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Architectural Technology Associate Degree

Program Code: 106141

Careers in architectural technology allow you to pursue your passion for designing, drawing, creating, and problem solving. As an Architectural Technology graduate, you'll be prepared to work in many fields related to architecture and construction. Careers include architectural technician, building information modeling specialist, building materials salesperson, building systems design technician, shop drawing draftsperson, structural draftsperson, and residential designer or estimator. With additional education and/or work experience, you may become an architect, building inspector, commercial or industrial estimator, structural engineer, specification writer, or project manager.

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Employment Potential

Building information modeling specialist: coordinates development of virtual building information models that integrate architectural, structural, and building systems to be used for construction coordination.

Building Materials Sales Person: works in retail sales of building products in a building materials center.

Building Systems Technician: works under the direction and supervision of an architect or professional engineer, preparing working drawings for hvacr, electrical and plumbing systems within a building.

Shop Drawing Draftsperson: works under the supervision of a professional engineer, developing fabrication and erection drawings for components used in construction.

Structural Draftsperson: works under the direction and supervision of an architect or professional engineer, preparing working drawings for steel, concrete, and wood building systems.

Residential Designer: works independently designing and drafting homes for building materials centers or residential contractors.

With additional education and/or work experience, graduates may find other opportunities for employment.

• Architect
• Building Inspector
• Senior Draftsperson
• Commercial or Industrial Estimator
• Structural Engineer
• Specification Writer
• Project Manager

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Requirements for Program Entry

• Completed application.
• High school transcript or equivalent. (For a list of equivalents, go to www.nwtc.edu/gettingstarted.)
• To be admitted to this program, learners must achieve a prior cumulative high school or college grade point average of 2.6 or higher OR a satisfactory academic skills assessment score. College grade point average must be based on 15 credits or more. To learn more about starting this program, please contact an academic advisor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.
• Proficiency with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Windows and the Internet.

Program Availability

FULL TIME Spring 2020 Summer 2020 Fall 2020
Green Bay
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Marinette
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Sturgeon Bay
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Application Checklist

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Curriculum
Students following the study plan below will complete the Architectural Technology associate degree in the number of semesters shown.
FIRST SEMESTER
10-614-210 ARCHITECTURAL PRINCIPLES …introduces the principles of architectural design theory, sketching application, and space planning. Develops skills in visualization, presentation drawings, and architectural language. Basic architectural sketches and drawings will be prepared. (Prerequisite: Acceptance in Architectural Technology program)
10-614-216 BIM ARCHITECTURAL 1 …incorporates the use of Revit for building information modeling. Basic to intermediate modeling and documentation tools will be explored. Simple building information models will be generated, edited, and documented. (Prerequisite: Acceptance in Architectural Technology program)
10-890-101 COLLEGE 101 ...Students will utilize digital tools and resources to assess, explore, practice, apply, and evaluate both employability and learning skills. By establishing NWTC cultural values as hallmarks of success in academic, career, and personal settings the course encourages reflective, personalized development of a growth mindset and emphasizes the importance of making wise choices. To maximize the return on investment, students should take this course in their first semester as it identifies key expectations (hidden rules) of higher learning and professional employment.
10-614-217 ARCHITECTURAL PRINT READING …introduces building construction drawings, codes, and specifications. Light commercial and residential drawings will be interpreted. (Prerequisite: Acceptance into Architectural Technology program)
10-614-222 CAD ARCHITECTURAL ...incorporates the use of AutoCAD for generating construction drawings. Basic to intermediate techniques will be employed. Accurate architectural drawings adhering to given standards that incorporate symbols, dimensions and notes will be created. (Prerequisite: Accepted in the Architectural Technology program)
10-614-214 BUILDING SUSTAINABILITY 1 …investigates basic sustainable design theories and rating systems. The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED©) green building rating system will be applied to a residential building design. (Prerequisite: Acceptance in Architectural Technology program)
10-801-136 ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 ...learners develop knowledge/skills in planning, organizing, writing, editing. Students will also analyze audience/purpose, use elements of research, format documents using standard guidelines, and develop critical reading skills. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer Rdg score greater/equal to 55 AND Sentence Skills greater/equal to 75; OR ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16 AND Eng greater/equal to 18; OR preparatory courses-contact academic advisor at 920-498-5444)
SEMESTER TOTAL
14
SECOND SEMESTER
10-614-231 BIM ARCHITECTURAL 2 …expands the implementation of additional features found in Revit. Advanced modeling and documentation tools will be explored. More complex building information models will be generated, edited, and documented. (Prerequisite: 10-614-216, BIM Architectural 1)
10-614-232 STRUCTURAL RESIDENTIAL ...highlights load distribution and coordination of structural components within residential buildings. Foundation systems, framing design and applicable codes will be examined. Various methods will be utilized to select members for use in structural drawings. (Prerequisites: 10-614-210, Architectural Principles; 10-614-217, Architectural Print Reading; 10-614-216, BIM Architectural 1; 10-614-222, CAD Architectural)
10-614-213 BUILDING MATERIALS ...considers material properties, processes of manufacture, installation procedures and performance. Construction methods, building systems and products will be evaluated. Materials will be analyzed and classified based on the Construction Specifications Institute Master Format. (Prerequisite: Acceptance in Architectural Technology program)
10-614-219 ARCHITECTURAL RESIDENTIAL …emphasizes residential house styles, building codes, and design components related to the site and structure. Conceptual design drawings will be developed into construction drawings using AutoCAD and Revit software. (Prerequisites: 10-614-213, Building Materials; 10-614-210, Architectural Principles; 10-614-217, Architectural Print Reading; 10-614-231, BIM Architectural 2; 10-614-222, CAD Architectural)
10-804-113 COLLEGE TECHNICAL MATH 1A ...topics include solving linear equations; graphing; percent; proportions; measurement systems; computational geometry; and right triangle trigonometry. Emphasis will be on the application of skills to technical problems. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer Arithmetic score greater/equal to 65 AND Reading score greater/equal to 55; OR ACT Math score greater/equal to 15 AND ACT Reading score greater/equal to 16; OR preparatory courses-contact an academic advisor 920-498-5444)
SEMESTER TOTAL
13
SUMMER SEMESTER
10-614-215 ARCHITECTURAL INTERNSHIP ...associates program coursework with architectural related careers. Compliance to industry procedures and standards will be stressed. Architectural technology concepts and techniques will be applied in a work environment. (Prerequisite: Instructor approval)
10-809-172 INTRO TO DIVERSITY STUDIES...basic American values of justice and equality by teaching vocabulary, history of immigration/conquest, transcultural communication, legal liability, multicultural majority/minority relations, ageism, sexism, gender, sexual orientation, the disabled/ADA. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer Rdg score greater/equal to 55 AND Sentence Skills greater/equal to 60; OR ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16 AND English greater/equal to 15; OR 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing with a B or better)
SEMESTER TOTAL
4
THIRD SEMESTER
10-614-218 BIM STRUCTURAL ...incorporates the use of Revit for creating structural building information models for commercial buildings. Models will be generated, edited, and documented. (Prerequisite: 10-614-231, BIM Architectural 2)
10-614-220 BIM HVAC ...incorporates the use of Revit for creating HVAC system building information models for commercial buildings. Models will be generated, edited, and documented. (Prerequisite: 10-614-231, BIM Architectural 2)
10-804-114 COLLEGE TECHNICAL MATH 1B ...topics include: performing operations on polynomials; solving quadratic and rational equations; formula rearrangement; solving systems of equations; and oblique triangle trigonometry. Emphasis will be on the application of skills to technical problems. (Prerequisite: 10-804-113, Tech Math 1A with grade C or better)
10-801-197 TECHNICAL REPORTING ...principles of report writing and correspondence, proposals, feasibility reports, progress reports, investigation reports, evaluation reports, meeting reports, memos, and correspondence. (Prerequisite: 10-801-136, English Composition I OR 10-801-195, Written Communication with “C” or better)
10-614-250 ARCHITECTURAL COMMERCIAL STUDIO 1 …introduces the design and construction process for commercial building projects. Compliance to applicable codes will be stressed. Advanced building information modeling tools will be used to design and document a commercial building. (Prerequisites: 10-614-219, Architectural Residential; 10-614-218, BIM Structural)
10-614-221 BIM PLUMBING ...incorporates the use of Revit for creating plumbing system building information models for commercial buildings. Models will be generated, edited, and documented. (Prerequisite: 10-614-231, BIM Architectural 2)
10-614-271 STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS …relates fundamental concepts of physics to architectural design and building construction. Physical properties of building materials and systems will be analyzed using basic principles of statics and strength of materials. (Prerequisites: 10-614-232, Struct Residential; 10-804-196, Trigonometry w Apps OR 10-804-114, College Tech Math 1B)
SEMESTER TOTAL
16
FOURTH SEMESTER
10-614-223 BUILDING SUSTAINABILITY 2 …evaluates sustainable aspects of a LEED© rated building. Ramifications of sustainable design on the construction and operation of a building will be discussed. Enhanced building performance modeling and assessment will be explored. (Prerequisites: 10-614-214, Building Sustainability 1; 10-614-250, Architectural Commercial Studio 1)
10-614-224 BIM ELECTRICAL ...incorporates the use of Revit for creating electrical system building information models for commercial buildings. Models will be generated, edited, and documented. (Prerequisite: 10-614-231, BIM Architectural 2)
10-614-225 BUILDING ESTIMATING …applies mathematics and the knowledge of building materials to the art of blueprint interpretation. Residential and commercial construction plans will be referenced. Manual and computerized methods will be employed to complete material quantity surveys. (Prerequisites: 10-614-219, Architectural Residential; 10-614-232, Structural Residential)
10-801-196 ORAL/INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION ...the communication process, perception and self-concept, language, listening, nonverbal communication, interpersonal relationships, communication in groups and public communication; prepare and deliver an oral presentation. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer Rdg score greater/equal to 55 AND Sentence Skills score greater/equal to 60; OR ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16 AND English score greater/equal to 16; OR preparatory course-contact an academic advisor at 920-498-5444)
10-614-226 ARCHITECTURAL COMMERCIAL STUDIO 2 …enhances commercial building construction drawing documentation. Compliance to applicable codes will be stressed. Advanced building information modeling tools will be used to further develop commercial building construction documents. (Prerequisite: 10-614-250, Architectural Commercial Studio 1)
10-614-227 BIM COORDINATION ...incorporates the use of Navisworks for managing building information. Files will be combined, and the information will be analyzed for clash detection to coordinate the various systems within commercial buildings. (Prerequisites: 10-614-231, BIM Architectural 2; 10-614-218, BIM Structural; 10-614-220, BIM HVAC; 10-614-221, BIM Plumbing; 10-614-224, BIM Electrical)
10-809-198 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY ...survey of theoretical foundations of human behavior such as sensation and perception, motivation, emotions, learning, personality, psychological disorders, therapy, stress, and human diversity in personal, social and vocational settings. (Prerequisite: Cumulative GPA of 2.6 or greater OR satisfactory reading and writing assessment scores OR 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR Corequisite: 10-831-102, English Comp Prep)
SEMESTER TOTAL
16
TOTAL CREDITS
63
Curriculum Note
. The credit for 10-890-101, College 101 is an Institutional Requirement for graduation. Consequently, it is not part of the program requirements, but must be passed with a C.
. Students must earn a grade of "C" or better in English Composition 1 to enroll in Technical Reporting.

Program Outcomes

• Develop architectural drawings for commercial buildings using steel, concrete, and masonry.
• Develop residential drawings to meet code and client criteria.
• Perform technical calculations and produce drawings for mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems.
• Produce structural drawings and details for residential and commercial buildings.
• Explain the design and construction process.
• Speak and write effectively about architectural facts and ideas.
• Communicate architectural ideas graphically utilizing sketching techniques.
• Display a positive attitude toward the profession.
• Apply mathematical principles, codes, manufacturers' standards, tables, and technical manuals in the design and production of construction documents.
• Evaluate structural elements using the principles of statics and the strength of materials.
• Choose appropriate materials for use in building construction.
• Estimate materials required for construction.
• Operate computer based technologies currently used to prepare basic presentation drawings, and construction documents.
• Apply sustainable principles to building construction.
• Explain how loads are distributed and transferred through the structure of a building.

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Study Abroad Opportunities

The International Programs staff continually seeks opportunities for students to travel abroad for educational experiences that may be offered in association with program courses. To find out more about which of your program courses may offer an opportunity during this academic year, contact your academic advisor or visit nwtc.edu/studyabroad.

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