth Part time In-class Seats available

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

Tuition is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.

Tuition (Domestic):
$3,515
Tuition (International):
$11,350

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.

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.

Courses may include

AETE 1021 - Architecture I
This course introduces the learner to housing design in Nova Scotia and the principles of architectural representation. The learner will use these principles to create a construction drawing for a single-family residence.

AETE 1022 - Specification Writing and Contracts
This course introduces the learner to the many aspects of specification writing for residential and commercial building applications.

AETE 3014 - Architecture II
This course deals with the initial stages of planning and designing a small commercial building using standard presentation methods for the production of the working drawings. The learner will cover material related to the use of part 3 of the National Building Code, in the preparation of working drawings for a small commercial building design.

AETE 3015 - Architectural Estimating I
This course is intended to establish a strong foundation in general estimating techniques for residential construction with an emphasis on component identification and mathematical problem solving.

AETE 3017 - Architecture III
This course deals with the continuation of a commercial design project. Topics covered will include detailed drawing requirements for a typical set of commercial construction documents. Drawing standards and Information enabling the completion of the drawings for the commercial design project started in the previous semester. These requirements may include assessment of existing structures with respect to renovation challenges. Work will include a combination of individual and group work.

AETE 3018 - Architectural Estimating II
This course examines the fundamentals of commercial estimating and how the prices of materials are determined. Factors affecting labour productivity, equipment costs, crew rates and scheduling will be examined.

AETE 3100 - Work Experience
The work experience component provides the learner with an opportunity to apply new skills and concepts appropriate for entry-level positions within the occupation. Learners will assess their own performance and be evaluated by an industry partner. Learners will identify personal outcomes they wish to attain during the work experience and will keep a journal.

BIMT 1001 - Concepts in Building Information Modelling (BIM)
This course covers basic concepts around Building Information Modelling (BIM) including definitions and scope, application benefits, comparison with other architectural modelling concepts, and current and emerging standards. As a survey course, the delivery will include lecture and laboratory exploration, individual and group research and, where possible, presentations by industry and practitioners of BIM architectural methods.

BIMT 1010 - Building Modelling Software I
The course covers the basics of Revit from schematic design through construction documentation. Students are introduced to the concepts of Building Information Modelling and the tools for parametric building design and documentation.

CADD 1010 - Computer Aided Drafting I
In this introduction to computer-aided drafting, students gain knowledge in the use of principles of computer-aided drafting software. The primary emphasis is the application of AutoCAD, an industry-standard computer-aided drafting program. Specific hardware used in the computer-aided drafting environment is introduced and utilized.

CADD 1020 - Computer Aided Drafting II
This course continues the introduction to architectural drawing using industry standard software with an emphasis on applied project work. The learner takes the concepts learned in design courses and applies them to a set of residential working drawings.

CMTG 1021 - Construction Materials I
This course is designed to introduce the learner to the art of building and renovating. The course will examine the use of a variety of building materials and how they are used in conjunction with one another to perform as a complete building system. Several complete building systems will be discussed to cover such information as their historical development, a review of how the material is obtained and processed, an outline of the people and organizations that work with the material, a description of the tools and working methods, and a discussion of the role of various systems in relation to alternative systems. Learners will also be introduced to a variety of construction equipment used in the industry. The focus of this semester is on wood, light frame wood construction techniques, the exterior and interior finishes for wood light frame construction, masonry, and steel frame construction.

CMTG 1022 - Construction Practices
This course will introduce the learner to the basics of concrete technology including materials, tools and working methods, discuss the construction industry and introduce the concepts of construction project management and scheduling. Municipal zoning bylaws will also be examined.

CMTG 1023 - Construction Materials II
This course is designed to introduce the learner to the art of building and renovating. The course will examine the use of a variety of building materials and how they are used in conjunction with one another to perform as a complete building system. Several complete building systems will be discussed to cover such information as their historical development, a review of how the material is obtained and processed, an outline of the people and organizations that work with the material, a description of the tools and working methods, and a discussion of the role of various systems in relation to alternative systems. Learners will also be introduced to a variety of construction equipment used in the industry. The focus of this course is on concrete construction, including sitecast and precast concrete framing systems, roofing, glass and glazing, cladding, and selection of interior finishes including walls, partitions, ceilings and floors.

COMM 1245 - Technical Communications I
This course introduces students to the writing, oral presentation, critical thinking and interpersonal communications skills required of technical professionals in the workplace. The fundamentals of clear, concise writing and presenting will be reviewed and refined. Experience will be gained in organizing, writing and presenting technical information. In addition, career development skills and portfolio preparation will be discussed. There will be several opportunities, through assignments and lab work, to develop portfolio components. Students will learn how to collect appropriate work samples and documentation from other courses in the program as well as from other sources.

COMM 2245 - Technical Communications II
This course focuses on the interpersonal, written and oral technical communication skills necessary for working independently and as part of a team in a technical environment. Further skill development in written forms of technical documentation required for the workplace as well as report creation and oral presentation skills will continue to be emphasized. Team building principles, group dynamics and collaborative writing will be discussed. Students will participate in meetings and take responsibilities in a group project from its inception to completion and evaluation. Students will continue to enhance and apply their research skills and project management principles will also be introduced. Successful job interviews and the portfolio will be discussed.

DRAF 1001 - Introductory Drafting
This course will introduce the learner to the equipment, techniques and principles of modern drafting. The focus is on orthographic 2D representation and includes freehand sketching, isometric and oblique drawing.

ENGI 1002 - Structural Design I
This course teaches typical layouts, loadings and material properties associated with structural systems. Basic structural design principles will be introduced in the areas of structural steel, reinforced concrete and timber.

ENGI 1003 - Electrical Services I
This course provides the learner with the basic understanding of electrical terminology, systems and services used in the construction industry. Introduced in the course are studies of systems for electrical residential distribution, wiring practices currently used in buildings being constructed.

ENGI 1004 - Mechanical Services I
This course, will introduce the learner to the mechanical service sector as it relates to the overall construction industry. The course is designed to give broad and current coverage of indoor environmental control. Learners who successfully complete Mechanical Services I will analyze and evaluate psychrometric processes; calculate heating and cooling loads; and describe and size basic heating piping, ducting and equipment.

ENGI 1005 - Structural Design II
This course continues to focus on typical layouts and design associated with structural systems. The course will expand on learning in the areas of structural steel, reinforced concrete and timber design. Learners will prepare the structural design and drawings for a two-storey commercial building.

ENGI 1006 - Electrical Services II
This course, provides the learner with the basic understanding of electrical terminology, systems and services used in the construction industry. Introduced in the course are studies of systems for lighting, electrical distribution, wiring devices, alarm systems, control systems, and other electrical systems currently used in buildings being constructed. Lighting and emergency systems will be evaluated against national and international energy efficiency standards.

ENGI 1007 - Mechanical Services II
This course will introduce the learner to the mechanical service sector as it relates to the overall construction industry. The course is designed to give broad and current coverage of air conditioning, plumbing and fire protection. Learners who successfully complete Mechanical Services II will identify materials, equipment and designs used for air distribution, heating, cooling, plumbing, and fire protection.

ENGI 1009 - Strengths of Materials
This course covers the basics of strength of materials as required for structural design courses. Topics include simple stress, deformation and strain, centre of gravity, properties of sections, and building loads.

ENGI 1014 - Physics
This is an introductory course in physics for building science. Topics include technical measurements and vectors, translational equilibrium and friction, and application of work, energy and power.

ENGI 1115 - Engineering Problems and Statics (A)
This is a single semester course covering the basic rules and laws of statics, forces, force systems, loading and load effects.

MATH 1014 - Technical Mathematics I
This course is intended to establish or enhance a strong mathematical background with an emphasis on problem solving. (Course equivalent to MATH 1046 (College Mathematics I)).

MATH 1015 - Technical Mathematics II
This course is intended to establish or enhance a strong mathematical background with an emphasis on problem solving. (Course equivalent to MATH 1047 (College Mathematics II)).

SAFE 1000 - Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
This course offers learners basic overview of WHMIS principles and establishes a solid foundation to support workplace-specific training on the safe storage and handling of controlled/hazardous products. Upon successful completion of the course, students receive basic WHMIS certification.

SAFE 1001 - Introduction to NS OH&S Act
This course offers students an introduction to the Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) Act of Nova Scotia, which is required by any person employed in a Nova Scotia workplace. This is a generic, introductory course that provides basic knowledge of the Act for students and is considered to be the basis from which more specific training can be given.

SAFE 1020 - Introduction to Confined Space
The learner is introduced to the basic requirements and procedures involved with confined spaces. The definition and associated hazards of confined space are discussed as well as methods of confined space rescue. The course material is to be infused throughout the curriculum and may be delivered in the classroom, shop or other opportunity as designed and developed by the instructor.

SAFE 1021 - Introduction to Hazard Identification
The learners are introduced to the types of hazards encountered in workplaces and the approach that should be followed when recommending and implementing appropriate controls. Two key elements of Hazard Identification are addressed: Hazard Assessment and Inspection. The Nova Scotia Occupational Health and Safety Act is discussed. The course material is to be infused throughout the curriculum and may be delivered in the classroom, shop or other opportunity as designed and developed by the instructor.

SAFE 1022 - Introduction to Fall Arrest and Protection
The learner is introduced to fall protection, fall prevention and fall arrest concepts and responsibilities at the workplace. Guardrails, travel restraints, roof work, fall arrest components will be discussed and the learner will be given the opportunity to demonstrate the use of selected equipment. The course material is to be infused throughout the curriculum and may be delivered in the classroom, shop or other opportunity as designed and developed by the instructor.

SAFE 1023 - Introduction to Lock Out/Tag Out
Lock-out Tag Out introduces the learner to the hazards related to energized systems and procedures to ensure worker safety. Related legislation and risk management is discussed and the learner is exposed to the various types of lock-out devices. The course material is to be infused throughout the curriculum and may be delivered in the classroom, shop or other opportunity as designed and developed by the instructor.

SAFE 1024 - Introduction to Respiratory Protection
The learner is introduced to the potential of atmospheric hazards in the workplace and the available personal protection and control methods to maintain a safe work environment. Discussion includes identification and testing for atmospheric hazards and workplace respiratory programs. The learner will be given the opportunity to select, use and maintain respiratory equipment. The course material is to be infused throughout the curriculum and may be delivered in the classroom, shop or other opportunity as designed and developed by the instructor.

SURV 1001 - Surveying
This course prepares the learner to layout and control civil and building projects using surveying equipment. Learners will also be prepared to use techniques and perform the calculations associated with surveying operations.

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