Building Engineering Technology: Building Systems

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Program Overview

Building Systems professionals see four walls as the start of endless opportunities. They help design and manage mechanical systems for residential and commercial buildings. You'll learn about electrical systems, plumbing, piping, fire control, thermodynamics, and HVAC systems, as well as how to create structural and industrial designs. Many courses in your first year are common with other technology programs and provide flexibility for credit transfer. From electrical, lighting, heating and air conditioning, to alarms and fire and water protection services, each new building needs a systems expert who imagines the bigger picture from the starting box on a page.


The requirements for this diploma program may be achieved within two years of full-time study.

Admission Requirements

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  • High School Diploma or Adult High School Diploma or GED Diploma of High School Equivalency
    • Pre-calculus 110
      Geometry and Applications in Mathematics 112 and Functions and Relations 112
      • Total of two (2) sciences, including at least one (1) from the following:
        • Biology 112 or 122
        • Chemistry 112 or 122
        • Physics 112 or 122 (recommended)

      (NB Francophone High School Math Equivalencies)

      Career Possibilities

      Graduates of this program may work independently or provide technical assistance to professional architects and civil design engineers in fields such as structural engineering, municipal engineering, construction design and supervision, highways and transportation engineering, water resources engineering, geotechnical engineering and environmental protection.

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      Program Courses

      This year's courses are still under development. Showing 2017's courses for reference.

      This course is designed to introduce students to the fundamental principles and practices of manual drafting skills. Students learn the drafting styles, equipment, and procedures used in relation to oblique, isometric, and orthographic drawings. Emphasis is placed on lettering principles and linework/lineweight development in the production of residential construction working drawings.

      The course is designed to build upon the Drafting Fundamentals course from term one to further enhance manual drafting skills while also incorporating the use of computer-aided drafting. Students become more proficient in producing engineering construction drawings and shift focus from residential to commercial construction. 


      • ARCH1014D

      This course provides students with the basic knowledge and skills required to properly use Portland cement concrete.

      This course introduces students to residential and small building materials, their design, functionality, and relationship to construction specifications and drawings. Students acquire knowledge of the materials involved in construction from initial excavation to the finished product.

      This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge to evaluate the stages of construction, the construction materials, and the associated building codes required to meet given design specifications for wood-framed residential and/or small commercial buildings.  


      • BTTB1019D

      Students will learn to write a variety of technical documents and business correspondence suitable to a specific audience and purpose as well as learn how to conduct research and document sources.

      This course teaches students how to create documents that are organized, unified, and coherent.

      This course introduces students to ethical principles and codes of conduct applicable to professional practices. The subject of ethics is a requirement of many accredited programs. Therefore, successful completion of Professional Ethics is a graduation requirement for engineering technology programs.

      This course provides students with a sound mathematical foundation in preparation to higher level mathematics (calculus) and other technology courses.

      Building on the foundation of Mathematics Fundamentals, this course is designed to provide the student with the necessary mathematical skills to better manage differential calculus.


      • MATH1089

      This course, built on the foundation of Pre-Calculus Mathematics, is intended to familiarize the student with the fundamental operations of differential and integral calculus. These skills will be applied to the solution of technical problems.


      • MATH1158

      This course provides an introduction to the meaning of community service.  Students learn how community service can enhance a student’s educational experience, personal growth, employability, and civic responsibility. Students participate in one day of volunteering to enhance their understanding of civic responsibility and to help the New Brunswick Community College realize its vision of transforming lives and communities. 

      This course is designed to strengthen students' problem solving skills through the application of physics and mathematics to solve real-world engineering problems. Students analyze and resolve engineering problems as they relate to the static equilibrium of structures. They apply the principles of forces and force systems acting on structures and to calculate the resultant reaction forces at structure supports.

      In this course, students are introduced to the skills and strategies necessary to present themselves and ideas to others in an effective manner. The course focuses on the goal of obtaining employment while developing presentation skills sought by potential employers.

      This course provides students with the knowledge and skill to apply computer applications commonly used in engineering tasks. Here, students use spreadsheet software to compile and analyze data. They build upon computer-aided design (CAD) skills in the creation of 2-dimensional (2D) drawings and are introduced to the basics of 3-dimensional (3D) design software.


      • SAAL1750C

      This course is designed to provide students with knowledge and skill in computer-aided design (CAD) software. Students apply CAD techniques to create digital two-dimensional drawings.


      • ARCH1014D

      A safe and healthy workplace is the responsibility of the employer and the employee. This course introduces students to the importance of working safely and addresses how employers and employees can control the hazards and risks associated with the workplace. Students will also learn about the roles and responsibilities of key stakeholders including WorkSafeNB, the employer and the employee in ensuring workplaces are safe.

      This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skill to perform basic strength calculations in the analysis and design of structures for: compression, tension, shear, moment, & bearing.


      • PHYS1074D

      This course provides students with the knowledge and skill to analyze and design structural steel components for the gravity loads of simple steel building structures. It covers the selection of the steel deck and open-web steel joists (OWSJ) from manufacturer’s catalogues as well as the design of beams, girders, and columns of simple structures for gravity loads based on the CISC Handbook of Steel Construction and the National Building Code of Canada. Other structural elements designed include: column base plates, reinforced concrete pedestals, and footings.

      Students are assigned an individual term project consisting of the design and selection of all structural components for a simple two-storey steel building.


      • STRC1012E

      Students are provided with the knowledge and skill to perform fundamental field operations and data recording. Working in groups, students carry out surveying techniques in the field and record this data for future analysis.

      This course is designed to build upon the knowledge and skill acquired in 'Surveying Fundamentals' to apply more advanced surveying techniques and field methodologies to collect 2D and 3D data. Working in groups, students carry out fieldwork, process data, determine the quality of the results, and produce a field report.


      • SVAR1017G

      NOC Codes

      2232 - Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians
      2241 - Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
      2253 - Drafting technologists and technicians


      Organization: CCTT - Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists
      Accreditation Period: 2013
      Information: The Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists accredits this program at the technologist level

      Articulation Agreements

      Institution: Cape Breton University
      Articulation Period: 2009-2014
      Information: Graduates receive two to three years full credit toward a Bachelor of Engineering Technology degree or a Bachelor of Technology degree depending on the engineering diploma they hold from NBCC and the engineering or technology option they wish to pursue at Cape Breton University.

      External Certifications

      Building Engineering Technology: Building Systems graduates may have an opportunity to acquire the following external certifications upon meeting the external agencies certification requirements and paying any required fees to the external agency:

      Institution: New Brunswick Society of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (NBSCETT)
      External Certification: Engineering All - NBSCETT
      Information: Certification by the New Brunswick Society of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists with two years of acceptable work experience.


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