Architectural Technology Degree

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    • About this Degree

      This program prepares students to enter the field of architecture and related areas. The student is provided with an option of direct employment into the field or preparation for transfer to a professional school of architecture. The Technology Concentration focuses upon building and construction technology, documentation, codes, and computer applications. Current technology and computer (CAD) skills are integrated into the program.

      This degree requires the completion of General Education coursework plus core course requirements.

    • 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
      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 145 Building & Zoning Codes

      Formerly ARCH 14. Building and zoning codes, including code requirements related to architectural design and construction documentation. Process of obtaining design approvals and building permits from proper authorities having jurisdiction.

      ARCH 146 Architectural Drawings & Fabrications

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

      ARCH 247 Architectural CAD Working Drawings

      Formerly ARCH 26. Architectural Computer Aided Design (CAD) for design development and working drawings. Portfolio of working drawings using Building Information Modeling (BIM) and CAD applications of integrated 3-D and 2-D BIM/CAD models will be produced. 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 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).

      ECT 71 Construction Estimating

      Formerly INSP 71
      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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