Architectural, Engineering and CAD Technologies

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Program Mission

The Architectural, Engineering and CAD Technologies program's mission is to:

Provide students with state-of-the-art technical training in preparation for employment in architectural, engineering, and related jobs.

Meet the needs of students with specialized interests and objectives who need or desire similar training.

Provide students with the general education skills, attitudes, and values for effectively working with others, contributing to the AEC industry, and accepting the responsibilities implied in support of a safe and sustainable natural and built environment.

Program Description

The Architectural, Engineering and CAD Technologies program is designed to prepare students for immediate employment as architectural or engineering drawing technicians. Some students also use the program to prepare for employment in building construction, interior design drawing, kitchen and bath design drawing, construction supervision, and various other fields. Still others use the program as a step on the way to a bachelor's degree in architecture or engineering.

The emphasis in the program is on AutoCAD and other technical drawing software used to create construction drawings. An Authorized Autodesk Training Center is off ered in conjunction with the program and provides nationally standardized, non-credit training in Autodesk products such as AutoCAD, Revit, Civil 3D, Studio Max, and others.

New students are required to attend an orientation session, and there is a requirement of 40 hours of AEC-related program and community service apart from coursework prior to graduation.

The program leads to an Associate in Science degree. There is also a Certificate of Achievement available for students desiring only one year of training. Both degree and certificate students must earn a grade of "C" or higher in all required AEC, IS, and ENG courses.

To complete the program in two years, students must attend classes four days a week. For students who cannot attend so frequently because of employment or other outside obligations, there is a three-year plan that students can follow and attend classes only two days a week. For the three-year plan, see the AEC website (address shown above).

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the AEC program, students will be able to:

  • Draw objects of various orientations as may be prescribed, draw sections and elevations of objects, and identify the relationships of objects or object features to demonstrate visualization proficiency.
  • Identify or describe the typical characteristics and uses of common construction materials, products, and systems, document them in drawings, and make appropriate selections based on design project requirements.
  • Under supervision of an industry professional, design a residence or small commercial building, and create required construction drawings and a materials estimate for it.
  • Use with reasonable efficiency the latest 2D and 3D CAD software programs to create industrystandard architectural and engineering drawings, both constructional and presentational.
  • Describe the AEC industry and careers within the industry, model habits and attitudes for success in professional employment, prepare and present a professional resume and portfolio, and demonstrate developed interviewing skills in preparation for employment.
  • Demonstrate computation, communication, critical thinking, research, and problem-solving skills as well as a sensitivity and appreciation of diversity and community to perform effectively as a team member in a professional, competitive, and diverse work environment and as a responsible member of the community.

Program Prerequisites

  • "C" or higher in AEC 81 or high school CAD drafting course, or instructor approval based on other prior CAD training/experience
  • ENG 22/60 or ESL 23, OR Placement in ENG 100 or higher
  • MATH 9, OR Placement in MATH 50/53 or higher

Degrees That Can Be Earned

  • Associate in Science (AS)
  • Certificate of Achievement (CA)

Cost of Textbooks/Supplies

The total cost of books for all classes over the two-year program is approximately $400.

Gainful Employment Information

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Faculty & Staff

  • Michael Jennings, Professor, CC, Email, 845-9408
  • Douglas Madden, Professor, CC, Email, 845-9409