Architectural Technology Certificates

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    • About these Certificates
      Architectural Technology Certificate Level I

      This Level I Technology Concentration Certificate focuses upon the preparation of architectural construction documents, with emphasis on computer-aided design and drawing (CADD) applications. Regulatory requirements and an overview of construction practices are also included. The student will prepare a portfolio of CADD documentation, including 2-D and 3-D projections.

      Architectural Technology Certificate Level II

      The Level II Technology Concentration Certificate provides additional expertise in advanced CADD applications and professional practice. The Level II Technology Concentration Certificate prepares students for employment as an intermediate CADD operator or production specialist.

    • Sample Job Titles
      Titles based on SOC Code: 17-3011
      • Architectural Designer
      • Architectural Drafter
      • Architectural Draftsman
      • Architectural Technician
      • CAD Technician (Computer-Aided Design Technician)
      • CADD Operator (Computer-Aided Design and Drafting Operator)
      • Detailer
      • Drafter
      • Draftsman
      • Drafting Technician
      • Truss Designer
      • Civil Designer
      • Civil Drafter
      • Computer-Aided Design Designer (CAD Designer)
    • Salaries
      Wages & Employment Trends based on SOC Code: 17-3011
      Median wages (2018) $26.40 hourly, $54,920 annual
      State wages Local Salary Info
      Employment (2016) 100,000 employees
      Projected growth (2016-2026) Average (5% to 9%) Average (5% to 9%)
      Projected job openings (2016-2026) 9,500
      State trends Employment Trends
      Top industries (2016)
    • Required Classes
      Certificate Level I
      ARCH 101 Design I - Elements of Design

      Design and design process including conceptualization, visualization, form making, presentation, expression, and site analysis of physical, contextual, and cultural aspects of design and the urban environment. Portfolio will be produced. Field trips are required.

      ARCH 121 CADD & Digital Design Media Level I

      CADD (Computer Aided Design and Drafting) Level 1 and computer applications in architecture, engineering, and related fields including spreadsheet, drawing, and presentation application. Field trips required.

      ARCH 141 Design Drawing & Communication

      Formerly ARCH 11. Architectural drawing techniques including graphic standards, scales, orthographic, paraline, and perspective projections. Field trips required.

      ARCH 142 Architectural Materials & Specifications

      Formerly ARCH 12. Building materials and specifications used in architecture and construction. Includes a lab component of common building material applications. Field trips required.

      ARCH 147 Architectural CAD & BIM

      Formerly ARCH 18. 3-D Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CAD) and Building Information Modeling (BIM) for architectural design and design development. Portfolio of 3-D building models and extracted 2-D drawings will be produced. Field trips required.

      ECT 70 Elements of Construction Management

      Formerly INSP 70
      Construction processes, terminology, and procedures. Topics include construction careers, building systems, sustainability, quality control, management, and scheduling of resources (materials, equipment, time, personnel, and finance).

      Certificate Level II
      ARCH 146 Architectural Drawings & Fabrications

      Formerly ARCH 15. Architectural working drawings and construction documents for light frame construction. Field trips required.

      ECT 26 CIvil Engineering Technology & CADD

      Theory of civil engineering projects with hands-on instruction in civil drawings and Computer Aided Drafting and Design (CADD) applications. Layout, topography maps, grading plans, sections, street improvements, and interpretation of surveyor's data are covered. Set of CADD drawings produced for a final portfolio.

      ECT 71 Construction Estimating
      Construction estimating and bidding procedures using contract documents, construction drawings, and cost data. Estimating methods and use of estimating forms or software, including detailed quantity take-offs of building materials and labor required in building construction.

      An advanced MATH course and PHYS 2AG typically are required for transfer to a professional school of architecture. Verify all requirements with the transfer institution.

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