Overview

The Architectural Engineering Technology (ARET) program combines architecture and engineering theory with applied hands-on activities in NHTI’s well equipped labs. You will study architectural design and engineering processes of a variety of building types and develop skills in design, sketching, engineering, and computer aided design and visualization. Beside learning from dedicated and experienced faculty at NHTI, you will also acquire knowledge about industry practices and culture through a unique “Guest Speakers’” program. The learning outcomes of the ARET program aim to prepare you for an array of exciting and rewarding jobs.

You will receive an Associate in Science in Architectural Engineering Technology upon successful completion of the program.

Great Reasons to Choose the NHTI’s Architectural Engineering Technology (ARET) Program

  • Architectural Engineering Technology Program established in 1973
  • Accredited by the ETAC Commission of ABET, abet.org
  • Associate in Science in Engineering Technology Degree
  • Lecture and laboratory hands on experience with small classes
  • Exciting job opportunities at graduation
  • First two years of a four-year education
  • Multiple paths for careers and continuing undergraduate education
  • Day and evening classes
  • Excellent value

Specific Admission Requirements

  1. At least three years of college preparatory mathematics (Algebra I, Algebra II and Geometry) with minimum grades of “C”;

It is strongly recommended that all engineering technology applicants have satisfactorily completed high school level courses in chemistry and physics.

Architectural Engineering Technology Degree

FIRST YEAR

Course NumberCourse TitleCLLABCR
ARCHITECTURAL ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY
Fall Semester
#ARET 103CArchitectural Graphics and Sketching223
#ARET 120CMaterials and Methods of Construction404
 MATH 124CCollege Algebra404
 PHYS 133CPhysics I (Algebra-Based)324
 15
Spring Semester
#ARET 104CArchitectural Design Studio I223
#ARET 150CStatics and Strength of Materials324
#ARET 192CRevit Architecture303
 ENGL 101CEnglish Composition404
 MATH 140CPre-Calculus404
 18

SECOND YEAR

ARCHITECTURAL ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY
Architectural Focus

Fall Semester
#ARET 202CArchitectural Design Studio II223
#CVET 220CSurveying233
#CVET 240CTimber and Steel Design324
 ENGL 125CCommunication and the Literature
of Science and Technology
303
 PHYS 135CPhysics II (Algebra-Based)324
 XX xxxCHumanities/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Elective3-403-4
 20-21
Spring Semester
#ARET 250CEnvironmental Systems303
#ARET 270CConstruction Management303
#ARET 297CArchitectural Design Studio III223
#CVET 235CReinforced Concrete Design233
 XX xxxCSocial Science Elective*3-403-4
 15-16
TOTAL CREDITS68-70

ARCHITECTURAL ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY
Civil Focus

Fall Semester
#CVET 201CCivil CAD223
#CVET 220CSurveying233
#CVET 240CTimber and Steel Design324
 ENGL 125CCommunication and the Literature
of Science and Technology
303
 PHYS 135CPhysics II (Algebra-Based)324
 XX xxxCHumanities/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Elective3-403-4
 20-21
Spring Semester
#ARET 270CConstruction Management303
#CVET 235CReinforced Concrete Design233
#CVET 297CHighway Design324
#MATH 205CCalculus I404
 XX xxxCSocial Science Elective*303-4
 17-18
TOTAL CREDITS70-72

# Indicates major field courses.
* Any course with a prefix of ANTH, ECON, HIST, POLS, PSYC or SOCI (except HIST 104C and HIST 105C).

CL – Number of lecture/classroom hours per week for the course
LAB – Number of simulation laboratory, laboratory or clinical hours per week for the course
CR – Number of credit hours for the course

Architectural Engineering Technology (ARET) graduates have various work options aligned with their specific interests, abilities, work values, and hands on experiences in the field.  Graduates commonly work in architectural firms, engineering firms, and construction companies. Whereas, some choose to work directly for architects, engineers, contractors, or government agencies.  Graduates of this associate degree program have unique opportunities to continue to pursue educational and career advancements while working fulltime in the industry.

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

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

Additional sources of information for this major include:

  • NHTI Faculty, Academic Advisors, and Architectural Engineering Technology Department resources;
  • Professionals 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).

Mission Statement

To graduate competent, skilled, and adequately equipped students who would be productive members of the profession and the community.

Student Outcomes

According to ETAC of ABET’s General Criterion 3 Student Outcomes (SOs) are the following learned capabilities (source: www.abet.org):

  1. an ability to apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of the discipline to narrowly defined engineering technology activities;
  2. an ability to apply a knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to engineering technology problems that require limited application of principles but extensive practical knowledge;
  3. an ability to conduct standard tests and measurements, and to conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments;
  4. an ability to function effectively as a member of a technical team;
  5. an ability to identify, analyze, and solve narrowly defined engineering technology problems;
  6. an ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in both technical and nontechnical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature;
  7. an understanding of the need for and an ability to engage in self-directed continuing professional development;
  8. an understanding of and a commitment to address professional and ethical responsibilities,including a respect for diversity, and a commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement;

ETAC of ABET Program Criteria for Architectural Engineering Technology and Similarly Named Programs Outcomes (www.abet.org);

Graduates of associate degree programs will, to the extent required to meet Program Educational Objectives:

  1. employ concepts of architectural theory and design in a design environment;
  2. utilize instruments, methods, software, and techniques that are appropriate to produce A/E documents and presentations;
  3. utilize measuring methods that are appropriate for field, office, orlaboratory;
  4. apply fundamental computational methods and elementary analytical techniques in sub disciplines related to architecturalengineering;

Program Educational Objectives (PEOs)

The ARET Program Educational Objectives (PEOs) are broad statements that support the mission of the ARET program and NHTI. The ARET department’s mission reflects on the following PEOs.

  • Graduates will be effective life-long learners and demonstrate continuing professional development.
  • Graduates will demonstrate the ability to solve problems and participate in a team based environment.
  • Graduates will demonstrate effective communication and interpersonal skills to support their daily professional and personal activities.
  • Graduates will exhibit an active and effective civic life with respect for diversity, and local and global issues.

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Transfer Information

Transferring from NHTI to UNH

  1. Students intending to transfer to the UNH Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering program are strongly advised to take PHYS 231C and PHYS 232C instead in order to receive UNH credit for both PHYS 407C and PHYS 408C.  The NHTI programs require PHYS 133C and PHYS 135C, but the students who take PHYS 133C and PHYS 135C must take PHYS 407 at UNH.  UNH policy prevents students from receiving academic credit for both algebra-based physics (PHYS 133C and PHYS 135C) and calculus-based physics. Students who take PHYS 407 at UNH will not be awarded academic credit by UNH for PHYS 133C and PHYS 135C, although the requirement to take PHYS 408 will be waived upon successful completion of PHYS 133C and PHYS 135C.
  2. The Fine Arts elective should be taken instead of the Foreign Language or Humanities option for this NHTI program requirement.
  3. Students should elect one of the following NHTI courses to fulfill this NHTI program requirement:  ECON 101C, ECON 102C, or POLS 110C.

Architectural Engineering Technology 2019-20 Advisory Board Members

Liaquat Khan, D.A. ARET Department Head, Professor of ARET

NHTI-Concord’s Community College
31 College Drive
Concord, NH 03301

Tel: (603) 271-6484 ext. 4221
E-mail: lkhan@ccsnh.edu

Wes Bonney, LEED AP

Regional Sales Manager Morin NE
669 Lake Avenue
Manchester, NH 03103

Tel: (800) 640-9501
E-mail: wbonney@morincorp.com

Nick Cricenti, P.E. Retired President

SFC Engineering
66 Gold Ledge Avenue
Auburn, NH 03032

Tel: (888) 647-8701
E-mail: nickcricenti@gmail.com

Scott Fiorentino, AIA

Fiorentino Group Architects
500 Market St – Suite 1E
Portsmouth, NH 03801

Tel: (603) 373-8562
E-mail: scott@fiorentinogroup.com

Bill Hickey, VP of Architectural Design and Structural Engineering

The H.L. Turner Group Inc.
27 Locke Road
Concord, NH 03301

Tel: (603) 228-1122
E-mail: bhickey@hlturner.com

NHTI Adjunct Professor

Preston Hunter, Vice President

Eckman Construction
84 Palomino Lane
Bedford, NH 03110

Tel: (603) 623-1713
E-mail: hunterp@eckmanconstruction.com

Michelle Juliano, P.E. Assistant Administrator

NH Dept. of Administrative Services
Bureau of Public Works Design & Construction
7 Hazen Drive, Room 250, PO Box 483
Concord, NH 03302

Tel: (603) 271-1645
E-mail: mjuliano@dot.state.nh.us

Keith Lacasse, AIA

Lavallee Brensinger Architects
155 Dow Street, Suite 400
Manchester, NH 03101

Tel: (603) 622-5450
E-Mail: keith.lacasse@lbpa.com

Rebecca Dean, Ed. D Interim VP Academic Affairs

NHTI-Concord’s Community College
21 Institute Drive
Concord, NH 03301

Tel: (603) 271-7150
E-mail: fmcdonnell@ccsnh.edu

Michael Morin, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP Architectural Department Manager

Design Group
5 Chenell Drive Box 3
Concord, NH 03301

Tel: (603) 225-0010
E-mail: michael.morin@stahlmangroup.com

Douglas Proctor, AIA Senior Vice President

The H.L. Turner Group Inc.
27 Locke Road Concord, NH 03301

Tel: (603) 228-1122
E-mail: dproctor@hlturner.com

Andrew Queen, Director of Design

Opechee Construction Corp.
11 Corporate Dr.
Belmont, NH 03220

Tel: (603) 527-90902
E-mail: drewq@opechee.com

NHTI Adjunct Professor

Jim Ricker, P.G. Vice President

Wilcox & Barton
#1B Commons Drive
Unit 12B, Londonderry, NH 03053

Tel: (603) 369-4190
Fax: (603) 369-6639
E-mail: jricker@wilcoxandbarton.com

Karen Schacht, AIA NHTI Adjunct Prof. Founder Architect

Schatelier Architectural Studio
5 Glen Drive
Center Barnstead, NH 03225

Tel: (603) 776-0135
E-Mail: atelier@tds.net

Jon Sevigny, Senior Designer

131 Yankee Barn Road
Grantham, NH 03753

Tel: (603) 863-4545
E-mail: jsevigny@yankeebarnhomes.com

Veronica Thibodeau Carter, P.E. Professor of CVET

NHTI-Concord’s Community College
31 College Drive
Concord, NH 03301

Tel: (603) 271-7748
E-mail: vtcarter@ccsnh.edu

Hal Turner, President / CEO

The H.L. Turner Group Inc.
27 Locke Road
Concord, NH 03301

Tel: (603) 228-1122
E-mail: hturner@hlturner.com

Mark Walsh, President/ CEO

Eckman Construction
84 Palomino Lane
Bedford, NH 03110

Tel: (603) 623-1713
E-mail: walshm@eckmanconstruction.com

Aaron Ravenelle (Guest) Project Executive

CTA Construction Co. Inc.
400 Totten Pond Rd,
Waltham, MA 02451

Tel: (617) 268-1410
E-mail: ajravenelle@comcast.net

Chris Carley, (Guest) President

C N Carley Associates
72 N Main St,
Concord, NH 03301

Tel: (603) 228-3815
E-mail: ccarley@cncarley.com

Testimonials

Siyue (Alice) Zhou ’16

“As an international student who was new to the U.S., NHTI was the best place for me to start my studies. Small classes, very motivated and helpful faculty, and low tuition all provided me the perfect first two years of education. Architecture has always been my dream, and I am very glad that the Architectural Engineering Technology program here gave me the chance to pursue what I’m passionate about. NHTI prepared me very well to transfer to a bachelor’s program, and I am very excited to have been accepted by the Bost Architectural College for further studies.”

 

Kurt Jackman AET ’12, CVET ’14

“I wasn’t really sure what direction I wanted to go. I figured NHTI was a good place to test the water, because it wasn’t as expensive as UNH or one of those big schools. I had taken a lot of engineering courses through Project Running Start, so that sort of steered me toward engineering. I liked all the teachers, and enjoyed the classes. With AET, there are not a ton of Gen Ed classes; most of your classes are engineering-related. I took the state engineering test and was able to pass it. It’s really meant for 4-year programs and only has a 66% pass rate, so that really shows you that the quality of the education here at NHTI is substantial. The department always gets students job opportunities. I’m working as a drafter now, doing a lot of 3D work. And starting this fall my employer is going to help pay for me to go to UNH for my bachelor’s degree.”

 

Caroline Corriveau ’09

“NHTI was the perfect solution to my problem: I knew what field I was interested in, but was not at the point in my life where I could travel far for school. As far as I knew, NHTI was the only school in New Hampshire that offered a program in Architectural Engineering Technologies. My last minute decision to enroll at NHTI was the best I ever made. Fluctuating from night to day classes to fit my work schedule, I enjoyed every late night hour in the lab with new pals and mornings spent surveying the campus in the dew. I was able to receive a top notch education. Now I am proud to be able to add ‘Associate Degree’ to my resume and indicate where it had been earned.”

 

Danielle Barrett ’06

“I chose NHTI for the low tuition, relatively small campus, and the ability to dive into my major without first taking two years of core classes.  I gained valuable knowledge about construction techniques, computer aided design programs, and numerous professional contacts along the way. The professors were always available and encouraging, and the hands-on teaching style made NHTI stand out from all other schools.”

 

Laura Bicknell ’04

“As I leave NHTI, I have many things to be grateful for. I am grateful that I was challenged above and beyond what I had anticipated. I am grateful that my professors understood and accommodated needs that I had as a mother in school and as a female in a male dominated field. I am grateful for the creative freedom and for the encouragement that I believe will extend beyond NHTI into my intended bachelor/master’s program at Oxford-Brookes University in UK. NHTI has a demanding, intensive program that will meet you where you are at, and stretch you further than you had planned to go.”

 

Keith Carlson ’04

“NHTI immediately stood out in my search for schools, with its small class sizes, low tuition, and the integration of design, technology, and digital media into its Architectural Engineering Technology program. I gained valuable insight on design techniques and construction technology through design studios, hands-on projects, and related courses. The professors in the ARET program encouraged me to explore new technologies and design techniques, as well as innovative methods of presentation and visualization.”

 

Ed Ware ’03

“I was extremely impressed at the quality of the education and experience that I got at NHTI. It prepared me to step right in to a BS of Civil Engineering program and I find that I am better equipped than any of the students who do not have a previous degree. The two years spent earning my associates was an excellent investment; I would recommend NHTI without hesitation to any aspiring architect or engineer as an excellent place to begin a college education.”

  • Craig T. Bailey, PSM, PE, LLS

    Adjunct Professor

    Craig graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering, and a Professional Science Masters (PSM) in Engineering and Business degree from the University of Maine. He is a Licensed Professional Engineer, a Licensed Land Surveyor, a certified Septic designer and currently operates his family Engineering practice in Gilford, NH. His professional experience is in the area of land development, permitting, earth retaining structural projects, and Low Impact Design. He is a former State Director of the New Hampshire Society of Professional Engineers and is a member of the New Hampshire Land Surveyors Association. Craig was selected as the 2012 NH Young Engineer of the Year. Craig teaches Timber & Steel Design, Reinforced Concrete design, Statics & Strength of Materials, Introductory Surveying, Hydrology, AutoCAD Civil 3D, and 3D AutoCAD.

  • Adjunct Instructor

    David Ely, AIA

    Architectural Engineering Technology
    Adjunct Instructor
  • Adjunct Professor

    Jeff Hanson, MA

    Architectural Engineering Technology
    Adjunct Professor
  • Bill Hickey

    Architectural Engineering Technology
    Adjunct Professor

    Bill Hickey is a 1987 graduate of NHTI, where he gained his appreciation for hands-on teaching and learning that brought architectural and engineering concepts to life.  As a Senior Vice President for The H.L. Turner Group in Concord, Bill is a lead structural engineer actively involved with the day-to-day management and operations of the firm.  In addition to his key role overseeing the structural engineering division, he is responsible for all architectural work group functions as well as assisting with marketing, client relations, and business development activities for the company.

    Bill enjoys staying connected to NHTI by teaching classes or hosting a class of students in his office for a tour of an interdisciplinary design firm.  He and his wife Martha live in Bow and have two adult sons.  He’s a sports enthusiast that spends much of his time golfing, thinking about golf, and hoping for good weather so he can get out on the course.

  • Liaquat Khan, D.A

    Liaquat Khan, DA

    Architectural Engineering Technology,Civil Engineering Technology, Landscape and Environmental Design
    Department Chair
    Grappone 213

    Dr. Khan joined the faculty as ARET Department Chair in 2002. He has worked professionally in Washington D.C. – Maryland area, and overseas. His academic experience includes teaching undergraduate Design Studios, Contract Documents, AutoCAD, Post Occupancy Evaluation – a graduate course, and designing 2-year Diploma programs for the Architecture Department, College of Architecture & Planning at KFU. Dr. Khan’s areas of interest include learning models and architecture education, technology, urban design, and use of computers in architecture education. Dr. Khan holds a Bachelor’s of Architecture from the University of Engineering & Technology – Lahore, a Master’s of Architecture from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, and a Doctor of Arts from Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire.

  • Adjunct Instructor

    Paul Leveille

    Architectural Engineering Technology
    Adjunct Instructor
  • Andrew Queen, Architect

    Architectural Engineering Technology
    Adjunct Professor

    Andrew Queen is a 1993 graduate of NHTI’s Architectural Engineering program. He continued his education at Keene State College, earning a Bachelor of Science, and at Virginia Tech, earning a Master’s of Architecture, where he was awarded the American Institute of Architects’ School Medal for excellence in the study of architecture.  Andrew has worked for many architectural firms throughout New Hampshire and Virginia. For the past 12 years he has worked in the realm of design-build getting an opportunity to work on many projects from hospitality to multi-family residential to college and university buildings. Andrew is currently the Director of Design for a design-build company in the lakes region.

    Andrew Queen started teaching as an Adjunct Faculty member at NHTI in the fall of 2007. He teaches courses in Architectural Design Studio, Construction Management, and Environmental Systems.

  • Victor Reno, M.S., P.E., IES, LEED-AP, Principal of Reno Engineering & Light Design

    Architectural Engineering Technology
    Adjunct Professor
  • Karina Reno

    Karen Reno, AIA, NCARB

    Architectural Engineering Technology
    Adjunct Professor

    Karen (Karina) L. Reno graduated from NHTI with her Associates Degree in Architectural Engineering Technology and then went on to earn a First Professional Degree in Architecture from the Boston Architectural Center.  As a practicing design professional, she has worked on a wide variety of project types and has a very diverse portfolio; demonstrating experience and expertise in commercial, residential and community design.  She was a key member of the design team responsible for the NHTI Student Center circa 2005, a project that received the AIANH People’s Choice Award.

    Currently she sits at the helm of Schatelier Architectural Studio, after having served four distinctly different firms over a span of 26 years.  She practices with an internal compass actively influenced by many; drawing from ancient Vitruvian principles, modern traditions of the Bauhaus School, inventive design inspired by nature as mastered by Frank Lloyd Wright and Christopher Alexander’s human-centered design theories.

    In 2017 Karina began developing a specialized area of practice with the help of the NH Enterprise Center and has presented on that topic at an international academic conference in western Ireland.

    As an engaged professional and mentor Karen serves on many boards; the NHTI ARET Advisory Board, the BAC Alumni Board 2005-2011, the PLAN NH Fellowship Committee, the Town of Barnstead Planning Board and the Hampstead Stage Company Board of Directors.

  • Veronica Thibodeau-Carter

    Architectural Engineering Technology
    Professor
    Little 119

    Professor Carter began as an adjunct professor in 2005 and joined the Architectural Engineering Technology department at NHTI as a full time professor in 2008. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire in Durham, NH earning a Bachelor of Science Degree and Master of Science Degree in Civil Engineering. Her experience ranges from structural building design and inspection, to dam analysis, to water and wastewater projects for municipal systems, and utility construction inspection.

    Professor Carter is a Licensed Professional Engineer in New Hampshire, and was named NH Young Engineer of the Year in 2010. She is actively involved in professional engineering societies and served on the Board of Directors for the New Hampshire Society of Professional Engineers 2006-08. In addition to teaching civil engineering courses in the ARET Department, she is the advisor to the Architectural Engineering Technology Club at NHTI and regularly volunteers in her community to promote the engineering profession.