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A.S. Architectural Drafting Technology


Major Code AS.ARD Architectural Drafting Technology

Program Goals

The Architectural Drafting Technology Curriculum is designed to provide students with a technical education that will prepare them to work as semi-professionals immediately upon completion of the program. Graduates may fill such typical positions as architectural draftsman, mechanical draftsman, civil draftsman, technical representative, technical salesperson, or CAD operator.

Program Outcomes

The Architectural Drafting program provides for student achievement of the following outcomes:

  •     Students will demonstrate knowledge of construction science, mathematics, technological architectural drafting/design fundamentals, communication skills and industrial/occupational safety.
  •     Students will demonstrate knowledge of building and architectural design fundamentals, as applied to building codes and specifications.
  •     Students will demonstrate proficiency in architectural related computer-aided design problem solving.
  •     Students will demonstrate fundamental knowledge of construction materials, concepts, theories and principles.
  •     Students will demonstrate an awareness of the value of professional growth and commitment.

Program Competencies

Students completing the Architectural Drafting program will master the following competencies:

  •     Demonstrate ability to write and present technical documents using appropriate visual materials.
  •     Identify and execute construction site safety standards, including the ability to interpret OSHA Standards, establish safety and health procedures on the job site, perform hazard material and process analysis and enforce safety procedures.
  •     Demonstrate competency in the use of computer-aided-design software such as AutoCAD, Architectural Desktop and RIVET Architecture.
  •     Demonstrate ability to prepare and interpret working plans for residential and commercial structures.
  •     Analyze building processes, systems, techniques, materials and plans to construct a typical dwelling and/or commercial building.
  •     Develop building plans based on interpretation of uniform building codes and specifications.
  •     Demonstrate knowledge of land surveying, surveying instruments; read and interpret land survey data.

Program Assessment Measures

The methods used to assess student learning and advance students through the Architectural Drafting program include, but are not limited to, the following:

  •     Pre-test and post-test
  •     Portfolios
  •     Co-op & Internship evaluations
  •     Embedded examinations

Student Performance

This program requires 64 credit hours to complete matriculation. The student retention rate for Fall 2013 through Fall 2014 is 45.83%

Average Salary

Students graduating from the Architectural Drafting Program reported a starting salary range from $25k–$28k in annual pay. Average salary calculated is $26,300. Graduates of this program enrolled into the Building Construction Technology Program upon graduation.

Program First-Time Freshman

Architectural Drafting   

  •  Fall 2011 - 10
  • Fall 2012  - 11
  • Fall 2013  - 6
  • Fall 2014 -  7

Program Transfer Students

Architectural Drafting   

  •  Fall 2011 - 1
  • Fall 2012 - 1
  • Fall 2013 - 1  
  • Fall 2014 - 2

Average Semesters/Years to Graduation

4 Years - The data represents the average 'time to degree', for December 2013 and May 2014 Architectural Drafting Technology graduates.