Additional information available on the Architectural Engineer/Construction Management Department website at www.ppcc.ed/degrees-certificates/architecture.
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The building construction industry is very broad and encompassing, offering many diverse and satisfying career options where students can explore and discover their fitting involvement. This program provides the technical training and preparation for students to participate as a valuable contributor in architectural, engineering, and construction firms. Alternatively, if the technical training is complemented by marketing skills, the student will obtain a basis to engage in the world of construction product sales. In order to attend to the wide-ranging career options available, the program has a three-part emphasis, Architectural Engineer, Construction Management, and Product Representative.
Career opportunities include architectural and engineering technician, draftsperson, certified document technician, construction project engineer, quantity surveying and sales. With additional equipping and/or education, additional career options include licensed professional architect, engineer, landscape designer, urban planner, general contractor, construction estimator, project manager, and building inspector.
This option focuses on sales, advertising, and bidding for product manufacturers. With the appropriate CAD training, this option could include preparation of shop and fabrication drawings attendant to construction materials/products.
Learning outcomes Upon completion of the Architectural Engineer/Construction Management program, students should be able to:
- Read architectural prints, solve common architectural problems, perform and support estimating functions, including national quantity, types, costs and estimates, labor requirements, equipment, and scheduling functions
- Use with efficiency the latest 2D and 3D CAD software programs to create industry-standard architectural drawings, both constructional and presentational using the drafting conventions including symbols, linetypes, lineweights, and dimension styles as applicable to the design discipline
- Draw objects of various orientations as may be prescribed, draw sections and elevations of objects, and identify the relationships of objects or object features to demonstrate interpretation and visualization proficiency using drafting industry standards
- Identify or describe the typical characteristics and uses of common construction materials, products, and systems, document them in drawings, and make appropriate selections based on design project requirements
- Produce a comprehensive set of construction documents using architectural construction drawings to design a residence or small commercial building
- Describe the role and purpose of building codes and standards as they pertain to the life, health, and safety of the public
- Collaborate with other designers or technicians working cooperatively and equitably to overcome challenges of design problems and meet project goals while adapting to different working environments
General Education Courses
Choose Three (3) Credit Hours
Total Credit Hours: 15-16
Additional Required Courses for All Emphasis Areas
Architectural Engineer Technician
Students choosing this option are trained to be paraprofessionals in architectural, engineering, and construction offices with primary skills of architectural drawing and construction assembly technology. Assisting with the design of residential and commercial buildings in an architectural or construction office. Subject matter such as design principles, technical drawing, print reading, construction document organization, and construction materials and methods are included. An architectural job captain will be responsible for organizing all of the drawings and coordinating the building materials and systems specifications.
Total Hours for Architectural Engineer Technician Degree Emphasis: 60-61
Construction Management Technician
Students choosing this option will primarily work for a construction company in an administrative capacity doing estimating, scheduling, project management, construction assembly technology, and job-site problem solving for the building industry. While project managers and engineers work from a main office, project supervisors work out of a field office at the construction site, where they monitor the project and make daily decisions about construction activities.
Total Hours for Construction Management Technician Degree Emphasis: 61-62
Students choosing this business-oriented option will learn basic selling and marketing techniques associated with construction materials/products. Other items covered include estimating, bid submittals, and furnishing technical information to professionals in the building industry. This option focuses on sales, advertising, and bidding for product manufacturers. With the appropriate CAD training, this option could include preparation of shop and fabrication drawings attendant to construction materials/products.
Total Hours for Product Representative Degree Emphasis: 64-65