Architectural Technology

Drafting Career
Drafting Career

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) and Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Architectural Technology equips successful graduates with job-entry level skills for employment as drafting technicians in Architectural, Interior Design, Structural, Electrical, Mechanical, and Civil Engineering, Construction/Development firms, and related specialty industries – Remodeling/Cabinet Manufacturing/Kitchen/Bath firms -- in the preparation of those construction documents (working drawings) required for bidding, securing building permits, and construction.

Classes focus on the applicable technical skills required to complete work on AutoCAD, Revit, and Sketchup 3D software as well as the technical knowledge required to complete the various drawing types typically included in a set of professional quality working drawings i.e.: classes are geared to address both “how” to draw and “what” to draw in a professional working environment. Related technical training includes work with Virtual Reality, 3D Printing, and Laser Space Scanning.

The program is also geared to serve non-degree or certificate seeking students, providing skills updating for working professionals as well accommodating community members who enroll for specific classes as points of personal interest.

Residential faculty are architects who not only worked in local architectural offices but have also operated their own successful architectural firms.  Conducting classes in an office-like atmosphere, their professional expertise combined with years of teaching experience provides relevant, “real-world” insight as students prepare for the workplace.

Course work addresses typical construction practices and systems common to the greater Valley area specifically focusing on concrete masonry and wood frame construction.

There are no prerequisites required for beginning courses.

Program Codes:

3708 Associated in Applied Science (AAS) in Architectural Technology
5708 Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Architectural Technology

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Program Contacts

Offices and laboratories are located in the Applied Sciences (AP) Building at the East end of campus – entry #4.  Prospective students are welcome to arrange for a tour.

Email will typically illicit the quickest response.

Myron R. Brower, Architect, Architectural Technology Program Director
(general program questions and advisement or to arrange a face-to face meeting)

Office: AP 272
Phone: (480) 423-6299      

Michael J. Kuzmik, Architect, Residential Faculty
(specific questions about Revit courses)

Office: AP-235
Phone: (480) 423-6293

Alexis Hale
Division Secretary
Office: AP-237B
Phone: (480) 423-6599 -- Best contact during Summer break.  Your message will be forwarded.

Program notes:

Transfer Options

The AAS and Certificate options are classified as “terminal degrees”; successful graduates are equipped with job-entry level skills that allow them to begin working.  That does not suggest that graduates cannot continue enrolling is additional classes within our program after they graduate and/or gain employment. 

The Architectural Technology Program should not be construed as the “first two years” of Architectural School. The professional degree in architecture is typically a 6-year graduate degree program (as is the case at ASU) and has a different focus than the SCC program emphasizing “conceptual design” rather than the more technical aspects of the various computer aided drafting software and the technical “nuts and bolts” aspects of preparing the actual construction documents employed to construct a building. Our graduates would typically work “for” an architect, turning his or her preliminary design into finished construction documents. The professional degree in architecture also “typically” requires completion of a broader scope of coursework including classes in structural, electrical, and mechanical engineering, physics, and higher levels of math along with other, broader general education requirements.

With that in hand, SCC’s classes do not typical transfer directly into a University Level Architectural Program – SCC classes have no “corresponding classes” at the university. University credit for certain SCC classes may be awarded as elective credits at the university – a matter determined between the student and university academic advisors.  SCC’s program does, however, include students who in fact do plan to transfer to architectural programs and enroll in Architectural Technology classes to their great advantage while simultaneously completing general education classes required at the university.  Computer skills and technical knowledge gained “here” proves an invaluable aid – and competitive advantage -- when those students arrive in the university setting.  For more information or discussion on this topic, contact

Career Outlook

Successful graduates are prepared for job-entry level work as drafting technicians in:

  • Architectural Offices
  • Interior Design Offices          
  • Civil Engineering Offices
  • Structural Engineering Offices
  • Electrical Engineering Offices
  • Mechanical (HVAC and Plumbing) Offices
  • Landscape Architect Offices
  • Construction/Development Offices
  • Specialty Design Offices (Remodeling, Cabinet Design, Kitchen/Bath Design)

Representative job titles and average salaries per Bureau of Labor Statistics:

Drafters use software to convert the designs of engineers and architects into technical drawings. Most workers specialize in architectural, civil, electrical, or mechanical drafting and use technical drawings to help design everything from microchips to skyscrapers. Associate's Degree (Certificate similar – MRB): $54,170

Architects plan and design houses, factories, office buildings, and other structures. Note: Requires a Professional Degree in Architecture at University Level – not offered at SCC. Bachelor's/Master’s degree: $78,470

Employment Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics,

Quick Facts: Drafters

  • 2017 Median Pay: $54,170 per year; $26.04 per hour
  • Typical Entry-Level Education: Associate's degree (or Certificate)
  • Work Experience in a Related Occupation: None
  • On-the-job Training: None
  • Number of Jobs, 2016: 207,700
  • Job Outlook, 2016-26: 7% (As fast as average)
  • Employment Change, 2016-26: 14,600
  • What Drafters Do: Drafters use software to convert the designs of engineers and architects into technical drawings. Most workers specialize in architectural, civil, electrical, or mechanical drafting and use technical drawings to help design everything from microchips to skyscrapers.
  • Work Environment: Although drafters spend much of their time working on computers in an office, some may visit jobsites in order to collaborate with architects and engineers. Most drafters work full time.
  • How to Become a Drafter: Drafters typically need specialized training, which can be accomplished through a technical program that leads to a certificate or an associate’s degree in drafting.
  • Pay: The median annual wage for drafters was $54,170 in May 2017.
  • Job Outlook: Employment of drafters is projected to grow 7 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Increased construction activity is projected to drive demand for drafters, but this is expected to be tempered as engineers and architects increasingly perform some tasks previously done by drafters.
  • State & Area Data: Explore resources for employment and wages by state and area for drafters.
  • Similar Occupations: Compare the job duties, education, job growth, and pay of drafters with similar occupations.

Source: Bureau of Labor and Statistics, US Dept. of Labor.