Rapid advances in technology have increased public expectations of their communities and the buildings constructed in them. Buildings are expected to be designed and constructed to rigorous standards of workmanship and safety while at the same time incorporating all the features that contribute to speed of erection, financial efficiency and user satisfaction. High public expectations and the dynamic nature of the industry present both a challenge and an opportunity, attractive criteria for any career.
Architectural and Building Technology is a comprehensive, two-year diploma program with a focus on applied learning. It combines sound theoretical knowledge with practical skills and technical training to provide job-ready competencies for immediate application upon entering the workforce. Students learn from industry-based faculty, develop extensive practical skills for rewarding careers, and graduate with an industry recognized credential in the design, development, construction, and building science sectors. Many employers seek out graduates from this program to join their companies.
Students follow a fixed curriculum of common courses that includes lectures and practical applications in construction drawing, materials and methods, estimating techniques, building systems, and computer applications. Organized field trips and 'hands-on' workshops form part of the curriculum and attendance is required. Students are often able to further their education through summer jobs with architects, engineers, developers, and contractors.
In the second year of the program, in addition to the common academic core, students take an Elective course (subject to departmental approval) in one of three areas of specialization. The Elective courses are:
Primarily intended for those students who plan to pursue careers in architectural offices, offer design services, pursue an architectural degree, or the Architectural Technologist Registration program through the Architectural Institute of British Columbia (AIBC).
Primarily intended for those students who plan to pursue careers in durable building construction, building problem diagnosis, testing of construction assemblies, new materials research and development, and environmental challenges in creating the built environment.
Economics / Construction Operations:
Primarily intended for those students who plan to pursue careers in construction, quantity surveying, estimating, property development, and project management.
Each Elective course includes a brief industry-based work practicum, which is required for diploma completion. Students may be required to participate in work experience activities at the industry sponsor's regular place of business.
Note: At the end of the first year of study, students are given the opportunity to declare their first, second, and (by default) third choices for an Elective course based on their career interests. Every effort is made to assign students their preferred elective. However, in cases where demand is greater than available seats, priority will be given to full-time students who have no outstanding prerequisites at the end of year one, then full-time students that have made up missed courses over the summer, then part-time day students, and then returning students. Spaces will be awarded based on academic performance and Cumulative Grade Point Average. Final decisions are made by the department faculty.
In a BCIT Open House year (even-numbered years) both first-year and second-year students have a term project related to the Open House in order to experience a mini-construction project from start to finish. It is primarily student-organized and directed, with input from staff.
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Competitive Entry: Two-step process
Preference will be given to applicants with:
*Applicants with preferred entrance requirements are to submit transcripts and supporting documentation with their online application.
Step 1: Meet the following entrance requirements
Step 2: Department assessment
All applications will be reviewed by the program area at the application deadline. Admission is competitive and will be offered to the most qualified applicants.
Students who have been withdrawn from the program due to failures, or who have left of their own accord, must apply for re-acceptance when they are ready to re-enter full-time study (at least a 60% course load). BCIT recommends that you apply as early as possible. Students who have been withdrawn from the program due to failure must wait one full year before reapplying to the program, and may be required to sign an academic performance contract if re-admitted. Space is limited and when a program area receives more eligible applicants than there are seats available, the department may select those applicants considered to have the strongest chance of success in the program.
Equivalent Part-time Studies courses may be transferable to the Architectural and Building Technology diploma program based on the recommendations of the diploma instructor and the program head. In order to be considered for a course credit, students must already be accepted into the diploma program and are required to demonstrate competency of the subject matter by having earned a minimum 70% final grade in the equivalent course. Transfer credits for similar courses from other post-secondary schools may also be considered.
For some diploma courses, recency of the equivalent course is important for content continuity and success at the next level. Therefore, it is recommended that completion of the equivalent course be within one year of starting the diploma program. Students may receive transfer credits towards the Diploma for a maximum of three (3) diploma courses per term. In cases where students can demonstrate significant completion of Level 1 and/or Level 2, additional transfer credits may be considered by the Program Head.
Note: Once a student has been accepted into the Architectural and Building Technology diploma program, all first attempts for diploma courses must be taken (without exception) within the fixed curriculum of the full-time diploma program and in the sequence as presented in the program matrix. This means that students may be granted transfer credits for previously taken equivalent courses, but once accepted into the diploma program, they may not voluntarily elect to drop a full-time diploma course in favor of taking an equivalent Part-times Studies course for credit. In cases where students did not successfully complete a diploma course, and are required to make it up by taking an acceptable equivalent course, consideration will be given by the Program Head for subsequent follow-up courses.
Note: Full-time, first year diploma students who receive numerous transfer credits may not supplement their schedule by taking equivalent Level 2 diploma courses in PTS or second year courses out of sequence.
BCIT accepts only complete applications. In order to apply:
You can check the status of your application online at any time using the Student Information System.
The Technology Entry (TE) program is a full-time, day school program which provides academic upgrading to students wishing to enrol in Computing, Engineering, Electronic, and Health Sciences programs at BCIT.
The TE program provides courses in chemistry, communication, mathematics, and physics that meet program prerequisites for selected programs at BCIT. The TE program also includes an introductory course in computer applications and a learning skills course. The program is supportive to those who require English-language training.
Within two business days of submitting your completed application, BCIT will send a message to your personal and myBCIT e-mail addresses. All correspondence regarding your application will be posted to your online myCommunication account at my.bcit.ca. We'll send you an e-mail when a new message is posted. It's important to watch for these e-mails or regularly check your account online.
You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within four weeks.
Please see the Fees, Payments and Refunds section of the website for information on full-time tuition fees.
Level 1: $1195; Level 2: $485; Level 3: $600; Level 4: $600
(general estimated cost, subject to change)
In addition, all students prior to the commencement of the program are required to purchase a Windows compatible laptop computer suitable to run software used in their courses, specifically the latest version of AutoCAD by Autodesk and Microsoft Office. Please refer to Autodesk website for system requirements. Costs for such a computer will vary depending on configuration chosen but will likely range from approximately $1000 to $1500. Student versions of the required software are available at nominal or no cost.
Financial assistance may be available for this program. For more information, please contact Student Financial Aid and Awards.
|Level 1 (15 weeks)||Credits|
This course is an introduction to the various drawing methods, graphic language (conventions, standards, symbols), drafting equipment, and media used in the building industry for the purposes of conveying information. It provides the opportunity to experiment with two-dimensional and three-dimensional drawing systems and to practice manual drafting techniques and lettering. Emphasis is placed on the production of design development drawings. In addition, the drawing process is presented in terms of project development and delivery. The course is structured as a 3-hour lab session which meets once a week. Most lab sessions involve lecturing or instructional time. The remaining lab time is available for students to work on assignments and to receive feedback from instructors.
Construction Materials/Processes 1
This is a fundamental course which introduces the student to the common materials and processes of construction. It provides a basic knowledge of the terminology, the physical and chemical properties of materials, their manufacturing and fabrication processes, typical installation methods and organization in a construction project, and introduces issues of sustainable construction. This term introduces students to the CSC National Master Specification "MasterFormat" system of documentation, and five technical divisions of the MasterFormat, namely Existing Conditions (Site Construction) and Earthworks, Concrete, Masonry, and Metals.
Building Construction 1
This course gives a general overview of western wood-frame building construction, which includes BC Building Code Part 9 requirements, architectural working drawings production, and general problem resolution. Weekly lab sessions include discussions on common site construction practices and code references. Assignment topics include plan views, sections, and construction details.
Architectural CAD 1
This course is designed to familiarize the student with the operation of computer-based CAD using AutoCAD software. An introduction to AutoCAD functions include: drawing functions, simple editing, viewing commands, dimensioning , and plotting. The course will outline the software applications and provide practical exercise throughout the term. The course is taught in an architectural technology context (the computer as a technologists' tool) providing some interesting insight into several areas of application, such as design, design development, and working drawings.
Structures 1 for Building
This course presents a basic introduction to the relationship between applied loads and the resulting support reactions and internal forces developed in statically determinate members and structures. The course is delivered through lectures and tutorials. Topics include classification of force systems, equilibrium equations, support conditions, free-body diagrams, support reactions, truss analysis by the methods of joints and sections, and developing load, shear force, and bending moment diagrams for beams. This course lays the foundation for subsequent Structures for Building courses. (Formerly CIVL 1200)
Technical Communication 1 for Building
Comm 1140 is an applied course focused on using systematic techniques to communicate effectively and professionally in the workplace; its goal is to introduce you to the technical writing skills and the presentation skills you will need to succeed in other career related courses and at work.
Technical Mathematics for Architectural and Building Technology
Basic Algebra Review: solving linear, quadratic and simultaneous linear equations, percentage problems; Trigonometry: definitions of trigonometric functions in a right triangle and the unit circle - relevant applications; Plane Geometry: definitions and relevant applications using regular and irregular polygons; 3-D Geometry: definitions and applications using solids with an emphasis on solids intersecting each other. Prerequisites: Math 12 Pre-Calculus or equivalent OR BCIT Math 0001.
Applied Physics for Building 1
This course is designed to meet the specific needs of Architectural & Building Engineering Technology. Emphasis is placed on good problem solving techniques and practical applications. Topics include kinematics, statics and dynamics, work and energy, fluid mechanics, simple harmonic motion, resonance, waves & sound. There is also a practical laboratory component that teaches proper measurement and data analysis techniques, the use of computer data acquisition and analysis software, and technical report writing
|Level 2 (20 weeks)||Credits|
Site-Responsive Planning and Design
This course is an introduction to some of the basic planning concepts used in the design of site-responsive buildings. Lectures cover a variety of subjects pertaining to the built environment, site planning influences, and residential design considerations in the context of sustainable development practices. The first half of the course focuses on how regional climate and other local site features influence design decisions and impact building form. Issues of energy conservation, human comfort, and water conservation are explored using passive site, building, and landscaping strategies. The second half of the course focuses on the specific space planning concepts encountered in the design of a small residence. Issues of how to arrange internal spaces to respond to site, spatial, and functional requirements, and integrating them into a cohesive building form are explored. Building and site design challenges are approached using the "design process", a systematic methodology for creative problem-solving that involves analysis, evaluation, synthesis, and resolution. Assignments provide the opportunity to consider practical applications to planning issues and to develop effective and environmentally responsible solutions to building design problems. Prerequisites: BLDG 1000
This course is an introduction to some of the municipal policies and regulations that govern property development. An overview of strategies that cities use to to manage their growth and encourage compatible development is presented. Using the City of Vancouver as a context, emphasis is placed on zoning by-laws and their impact on building uses, size, and location on the site. Regulations for provision of on-site parking are presented, and the impacts of parking by-laws and parking design requirements on building use and size are explored. The development permit application process is discussed as a means for municipalities to administer and enforce their zoning and parking regulations. Prerequisites: BLDG 1000
Construction Materials/Processes 2*
Introduces the student to the basic materials and processes encountered in construction from Division 6-9, and 14 of the MasterFormat System. Topics include: basic terminology, physical and chemical properties, the manufacturing processes of various materials and how this affects their implementation in the construction project, and introduces issues of sustainable construction. Divisions include: Division 6: Wood and Plastics, Division 7: Thermal and Moisture Protection, Division 8: Openings, Division 9: Finishes, and Division 14: Conveying Devices. Prerequisites: BLDG 1050
Introduction to Building Science*
This course presents an introduction to the physical relationships between buildings and their interior and exterior environments. Topics include the terminology, theory, materials, and methods that are used to design and construct "building envelopes" in buildings. The course discusses the functions of the building envelope, and the practical ways in which these functions are provided in typical building envelopes. At the completion of this course, students will be able to assist contractors, tradespeople, and building occupants in the understanding of what building envelopes are and how they work in residential buildings in the Lower Mainland of BC. Prerequisites: BLDG 2050
Introduction to Economics for Building*
This course is a basic introduction to the fundamental concepts of engineering economics related specifically to the building industry. It covers various financial topics such as interest rates, the time value of money, financial decision-making, and capital budgeting. The course also presents the concept of life-cycle cost analysis and the basic principles of market supply-and-demand. Prerequisites: COMM 1140
Building Construction 2
Continuation of BLDG 1200. This course covers interior and exterior construction detailing. It is an introduction to post and beam construction, and manufactured housing projects. Lectures include a brief examination of reinforced concrete structures used in low-rise construction. Lab assignments include partial preparation of working drawings for roof framing and foundations using plans, sections and construction details. Students also participate in a team-oriented, hands-on, design-build project which involves the design, documentation, and construction of a scaled wood-framed model of a residential building. A field trip is also included. Prerequisites: BLDG 1200 and BLDG 1405
Construction Estimating 1
Covers general theories of measurement and pricing of construction work, emphasising sound estimating procedures and accuracy. Introduces recognition of work, specific methods of measurement, estimating forms, and common techniques used for quantity take-off with a focus on concrete foundation related work, earthwork, masonry, above-grade concrete, wood frame, and structural steel work items. Prerequisites: BLDG 1050
Architectural CAD 2*
Continuation of BLDG 1405. This course focuses on the tasks associated with the production of architectural construction drawings. Using AutoCAD, and expanding on the skills learned in BLDG 1405, students will gain more hands-on experience with how projects are organised and produced in a professional environment. Topics include blocks, xrefs, paperspace, annotative scale, and more complex editing functions. Proper management and procedures for drawing set-up, information management, and techniques will be emphasised to allow students to perform at a competent entry-level CAD draftsperson. Prerequisites: BLDG 1405
Structures 2 for Building
This course presents the elementary principles of mechanics of materials and an introduction to wood design. The course is delivered through lectures and problem-solving sessions. Topics include concepts of axial stress and strain, section properties of structural shapes, bending and shear stresses in beams, deflection of beams, column buckling, BC Building Code gravity and wind loads, limit states design philosophy, and preliminary sizing of wood bending members, columns, and beam-columns using the Canadian Wood Council Wood Design Manual. Students also participate in a team-oriented, hands-on, design-build project which involves a preliminary structural design and construction of a small wood-frame structure. (Formerly CIVL 2201). Prerequisites: BLDG 1600
Technical Communication 2 for Building*
COMM 2256 continues to develop the skills required for effective communication in other courses of the program, and in the workplace. Students learn different types of short reports based on industry-related case studies. (Formerly: Part 1 of COMM 2255) Prerequisites: COMM 1140
Statistics for Building*
Descriptive statistics, including measures of central tendency and dispersion, and graphical presentation of data. Basic probability techniques, binomial and normal probability distributions. Inferential statistics, including large and small sample estimation and hypothesis testing with an introduction to experimental design, linear correlation and regression, and acceptance sampling in an applied setting. Prerequisite: Program admission
Applied Physics for Building 2*
This course is designed to meet the specific needs of Architectural and Building Engineering Technology. Major topic areas include thermal physics (temperature, thermal expansion, specific heat, latent heat, heat transfer methods), electricity (electrostatics, DC circuits, introduction to AC), and illumination (nature of light, human eye sensitivity, luminous flux and intensity, illuminance and luminance). Emphasis is placed on good problem-solving techniques and practical applications. There is also a lab component that emphasizes proper measurement and data analysis techniques, technical report writing, and use of computer data analysis software. Prerequisites: PHYS 1140 or PHYS 1301
|* denotes a half term course|
|Level 3 (15 weeks)||Credits|
Building Construction 3
Examines typical building construction systems and assemblies including concrete, pre-cast concrete, roofing, windows, store front, and interior finishes. Emphasis on the particular technical and procedural concerns in the development of working drawings in the context of construction contract documents. Guest lecturers and field trips supplement formal lecture and lab activities. Prerequisites: BLDG 2200 and BLDG 2405
This course covers the fundamentals of the British Columbia court system and of contract law, bidding, contractual linkages as they relate to the construction industry, and standard forms of Canadian construction contract documents, with emphasis on the “CCDC2 – Stipulated Price Contract”. The CCDC2 is discussed in detail with regard to the rights and responsibilities of those involved, risk allocation, construction insurance and bonds, and administrative procedures relating to payment, changes in the work, claims, disputes and dispute resolution. The information provided will benefit everyone involved in construction regardless of their perspective, and is essential for any career related to construction contracting. Prerequisites: COMM 2256
Construction Estimating 2
This course is a continuation of the study of building construction estimating and the manual preparation of the contractor-oriented bid. It covers bidding procedures; measurement, pricing, and preparation of an estimate summary for specific items of work; requests for subcontractor quotations and subcontractor bid analysis; a simulated bid closing, and submission of a bid. Measurement in this course is focused on MasterFormat Division 7 (Thermal and Moisture Protection) and Division 9 (Finishes). The course also identifies the role of construction cost accounting in the construction estimating process. Prerequisites: BLDG 2200 and BLDG 2305
Computer Applications for Building
This course is designed to provide the student with hands-on skills using spreadsheet software as a management tool to store data, hasten data processing, solve problems, and display results in a variety of ways. Microsoft Excel 2007 will be demonstrated and applied to various applications related to construction administration, estimating and management, featuring formatting, use of formulas, logical functions, financial functions, charting, and database management. The course also introduces budget estimating techniques and elemental analysis for buildings. (Formerly known as BLDG 2450)
Structures 3 for Building
Demonstrates elementary structural design concepts for steel and concrete structures, and the use of tables, handbooks, manuals and estimating techniques for preliminary sizing of members. The course is delivered through lectures and problem-solving sessions. Topics include fundamental properties of steel and concrete materials, steel and concrete structural components, and the use of design aids. (Formerly CIVL 3202) Prerequisites: BLDG 2600
Students are taught the electrical basics needed to help plan the electrical system for a given building with the electrical designer. Students practice reading and working with common electrical drawings and specifications. Students will learn basic Canadian Electrical Code standards and industry practices relating to single and three-phase systems electrical systems in residential and commercial buildings. Prerequisites: PHYS 2148
Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning
Introduces the factors and concerns influencing indoor comfort and heat transfer in buildings, properties of air and air conditioning processes. Application of these principles will be applied to preparing load estimates for a small building of a non-specialized nature. Includes review of mechanical systems with descriptions of function and operation of components.
|and one of the following elective courses:|
Architectural Technology 1
This course introduces students to the theory of architecture and principles of architectural design through a series of lectures and practical design problems. The lecture component introduces topics where the historical, cultural, technical, and economic roots of contemporary architecture are explored. The lab periods comprise a series of design studios where architectural problems are explored. Projects increase in complexity from the three-dimensional arrangement of space needed to encompass a specific human activity to the comprehensive design of small buildings, and incorporate functional and behavioural requirements, siting and contextual considerations, structure, construction, environmental controls, and codes and regulations. Students discover their own potential by exploring the issues raised by design problems and by searching for solutions, They learn to develop, explain, and defend their work in situations varying from individual tutorials and group seminars to discussions and critiques involving the entire class. Students develop an awareness, sensitivity, perception and appreciation of architecture and its influence and role in our lives. Prerequisite: Completion of first-year program
Economics - Construction Operations 1
This course covers economic factors affecting development and construction, principles of land development, valuation techniques for real property, cost planning and control, cash flow analysis, and feasibility analysis of land development. Prerequisite: Completion of first-year program
Building Science 1
Presents principles of building science with applications in envelope design and diagnostics. In this first of two courses in a progression, students study the primary energy and mass transfer processes relevant to building envelope performance. The course is delivered through lectures, problem-solving sessions, assignments, and an on-campus field trip. Topics include weather and climate; characteristics of indoor environments; measurement methods; vapour diffusion and condensation; thermal radiation; heat conduction and convection; expansion and contraction; wind- and buoyancy-induced air pressure differentials; orifice flow and air leakage; and rain wetting and moisture penetration. Prerequisite: Completion of first-year program
|Level 4 (20 weeks)||Credits|
Building Construction 4
Continuation of BLDG 3200. Examines various larger building construction systems and assemblies including heavy timber, masonry, stucco, metal curtain wall, interior finishes, and prefabrication. Emphasis on the particular technical and procedural concerns in the development of working drawings in the context of construction contract documents. Guest lecturers and field trips supplement formal lecture and lab activities. Prerequisites: BLDG 3200
(Formerly known as BLDG 3350) This course is an introduction to construction specifications and the role they play in the building design and construction industry. As an essential component of the contract documents, the specifications must be clearly and accurately written in order to be effective and enforceable. Principles and procedures of specification writing are covered, as well as practical applications in locating, retrieving and interpreting technical information found in the specifications. General topics include the relationship of specifications to other contract documents, specification organization and format, language and style, specifying techniques, and product research and evaluation. Prerequisites: BLDG 2050 and COMM 2255
Computer Applications in Construction Management*
This course provides students with an understanding of the fundamental concepts for planning and scheduling a construction project. Applying the Critical Path Method, and with the aid of the Microsoft Project software application, students assemble task lists, establish dependencies, assign resources, and conduct related analyses to build a project construction schedule. Course activities include tracking and managing a simulated project. The course is delivered as a 3-hour computer lab session which meets once per week.
Codes and Regulations (Building Law in Canada)*
This course presents a general survey of codes and regulations affecting the design and construction of buildings. It focuses on the British Columbia Building Code, latest edition, with particular reference to Part 3: Fire Protection, Occupant Safety and Accessibility, and the control of fire hazards. Lab exercises provide students with an opportunity to practice code applications for a variety of building conditions. Prerequisites: BLDG 3200 and COMM 2255
Structures 4 for Building*
Presents an overview of a variety of structural engineering subject areas that will enhance Architectural & Building Engineering Technology graduates' ability to comprehend and discuss concepts with civil engineers. Topics include an overview of wood, steel, and concrete structural systems. Earthquake engineering, prestressed and post-tensioned and tilt-up concrete construction will be introduced. The course is delivered through lectures and problem solving sessions. (Formerly CIVL 4203) Prerequisites: BLDG 3600
This course covers the basics of Autodesk Revit in an architectural environment, from design through construction documentation. Students will be introduced to the tools and concepts of working with a fully parametric building modeler. Prerequisites: BLDG 1000
Tech Communication 3 for Bldg*
This course continues to develop the skills required for effective communication in other courses of the Architectural and Building Engineering Technology program, and in the workplace. Prerequisites: COMM 2256
This course shall serve to introduce the fundamentals of lighting, for the purpose of specification and design of appropriate illumination systems for the industrial and commercial workplace. After a brief and very specific review of the principles of vision and light, the course will address those topics of concern to intervals who will work as part of a building services design team. These topics of concern will include: vision fundamentals-the nature of seeing, lighting principles and terminology, lighting measurements and calculations, illumination requirements and specifications, illumination sources and luminaries, illumination consideration. Prerequisites: ELEX 1810
Encompasses a study of principles and practices of plumbing systems with a strong emphasis on achieving an acceptable level of proficiency in understanding components, materials and design layout as applied to potable water, storm and sanitary systems in buildings.
|one of the following groups of electives:
Architectural Technology 2
This course continues with the introduction to the theory of architecture and principles of architectural design begun in BLDG 3000. Lab projects explore more complex building and site design issues, including building systems interface with architectural solutions. Students continue the development of their drawing, architectural rendering and model-making skills and participate in a short industry-based practicum. The course concludes with an industry-sponsored student project, which is a culmination of knowledge-base and skills learned to date. Other activities may include field trips or guest lecturers. In years when Open House occurs, students participate in the design and construction of student exhibits. Prerequisites: BLDG 3000
Computer Graphics for Architecture*
This course is intended for students taking the Architectural Elective. It covers 3D CAD applications and presentation tools to perform tasks associated with 3D modelling and architectural presentation. The course explores AutoCAD and 3D Studio Max and their uses in the production of digital presentations and computer aided visualization. The course provides students with hands-on experience using the technology tools and techniques to stay current with emerging methods of practice. Prerequisites: BLDG 2405
|Economics / Construction Operations
Economics - Construction Operations 2
This course is a continuation of BLDG 3050. Its primary focus is to present project management techniques currently used in the construction industry. Lecture topics introduce the fundamentals of various management procedures used by contractors. Labs are structured to demonstrate the practical application of the lecture material. In addition to the regular lab assignments, there are two major term projects. The first project involves the application of land development issues presented in BLDG 3050 by requiring the students to identify a site, and then prepare a written analysis and audiovisual presentation of the development potential for the site. The second term project requires the students to participate in a national bid competition. Students will also arrange for, attend, and report on a work practicum in the construction industry. Prerequisites: BLDG 3050 and BLDG 3251
Computer Based Estimating*
This course is intended for students taking the Economics/Construction Operations Elective. It builds on the concepts of construction measurement and quantity take-off covered in the previous estimating courses and introduces Sage Timberline Office Estimating Software as a tool for preparing construction estimates. Topics include: various take-off procedures, building new databases by creating database elements, designing simple and smart assemblies, and using some built-in software features. Through a series of hands-on exercises, students learn to create a database, use it to prepare an estimate, and create and print various estimating reports. Prerequisites: BLDG 4303
Building Science 2
Building on BLDG 3100, this second course in the progression presents an overview of the design of durable, healthy, and sustainable built enclosures. Based on the applications of fundamental principles, the content is delivered through lectures, problems-solving sessions, and lab sessions. Topics include building envelope assemblies and details, boundary conditions for building envelope analysis, diagnostic techniques, passive solar design and energy performance, and introduction to building integrated energy systems. Major activities include a design assignment and a research project. Students also participate in an industry practicum and one or more field trips. Prerequisites: BLDG 3100
Computer Applications for Building Science*
This course is intended for students taking the Building Science Elective. It focusses on the performance fundamentals of environmental separators - such as the building envelope - which are critical to creating a controlled environment within a space or building. Students are introduced to three simulation programs which provide the capability to evaluate building design and assembly performance with respect to heat and moisture movement (WUFI), envelope energy with respect to building standards (ASHRAE ENVSTD-6), and thermal, daylight, and acoustic performance (ECOTECT). Students will learn the fundamental inputs, processing, and outputs of the WUFI, ENVSTD-6, and ECOTECT computer programs, and apply them to simple building envelope evaluation exercises. Lab assignments involve graphical challenges in designing, specifying, and communicating solutions for critical elements of environmental separators in example buildings. These will include 3-D and 4-D details of building envelope assemblies which demonstrate how the five key functions of the environmental separator will be achieved: control of heat, moisture, air, light, and sound. Prerequisites: BLDG 3100 and BLDG 4100** (** must be taken concurrently)
|* denotes a half-term course|
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Course Failure and Program Continuation A student who fails or withdraws from one to three courses in a specific term may be required to move from "set" registration to course-by-course registration. In these cases the student will be notified by mail at the end of term in which the failures or withdrawals occurred. Students will be required to meet with their program head during the first week of the following term to create an approved registration plan.
Students on "set" registration will be given first priority for course placement; students who are registering on a course-by-course basis and who are registering for at least 60% of a standard term course load will be given second priority; and students registering course-by-course with less than 60% of a standard term course load will be given third priority for course placement.
A student who fails or withdraws from four or more courses in any one term will be required to withdraw from the program. Prior to applying for re-acceptance the student must complete the failed course(s) successfully through BCIT Part-time Studies, or on an alternate route approved in writing by the program head. Completion of the missing course(s) does not guarantee re-acceptance into the program.
A student who fails to complete a first-year course for a second time may be required to withdraw from the program for a period of one academic year. Prior to applying for re-acceptance the student must complete the failed course successfully through BCIT Part-time Studies, or on a program head-approved alternate route. Completion of the missing course does not guarantee re-acceptance into the program.
A student who fails to complete a second-year course for a second time will be required to enter into a re-admission contract with the program head. This contract may require the student to repeat prerequisite courses (even if they had previously been completed successfully) prior to a third, and final, attempt to complete the second-year course.
The Architectural and Building Technology diploma program is accredited by the Architectural Institute of British Columbia (AIBC). Full-time students may apply for Student Associate status with AIBC. Graduates are eligible for membership and may apply for registration as an Architectural Technologist after completing two years of relevant experience and the registration examination. Please refer to the AIBC website for further information.
The Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (CIQS) will accept graduates as Associate Members and gives credit in a similar manner. Associate Members of CIQS have the ability to attain the professional designations Professional Quantity Surveyor (PQS) or Construction Estimator Certified (CEC) upon completion of the relevant credits and experience. Please refer to the CIQS website for further information.
Graduates of Architectural and Building Technology perform many tasks of a technological nature as part of the interdisciplinary team of professionals and tradespeople involved in the building design, construction, and management processes. Graduates have the advantage of understanding buildings from several perspectives: the architectural and structural elements; the mechanical, plumbing, and electrical systems; the feasibility implications and the contractual and managerial processes.
Architectural and Building Technology graduates have the following attributes. They:
Graduates may begin careers in some of the following areas of the industry:
The BCIT student outcomes reports present summary findings from the annual survey of former students administered by BC Stats one to two years after graduation. These reports combine the last three years of available results for the 2013-2015 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2012-2014 graduates and for Degree 2010-2012 graduates. The reports are organized into three-page summaries containing information on graduates' labour market experiences and opinions regarding their education. More detailed information can be accessed at the BC Student Outcomes website.
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Within five years of the start of the program for students who enter the program in first year, or
Within three years of the start of second year for students who enter the program directly into second year.
Students who do not complete the diploma program requirements within the specified time period will be required to re-apply to the BCIT Admissions department for permission to complete the diploma program. BCIT cannot guarantee that courses taken prior to this re-application will be credited towards the current diploma.
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