Accredited by the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE)

(Effective Fall 2016)

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, sustainability, 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 and trigonometry, one year of physics, four years of oral and written communications courses, one year of computer skills.  Students are encouraged to take trade skills courses in CAD, carpentry, masonry, HVAC, drafting, electrical, etc. 

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 College Catalog (see http://www.pct.edu/catalog/PlacementTesting).

Transfer Procedures

This major is subject to the transfer standards established in the College Catalog (www.pct.edu/catalog/TransferringCredits). 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 digital media, and standard mathematical computations.
  • integrate the various applications of construction materials, systems, and methods used in the building industry.
  • describe the relationship between architecture, engineering, and construction.
  • identify the career opportunities available within architecture and its related industries.
  • analyze the economic 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.
  • interpret architectural drawings and related documents.

Curriculum

First Semester Credits
FYE101 First Year Experience 1  
ACH101 Introduction to Architecture 1  
ACH111 Architectural Graphics 3  
ACH119 Building Materials I 3  
ACH135 Architectural Computer Aided Drafting 3  
BCT128 Building Materials Applications 2  
ENL111 English Composition I 3  
TOTAL CREDITS 16
Second Semester Credits
ACH112 Architectural History 3  
ACH128 Working Drawings-Residential 3  
ACH129 Building Materials II 3  
ACH211 Architectural Graphics II 3  
ACH181 Architectural Design Studio I 3  
MTH180 College Algebra and Trigonometry I 3  
TOTAL CREDITS 18
Third Semester Credits
ACH241 Codes, Specifications and Estimating 3  
ACH243 Structural Principles 3  
ACH261 Architectural Design Studio II 3  
ACH262 Sustainability: Building and Living Green 3  Writing Enriched Requirement &
Science, Technology and Society Requirement
CSC124 Information, Technology, and Society 3  
SPC101 Fundamentals of Speech 3  
TOTAL CREDITS 18
Fourth Semester Credits
ACH237 Working Drawings - Commercial 3  
ACH240 Environmental Systems 3  
ACH281 Architectural Design Studio III 4  
ACH Specified Architectural Elective 3  
PHS103 Physics Survey 3  
or
PHS114 Physics with Technological Applications 4  
FIT Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1  
TOTAL CREDITS 17

Accreditation

Accredited by the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE)