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Architectural Technology

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Architectural Technology program is designed to provide the informational, attitudinal, and technical skills required for an entry-level position as a Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) operator in Architectural or Interior Design offices or related fields. Students develop two-dimensional (2D) and three-­dimensional (3D) drawings and models utilizing industry standard CAD, Revit, and Building Information Modeling (BIM) software, and learn presentation methods and construction documentation conventions. A Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Architectural Technology (5708) is fully embedded within this AAS.

Details

Academic Career
Credit
Degree/Certificate Type
Career and Technical Associate Degree
Academic Plan
Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
Academic Plan Code
3708
Total Credits Required
61-67
Catalog Year
2020-2021

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Apply current standards in dimensioning, symbology, linetypes, lineweights, drawing notes for working drawings, design related drawings to read, interpret, and produce construction documents and portfolio-quality working drawings.
  2. Use the latest 2D, 3D, and 3D parametric modeling CAD software to develop technical drawings and solid models in a manner that is efficient and compliant with standard industry practices.
  3. Utilize BIM concepts in project development.
  4. Employ the principles and theory of construction processes and properties of materials.
  5. Apply construction industry codes and standards.
  6. Produce sketches, multi-view layouts, sections, details, working drawings, and building components schedules.
  7. Utilize traditional modeling techniques and 3D printing for project conceptualization.
  8. Communicate with others in verbal and in written form to collaboratively solve complex problems within the discipline.
Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this degree may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information.

* Wage information sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2019.
Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include AAA/CPD150, AAA/CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
  • Consult with your faculty mentor or academic advisor to determine educational requirements, including possible university transfer options, for your chosen career field.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course FYC 3
ARC141 Architectural CAD I: Introduction Critical course Gateway course 3
ARC265/INT251 Sketchup I: Introduction to Sketchup Critical course Gateway course 3
MA Mathematics Any approved general education course from the Mathematics [MA] area MA 3–6
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication SB or L 3
AAA/CPD115 or
AAA/CPD150 or
AAA/CPD150AC or
CPD104
Creating College Success or Strategies for College Success or Educational and Career Planning or Career and Personal Development 0–3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ENG102 or
ENG108 or
ENG111
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL or Technical and Professional Writing FYC or L 3
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking OR Equivalent as indicated by assessment L 0–3
SB Social & Behavioral Sciences SB 3
ARC142 Architectural CAD II: Plans and Elevations Critical course 3
ARC/INT250 Basic Revit Critical course 3
RE Restricted Elective ARC266 recommended 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ARC243 Architectural CAD III: Site Plans and Sections Critical course 3
ARC244 Architectural CAD IV: Structural Systems Critical course 3
HU Humanities, Fine Arts & Design ARH100 or INT115 recommended HU 3
RE Restricted Elective 3
RE Restricted Elective ARC246 recommended 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ARC245 Architectural CAD V: Mechanical and Electrical Systems Critical course 3
ARC251 Intermediate Revit Critical course 3
SG or
SQ
Natural Sciences General or Natural Sciences Quantitative SG or SQ 4
RE Restricted Elective ARC252 recommended 3
ARC270 Architectural Technology Synthesis 3

Restricted Electives

Students must select an additional twelve (12) credit hours from the following course options. Selected courses will not apply to both Required Courses and Restricted Electives areas.

A list of program electives for this pathway map
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ARC+++++ Any ARC Architecture courses Excludes courses used to satisfy the Required Courses area 1–9
ARC296++ Any Cooperative Education courses 1–4
ARH100 Introduction to Art HU 3
ART111 Drawing I 3
BLT+++++ Any BLT Building Safety and Construction Technology course 3
CAD+++++ Any CAD Computer-Aided Drafting courses 1–6
CIS+++++ Any CIS Computer Information Systems Adobe Photoshop course 1–3
CNS+++++ Any CNS Construction course 3
DFT+++++ Any DFT Drafting Technology courses 1–6
INT115 Historical Architecture and Furniture HU 3
INT120 Modern Architecture and Furniture HU 3

Part-time Sequence

Part-time status is 11 credit hours or less.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course FYC 3
ARC141 Architectural CAD I: Introduction Critical course Gateway course 3
AAA/CPD115 or
AAA/CPD150 or
AAA/CPD150AC or
CPD104
Creating College Success or Strategies for College Success or Educational and Career Planning or Career and Personal Development 0–3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ENG102 or
ENG108 or
ENG111
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL or Technical and Professional Writing FYC or L 3
ARC142 Architectural CAD II: Plans and Elevations Critical course 3
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking OR Equivalent as indicated by assessment L 0–3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication SB or L 3
ARC265/INT251 Sketchup I: Introduction to Sketchup Critical course Gateway course 3
ARC/INT250 Basic Revit Critical course 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ARC251 Intermediate Revit Critical course 3
MA Mathematics Any approved general education course from the Mathematics [MA] area MA 3–6

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ARC243 Architectural CAD III: Site Plans and Sections Critical course 3
ARC244 Architectural CAD IV: Structural Systems Critical course 3
HU Humanities, Fine Arts & Design ARH100 or INT115 recommended HU 3

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ARC245 Architectural CAD V: Mechanical and Electrical Systems Critical course 3
SB Social & Behavioral Sciences SB 3
RE Restricted Elective ARC266 recommended 3

Term 7

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 7
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
SG or
SQ
Natural Sciences General or Natural Sciences Quantitative SG or SQ 4
RE Restricted Elective ARC246 recommended 3

Term 8

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 8
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
RE Restricted Elective 3
RE Restricted Elective ARC252 recommended 3

Term 9

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 9
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ARC270 Architectural Technology Synthesis 3

Restricted Electives

Students must select an additional twelve (12) credit hours from the following course options. Selected courses will not apply to both Required Courses and Restricted Electives areas.

A list of program electives for this pathway map
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ARC+++++ Any ARC Architecture courses Excludes courses used to satisfy the Required Courses area 1–9
ARC296++ Any Cooperative Education courses 1–4
ARH100 Introduction to Art HU 3
ART111 Drawing I 3
BLT+++++ Any BLT Building Safety and Construction Technology course 3
CAD+++++ Any CAD Computer-Aided Drafting courses 1–6
CIS+++++ Any CIS Computer Information Systems Adobe Photoshop course 1–3
CNS+++++ Any CNS Construction course 3
DFT+++++ Any DFT Drafting Technology courses 1–6
INT115 Historical Architecture and Furniture HU 3
INT120 Modern Architecture and Furniture HU 3
Course Area Key

Gateway Course = Generally the first major-specific course in a pathway.

Critical Course = A course that is highly predictive of future success in a pathway.

Disclaimer

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

View MCCCD’s curriculum website for the Associate in Applied Science in Architectural Technology (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm3?id=138083).

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.