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Architectural & Building Engineering Technology

Graduates of this program are prepared for a wide range of careers in the constructed-facilities industry, including those in sustainable, energy-efficient, and environmentally-conscious fields, at the technical and design support level. Graduates understand the importance of teamwork and of the economic, social, and environmental consequences of choices made in the exciting building industry. They typically enjoy positions with architects, engineers, and building contractors and provide all levels of support to the building industry in manufacturing, sale, and governmental administration. Graduates of the program are also prepared to advance to bachelor’s degree programs in architecture or engineering to further enhance their abilities to affect positive change in the world.

Graduation from the program at the associate level allows students an ideal opportunity to make an informed decision relative to their career paths. This “decision platform” offered to students completing their associate degree is one of the program’s greatest strengths. Students may continue on into a bachelor of science degree program in Architectural Engineering Technology; Sustainable Design & Technology; Construction Management; or Business Technology & Management. Some program graduates transfer to other schools of architecture or engineering to continue working toward a bachelor’s or other degree in these fields. 

     Educational objectives for students with an Associate of Applied Science in Architectural and Building Engineering Technology include:
  • Graphic communication skills: Graduates are able to use freehand sketches, board drafting, presentation graphics, and CAD as tools for design and communication.
  • Communication skills: Graduates are able to communicate technical information in writing, speaking, listening, and interpersonal skills to work effectively as part of a team and to interact effectively with clients, the public, and others.
  • Technical skills: Graduates understand residential and commercial building 
  • systems, materials, and regulations; apply that knowledge to site layout and material estimating; and use appropriate computer applications.
  • Architectural design: Graduates demonstrate knowledge of historical precedents and aesthetics and use design principles (including energy use, conservation, and sustainability concepts) as part of a process to create workable building designs.
  • Engineering design: Graduates understand design principles and apply procedures in the design of building engineering systems in the areas of building structures, HVAC, plumbing, electrical, and lighting with emphasis on energy use, conservation, and sustainability concepts.
The program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.

 The normal number of credits required for a degree is 71. 


First Year

Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
ARE 1000  Freshmen Seminar
1
 ARE 1210  Construction Materials & Methods
6
ARE 1010  Arch Woodframe Construction
3
ARE 1220  Architectural History
3
ARE 1021  Architectural CAD I
2
MAT 1520  Calculus for Engineering
4
CIS 1050  Intro to Spreadsheets
1
Select one:

ENG 10XX  English
3
PHY 1041  Physics I
4
MAT 1420  Technical Mathematics
5
PHY 2041  Physics I w/ Calculus
4
ELE XXXX  AH/SS elective
3

17

18



Second Year

Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
ARE 2031  Environmental Systems I
3
ARE 2032  Environmental Systems II
3
ARE 2040  Construction Practices
3
ARE 2052  Architectural Design II
3
ARE 2051  Architectural Design I
3
ARE 2720  Architecture Seminar
1
CET 2040  Statics & Strength of Materials
4
CET 2120  Structural Design
4
ENG 2080  Technical Communication
3
ELE XXXX  AH/SS elective
3
PHY 1043  Physics II for Architectural
3
ELE XXXX  Technical elective
3-4

19

17-18