College Catalog

Architectural Technology (AT)

(Effective Fall 2013)

The Architectural Technology major provides students with the knowledge and skills that lead to employment and advancement in the field of architecture. The course work enables the graduate to work in architectural or building construction related jobs or continue toward an advanced degree in a related field. The architectural technician will be involved in work requiring a knowledge of computer applications, including computer-aided drafting, construction materials, mechanical and structural systems, estimating, site and building design fundamentals, presentation methods, building codes, and specifications.

Career Opportunities

Graduates may work as architectural technicians, designers, estimators, detailers, model builders, illustrators, product representatives and specification writers in the public and private sector. Employment is also available in related industries such as building engineering, construction, code enforcement, materials manufacturing, and residential design/build contracting.

Recommended High School Subjects

Two years of algebra, one year of science and art/design.

Special Equipment Needs

See the Tool List on the Architectural Technology major web page.

Remediation Strategies

All students entering the major will be tested for English, math, and reading deficiencies. Students are expected to remediate any deficiencies as explained in this catalog (see http://www.pct.edu/catalog/PlacementTesting.htm ).

Transfer Procedures

This major is subject to the transfer standards established in the College Catalog (see http://www.pct.edu/catalog/TransferringCredits.htm ). Exceptions must be approved by the school dean.

Program Goals

A graduate of this major should be able to:

  • demonstrate technical expertise and problem-solving ability through the use of effective data analysis, appropriate tools and electronic media (including the Internet and computer hardware/software), and standard mathematical computations.
  • integrate the various applications of construction materials, systems, and methods used in the building industry.
  • describe the connections between architecture and other construction fields.
  • identify the career opportunities available within architecture and its related industries.
  • analyze economical and environmental impacts of architectural decisions.
  • demonstrate a knowledge of architectural history and its relevance to modern architectural practices.
  • describe the stages of the architectural design process, the phases of a typical building project, and the responsibilities of everyone involved.
  • communicate ideas and solutions using appropriate architectural vocabulary.
  • work cooperatively in teams.
  • present architectural designs and concepts using various means as appropriate, including sketching, manual drafting, computer-aided drafting, and model making.
  • interpret architectural drawings and related documents.

Curriculum

First SemesterCredits
FYE101First Year Experience 1 
ACH101Introduction to Architecture 1 
ACH111Architectural Graphics 3 
ACH119Building Materials I 3 
ACH135Architectural Computer Aided Drafting 3 
BCT128Building Materials Applications 2 
ENL111English Composition I 3 
TOTAL CREDITS 16
Second SemesterCredits
ACH112Architectural History 3 
ACH128Working Drawings-Residential 3 
ACH129Building Materials II 3 
ACH211Architectural Graphics II 3 
ACH181Architectural Design Studio I 3 
MTH180College Algebra and Trigonometry I 3 
TOTAL CREDITS 18
Third SemesterCredits
ACH241Codes, Specifications and Estimating 3 
ACH243Structural Principles 3 
ACH261Architectural Design Studio II 3 
ACH262Sustainability: Building and Living Green 3 Writing Enriched Requirement &
Science, Technology and Society Requirement
CSC124Information, Technology, and Society 3 
ENL121English Composition II 3 
or
ENL201Technical and Professional Communication 3 
or
SPC101Fundamentals of Speech 3 
TOTAL CREDITS 18
Fourth SemesterCredits
ACH237Working Drawings - Commercial 3 
ACH240Environmental Systems 3 
ACH281Architectural Design Studio III 4 
ACHSpecified Architectural Elective 3 
PHS103Physics Survey 3 
or
PHS114Physics with Technological Applications 4 
or
SCI100Environmental Science 3 
FITFitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1 
TOTAL CREDITS 17

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