The Certificate of Completion (CCL) 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; Structural, Mechanical, Electrical, or Civil Engineering offices; Landscape Architects' offices or related fields. Computer-aided design using AutoCAD and Revit software forms the core of this program.
Competency-based course work builds on residential and commercial plans developed in introductory courses progressing to a set of Architectural working drawings. Drafting courses are grouped and sequenced by specific drawing types. This allows detailed study and analysis of the theory, standards, and decision-making processes influencing the development of drawings as well as the interrelationships among various types of drawings in the finished set.
Students will work individually and in teams in a professional environment and will develop drawings which incorporate typical design industry conventions and methods, code requirements, and local construction techniques. Lessons are real-world based and are designed to teach responsible problem solving, building from one situation or set of conditions to the next as students create professional quality working drawings.
An Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Architectural Technology is also available.
A grade of "C" or better is required for all courses within the program.
Suggested pathways for four semester completion of the CCL is shown below. Credits for specific classes may be awarded as transfer credits from other accredited institutions and/or for previous “work experience”. For questions regarding credit for previous academic or work experience related to ARC classes, contact Myron Brower, Program Director firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions and confirmation of required General Education classes, contact an SCC Academic Advisor in the Advisement Center.
Suggested pathways for the Certificate are outlined below for completion in four semesters. The pathway involves a “heavy load”, especially considering that classes are typically so-called lab/lecture classes requiring two 2 hour 40 minute meeting times per week. While 27 hours are required for Certificate completion, Advanced Revit and Sketchup are also recommended – an additional 6 hours. Students who are working part or full time and/or have outside responsibilities that prevent attending school “full-time” often find it better to extend their course work over an additional semester(s). No “minimum time line” is in place – students may proceed through the class sequences at their own pace. Curriculum and requirements are fluid – changing with changing workplace demands. Always VERIFY requirements with advisement to confirm your planning.
Classes are offered in-person (only) day and evening. While some classes are day-only, faculty can, under special circumstances, make accommodations for students who are unable to attend day classes. Faculty believe that the classroom/lab atmosphere is essential for learning this highly technical skill set; in-person classes provide immediate feedback to questions generated during lectures, discussions, and demonstrations, immediate help trouble shooting problems encountered during the completion of assignments, and an opportunity for students to learn from each other as they complete the assigned work.
Both the AAS and Certificate programs are designed for 4 semesters of full-time coursework as classes are tightly integrated to build on preceding classes’ skills and knowledge. In some cases, if a student’s schedule allows, and ideally if a student has a certain amount of previous experience in hand, course work can be accelerated to a 3 semester framework (but that is a heavy load). There is no “set deadline” for completing of the coursework – students whose daily work or family demands preclude full-time enrollment can complete the required coursework over a longer time frame with no consequence.
It is not unusual for advanced students to find part-time or, in some cases, full-time office work prior to their graduation.
The estimated cost of the AAS program is $5,160 -- 5,650* (tuition for 60-65 credit hours) for Maricopa County residents. Tuition cost for the 27 credit hour Certificate of Completion is $2,382*. An additional course fee of $25 is charged for every ARC class, which is designated for printing costs, printed and physical instructional materials, and tutoring in the open Friday and Saturday lab sessions. Students are not required to purchase a computer or software; software is provided remotely to students who wish to work outside of the computer labs through MySCC on the school’s website. *(at time of this document – verify current costs on the SCC website).
Instructional materials including extensive hard copies and web-based instructional aids and information are provided free of charge to students for all Architectural Technology courses excepting Basic and Intermediate Revit classes. Texts for those Revit classes have a suggested retail price of $80 and a suggested bookstore price of $50 at time of this document --- text costs are subject to change.
|ARC 141 CAD I: Introduction to AutoCAD||3 credit hours|
|ARC 265 CAD I: Introduction to AutoCAD||3 credit hours|
|ARC 142 CAD II: Plans and Elevations||3 credit hours|
|ARC 243 CAD III: Sections and Site Plans||3 credit hours|
|ARC 250 Basic Revit||3 credit hours|
|ARC 244 CAD IV: Structural Systems||3 credit hours|
|ARC 245 CAD V: Elec./Mech./Plumbing Systems||3 credit hours|
|ARC 270 Architectural Synthesis||3 credit hours|
|ARC 251 Intermediate Revit||3 credit hours|
The “required core” -- 27 credit hours is shown above. It is STRONGLY suggested, to complement skill levels and increase employability, that students also complete ARC 266 Advanced Revit and ARC 266 Advanced Sketchup.
|Course #||Course Title||Credits|
|ARC141||Architectural CAD I: Introduction||3|
|ARC142||Architectural CAD II: Plans and Elevations||3|
|ARC243||Architectural CAD III: Site Plans and Sections||3|
|ARC244||Architectural CAD IV: Structural Systems||3|
|ARC245||Architectural CAD V: Mechanical and Electrical Systems||3|
|ARC265||Sketchup I: Introduction to Sketchup||3|
|ARC270||Architectural Technology Synthesis||3|
- Demonstrate basic knowledge of Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) commands, operations and file management required to complete plan and elevation drawings. (ARC141)
- Use CAD to create fully annotated, professional quality plan and elevation views for residential or commercial applications. (ARC142)
- Using CAD and working from residential or commercial layouts, develop fully annotated, professional quality roof, roof framing, floor framing and foundation plans. (ARC244)
- Given residential or commercial layouts, use CAD to produce fully annotated, professional quality electrical, mechanical (Heating, Ventilating and Air-Conditioning - HVAC), plumbing and reflected ceiling plans. (ARC245)
- Incorporate applicable local codes, construction materials and methods, and professional office practices in the development of residential or commercial drawings and applications. (ARC142, ARC243, ARC244, ARC245)
- Demonstrate basic drawing, modeling and rendering skills to complete architectural drawings using Revit. (ARC250)
- Analyze and interpret architectural working drawings and related contract documents. (ARC251)
- Demonstrate basic skills to create 3D views of architectural drawings using Sketchup. (ARC265)
- Using AutoCAD, integrate and synthesize knowledge and skills acquired in prerequisite courses to complete working drawings under supervision comparable to workplace situations. (ARC270)
At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate information about this degree or certificate. However, the information above represents current requirements for the academic year and may change as the result of the curricular process. This course list 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.