Does a career in building systems engineering sound right for you?
You have a pragmatic, analytical mind. You like the idea of challenging yourself to design a system in a way that does not clash with other building components. You don’t just want to make things work –your projects are models of efficiency.
Does this sound like you? If so, a degree in Building Systems Engineering Technology could be the path to a successful and rewarding career. As a graduate, you will have a robust knowledge with sophisticated software tools for designing the systems that make our buildings habitable.
Why choose Ranken for MEP training?
This 4-semester (16-month) program covers the fundamentals and extensive use of Autodesks’s leading construction drafting software – AutoCAD and Revit. Both programs are used to produce technical documents used in the AEC (Architectural, Engineering, and Construction) industry. Additional software covered will include Autodesk Naviswork for project coordination and Bluebeam REVU for marking up PDF documents.
Graduates of the Building Systems Engineering Technology program will have the technical skills and aptitude necessary to enter careers in the planning and design of the mechanical, electrical and plumbing model environment. Graduates of this associate degree program are prepared for careers in the planning and design of building systems; they have the abilities to produce technical documents and utilize standard industry software and to perform basic analysis and design of system components.
Our graduates find jobs in a wide range of positions, such as:
- Mechanical designer/draftsperson
- Electrical designer/draftsperson
- Plumbing designer/draftsperson
- CAD Technician
- BIM Technician
- VDC Technician
Q: What is the difference between Building Systems Engineering Technology (BSET) and Architecture?
A: Buildings Systems Engineering focuses its study on the analytical design of all building systems, including the mechanical, lighting/electrical, and plumbing systems of a building, while also planning the construction process of buildings and building systems. Architecture has a lot in common with BSET; however, the study of architecture focuses more closely on the spatial, cultural, and material forces that shape buildings and the built environment.
Q: Are there any networking opportunities for students?
A: Yes, Ranken Technical College is the home of one of the largest career fairs in the region. Throughout each semester, employers often come into the classroom to give presentations and lectures on their area of expertise. Classes take field trips to engineering firm offices, construction sites, and existing buildings. Instructors are constantly in contact with employers through advisory meetings, industry events, and employer events held at Ranken. Most students obtain part time employment in the industry prior to graduation and end up transitioning to full time employment with that company upon graduation. Lastly, BSET has an internal database of employers in the St. Louis area that are familiar with the BSET program. Through this approach, job placement is essentially 100%.
Q: How long does the program take to complete? What time commitment is required of me as a student?
A: BSET is a 16 month program consisting of 4 distinct courses/semesters. The program is a full time commitment; classes are conducted each week day for 4 hours per day.