Degree: Associate in Applied Science
HEGIS Code: 5317
Curriculum Code: 0538
Campus Location: South
Engineering & Technologies Division
Pre-Admission Recommendations: Math I, Math II (Physics preferred)
Recommended H.S. Courses and/or Experiences: 3 years Math
Career Opportunities/Further Education: Architectural Engineering and Construction or transfer to Bachelor’s Degree Program
The Architectural Technology-Construction Technology Program prepares individuals to assist architects in developing plans and related documentation and in performing architectural office services. The program includes instruction in architectural drafting, computer-assisted drafting and design, construction methods and materials, environmental systems, building codes and standards, structural principles, cost estimation, planning documentation, visual communication skills, display production, and architectural office management.
The fundamental objective of the program is to prepare graduates for entry-level positions in architecture or in related construction fields.
Students are provided with a comprehensive architecture program, which includes the skills necessary to produce construction documents for both residential and commercial projects. The program also addresses code application and compliance, material selection and construction methods, structural design and analysis, as well as architectural design, planning and detailing. Coursework involves training on a variety of the latest computer-aided design software programs, including 3D modeling.
Graduates of the program are prepared to assume entry-level architectural positions. However, many of the program's graduates transfer to four-year institutions for advanced degrees.
To successfully complete the program, a candidate must maintain a 2.0 grade point average in all departmental courses.
Students are encouraged to become active in the Campus Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and other appropriate professional organizations. There is also an internship program available in the forth semester for students who wish to gain office experience. Students must meet the requirements as set forth by the architecture technology program. Night class course options are based upon student demand.
Upon graduation with an Associate in Applied Science degree in Architectural Technology-Construction Technology, the graduate will be able to:
- use a computer with basic competency;
- create necessary drawings required for the construction of both residential and commercial structures;
- interpret and apply building codes; state, federal and industrial codes; standards and regulations;
- research products and materials in resources such as Sweets Catalog and manufacturer’s literature;
- select appropriate materials for building applications;
- understand construction specifications based upon the CSI format;
- interpret, modify and select the appropriate contract documents necessary for the construction of both residential and commercial structures;
- apply the basics of a computer graphics system to specific architectural applications;
- apply principles of structural mechanics, mechanical building systems and plumbing systems;
- create 3D models or rendered drawings necessary to convey a proposed design solution;
- present to a group their thoughts, project and/or design in a clear, precise manner;
- observe general and specific conditions of buildings in the field;
- develop and present both written and graphic information in an interesting, informative manner; and
- research, understand and identify products and materials that are sustainable.
Total Degree Credits: 67.0