What Can I Do With My Architectural Engineering Technology Major?

Architectural Engineering Technology

Architectural engineering technology combines aesthetics with technical aspects of architectural planning to turn building designs and drawings into blueprints that serve to guide construction companies.  As buildings become increasingly complex, architectural engineering technologists help make sure building systems function appropriately and safely including structural systems, electrical, lighting, plumbing, and heating and ventilation.  Students also explore and consider the impact of building design and construction on the environment. Architectural engineering technologists work with construction industry vendors, sub-contractors and other professionals to support the design and construction process.  Graduates from this program pursue a variety of careers in the construction, architecture and engineering industries.

Architectural Engineering Technology is one of NHTI’s programs in the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).  According to the US Department of Commerce, STEM occupations are expected to grow by 17% through 2018 and STEM workers command earnings 26% more than their counterparts in non-STEM occupations.  STEM jobs grew 7.9% from 2000 to 2008, for example, while non-STEM jobs grew just 2.6% during that time.  Also, STEM workers earn more, from 12 – 60% more than their counterparts with similar levels of education.

Visit NHTI’s Architectural Engineering Technology Department for information on degree and course offerings.  NHTI also offers a degree in Civil Engineering Technology as well as the following certificates: Computer Aided Design-Architectural Concentration and  Building Inspector and Plans Examiner.

Career Paths for This Major

When you graduate with this major, you will have work options that are varied and that depend upon your specific interests, abilities, work values, and hands on experience in the field.  ARET students choose either the architectural or civil focus.  Graduates most commonly work in architectural firms, engineering firms and construction companies.  Many work directly for architects, engineers, contractors or government agencies.  Students pursuing advancement opportunities may continue their training towards becoming a professional engineer or architect.  Some additional related careers are listed down below.

Skills Developed Through This Major

  • Computer skills such as computer-aided drafting (CAD) and Revit Architecture;
  • Knowledgeable in the building of residential and commercial facilities, and equipped to create basic construction documents;
  • Prepared for CAD drafting and limited code analysis in an office environment.


Sample Career Titles

These titles include positions that you may qualify for with this associate's degree …

Assistant to an architect 3D Modeler Space Planner
Engineer’s Aide Building Inspector Design Draftsperson
Engineering Technician Estimator Technical Sales Representative
CAD Operator Surveyor’s Assistant GIS Technician

Positions that may require a bachelor’s degree and beyond …

Acoustical engineer Building inspector College/university faculty
Consultant Electrical designer Structural engineer
Lighting designer Mechanical designer Project manager


Sample Employers

  • Architecture firms
  • Engineering firms
  • Construction firms
  • Construction management firms
  • Design firms
  • Government entities
  • Building owners
  • Manufacturers and other related fields
  • Facility management firms
  • Manufacturers of construction and building materials

Ways to Explore and Reality Test Careers

There are four key ways to explore your favorite career interests…through reading, through speaking with those in the know, through observing and through doing.  Use the link(s) below to begin exploring major related careers through ‘reading’.  Go to the Exploring Career Interests link to get tips on all four key exploration strategies.

Additional sources of information for this major include:

  • NHTI Faculty, Academic Advisors, and Architectural Engineering Technology Department resources.
  • Professionals who are working in the field
  • Professional Associations (see below)


How to Increase Employability

  • Become an active student member of college, community, or professional associations, which helps you build leadership skills and promote connecting (networking) with fellow professionals.
  • Obtain quality practical experience prior to graduation through part-time, full-time and summer employment/internship positions related to your targeted field.
  • Participate in volunteer and service learning opportunities.

Professional Association Links

Professionals who do work related to this major belong to these associations.  You can use the links below to do career research and to connect with local association members.  You may also be able to join an association of interest, at a reduced rate, as a student member.


Employment and Internship Links

See below for job posting sites related to this major (including our own home grown NHTI posting site – see first link).


Liaquat Khan, D.A.
ARET Department Chair

(603) 271-6484 x4221

31 College Drive
Concord, NH 03301
(603) 230-4011

Academic Advising
31 College Drive
Concord, NH 03301
(603) 230-4021
Fax: (603) 223-0785