Program Overview

The bachelor’s degree program in Architectural Building Engineering Technology combines the art of designing buildings in the context of their fundamental systems with the engineering and technical concepts of construction. Study structural design, advanced environmental and mechanical systems, civil engineering, and building design. The program culminates with your senior thesis.

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Full Description

The Bachelor of Science degree in Architectural  Building Engineering Technology is offered through the Department of Design + Architectural Technology.

The Architectural  Building Engineering Technology program continues to build upon the premise that buildings are designed and built using a team concept. The bachelor’s program allows students to build upon the fundamentals learned in the associate degree program and expand their knowledge base of architectural design, engineering, and building science.

In the bachelor’s program, students also study advanced topics in structural engineering using wood, steel, masonry, and concrete, advanced environmental design and mechanical systems, sustainability, LEED certification of buildings, site planning, contracts and specifications, and construction law. The program culminates with a Senior Thesis course. In this final term, individuals must demonstrate their understanding of and ability to utilize and synthesize the engineering concepts they developed throughout their New England Tech experience.

Individuals who wish to pursue professional registration must pursue graduate studies at other institutions in the United States. Other students may pursue careers in associated fields within the design and building industry. Upon completion of this bachelor’s program, students may also choose to continue into the New England Institute of Technology Master of Construction Management degree program.

Potential Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Architectural Building Engineering Technology Program will be eligible for a number of exciting career opportunities.

Architectural Building Engineering Technology degree holders can also choose to pursue additional education and licenses to become an architect.


Structural Designer

Project Manager

CAD Engineer


  • What is the difference between architecture and architectural technology?

    A career in architectural technology focuses more on the technical elements and construction of architectural projects, particularly when it comes to using the appropriate software during the design phase. Architects, meanwhile, spend more time concerned with the art, science, and style of a building.

  • What is an Architecture Building Engineering Technology course?

    Architectural Building Engineering Technology courses typically combine hands-on training with classroom instruction and instruct on areas including computer-aided drafting, construction codes and methods, building design and structural systems.

  • What qualifications do I need to be an architectural technician?

    Architectural technicians usually need a certificate, associate degree or bachelor’s degree to begin work in the field. Individuals should possess drafting skills, technological skills, CAD training and a solid understanding of design and construction management principles to successfully assist their team.

  • What is the best degree for architecture?

    Most career opportunities for architects across the United States hinge on a degree from a program that has received accreditation from the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). These professional degrees include the Bachelor of Architecture (B. Arch.) and Master of Architecture (M. Arch).

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Program Mission, Goals and Outcomes

The Architectural Building Engineering Technology programs, both associate and bachelor’s, prepare the student to become proficient in the art, engineering, and technology of designing the built environment relative to the users’ social, psychological, and aesthetic needs.

Program Goals

The program goals are:

  1. To educate students in the fundamentals of building design and sciences through a seamless and comprehensive study combining the theoretical and practical concepts of design, building systems, components, engineering, and construction.
  2. To expand our students’ observational skills and critical thinking abilities.
  3. To instill within each student an awareness of and desire to contribute to the profession and society at large through the development of a professional and personal ethic that demands technically, environmentally, and socially responsible decision making.

Program Outcomes

The graduate will be able to:

  1. Function as an integral member of the building design team.
  2. Evaluate and analyze complex problems relative to the built environment and develop solutions that meet the social, engineering, and aesthetic needs of the client and society.
  3. Evaluate and analyze complex engineering problems relative to building design and develop appropriate solutions.
  4. Present design concepts and solutions using advanced communication skills.
  5. Integrate building material and systems relative to design solutions.
  6. Recognize the need for life-long learning.
  7. Demonstrate an ability to design buildings that are sustainable and environmentally responsible.
  8. Explain the relationship between the legal, contractual, and ethical aspects of the construction industry.

Courses Offered

The curriculum offered during the Architectural Building Engineering Technology bachelor’s degree program builds off the math, history, and techniques developed during the two-year associate degree program. Additional areas of study will also be introduced.

Coursework revolves around construction, contracts & specifications, structural wood design, masonry construction & detailing as well as soil mechanics & foundational design. Students will also be introduced to calculus, physics, research writing, communications and spend structured time in the classroom working on their senior thesis project. Specific courses include:

  • Advanced Environmental Systems
  • Site Engineering & Planning
  • Building Information Modeling
  • Reinforced Concrete Design
  • Laser Scanning & Point Clouds
  • Building Design & Technology
  • Sustainability In Construction
  • Acoustics & Lighting
  • Engineering Finance
  • Construction Law

For the latest listing of courses offered, please review our University Catalog here.

Q&A and Technical Standards

Questions & Answers

  1. When do my classes meet?
    Day Classes: Technical classes normally meet for at least three hours a day for up to five days a week. Classes normally begin in the early morning (7:45 a.m.), late morning (usually 11:25 a.m.), or mid-afternoon. A technical time slot may vary from term to term.Evening Classes: Technical classes meet on the average of three nights a week, although there may be times when they will meet four nights a week. Classes normally begin at 5:45 p.m.In addition, to achieve your bachelor’s degree, you will take a total of approximately seven liberal arts courses, which will be scheduled around your program schedule over the course of your entire program. Each liberal arts course meets approximately four hours per week. Liberal arts courses are offered days, evenings, and Saturdays.At the beginning of each term you will receive a detailed schedule giving the exact time and location of all your classes. The College requires that all students be prepared to take classes and receive services at any of NEIT’s locations where the appropriate classes and services are offered.When a regularly scheduled class falls on a day which is an NEIT observed holiday (Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and Memorial Day), an alternate class will be scheduled as a make up for that class. The make up class may fall on a Friday. It is the student’s responsibility to take note of when and where classes are offered.
  2. How large will my classes be?
    The average class size is approximately 20 to 25 students; however, larger and smaller classes occur from time to time.
  3. How much time will I spend in lab?
    Almost half of your technical courses consist of laboratory work. In order for you to get the most out of your laboratory experiences, you will first receive a thorough explanation of the theory behind your lab work.
  4. Where do my classes meet?
    Students should be prepared to attend classes at any of NEIT’s campuses: either at the Post Road, Access Road, or East Greenwich campus or at an off-campus clinical/fieldwork/internship location.
  5. How long should it take me to complete my program?
    To complete your degree requirements in the shortest possible time, you should take the courses outlined in the prescribed curriculum. For a typical six-term curriculum, a student may complete the requirements in as little as 18 months.To complete all your degree requirements in the shortest time, you should take at least one liberal arts course each term. Students who need more time to complete their curriculum may postpone some of the liberal arts courses until after the completion of the technical requirements. Students are provided up to two additional terms of study to complete the liberal arts requirements without any additional tuition assessment fee. During these additional terms of study, students are required to pay all applicable fees.Students may also elect to complete some of their liberal arts requirements during Intersession, a special five-week term scheduled between Spring and Summer Terms. Students will not be assessed any additional tuition for liberal arts courses taken during the Intersession but may be assessed applicable fees.Students wishing to extend the number of terms needed to complete the required technical courses in their curriculum will be assessed additional tuition and fees.
  6. Is NEIT accredited?
    NEIT is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education. Accreditation by NECHE is recognized by the federal government and entitles NEIT to participate in federal financial aid programs. Some academic departments have specialized professional accreditations in addition to accreditation by NECHE. For more information on accreditation, see NEIT’s catalog.
  7. Can I transfer the credits that I earn at NEIT to another college?

    The transferability of a course is always up to the institution to which the student is transferring. Students interested in the transferability of their credits should contact the Student Affairs Office of the institution that they are transferring to for further information.

  8. Can I transfer credits earned at another college to NEIT?
    Transfer credit for appropriate courses taken at an accredited institution will be considered upon receipt of an official transcript for any program, biology, science, and mathematics courses in which the student has earned a “C” or above within the past three years and for English or humanities courses in which the student has earned a “C” or above within the last ten years. An official transcript from the other institution must be received before the end of the first week of the term for transfer credit to be granted for courses to be taken during that term. Students will receive a tuition reduction for the approved technical courses based on the program rate and will be applied against the final technical term of the curriculum’s tuition amount. No tuition credit is provided for courses which are not a part of the technical curriculum.
  9. What is the “Feinstein Enriching America” Program?
    New England Institute of Technology is the proud recipient of a grant from the Feinstein Foundation. To satisfy the terms of the grant, the university has developed a one-credit community enrichment course which includes hands-on community enrichment projects. The course can be taken for a few hours per term, spread over several terms. Students who are already engaged in community enrichment on their own may be able to count that service towards course credit.

  10. How many credits do I need to be eligible for Financial Aid?
    In order to be eligible for the maximum financial aid award, you need to maintain at least 12 credits per academic term.

  11. What does my program cost?
    The cost of your program will be as outlined in your enrollment agreement, along with your cost for books and other course materials. Students who decide to take more terms than the enrollment agreement describes to complete the technical courses in their curriculum will be subject to additional fees and possible additional tuition costs. Students who elect to take the technical portion of the degree requirements at a rate faster than the rate prescribed in the curriculum and the enrollment agreement will be assessed additional tuition. Students who require prerequisite courses will incur additional tuition and fees above those outlined in their enrollment agreement.If a student elects to take a course(s) outside of the prescribed curriculum, additional tuition and fees will be assessed.Remember, students who withdraw and re-enter, one time only, pay the tuition rate that was in effect for them at the time of their last day of attendance for up to one year from their last day of attendance. Second re-entries and beyond pay the tuition rate in effect at the time they re-enter. The most economical way for you to complete your college degree is to begin your program now and continue your studies straight through for the six terms necessary to complete your degree requirements.
  12. What kind of employment assistance does NEIT offer?
    The Career Services Office assists NEIT students and graduates in in all aspects of the job search, including resume writing, interviewing skills, and developing a job search strategy. Upon completion of their program, graduates may submit a resume to the Career Services Office to be circulated to employers for employment opportunities in their fields. Employers regularly contact us about our graduates. In addition, our Career Services Office contacts employers to develop job leads.A strong relationship with employers exists as a result of our training students to meet the needs of industry for over fifty years. No school can, and NEIT does not, guarantee to its graduates employment or a specific starting salary.
  13. Where will job opportunities exist?
    Graduates have obtained employment in the local area. However, one of the most exciting aspects of this program is the ability to look nationally for employment opportunities.
  14. Is there any state or federal licensing required in my field?
    No license is required for any of the careers which you will be preparing to enter.
  15. What kind of jobs will I be qualified to look for?
    Career opportunities for our Bachelor Degree graduates include entry level positions with:

    • Architectural and engineering firms as project managers or junior engineers
    • construction companies or construction management firms as project managers, estimators, schedulers, and expediters
    • Construction subcontractors as project managers or estimators
    • Government agencies such as HUD or the Army Corps of Engineers
    • State agencies such as RI Department of Environmental Management, RI Building Code Commission, or Department of Transportation
    • municipalities in their building inspection, planning, engineering, or highway departments
    • Real estate companies in sales or inspections (with appropriate license)
    • Real estate development companies as designers, planners, or project managers
    • Corporations who manufacture or sell construction products either in their sales, Engineering, or marketing departments
    • Corporations who have in-house design and/or construction departments as designers or project managers
    • Related industries such as insurance or finance
    • Corporations as a facilities manager or plant engineer
    • Builder of manufactured housing as a designer, production supervisor, or sales representative

Technical Standards

These technical standards set forth by the Department of Design + Architectural Building Technology; establish the essential qualities considered necessary for students admitted to these programs to achieve the knowledge, skills and competencies to enter these fields. The successful student must possess the following skills and abilities or be able to demonstrate that they can complete the requirements of the program with or without reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of skills and abilities.

Cognitive Ability

  • Ability to interpret ideas and concepts visually and/or graphically
  • Ability to learn, remember and recall detailed information and to use it for problem solving.
  • Ability to deal with materials and problems such as organizing or reorganizing information.
  • Ability to use abstractions in specific concrete situations.
  • Ability to break information into its component parts.
  • Ability to understand spatial relationships.
  • Possession of basic math skills through addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of whole numbers and fractions using both the U.S. and Metric systems of measurement.
  • Ability to perform tasks by observing demonstrations.
  • Possession of basic keyboarding skills and knowledge of computer programs.

Communications Skills

  • Ability to communicate effectively with faculty and students.
  • Ability to demonstrate and use the knowledge acquired during the classroom training process and in the lab setting.

Adaptive Ability

  • Ability to maintain emotional stability and the maturity necessary to interact with other members of the faculty and students in a responsible manner.

Physical Ability

  • Ability to stand and/or sit for long periods of time.
  • Ability to perform learned skills, independently, with accuracy and completeness.

Manual Ability

  • Sufficient motor function and sensory abilities to participate effectively in the classroom laboratory.
  • Sufficient manual dexterity and motor coordination to coordinate hands, eyes and fingers in the use of the computer, plotter and other equipment.

Sensory Ability

  • Visual
    • Acute enough to enable the adjustment of drafting equipment
    • Ability to properly distinguish colors.
    • Acute enough to read small print.
    • Acute enough to read small numbers on measuring instruments