Architectural Technology

Architectural Technology

The changing economy has dictated a steady growth in the share of the labor market taken by construction-related personnel. Building design and construction services occupy an increasing share of the job market. The Architectural Technology program is designed to develop marketable competence in a wide variety of skills within the building design profession. Leading objectives include developing the ability to apply technology to building design and to communicate practical solutions. This comprehensive program prepares the student in architectural and graphic design and the application of structural and heavy construction principles. The ability to apply codes to building design is developed, while emphasizing life safety. Skills in applying steel framing, plumbing, HVAC, electrical, and other engineering principles to building design are also stressed. Analysis of construction materials, understanding job management, scheduling, specifications, and application of contract documents to typical building construction round out the curriculum.

PROGRAM OUTCOMES
Students will:

  • Graphically communicate architectural ideas and building assemblies, both two and three dimensionally
  • Learn digital graphics software packages and be able produce constructionand presentation drawings 
  • Solve architectural problems through the development of an aesthetic approach and the manipulation of form and space
  • Develop an understanding of building materials and methods
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the coordination within a building project between architecture and related professions
  • Understand basic life safety and regulatory requirements for building projects
  • Study fundamental structural principles
  • Utilize research from web based and other sources in architectural and construction management projects
  • Identify basic methods of sustainable building practices and their environmental impacts

Graduates of this pathway should qualify for entry-level jobs in architectural, engineering, and construction management.  Program prepares individuals to assist architects, engineers, and construction professionals in developing plans and related documentation for residential and commercial projects in both the private and public sectors.

Graduates are encouraged to transfer into professional degree programs through multiple transfer and articulation agreements with local universities and colleges.

What is Architectural Technology?
In simple terms, it is defined as the study of design, systems, and construction pertaining to the science of building. This includes the many exciting and creative courses of instruction, which prepare the graduate to readily obtain employment in many sectors. Graduates who would like to work in the architectural phase are gainfully employed as designers, job captains, CAD operators, and estimators. Completion of our "Architectural Program", also offers graduates an opportunity continue their education at several of the fine architectural schools in Massachusetts and out of state.

Program Requirements

Semester 1
English Composition I
Graphic Communications
Comp-Aided Drafting
Methods & Materials of Construction
Physics I
Working Drawings I
Semester 2
Construction Planning
English Composition II
Physics II
Technical Mathematics I
Working Drawings II w/CAD
Semester 3
Architectural Detail Drawings
Building Codes & Construction Management
Plumbing & Heating Systems
Site Development
Technical Mathematics II
Semester 4
Applied Structural Design
Architectural Design
or Architectural Tech Internship
Estimating
Lighting & Acoustics
Social Science or Humanities Elective

Additional Information
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Why now?
Construction is one the largest industries in the United States. This requires staffing of architectural offices with talented and educated persons with the knowledge gained from courses such as "Architectural Design, Methods and Materials of Construction", "Architectural Detail Drawings, and Working Drawings I and II". As for graduates who would rather be employed in the field with building contractors, the Building Codes and Construction Management', and "Estimating" courses have been very beneficial in potential growth within a company. 

Career Opportunities
Our graduates are now successfully self employed or employed as

ArchitectsEstimatorsConstruction Management
Contractor SupportInterior DesignersEducators
House DesignersConstruction CoordinatorsSelf Employed Contractors
Building InspectorsProject Managers