Building Systems Engineering Technology (221.CO)

Building Systems Engineering Technology


Graduates are able to design and maintain those systems as well as the necessary control mechanisms, in order to have healthy, comfortable environments in all types of buildings.

Students apply theory and principles of engineering to develop, operate and test the electrical, lighting, plumbing, and fire protection systems along with the HVAC&R operations of any modern building.

As part of their program, students do internships with various companies, and visit large mechanical systems such as those of the Biodome, Complex Desjardins, Place Ville Marie or various banks.

Job placement possibilities are excellent for graduates. Students have a variety of career choices in manufacturing, contracting, building operations and in the design of commercial, institutional and industrial building systems.

In addition, the General Studies component teaches students superior communication skills that can open further possibilities in areas like administration or sales.

In any case, graduates earn very competitive salaries with good opportunities for advancement. Students of this program are qualified to become members of L’Ordre des Technologues Professionnels du Québec (OTPQ) that gives them professional recognition and certain advantages such as awards, professional contacts, and job information.

Anthony Belleau, Eng.
Building Systems Engineering Technology, Coordinator




« Graduates of Building Systems Engineering Technology will be working in a complex, competitive, and high pressure industry. Acting ethically and responsibly is critical for long term success and is therefore an integral part of the B.S.E.T. curriculum. The consequences of unethical actions can have lasting implications, both personal and professional for the employee and the employer. In the B.S.E.T. program, students are challenged to recognize unethical situations and respond to them in the appropriate way to protect their own and their company’s reputations. Ethical action is required in all facets of the Building industry, from contract negotiations and confidentiality to conflicts of interest and, most importantly, the protection of the public and the environment. »

Ilya Meldrum Ing.
Building Systems Engineering Technology

For further information on the Vanier College College BSET program, please visit our website: http://www.vaniercollege.qc.ca/building-systems/


Yes, it is possible to continue on to university studies from this program.

Graduates of this program have significant advantages. The General Studies component of the program opens the possibility of continuing on to university. This option is taken by approximately 20% of graduates. Graduates applying to university should consult with an Academic Advisor to know the prerequisites of the program they wish to apply to. At certain institutions Building Systems Engineering Technology graduates may receive advanced standing.

Building Systems students working in a classroom

Two BSET students (or is it BEST students.?) Khalil and Lian Xin working on a project

This student branch was created in 2012 to help advance the arts and sciences of heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigerating to serve humanity and promote a sustainable world.

What can I do after I graduate with a DEC in Building Systems Engineering Technology?

Graduates are employed in designing with consult on construction projects, supervisors of building maintenance teams, technical and sales representatives with manufacturers and distributors of HVAC systems, and HVAC inspectors with government and city agencies. Job Futures Quebec states: « Reflecting the strong growth rate in this occupation, the labor market … is better than average for all technical program graduates, mainly because of a good rate of placement in training – related jobs and a relatively low unemployment rate.

Awards and Recognition

This daring young woman took on a program a lot of girls shy away from, won awards and had fun!

When she first came to Vanier, Whitley Nketiah, a student in Building Systems Engineering Technology, gave no hint that a few years later she’d win a regional award of $500 in the 2012 Hats Off to You! – Chapeau les filles! Contest… Read the rest


Congratulations to Gregory Dagenais, a student in Building Systems Engineering Technology at Vanier College who has been awarded the 2013 Gaz Metro Bursary of $1,000 by the Québec Order of Professional Technologists (Ordre des technologues professionnels du Québec).

Gregory is passionate about Building Systems. From a very early age he was intrigued by how machines function. That interest combined with a liking for manual work led him to study Building Systems Engineering Technology (BSET). Gregory who is in his final year at Vanier “has distinguished himself thanks to his leadership and implication in the program,” says Anthony Belleau, Coordinator of the BSET program.

Gregory received his Gaz Metro bursary from Frank-Émile Saint-Phard (Right), Director, Sales Major Accounts at Gaz Metro.

Read the Press release

An OTPQ honorary plaque is also awarded to Vanier College and BSET Department to recognize the high quality of its teaching

The OTPQ bursary is intended to encourage students to pursue their higher education and to underscore the quality of their work and academic performance. Every year, the professional order awards more than $15000 in bursaries to its affiliated students. The aim is to promote technological careers and support quality in the education and training students receive in cegeps and technical schools. It’s also a way of highlighting the importance of professional technologists in Québec society.