Architectural Drafting/Construction Technology
69-credit Associate of Applied Science Degree
Behind every product, building or process are drawings and models created by someone using the techniques and principles taught in drafting courses. In the Architectural Drafting/Construction Technology program, create designs that will provide technical details such as specific dimensions, materials to be used and procedures and processes to be followed. Gain an edge in the architectural drafting field by developing skills in traditional and computer-aided design as well as construction techniques.
- Prepare for jobs such as drafter, architect, draftsman, architectural designer, project manager or CAD (Computer-Aided Design) technician.
- Internship experiences provide technical, hands-on learning in real-world settings.
- Participation in the Architectural Club provides further exposure to the architectural drafting/construction technology field and helps students develop leadership skills.
- Earn the opportunity to compete in statewide and national SkillsUSA architectural drafting competition. SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce.
- Select program credits may transfer to other institutions.
- Wages of recent graduates per Graduate Follow-up Report
- Salary Range: $32,000-$36,000
- Average Salary: $34,074
- Median Salary: $35,000
- Average Entry-Level Salary: $34,000
- Average Hourly Wage: $15.38
- Three-year Avg. Salary for Full-time Related Employment: $33,530
* (Prerequisites or substitutes may apply to this class.)
View course descriptions of all required courses
View course descriptions of all required courses
614-104 Architectural History
Review architectural history from prehistory through modern times. Identify styles of architecture. Evaluate buildings and structures within the context of time, religion, politics, culture, economics, technology, and the physical environment. Produce sketches to develop drawing skills and examine significant historical buildings.
614-107 Intro to Drafting
Develop basic drawing skills. Use hand sketching and Sketchup software to effectively communicate architectural concepts and to solve architectural problems. Become familiar with architectural drafting conventions as you learn to navigate and interpret construction working drawings. Begin to explore a variety of construction types and materials.
614-110 Architectural AutoCAD
This class will introduce you to AutoCAD software. Construction Documents for a small residential building are taught according to local industry standards. Emphasis is placed on applying the basic AutoCAD commands while learning simple-construction techniques.
801-136 English Composition 1
This course is designed for learners to develop knowledge and skills in all aspects of the writing process. Planning, organizing, writing, editing and revising are applied through a variety of activities. Students will analyze audience and purpose, use elements of research, and format documents using standard guidelines. Individuals will develop critical reading skills through analysis of various written documents.
801-196 Oral/Interpersonal Comm
Practice the necessary skills for effective speech delivery, listening, assertiveness, conflict resolution, teamwork and general interpersonal communication.
804-114 College Technical Math 1B
This course is a continuation of College Technical Mathematics 1A. Topics include: measurement systems; computational geometry; right and oblique triangle trigonometry; and trigonometric functions on the unit circle. Emphasis will be on the application of skills to technical problems.
304-129 Sales & Professional Develop
Study basic retailing principles, including selling principles and techniques, prospecting, presentation, and account servicing. Participate in field trips to local businesses in exploration of abilities and interests. Begin building a career portfolio, resume writing and interview skills.
614-131 Residential REVIT
This class will introduce you to Revit's architectural software while drawing a residential project. A code search is concluded with the project. Emphasis is placed on using BIM - Building Information Modeling - software to produce a construction set of drawings.
614-135 Construction Technology
Receive valuable hands-on construction experience with a variety of materials and at various stages of construction from rough framing to finish carpentry. Follow construction processes and sequences. Become familiar with the physical properties of building materials and construction techniques.
614-138 Structural Concepts
This course studies the fundamental structural concepts and principles for buildings and other structures. Study includes Structural CAD drafting for residential and commercial buildings. Wood tables are introduced for residential framing. Foundation plan and details are drawn for a commercial building. Student will calculate simple structural engineering problems.
614-149 Materials and Methods
Architectural students will learn building terminology and mechanical systems as applied to commercial and residential facilities.
804-116 College Technical Math 2
Learn vectors, trigonometric functions and their graphs, identities, exponential and logarithmic functions and equations, radical equations, equations with rational exponents, dimension of a circle, velocity, sine and cosine graphs, complex numbers in polar and rectangular form, trigonometric equations, conic sections and analysis of statistical data. Emphasis will be on the application of skills to technical problems.
304-126 ID/Arch Internship 1
Gain meaningful occupational experience while working in the interior design or architecture field while under the supervision of a WCTC instructor. Focus on technical skill competencies and critical life skills through discussion of the skills, knowledge, and issues encountered in the workplace.
304-128 Design Presentation
Develop techniques and skills needed to complete quick interior sketches, shading, perspective, and image embellishments in various mediums for use in presentations to clients. Topics will include: effects of interior lighting; illustration techniques; rendering media and technical drawing.
614-128 Architectural Design Elements
Gain a basic understanding of the design elements and processes involved in residential and commercial construction, including site planning, conceptual design, space and function relationships, cost planning, and scale modeling. Explore the processes and procedures for solving design problems.
614-132 Commercial AutoCAD
Advanced AutoCAD commands are utilized while doing a small commercial building. On-site field measuring, paper space, stairs, National CAD Standards (NCS) method of industry standardization, Excel spreadsheet, and interfacing digital photography with AutoCAD are built-in.
614-134 Architectural Building Codes
Examine and interpret the various standards and building codes used in residential and commercial construction with a focus on those that apply to the architectural discipline in Wisconsin.
614-165 Building Estimating
This class will introduce you to basics in estimating building construction cost. Numerous illustrations are used to help clarify the written text while emphasizing construction terminology, plan reading, basic code requirements, and good construction practices.
806-143 College Physics 1
Learn the applications and theory of basic physics principles. Emphasis is placed on problem solving, laboratory investigation and applications. Topics include laboratory safety, unit conversions and analysis, kinematics, dynamics, work, energy, power, temperature and heat.
809-196 Intro to Sociology
Understand the basic concepts of sociology, including culture, socialization, social stratification and multiculturalism, along with the five institutions: family, government, economics, religion and education. Other topics include demography, deviance, technology, environment, social issues, social change, social organization and workplace issues.
304-127 ID/Arch Internship 2
Gain on-the-job experience in an interior design or architecture setting. Take advantage of seminars to share and process educational experiences and insights.
614-137 Sustainable Building
Examine the characteristics of sustainable buildings including sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, and indoor environmental quality. Assess technologies to achieve improvements in these areas. Evaluate sustainable solutions in terms of their social, environmental, and economic impact.
614-141 Commercial REVIT
Advanced Revit commands are introduced while drawing a small commercial building. Instruction includes lectures, DVD supplements, and textbook tutorials. A set of working drawings are produced.
614-144 Civil 3D CAD
An introduction to the use of computer-aided drawing and design software for the civil engineering discipline. Application of software within engineering include mapping, topography, site development, subdivision and highway design.
614-146 Architectural Design Studio
Draw from each prerequisite/core class to develop a building design from concept through production of construction documents.
809-199 Psychology of Human Relations
Examine the principles of interaction as applied to human relations at home and on the job. Explore topics such as self-concept, personality development, learning, motivation, emotions, stress, human relations processes and special relationships.
Block Schedules for Spring 2015
Credit Transfer Opportunities
WCTC has agreements with local high schools and various four-year colleges and universities that enable students to transition more seamlessly from high school to WCTC to four-year colleges. Transcripted credit agreements provide high school students the opportunity to take WCTC courses at their high schools. Agreements with four-year colleges enable WCTC graduates in selected programs to transfer credits, often at junior-level standing. Agreements currently in place for this program are listed below.
High School Transfer Opportunities
There are currently no transcripted credit agreements for Architectural Drafting/Construction Technology. For more information, contact your academic advisor.
Four Year College Transfer Opportunities
|Bellevue University||Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts or Bachelor of Science||up to 64|
|Concordia University||Baccalaureate Degree||up to 80|
|Franklin University||Bachelor of Science (various)||Junior Standing|
|MSOE||Bachelor of Science in Architecutral Engineering||up to 64|
|Ottawa University||Bachelor of Arts or Sciences||up to 80|
|Silver Lake College||Bachelor of Science (various)||minimum of 60|
|U of Phoenix||Bachelor of Science (various)||varies|
|Upper Iowa University||Bachelor of Science||up to 78|
|UW-Green Bay||Bachelor of Applied Studies Online||Junior Status|
|UW-Milwaukee||Bachelor of Science in Engineering||up to 29 cr|
|UW-Milwaukee||Bachelor of Science in Computer Science||up to 29 cr|
|UW-Stout||Bachelor of Science in Management||up to 66|
|UW-Stout||B.S. Career, Technical Education & Training||up to 60|
UW-System Credit Transfer
If you are interested in attending a UW-campus, you should contact a transfer representative at the campus you plan to attend. You may also check credit transfer agreements between WCTC and the UW System to tell you which specific courses and general education classes may be accepted.
Important Cautionary Note:
This information is intended as a general description. Please verify the availability and details of the program that interests you with the transfer coordinator at the receiving institution.
Meet your Instructor
- AAS -- Architectural Drafting, Ferris State University
- BS – Architecture, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
"To help students prepare for an entry level job related to Architecture."
- BS – Architectural Studies, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
- Master of Architecture, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
- AIA (Registered Architect)
- LEED Green Associate
"Rather than explain complexity, a teacher should reveal simplicity." (Paraphrase of Robert Brault)