Building Engineering Technology: Structural

CampusStart DateTuition/Fees
MonctonSeptember 2022 (Blended Delivery) Domestic | International

Program Overview

Look around any growing city or town, and you’ll see new building construction. But before anything goes up, building engineering technologists lay the groundwork to design structurally sound buildings constructed on solid ground and engineered to last. Humans have been building structures since the dawn of time. If you’re fascinated by what goes into modern building system design and construction, a career as a structural building engineering technologist can put you at the centre of exciting projects from the ground up.
Our Building Engineering Technology: Structural program combines classroom learning and industry work experience to give you a solid foundation to build on. You’ll learn about steel, timber, and reinforced concrete design, soils and materials testing, and quantity surveying, introducing you to the financial and contractual management side of construction projects. You’ll also become proficient in working with computer-aided design (CAD) and modeling software used in the drafting and building design process. As new buildings continue to go up all around us, the demand for skilled structural experts will also be on the rise. You can be part of creating incredible new spaces from residential units and commercial towers to stadiums and other public facilities.


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 or Essential Skills Achievement Pathway: Post-Secondary Entry High School Diploma
    • 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
      International Student Admission Equivalencies

      Career Possibilities

      Graduates can start their careers as structural design technologists, structural engineering technicians, or structural investigators working for construction companies or engineering consulting firms. You could also work in the civil inspection field for municipal, provincial, or federal departments and agencies that regulate the building industry.
      Experienced building engineering technologists can also progress to become project managers, handling every aspect of multimillion-dollar construction projects.  Others continue their education at university and become certified engineers. Working in the field on construction sites isn’t the only option, though. Graduates who enjoy the drafting and design process can work as drafting technologists and technicians who specialize in preparing the engineering drawings, designs, and technical information used by other engineering and construction team members.

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      Specific Considerations

      Local campuses can provide the prerequisites for technology programs at NBCC. Many universities give credits for courses completed in this program; however, assessment is normally completed on an individual basis.

      Technology Requirements
      NBCC is a connected learning environment. All programs require a minimum specification, including access to the internet and a laptop. Your computer should meet your program technology requirements to ensure the software required for your program operates effectively. Free wifi is provided on all campuses.

      Program Courses

      Courses are subject to change.

      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 knowledge and skill to interpret electrical and mechanical drawings. Here, students learn the basic theoretical concepts of electrical and mechanical systems, their components, and how they operate. They analyze the key components of building system drawings and prepare quantity take-off based on these. They further enhance their understanding of the building systems and building systems drawings by doing basic design work for a given electrical and/or mechanical system.  

      This course is designed to provide students with a knowledge of the materials used in light commercial buildings such as warehouses and small office complexes, most specifically as they relate to masonry construction, low-slope roofing systems, and insulated concrete form systems. From this knowledge, students acquire the skill to critically evaluate and select the appropriate materials for the given light commercial buildings while ensuring the building integrity by meeting the specifications and the required National Building Code (NBC) and Canadian Standards Association (CSA) standards.


      • BTTB1020D

      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

      This course provides students with knowledge of construction management principles and practices. Here, students learn the standard construction process and the role of the Construction Manager in it. They learn the principles of securing a construction project and the methods used to estimate, plan, schedule, monitor, and control it. They also learn the standard documentation required of the Construction Manager and the lines/methods of communication.  Where possible, practices and methodologies are applied with the use of real-world case studies.


      • LEGL1003C

      This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skill to manually prepare quantity surveys and cost estimations for light residential and commercial construction projects. Through the analysis of contract drawings and specifications, students learn to establish a project’s construction requirements, associated activities, and costs as it pertains to the MasterFormat Divisions 03 through 05, 31, and 32. These numbers are specifically: Div. 03 – Concrete; Div. 04 – Masonry; Div. 05 – Metals; Div. 31 – Earthwork and; Div. 32 – Exterior Improvements.


      • BTTB1020D

      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 prepares students to write a formal technical report on a technical topic with sufficient technical and communication quality as to be judged capable of meeting the certification requirements of such outside agencies as the New Brunswick Society of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists, federal government agencies such as Transport Canada, or any other accrediting body.

      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 is designed to provide students with an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skill acquired in their training to a real-world environment. Under the supervision of a host agency, students work at a level commensurate with their knowledge and abilities at this stage of their academic development. Students are assigned a practicum supervisor with whom they meet during their placement and to whom they submit a written report outlining their practicum experience.

      Work hours may vary, depending on the work location.

      This course introduces students to the basic principles and theory of soil mechanics as it relates to civil engineering design and construction. It addresses topics including: soil formation, soil exploration, laboratory tests, index and engineering properties, classification systems, soil strengths, stresses in soil masses, and settlement of structures. In the lab setting, students conduct standard industry soil tests and report their test findings using accepted industry formats.

      This course provides learners with the knowledge and skill to apply geotechnical infrastructure analysis to the design of foundations/footings, retaining walls, slope stabilities, and piles.


      • GEOT1008D

      This course provides students with knowledge of the Canadian laws and specifications associated with construction contracts. It introduces industry associations and standards such as the Construction Specifications Canada (CSC) and the Canadian Construction Documents Committee (CCDC). It addresses the legalities throughout the project cycle from project conception and initiation through to execution and closure. Knowledge is applied through the use of mock ups and case studies.

      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 further enhances students’ skill in computer-aided design (CAD) and building information modeling (BIM) software, specifically as it relates to structural steel. It is taught in conjunction with the Structural Steel Design course and supports the structural steel components designed in that course. Here, students apply CAD and BIM techniques to produce a set of structural engineering drawings. Students also explore the design of bolted and welded connections and produce shop drawings for the fabrication of structural members.


      • STRC1006E
      • SAAL1110I

      This course further enhances students’ skill in computer-aided design (CAD) and building information modeling (BIM) software, specifically as it relates to reinforced concrete. Here, students use CAD and BIM software to produce reinforced concrete engineering and placing drawings.


      • SAAL1104G

      This course is a culmination of structural design and drafting knowledge and skill students have acquired to date. Here, students utilize computer-aided drafting (CAD) and building information modeling (BIM) software to produce a complete set of structural drawings and complex 3-dimensional (3D) models for a commercial project. 


      • SAAL1105E

      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 intended to increase student awareness of safety issues relevant to the Building and Civil Engineering Technology industry.  It addresses a range of topics such as roadwork safety, rigging, fall arrest, excavation safety etc. and is delivered in a variety of fashions such as guest speakers, workshops, on-site visits etc. PLEASE NOTE: Safety topics and delivery methods may vary from year to year depending on available subject matter expertise therefore, the number of course competencies achieved may also vary.

      This course further develops students' knowledge and skill of structural steel design. Here, students incorporate new types of steel members and systems such as hollow structural steel (HSS), cantilever girders, and lateral force resisting systems. In addition to determining and analyzing gravity loads on a given steel structure, they also determine and analyze the wind loads for given structural members.


      • STRC1013G

      This course provides students with the knowledge and skill to design and detail bolted and welded connections.This includes bolted and welded connections for steel plate and double-angle members as well as steel trusses using double angle members. Students also fabricate basic steel connections in the workshop environment. 


      • STRC1013G
      • STRC1019F

      This course provides students with the knowledge and skill to analyze and/or design a variety of common structural elements such as beams, one-way slabs, columns, footings, bearing walls, cantilever retaining walls, and composite structures. In the design process students reference industry standards such as the Cement Association of Canada (CAC) Concrete Design Handbook and Canada Standards Association’s (CSA) A23.3 latest edition.


      • STRC1013G

      This course provides students with the knowledge and skill to produce details for reinforced concrete structural elements. Students do this as it relates to beams, one-way slabs, short columns, foundations, bearing walls, and cantilever retaining walls. They also prepare a bar list from Engineering drawings for reinforced concrete building components. The course references the Reinforced Steel Institute of Canada (RSIC) Manual of Standard Practice.


      • STRC1009D

      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, columns, and column base plates of simple structures for gravity loads based on the CISC Handbook of Steel Construction and the National Building Code of Canada.

      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

      This course provides students with the knowledge and skill to analyze the design stresses on beams, frames, braces, and trusses, using manual methods. It builds upon the knowledge and skill acquired in the Strength of Materials course. As it relates specifically to truss analysis, students also calculate the dead loads, snow loads, and wind loads on sloped-roof building trusses. 


      • STRC1012E

      This course provides students with the knowledge and skill to design timber structural components. Here, students use the National Building Code (NBC) of Canada and the Wood Design Manual to design the timber structures.


      • STRC1013G

      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

      2231 - Civil engineering technologists and technicians
      2253 - Drafting technologists and technicians

      Articulation Agreements

      Institution: University of New Brunswick Saint John - Faculty of Business
      Articulation Period:
      Information: Bachelor of Applied Management Degree
      NBCC graduates of any 2 year diploma program with a GPA of 70% or greater receive 2 years full credit toward this degree and will be eligible to enter year 3 of the 4 year Bachelor of Applied Management (BAM) program.


      Institution: UNB Fredericton
      Articulation Period:
      Information: Qualified graduates and students of NBCC will be guaranteed appropriate transfer credits in the Civil Engineering program at UNB.
      Institution: Dalhousie University
      Articulation Period:
      Information: Bachelor of Technology (Small Busness Management)
      Students who have completed a non-business two-year technical/technology diploma program from NBCC and having a minimum cumulative average of 70% may apply for admission to the first year of the two year post-diploma Bachelor of Technology (Small Business Management).
      Institution: Griffith University
      Articulation Period:
      Information: Griffith University will grant up to 1.5 to 2 years of advanced standing of related Griffith University undergraduate Bachelor degree on completion of an NBCC diploma.

      Griffith University will grant up to 1 semester of advanced standing of related Griffith University post graduate Masters degree on completion of an NBCC Postgraduate Certificate where entry into the program was by undergraduate degree.
      Institution: Cape Breton University
      Articulation Period:
      Information: Bachelor of Engineering Technology.
      NBCC graduates must complete 36 credits of course work.  This can be done on-line, in class or a combination - minimum 2 semesters.
      Institution: St. Stephen's University
      Articulation Period:
      Information: All one and two year NBCC programs will be recognized as approved programs of study within SSU's Bachelor of International Studies (BIS) program.
      Institution: University of Moncton
      Articulation Period:
      Information: NBCC Engineering program graduates receive up to 30 credits in the Bachelor of Engineering (Civil Engineering) program at University of Moncton.

      External Certifications

      Building Engineering Technology: Structural 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: NBSCETT - New Brunswick Society of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists
      External Certification: Professional Technologist
      Information: Certification by the New Brunswick Society of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists.


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