Associate of Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)
This associate's degree in Architectural Technology 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.
Graduates have a diverse set of skills and abilities that could prepare them for "green" careers focused on energy, renewable energy, and the environment. Read more...
About the curriculum
View the classes you will be attending in the College Catalog.
When considering an opportunity to transfer to another college or university, (including Penn State – State College, PA), it would be wise to contact the institution of choice to learn what the current application/transfer requirements are needed, including possible portfolio requirements.
List of jobs via the College Catalog.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for architectural and civil drafters was $48,800 in May 2013. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $32,440.The top 10 percent earned more than $74,200.
Industries with the highest published employment for this occupation are:
|Industry||Employment||Hourly mean wage||Annual mean wage|
|Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services||68,010||$24.49||$50,930|
|Local Government (OES Designation)||2,160||$28.06||$58,350|
|Nonresidential Building Construction||2,130||$26.02||$54,120|
|Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing||1,600||$23.36||$48,600|
|Residential Building Construction||1,550||$23.70||$49,300|
Statistics reported in May 2013
View general transfer procedures via the College Catalog.
Tools, Uniforms & Supplies
CAD Software Links and Computer Specifications
The following is a list of information that will be helpful for Architectural Technology and Building Science and Sustainable Design students interested in purchasing their own computers. Please note that purchasing a computer and software is optional. Students in our programs are not required to purchase their own computers. Many of our classrooms are equipped with computers and we have open computer labs most evenings and during the weekend.
Students in the Architectural Technology and Building Science and Sustainable Design majors use the following programs:
- Autodesk AutoCAD®
- Autodesk Revit®
- Trimble Sketchup®
- Adobe Photoshop®
Many of the software products developed by Autodesk are free to our students if they enroll in the Autodesk® student community. If students wish to purchase their own computers, we suggest they purchase one capable of running Revit.
Uniforms and tools are available for purchase through The College Store.
Clubs & Activities
United States Green Building Council (USGBC) Students of Penn College
Penn College Construction Association (PCCA)
Sigma Lambda Chi
Architectural Technology Advisory Committee
Advisory committees, which act as recommending bodies to the faculty and administration, consist of in-field professionals who act as partners in the development of curriculum. Their curricular and equipment advice as well as their industry connections and internship opportunities are invaluable to our students and to the growth of our institution.