Architectural engineering technicians play an important role in the construction and building design industries. Architects rely on technicians to perform the duties generally oriented to architectural applications in construction and drafting. Architectural engineering technicians can find employment assisting architects, engineers and municipal planners, and in various capacities as draftspersons, estimators, field engineers, surveyors and inspectors, specification writers, salespersons, appraisers and field layout personnel. The technician typically applies computer-aided drafting and design (CAD) techniques as well as skills and knowledge in 3-D modeling and rendering, building assemblies, specifications, construction detailing, building codes and practices, construction materials and processes.
The Architectural Engineering Technology program at Midlands Technical College emphasizes the fundamentals of architecture: basic design, drafting and sketching, site development, construction methods, contracts, surveying and office practices.
Like all engineering technologies, computers are used extensively, providing students with practical experiences in computer application courses such as AutoCAD. Technical courses include classroom lectures, hands-on opportunities and individual design projects to provide students with the technical skills needed on the job as architectural engineering technicians. Courses in math, technical composition and physics contribute to a well-rounded educational program.
Articulation opportunities may provide qualified high school graduates with advanced placement in the Architectural Engineering Technology program.
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