Academic Catalog

Architectural Engineering Design AAT and AAS-T Degrees

degree Info at a Glance
Type
AAT and AAS-T Degree
Estimated # of Quarters
This degree is approximately 6 quarters long, depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements.
Admission Dates
Fall and spring quarters.
Prerequisites
Minimum Accuplacer reading/writing combined score of 245 or equivalent, or successful completion of ENG 091 and MAT 092. Computer skills are highly recommended prior to starting ARC courses.

Prepares students for employment in the field of residential design or a related technical field, such as drawing for product manufacturers, contractors, engineering, or design firms. Prior graduates have entered engineering technician positions in computer-aided drafting and design (CAD); project management assisting; residential design, site planning, and developing; customer sales and service; and performing structural calculations and computations for engineering of wood trusses and joists. Students participate in realistic training activities as a part of their educational experience.

In addition to the program course requirements, students must also complete the general education requirements for the degree they seek to obtain. The two degree options in this program are the Associate of Applied Technology (AAT) or the Associate in Applied Science–T (AAS-T). The different requirements for each degree are listed below.

Students pursuing an AAT or AAS-T degree must complete all college degree requirements prior to graduation. This includes courses that meet the capstone project, diversity and computer literacy requirements. 

Degree Requirements

Course NumberClass TitleCredits
ARC 122Residential Drafting & Design I5
ARC 124Residential Drafting & Design II5
ARC 126Residential Drafting & Design III5
ARC 144Detailing and Light Construction5
ARC 151Construction Materials Research5
ARC 171Drafting Technologies I5
ARC 174Civil Engineering5
ARC 182Introduction to CAD Drafting5
ARC 191Engineering Mechanics of Materials5
ARC 220Residential Drafting & Design IV5
ARC 223Design Project I5
ARC 225CAPDesign Project II5
ARC 231Cost Estimating I3
ARC 237Energy Analysis1
ARC 255Employment Research1
ARC 262Intro to 3D Modeling3
ARC 282Intro to Building Information Modeling5
ARC 286Advanced Building Information Modeling5
ARC 293Engineering Statics5
5-Credit Architectural Engineering Design Elective5
 Technical Credits88

Residential Drafting & Design I

Item #
ARC 122
Total Credits
5

Overview of the design industry; construction procedures; codes, guidelines and standards; elements and principles of design; spatial concepts; and energy efficiency in design.

Prerequisites
Successful completion of ENG 091 and MAT 092, or instructor approval.
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Residential Drafting & Design II

Item #
ARC 124
Total Credits
5

Overview of construction specifications, residential floor plans, symbols and systems, electrical plans, plumbing plans, HVAC plans, and foundation systems and plans.

Prerequisites
Successful completion of ARC 122, ARC 171, and ARC 182, or instructor approval.
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Residential Drafting & Design III

Item #
ARC 126
Total Credits
5

Overview of specialized construction documents: exterior elevations; cabinet and interior elevations; building sections; wall details; stair plans, elevations and details; and fireplace elevations.

Prerequisites
Successful completion of ARC 124, or instructor approval.
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Detailing and Light Construction

Item #
ARC 144
Total Credits
5

Students will be introduced to concepts and common terminology used in light wood-framed construction. Students will produce standard details of structural design for residential applications, using CAD software.

Prerequisites
Successful completion of ARC 124, or instructor approval.
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Construction Materials Research

Item #
ARC 151
Total Credits
5

Students will investigate and research: materials, methods and trends in construction; the Construction Specification Institute’s (CSI) MasterFormat, SectionFormat, and PageFormat systems; and methods of specifying.  

Prerequisites
Successful completion of ARC 122, ARC 171, and ARC 182, or instructor approval.
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Drafting Technologies I

Item #
ARC 171
Total Credits
5

Basic manual drafting skills; architectural lines, text and layers; isometric drawings; orthographic and Multiview projections; and roof plan layout and components.

Prerequisites
Successful completion of ENG 091 and MAT 092, or instructor approval.
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Civil Engineering

Item #
ARC 174
Total Credits
5

An introduction to civil engineering software. Students will learn to create, edit and modify civil CAD design objects, add annotation, obtain information, import/export and use civil CAD data in other applications.

Prerequisites
Successful completion of ARC 126 and 282, or instructor approval.
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Introduction to CAD Drafting

Item #
ARC 182
Total Credits
5

An introduction to CAD software. Students will learn to utilize the fundamentals of CAD software to produce basic architectural drawings.  

Prerequisites
Successful completion of ENG 091 and MAT 092, or instructor approval.
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Engineering Mechanics of Materials

Item #
ARC 191
Total Credits
5

Students will apply basic engineering used in the building design field: forces, force systems, loading and reactions; material stress and strain; selection of wood columns and wood connection materials; steel structural materials; and reinforced concrete materials.

Prerequisites
Successful completion of ARC 126, MAT 094 or higher or instructor approval.
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Residential Drafting & Design IV

Item #
ARC 220
Total Credits
5

Overview of site planning; framing methods and plans; commercial building codes; and materials for commercial construction.  Students will create drawings using industry standard CAD software.

Prerequisites
Successful completion of ARC 126, or instructor approval.
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Design Project I

Item #
ARC 223
Total Credits
5

Project management and design of a multi-story house compliant with current state building and energy codes, all based on the needs of a hypothetical client.

Prerequisites
Successful completion of ARC 220, or instructor approval.
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Design Project II

Item #
ARC 225CAP
Total Credits
5

Students will manage and design an intermediate architectural drafting project. Address regulatory codes, hypothetical client needs, establish schedules, and give effective progress reports. Students will use interactive collaboration within 3D Architectural CAD software and produce a complete set of computer-drafted construction drawings.

 

Prerequisites
Successful completion of ARC 223, ARC 286, or instructor approval.
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Cost Estimating I

Item #
ARC 231
Total Credits
3

Use industry-software to estimate the cost of a single-story residential project as assigned by your instructor.

Prerequisites
Successful completion of ARC 126, or instructor approval.
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Energy Analysis

Item #
ARC 237
Total Credits
1

Students will complete Washington Energy Code documents for energy analyses of a one-story residence.

Prerequisites
Successful completion of ARC 126, ARC 223, or instructor approval.
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Employment Research

Item #
ARC 255
Total Credits
1

Basic job-seeking skill activities, including résumé preparation, employer contacts, presentation activities, and employment opportunities.

Prerequisites
English reading with comprehension, composition and basic verbal skills.
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Intro to 3D Modeling

Item #
ARC 262
Total Credits
3

A hands-on introduction to 3D modeling. This course walks students through the basics of the software. Develop a preliminary design model using massing. Learn about strategies and techniques to develop speed and efficiency in modeling and presentations.

Prerequisites
Successful completion of ARC 182, or instructor approval.
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Intro to Building Information Modeling

Item #
ARC 282
Total Credits
5

Use current industry-standard architectural 3D software application to produce three-dimensional building models and production drawings. Explores integration of building systems in a three-dimensional virtual environment.

Prerequisites
Successful completion of ARC 262, or instructor approval.
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Advanced Building Information Modeling

Item #
ARC 286
Total Credits
5

Using current industry-standard architectural 3D software students will create software families. Manage both two-dimensional and three-dimensional information within the program family through use of parameters.

Prerequisites
Successful completion of ARC 282, or instructor approval.
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Engineering Statics

Item #
ARC 293
Total Credits
5

Students will apply basic engineering used in the building design field: equilibrium; loads and reactive forces; shear and bending in structures; and wood spanning elements.

Prerequisites
Successful completion of ARC 191 and MAT 099 or higher, or instructor approval.
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5-Credit Architectural Engineering Design Elective

Total Credits
5
Students pursuing an architectural engineering design degree must complete 5 credits from the list of electives below.
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AAT Requirements

Course NumberClass TitleCredits
 Technical Course Requirements88
AAT General Education Requirements18
 Total Credits106

AAT General Education Requirements

Total Credits
18
To receive an AAT degree students must meet the following requirements
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AAS-T Requirements

Course NumberClass TitleCredits
 Technical Course Requirements88
AAS-T Degree General Education Requirements23
 Total Credits111

AAS-T Degree General Education Requirements

Total Credits
23
All AAS-T degrees must have a minimum of 20 credits of transferable general education. These credits replace the academic courses required for the AAT degree. Required credits include:
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This page was last updated on July 25, 2017.