Building Engineering Major – Bachelor of Engineering Technology

Building Engineering encompasses core engineering technology knowledge and skills related to construction and incorporates three pathways (offered at the AUT South Campus only):

  •     Asset and Facilities Management
  •     Building Surveying Technology
  •     Construction Safety Engineering

Asset and Facilities Management

Highly serviced, high-quality commercial buildings are increasingly in demand. Asset and facilities management is a rapidly growing aspect of the construction industry, combining building engineering, maintenance and management skills. Asset and facilities management engineers have input into the design, construction, commissioning, operations, maintenance, repair, modification, replacement and decommissioning of buildings.

The Asset and Facilities Management pathway helps you develop the skills to provide cost-effective lifecycle sustainability of commercial buildings. It covers a wide range of skills – including building technology, building management systems, energy management and the commercial aspects of construction.

Career opportunities
  •     Facilities/asset management
  •     Building energy management
  •     Commercial property management
  •     Middle management
  •     Project management

Building Surveying Technology

Poor construction quality and buildings that are cold or damp are a huge problem in New Zealand, in commercial real estate and private homes. There’s a need for engineering professionals who can conduct full and complete surveys before a sale, identify defects in new construction, and can recommend materials and design solutions for renovation projects.

Building surveying technologists specialise in defect recognition, maintenance and the care of built assets. They contribute to building design, refurbishment or alteration, and help resolve disputes between adjoining owners, landlords and tenants. To prepare you for this varied career, the Building Surveying Technology pathway covers technology, management, building design, law, professional practice and heritage buildings.

Career opportunities
  •     Building condition surveyor
  •     Renovation/refurbishment specialist
  •     Valuation surveyor
  •     Building inspector
  •     Middle management

Construction Safety Engineering

Health and safety in the workplace are of immense importance for the construction industry in New Zealand and worldwide. Recently introduced and upgraded legislation means that safety issues in construction will continue to grow. This means there’s a need for engineering professionals with a broad understanding of construction technologies, site safety, human factors and safety engineering.

The Construction Safety Engineering pathway will equip you with the skills to manage construction sites and organisational health and safety activities. You’ll develop a sound knowledge of safety technologies, design, operations and the legal framework of the construction industry. The combination of safety technology and management knowledge will enable you to adapt to the future demands of construction in New Zealand.

Career opportunities

  •     Health and safety manager
  •     Safety training specialist
  •     Construction site management
  •     Engineering risk management
  •     Middle management


Year 1
This major shares some of the first year with the other majors in the Bachelor of Engineering Technology. You develop skills in essential construction technology and materials, as well as generic engineering skills.

Level 4:
ENGE401 Engineering Mathematics (15 points)
Level 5:
ENBU501 Construction Design and Implementation (15 points)
ENBU502 Construction Technology I (15 points)
ENBU503 Introduction to Construction Material (15 points)
ENGE500 Introduction to Engineering Design (15 points)
ENGE501 Engineering Mathematics I (15 points)
ENME505 Engineering Mechanics-Statics I (15 points)
ENSE500 Computer Applications for Engineers (15 points)

Year 2
This year introduces skills specific to your pathway.

Level 6:
ENBU604 Construction Engineering Management I (15 points)
ENBU605 Construction Technology II (15 points)
ENBU606 Cost Engineering (15 points)
ENBU607 Human Factors Engineering (15 points)
ENBU608 Resilience Engineering (15 points)
ENME602 Engineering Design Methodology (15 points)
ENME610 Strength of Materials I (15 points)

AND 15 points from your chosen pathway:

Asset and Facilities Management pathway
ENBU611 Asset and Facilities Management I (15 points)

Building Surveying Technology pathway
ENBU609 Building Surveying Skills (15 points)

Construction Safety Engineering pathway

ENBU610 Site Safety Principles (15 points)

Year 3
You complete the compulsory integration specialisation project. Working as part of a team alongside students from other construction disciplines, the experience will expose you to real engineering practices and management systems and help you to build engineering networks.

Level 7:
ENBU708 Construction Engineering Management II (15 points)
ENBU795 Construction Integration Specialisation Project (30 points)

AND papers in your chosen pathway:

Asset and Facilities Management pathway
ENBU709 Asset and Facilities Management II (15 points)
ENBU711 Building Energy Management (15 points)
ENBU713 Construction Technology III (15 points)
30 points from any Engineering papers with the approval of the programme leader

Building Surveying Technology pathway

ENBU710 Building Condition and Pathology Surveying (15 points)
ENBU712 Building Energy Management (15 points)
ENBU713 Construction Technology III (15 points)
30 points from any Engineering papers with the approval of the programme leader

Construction Safety Engineering
ENBU712 Building Renovation Engineering (15 points)
ENBU713 Construction Technology III (15 points)
ENBU714 Safety Engineering (15 points)
ENBU715 Site Engineering (15 points)
15 points from any Engineering papers with the approval of the programme leader

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: 30-Nov-2016 8.53am

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