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Degree Type: Associate of Applied Science Degree, AAS, Certificate, CER

Pathway: Technical and Professional Studies

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Architecture & Construction Management

If you like problem solving, drawing plans of buildings that have never existed before, and watching a concept become a reality, this may be the profession for you. Career opportunities include architectural technician, landscape designer, contractor, drafter, urban and regional planner and building inspector. This program prepares students to be technical assistants in architectural or construction firms or to be building product representatives assisting architects, engineers, contractors, manufacturers, and other professionals connected with the building industry.

Why Choose Architecture at PPSC?

PPSC's Architecture Program can provide you with the technical training and preparation to participate as a valuable contributor in architectural, engineering, and construction firms. If the technical training is complemented with marketing skills, you could engage in the world of construction product sales. In order to prepare you for wide-ranging career options, the program has a three-part emphasis: architectural engineer, construction management, and product representative.
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Architectural Emphasis Career Options

Plan and design structures, such as private residences, office buildings, theaters, and factories .

Job Titles
  • Architectural Project Manager
  • Architect Technician
  • Design Architect Assistant
  • Project Architect Assistant
  • Specifications Writer
Earnings Outlook for Architectural Emphasis:
  • Median Wage | $78,470 (2017)
  • Projected Growth | 2–4% (2016–2026)
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Plan, direct or coordinate activities concerned with the construction and maintenance of structures.

Job Titles

  • Concrete Foreman
  • Construction Area Manager
  • Construction Foreman
  • Construction Project Manager
  • Construction Superintendent
  • General Contractor
  • Job Superintendent
  • Project Manager
  • Project Superintendent
Earnings Outlook:
  • Median Wages | $91,370 annual (2017)
  • Projected Growth | 10–14% (2016–2026) 


Architecture Classes You Might Take

This program prepares students to be technical assistants in architectural and engineering firms or careers assisting contractors, manufacturers, and other professionals connected with the building industry.

All students should schedule appointments with Architecture program advisors before enrolling in class.

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Covers an investigation of light frame construction techniques and the production of residential construction drawings. The course covers residential construction materials, components and systems related to wood frame structures. Students produce a professional set of construction drawings of a residential structure.

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Print reading, construction assemblies, terminology, isometric drawings, orthographic projections, and oblique sketching.

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Interpret construction prints and the related documents produced by the residential or commercial architect and used in the construction industry.

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Program Learning Outcomes

  • Read architectural prints, solve common architectural problems, perform and support estimating functions, including national quantity, types, costs and estimates, labor requirements, equipment, and scheduling functions
  • Use with efficiency the latest 2D and 3D CAD software programs to create industry-standard architectural drawings, both constructional and presentational using the drafting conventions including symbols, linetypes, lineweights, and dimension styles as applicable to the design discipline
  • Draw objects of various orientations as may be prescribed, draw sections and elevations of objects, and identify the relationships of objects or object features to demonstrate interpretation and visualization proficiency using drafting industry standards
  • Identify or describe the typical characteristics and uses of common construction materials, products, and systems, document them in drawings, and make appropriate selections based on design project requirements
  • Produce a comprehensive set of construction documents using architectural construction drawings to design a residence or small commercial building
  • Describe the role and purpose of building codes and standards as they pertain to the life, health, and safety of the public
  • Collaborate with other designers or technicians working cooperatively and equitably to overcome challenges of design problems and meet project goals while adapting to different working environments