Why Choose Architecture at PPCC?

The architectural engineer and construction management industry is very broad and encompassing, offering many diverse and satisfying career options where students can explore and discover their fitting involvement. This program provides the technical training and preparation for students to participate as a valuable contributor in architectural, engineering, and construction firms. Alternatively, if the technical training is complemented by marketing skills, the student will obtain a basis to engage in the world of construction product sales. In order to attend to the wide-ranging career options available, the program has a three-part emphasis, Architectural Engineer, Construction Management, and Product Representative.

What will I study?

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.

Example Classes I Might Take

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.
Print reading, construction assemblies, terminology, isometric drawings, orthographic projections, and oblique sketching.
Interpret construction prints and the related documents produced by the residential or commercial architect and used in the construction industry.

Career Options

AAS degree graduates in Architecture may find rewarding careers with companies and organizations providing architectural engineering services. Some job opportunities may include:

  • Architectural Technician
  • Architectural Drafter
  • Urban or City Planner
  • Cost or Construction Job Estimator
  • Construction Project Manager
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Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Architectural Engineer/Construction Management program, students should be able to : 

  • 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