Building Systems Engineering Technology

CampusStart DateTuition/Fees
Fredericton September 2024 (Blended Delivery) Domestic | International

Program Overview

The Building Systems Engineering Technology Graduate Certificate program is a one-year program that prepares students with knowledge and skills required to work in the building systems industry. This program trains students to work in the field of design, development, testing, report preparation, production, and operation of mechanical, electrical and control systems for commercial buildings. Mechanical systems involve thermal, air conditioning, water services, and fire protection. Electrical systems involve power, lighting, communications, controls, heating, fire protection, life safety and alarms. Control systems involve hardware and software components, sensors, and actuators. ​Students also produce professional quality drawings primarily in the building mechanical, electrical and control systems engineering design fields.
This program provides opportunities for students to learn and use modern equipment, software and technology. Through classroom theory and hands-on activities, students learn to apply appropriate industry codes, standards and specifications to different design and development phases of a variety of projects involving electrical, mechanical and control systems for commercial buildings. Graduates of this program will be well prepared for a variety of career paths in the building systems industry.


The requirements for this graduate certificate may be achieved within one year of full-time study.

Admission Requirements

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  • Diploma in Engineering Technology (any discipline), Degree in Engineering (any discipline), or an equivalent combination of education and work experience in engineering disciplines such as civil, electrical, mechanical, and building industries.

    Career Possibilities

    Graduates successfully completing the Building Systems Engineering Technology Graduate Certificate program may find employment in engineering consulting firms, construction companies, electrical utilities, communications companies, manufacturers of electrical and electronic equipment, manufacturing and processing and transportation companies, and municipal, provincial and federal government departments and agencies.

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    Specific Considerations

    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.

    Areas of Study

    • Building Codes, Standards, and Specifications
    • Building Engineering Calculations and Data Analysis
    • Building Systems e.g., Mechanical, Electrical & Control Systems
    • CAD and BIM Software
    • Building Drawings & Models
    • Technical Reporting
    • Virtual & Augmented Reality Software
    • Health and Safety

    Program Courses

    Courses are subject to change.

    This course introduces the fundamental principles of commercial lighting system analysis and design. Throughout the course, learners will become familiar with emergency lighting and egress signage. Further, learners will design key elements of a lighting system while also designing lighting systems using the proper luminaries and associated components. Finally, learners will calculate lighting illumination, and apply applicable lighting codes and regulations for lighting systems in a commercial building.

    This course is designed to provide learners with the knowledge and skills to design power distribution systems for a commercial buildings. Emphasis will be placed on the practical application of electrical theory and systems concepts in order to design all parts of a power distribution system for a commercial building. 

    This course provides learners with the knowledge and skills to analyze and design commercial fire suppression systems in accordance with national building and fire codes. During this course, learners will study principles and practices of fire suppression systems and learn to incorporate these principles into the design of commercial fire suppression systems.

    This course provides learners with the knowledge and skill to design commercial plumbing systems. Learners will be introduced to the types, components, and layout of plumbing systems. Following this, learners will apply this knowledge in order to design plumbing systems that meet service and code requirements.  

    This course focuses on applying heating and cooling load calculations to the design of commercial heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, including system controls. Learners will learn to choose the air-handling unit and size all the associated ductwork for the HVAC system layout.  

    In this course, learners will encounter sustainable material selection, energy-efficient design strategies, renewable energy integration, and different standards for building construction such as LEED and the NECB. Integration of learning will be completed using CAD drawings and energy modeling software.

    This course equips learners with the knowledge and skills to design site service connections for all utilities to commercial buildings. Learners will apply the Canadian Electrical Code and the National Plumbing Code of Canada requirements to design these systems effectively.

    This course provides learners with knowledge of the basic principles of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. Emphasis will be placed on studying the types, components, and operating principles of HVAC systems; the psychrometric properties of air; and principles related to heating, cooling, humidification, dehumidification, and heat transfer. Learners will calculate the heat loss/heat gain for a given building, allowing them to later apply this skill in the design of HVAC systems.

    This course covers the fundamental components, functions, and operations of building communication systems, including security, access control, CCTV, and public address (PA) systems. Learners will study design and analysis methods for commercial building communication systems and review relevant safety codes and regulations

    This course introduces fundamental concepts and process of building commissioning for new and existing commercial buildings. The course focuses on phases of the commissioning process, commissioning procedures, required documentation and project deliverables. Students will understand the process and benefits of building commissioning. They will learn how the process can be applied to ensure that buildings are performing efficiently, thus maximizing the efficiency of operations.

    This course is designed to allow learners to construct a full building systems portfolio of the work that they have previously completed in the program. Learners will assemble a professional drawing and design portfolio of their work.


    • SAAL1886A
    • SAAL1885A
    • SAAL1884A
    • SAAL1883A
    • BSSI1070A
    • BSSI1074A
    • BSSI1071A
    • BEEB1222A
    • BEEB1221A
    • BSSI1073A

    This course introduces the basic principles, procedures and tools and software used for energy auditing. The course focuses on energy auditing of commercial buildings. Students will develop the knowledge and skill to evaluate the energy efficiency and performance, create energy estimates, and recommend energy efficiency measures. They will understand the critical role energy audits play in creating more energy efficient buildings. Students will apply learned knowledge in a simulated or real-world environment.

    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 provides learners with the knowledge and skill to produce commercial plumbing system drawings using computer aided design (CAD) software. In this course, learners will focus on applying the Canadian National Plumbing Code (NPC) in the CAD environment.

    This course provides learners with the knowledge and skills to draw/model heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems using Building Information Modeling (BIM) software. An emphasis will be placed on using the software to produce construction drawings for HVAC layouts 

    This course provides students with the knowledge and skills to draw/model electrical lighting and power distribution systems using Building Information Modeling (BIM) software. 


    • SAAL1884A

    This course is designed to provide an in-depth exploration of Building Information Modeling (BIM) as applied to the integration of various systems in commercial building projects. Students will learn advanced BIM techniques and methodologies to optimize the coordination and collaboration among architectural, structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and other building systems.


    • SAAL1884A

    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.

    NOC Codes

    22212 - Drafting technologists and technicians
    22301 - Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians
    22310 - Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians

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