Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Architectural and Engineering Technology

The ARET program emphasizes the design processes in building, civil and mechanical technologies, involving design projects for building structures, subdivisions, municipal services, and electrical, plumbing, lighting and HVAC systems.

Three-year diploma

Courses cover architectural design, statics and strength of materials, structural analysis, fluid mechanics, mechanical design, electrical design, steel design, wood design and reinforced concrete design. Students also learn about construction management, construction contracts, specifications, estimating, building regulations, technical writing and construction surveying.


Student opportunities

Use networked CADD workstations with the latest release of Autodesk software to develop computer-aided design and drafting skills. Become proficient at using Civil 3D and Revit Architecture AutoCAD, and at customizing AutoCAD software.


Careers for graduates

  • Building technologist
  • Mechanical technologist
  • Civil technologist
  • Designer: With some work experience progress to senior designer, job captain, specification writer, estimator, quantity surveyor or project administrator.
  • Typically employed by professional engineers, architects, general contractors, sub-contractors, manufacturers, federal, provicial and municipal governments and technical/sales representatives for product suppliers.