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.
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About the curriculum
View the classes you will be attending in the College Catalog.
Transferring to Penn State
Penn State will accept Penn College Architectural Technology credits into their bachelor's of Architecture degree. HOWEVER, Penn State requires that anyone graduating with their degree MUST take five years of their design studio. This means that it will take you five years to complete your degree. They make NO exception to this rule.
Penn State accepts only a few transfer students. They do not have a set number of seats to fill; they have many applicants. The portfolio review process for Penn State emphasizes art and media, rather than construction documents.
A few students from Penn College have transferred to Penn State, but most students apply elsewhere in order to spend less time getting their Architecture degree.
Transferring to other colleges
Penn College has established an articulation agreement that allows Penn College A.T. students to transfer up to 1.5 years' worth of credits into SUNY Buffalo's five-year bachelor-degree program.
List of jobs via the College Catalog.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics median annual wage for architectural and civil drafters was $47,870 in May 2012. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $31,840, and the top 10 percent earned more than $74,040.
Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are:
|Industry||Employment||Hourly mean wage||Annual mean wage|
|Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services||63,850||$24.22||$50,380|
|Local Government (OES Designation)||2,310||$27.19||$56,560|
|Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing||1,710||$22.58||$46,960|
|Nonresidential Building Construction||1,690||$24.87||$51,720|
|Residential Building Construction||1,490||$22.80||$47,420|
*Statistics reported in May 2012
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
Architectural Student Association (ASA)
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.