Architectural Engineering Major - Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)


Future careers in Architectural Engineering

There are so many career possibilities when you study the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Architectural Engineering. Check out the post study career opportunities in this guide.
Businesses, tenants and homeowners expect more from the buildings they work and live in. They want buildings that are energy efficient and more sustainable, comfortable to live and work in, offer more services and are fit for purpose, now and in the future. Architectural engineers help make this happen.

The Architectural Engineering major covers the skills you need to develop complex designs that can meet all those needs. From the foundations to the superstructure to the services, you’ll learn how to engineer for high-quality buildings.

Key features

Career opportunities

  • Architectural design engineer
  • Building services engineering
  • Project management
  • Building Information Management (BIM) specialist

Note: this is an engineering qualification. Graduates will not be architects or qualified to register as architects.


Most papers last one semester and are worth 15 points. Students must complete 120 points each year (points for the entire degree). In each year students study core (compulsory) papers, and select other papers from a range of options.

In addition to successfully completing all papers, you also need to complete a minimum of 800 hours of planned supervised work placement before graduation. The aim of the work experience is to expose you to engineering practices and management systems in the work environment.


Year 1
Students in all majors do the same papers in the first year. These papers cover mathematics and computational techniques, as well as the communication and teamwork skills that are essential for the team environment engineers work in.

Level 5:
ENEL515 Electrical Principles A (15 points)
ENEL516 Electrical Principles B (15 points)
ENGE500 Introduction to Engineering Design (15 points)
ENGE501 Engineering Mathematics I (15 points)
ENME502 Engineering Materials I (15 points)
ENME510 Mechanical Principles A (15 points)

ENME511 Mechanical Principles B (15 points)
ENSE504 Introduction to Computing (15 points)

Year 2
You become familiar with construction materials, structural engineering, building construction, and quantity surveying. You also develop your analytical and engineering management skills.

Level 6:
ENBU600 Construction Materials (15 points)
ENBU601 Introduction to Structural Engineering (15 points)
ENBU602 Quantity Surveying (15 points)
ENBU603 Building Construction I (15 points)
ENBU604 Construction Engineering Management I (15 points)
ENGE601 Engineering Mathematics II (15 points)
ENME602 Engineering Design Methodology (15 points)
ENME609 Solid Mechanics I (15 points)

Year 3
This year focuses on specialist architectural engineering papers, including geotechnical engineering, structural analysis, architectural design and development, and the specifics of building subsystems, including illumination engineering and heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems. You also explore architectural design and sustainability, Building Information Management (BIM) systems and engineering management.

Level 6:
ENEL615 Illumination Engineering (15 points)

Level 7:
ENBU700 Architectural Design and Sustainability (15 points)
ENBU701 Geotechnical Engineering (15 points)
ENBU702 Structural Analysis (15 points)
ENBU703 Architecture and Design Development I (15 points)
ENBU704 Heating, Ventilation and Air-conditioning Systems (HVAC) 15 points
ENBU708 Construction Engineering Management II (15 points)
ENGE702 Engineering Mathematics III (15 points)

Year 4
In your final year you complete an individual industry project, as well as compulsory and optional papers that cover advanced analytical thinking and research experiences.

Workplace experience

Your individual industry project in Year 4 is your opportunity to gain real-life industrial experience in an architectural engineering environment, under the guidance of an experienced supervisor. You apply your knowledge of architectural and construction processes, architectural management techniques, building research applications and design on a project for organisations like Fletcher Building, Hawkins, Naylor Love Ltd, Auckland Council, Beca or Jasmax.

You need to complete 800 hours of planned supervised work experience to graduate, in addition to completing all your papers.


Level 8:
ENBU800 Structural Engineering Design (15 points)
ENBU801 Structural Dynamics (15 points)
ENBU802 Architectural Systems (15 points)
ENBU803 Architecture and Design Development II (15 points)
ENBU804 Building Construction II (15 points)
ENBU895 Industrial Project (30 points)

SELECT 15 points from the following options:
ENBU805 Foundation Engineering (15 points)
ENBU806 Off-Site Construction (15 points)
ENBU807 Construction Equipment and Utilisation (15 points)
ENBU808 Construction Technology II (15 points)
ENBU809 Architectural Acoustics (15 points)
ENBU810 Fire Engineering Design (15 points)

Click here to view programme structure and paper outlines.

Additional course information can also be found here.

Enrolment in papers is subject to meeting all requirements and availability of papers.

Last updated: 28-Aug-2017 8.45am

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.