Associate in Applied Science in Degree Architectural Technology is a 64-credit-hour program that prepares students to assist architects or other design professionals. It also can be the first step toward transferring to a bachelor’s degree program.
This program prepares students for support positions in the architectural profession. Drafting and presentation skills are emphasized; however, detailing, design and project programming also are major concerns.
A variety of courses from specification writing to rendering to computer-aided drafting are offered in an effort to expose students to the range of possibilities and knowledge necessary in this field.
The courses introduce many areas of construction and design. They provide a good technical base. Courses are taught using the latest computer software in industry, including AutoCAD, REVIT and 3-D Studio Viz. Facilities include a dedicated computer lab; all studio drafting tables have a complete computer workstation with Internet access.
An architectural technician assists architects and other design professionals with the production of designs and drawings for building construction. This may include drafting, either by hand or on the computer. The related job duties are extensive, from meeting with building material representatives to visiting job sites. Building projects range from custom residential to high-rise office buildings.
Graduates are qualified for positions as drafters and junior designers in architectural firms. Most STLCC graduates are employed as computer-aided draftspeople. Other related jobs may be for construction companies, kitchen and bath companies, building material companies, and public entities like building departments and municipal utility companies.
An architectural technician does not need to be licensed; however, licensure is required to become an architect. The first step for licensure is a degree from an accredited school of architecture. For more information on accredited schools of architecture, contact the NAAB at http://www.naab.org/.
Transfer requirements may vary; therefore, students are encouraged to work with a counselor or academic advisor to ensure credit transferability. STLCC has transfer agreements with Washington University and Ranken Technical College.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of architects is expected to grow as fast as the average for all occupations through 2014. Employment is strongly tied to the activity of the construction industry.
Persons interested in architectural technology should possess the ability to visualize, draft and sketch.