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Architectural Engineering Technology (ARE)

ARE 1000  Freshmen Seminar (1)                                                                        fall
This course provides a forum for first-year students to learn about the program and about the architectural and engineering professions and the building construction industry. Skills that will assist the student in having a successful experience at the college are also discussed; 1 hour of seminar per week; graded Pass/No Pass.  Prerequisite: None

ARE 1010  Architectural Woodframe Construction  (3)                                          fall
This course covers basic instruction in architectural construction graphics and the use of hand drawing equipment, as well as an introduction to the materials of light woodframe construction. A set of drawings for a small residence is developed; 6 hours of studio per week. Prerequisite: None [Course fee: $20]

ARE 1021  Architectural CAD I  (2)                                                                                fall
This course covers basic instruction in computer-aided drafting and design as related to architectural and building engineering technology. The students will receive instruction using AutoCAD; 3 hours of studio per week. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in ARE 1010 and CIS 1050 or instructor permission [Course fee: $35]

ARE 1210  Construction Materials and Methods  (6)                                        spring
This course is a comprehensive study of common construction materials and methods of fabrication and erection employed in building construction. Sources, methods of manufacture, and uses of materials are covered. There are two different studio sessions within this course: the materials laboratory sessions familiarize students with physical characteristics and uses of materials, performance of standard tests, and preparation of technical reports while the design/drafting studio involves the detailing of construction assemblies. Accurate hand sketches and CAD are both used in the latter; 4 hours of lecture, 3 hours of materials testing laboratory, and 3 hours of detailing studio per week. Prerequisite:  ARE 1010 and 1021 [Course fee: $30]

ARE 1220  Architectural History  (3)                                                              spring
Through photo slide lectures, the student is introduced to architectural design philosophies and construction systems that have developed over the ages. Influences such as social, political, religious, economic, and technological advances are traced from the first significant works of humans through the present day. A major concentration is development since the 18th century, particularly in America, and its significance to today’s society. Lecture discussions develop visual perception and knowledge of aesthetic principles from a view of architectural history; 3 hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: None

ARE 2022  Architectural CAD II  (3)                                                              fall/spring
This course covers advanced instruction in computer-aided drafting and design for architectural and building engineering. There will be combined lecture and studio sessions in the use of “Building Information Modelling” in Revit to develop student skills in the industry standard for 3D design. Building design as well as presentation drawings and renderings will be explored; 6 hours of studio per week. Prerequisite:  ARE 1021 and 2051

ARE 2031  Environmental Systems I  (3)                                                                  fall
This course covers the natural environmental influences upon building design and construction as well as the principal internal necessities for human habitation including sanitation, heating/ventilating, and mechanical requirements in small buildings. The studio session reinforces the lectures by teaching the student how to design plumbing and heating systems for a small residential scale building; 2 hours of lecture, 3 hours of studio per week. Prerequisite: ARE 1021, ELT 1052, or MEC 1011  Corequisite: PHY 1043 [Course fee: $10]

ARE 2032  Environmental Systems II  (3)                                                           spring
This is a continuation of Environmental Systems I. Broad-scale aspects of mechanical, electrical, and sanitary systems are investigated and studied as applied to larger buildings and groups of buildings. Other topics covered include electrical and lighting design; the impact that building codes and other regulations have on buildings; and current environmental topics affecting society today; 2 hours of lecture, 3 hours of studio per week. Prerequisite: ARE 2031 or CPM 1010 and MAT 1420 [Course fee $10]

ARE 2040  Construction Practices  (3)                                                               fall
This course is a combination of several distinct areas in the building construction industry. One part of the course is comprised of an introduction to fundamental surveying principles and methods, including distance measurement, angular measurement, and elevation differences. Instrument practice and care for levels, electronic distance measurement instruments, and total station equipment are introduced. Other topics studied are: terminology, computations, developing site plans, and construction layout. Another part of the course covers topics in construction estimates and records including estimating, takeoffs, and pricing for both residential and commercial construction. A third part of the course covers construction management principles including scheduling practices, contracts, general conditions, and specifications; 2 hours of lecture, 3 hours of studio per week. Prerequisite: ARE 1210

ARE 2051  Architectural Design I  (3)                                                                   fall
Individual design projects are developed by the student from conception to presentation under faculty supervision. Problem solving and the process of design are taught and reinforced throughout the semester. Graphic techniques for design drawings are a major emphasis in this course. Building types covered range from residential to small public buildings. Throughout the course, graphic and oral communication of goals, methods, and solutions are emphasized. Some projects are presented by the student before a jury of architecture faculty and practicing architects; 6 hours of studio per week. Prerequisite: ARE 1010, 1210, and 1220 and concurrent enrollment in ARE 2031 or CPM 1021, 1022, 1031, 1032, 1111 and CET 1031 [Course fee: $20]

ARE 2052  Architectural Design II  (3)                                                              spring
This course is a continuation of Design I. The design projects and problem solving involve more complex buildings than the previous course. The final project is a “real world” building in Vermont. Students learn to work with things such as zoning, building codes, and users of the building. Throughout the course, oral and graphic communication and presentation skills are developed as appropriate. Students work in teams on these projects to simulate real world working dynamics. The course terminates with the presentation of projects before a jury of architecture faculty and architectural practitioners; 6 hours of studio per week. Prerequisite: ARE 2051 [Course fee: $20]

ARE 2720  Architectural & Building Engineering Seminar  (1)                         spring
This lecture/seminar course for sophomore students concentrates on developing knowledge and skills used in the workplace and throughout the student’s life. Topics include job skills, continuing education, office practices, and soft skills; 1 hour of lecture per week. Prerequisite: Sophomore Standing

ARE 3010  Design Systems Integration  (3)                                                         spring
The intent of this course is to concentrate the student’s design thinking toward the areas used in architectural engineering, particularly in the integration of environmental and structural systems into the building design. The course complements the architectural engineering curriculum by introducing students to the design of sustainable low-energy systems in small buildings and by providing tools for analysis in the schematic phase; 6 hours of studio per week. Prerequisite: ARE 2032 (may be concurrent with permission), 2051, and CET 2120 or CPM 2030 or by AE.CET to BS.AET transfer policy (ARE 1210, 2031, and 2032 and PHY 1043 [may be concurrent with permission]) [Course fee: $20]

ARE 3020  Structural Analysis  (3)                                                                     fall
This course covers the analysis of statically determinate and indeterminate structures, building on the foundation that most students obtain in a course on statics. Topics include static determinacy and stability, reactions, member forces and moments in beams, frames, and trusses through both determinate and indeterminate methods, as well as approximate methods. Deflection analysis is also covered. Computer applications for analysis are used. Topics such as matrix methods of analysis or dynamics/structural analysis may be introduced; 3 hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite:  MAT 1520 and CET 2040

ARE 3030  Steel Structures Design  (3)                                                               spring
This course covers the design of steel structures, including typical structural elements such as tension members, beams, columns, base plates, connections, open web joists, and deck systems. Designs are based on the AISC Steel Construction Manual using the load and resistance factor design methodology. Issues such as economics of construction and sustainability are also addressed; 3 hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: ARE 3020, 3111, and CET 2120

ARE 3040  Electrical/Lighting Systems  (3)                                                        spring
This course familiarizes students with the various electrical and lighting systems commonly found in modern buildings. Systems include lighting, power, communications, and emergency systems. The course emphasizes design practices, safety/Code issues, and coordination with other design professionals and building trades; 3 hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: ARE 2032, 3112, or SDT 3110 and ELT 3020 or SDT 4110

ARE 3050  Fundamentals of Fluids and Thermodynamics  (4)                       spring
Students study the basic concepts and practical applications of fluid mechanics and thermodynamics. Topics include fluid properties and measurement; energy conservation; pipe and duct flow; pumps and fans; the first and second laws of thermodynamics; refrigeration; psychometrics; basic thermodynamic processes; and HVAC; 3 hours of lecture, 3 hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite:  MAT 1520 and PHY 1042 or 1043

ARE 3111  Codes and Loads: Structural  (1)                                                                                    fall
This course provides students with an understanding of which codes and specifications govern the determination of design structural loads for buildings and other structures. It introduces students to the determination of applicable code provisions, the application of those code provisions, and also to methods for calculating and estimating loads that are not specifically addressed (or are insufficiently addressed) in code books, manuals, and elsewhere (e.g. special studies, rules of thumb, past experience, expert elicitation). The course provides the basic knowledge and skills for the determination and use of such loads in courses such as steel structures design, concrete structures design, and senior project. Lectures introduce topics and methods of application; the studio emphasizes the application of codes and methods on varying structure types; 1 hour of lecture, 3 hours of studio per week. Prerequisite: CET 2120, and MAT 1520 or instructor permission (Note: this is a half-semester course usually conducted the first half of the semester.)

ARE 3112  Codes and Loads: Mechanical/Electrical  (1)                                                                                    fall
This course provides students with an understanding of which codes and specifications govern the determination of design heating/cooling and lighting/electrical loads for buildings and other structures. It introduces students to the determination of applicable code provisions, the application of those code provisions, and also to methods for calculating and estimating loads that are not specifically addressed (or are insufficiently addressed) in code books, manuals, and elsewhere (e.g. special studies, rules of thumb, past experience, expert elicitation). The course provides the basic knowledge and skills for the determination and use of such loads in courses such as HVAC, plumbing, electrical/lighting, and senior project. Lectures introduce topics and methods of application; the studio emphasizes the application of codes and methods on varying structure types; 1 hour of lecture, 3 hours of studio per week. Prerequisite: ARE 2032 and MAT 1520 or instructor permission (Note: this is a half-semester course usually conducted the second half of the semester.)

ARE 4010  Concrete Structures Design  (3)                                                             fall
This course covers the design of typical statically determinate and indeterminate concrete structures. The course makes extensive use of the American Concrete Institute building code requirements and considers concrete and steel material properties, design approximations, design of concrete linear members (beams and columns), slabs, foundations, and walls. Sustainable engineering concepts are addressed; 3 hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: CET 2120, ARE 3110, and 3020

ARE 4020  Architectural Engineering Management  (3)                                         fall
This course covers many of the business, management, professional, and ethical subjects that architectural and other engineers may face during their careers. These may include legal issues; business organizational frameworks; personnel and diversity issues; business planning and decision making; marketing; scheduling; professional ethics; project and design cost issues (including engineering economics); information management; technical presentation skills; and others. The course helps students develop communication skills and the ability to analyze and create management-related documents using various methods; 3 hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: ARE 2040

ARE 4030  HVAC Systems  (4)                                                                    fall
This course addresses the engineering aspects of heating, ventilating, and air conditioning systems design. There is a focus on mechanical systems for commercial buildings that includes psychometrics, basic HVAC calculations, design condition determination, load estimating, duct and pipe sizing, HVAC systems, and HVAC equipment selection. Students are required to perform system design on a commercial building in preparation for Senior Project. Introductions to energy conservation, comfort condition, indoor air quality, and mechanical codes are included. ASHRAE standards and international codes are used as a basis in these areas; 3 hours of lecture, 3 hours of studio per week. Prerequisite:  ARE 2032, 3050, and 3110 or SDT 3110 [Course fee: $5]

ARE 4040  Plumbing Systems  (3)                                                           spring
Students in this course learn the basic practices and techniques for the design of plumbing systems in buildings. International Plumbing Code commentary is the basis of course materials. Emphasis is placed on the design and calculations for sizing sanitary waste and vent systems; domestic hot and cold water systems; water heaters; storm drainage systems; and fire sprinkler systems, as well as fixture selection. Each topic includes discussions on materials and methods of construction and installation, code requirements, computer applications, specifications, and drafting symbols and standards; 6 hours of studio per week. Prerequisite:  ARE 2032 and 3050

ARE 4050  FE Exam Survey  (1)                                                                spring
This course provides students and practicing professionals with applications for, and review of, engineering, math, and science concepts to prepare for the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination (primarily the “other disciplines” subject area) administered by most states as a first step toward professional licensure as a Professional Engineer. The course focuses on topics that students have been exposed to previously and on topics that are generally easier to understand and apply with limited explanation of background material. FE exam topics that are covered significantly in senior-level ARE courses (e.g., ethics and engineering economics) receive limited coverage. Strategies for studying for and taking the FE and similar examinations are covered, as is the application of engineering judgment in general; 3 hours of lecture/ laboratory per week. Prerequisite: Senior standing in AET or an ABET-accredited program or instructor permission

ARE 4720  Senior Project  (4)                                                    spring                                                   
This course is a capstone course that integrates knowledge and skills developed through other coursework and life experience. Students typically prepare drawings, design documentation, and presentations for a commercial project based on preliminary and incomplete architectural plans (the ASHRAE national student competition building is often used) or other information. Students work on electrical/lighting, mechanical, or structural systems. In most cases, a semester-long final design in one subject area is done; 2 hours of lecture, 6 hours of studio per week. Prerequisite: ARE 2022, 3030, 3040, 3111, 3112, 4010, 4020, and 4030 [Course fee: $10]