Architectural, Engineering and CAD Technologies

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AEC student sitting at a computer designing a building
Rendering of a building designed by an AEC student
AEC student working at a computer in class

Program Mission

The Architectural, Engineering and CAD Technologies program's mission is to:

Provide students with state-of-the-art technical training in preparation for architectural, engineering, construction management, or related employment.

Meet the needs of students with specialized interests and objectives who need or desire similar training.

Provide students with the general education skills, attitudes, and values for effectively working with others, contributing to the AEC industry, and accepting responsibilities implied in support of a safe and sustainable natural and built environment.

Program Description

The Architectural, Engineering and CAD Technologies program is designed to prepare students for immediate employment as architectural or engineering drawing technicians, or construction management interns. It also prepares in-service professionals for employment upgrading. Some students also use the program to prepare for employment in building construction, interior design drawing, kitchen and bath design, solar energy planning, construction estimating, land surveying, and various other fields. If you are interested in using the program as a step on the way to a bachelor’s degree in architecture or engineering, please see a Honolulu Academic Counselor.

Incoming students choose either an architectural technology track, or a construction management track. More than 70 percent of the courses are shared by the two tracks, either is appropriate for students with a principal interest in engineering technology, and both include two online courses. 3D printing, field shadowing, portfolio presentations, and other activities are also parts of the program.

The program leads to an Associate in Science degree, and there is a shorter Certificate of Achievement available for students with special non-degree objectives. Both degree and certificate students must earn a grade of "C" or higher in all required AEC and ENG courses.

Students are encouraged to have access to a "newer" desktop or laptop computer with a minimum 17-inch screen to complete assigned drawings and other projects outside of class. There is also a requirement of 40 hours of AEC-related school and community service apart from coursework prior to completion of the program, and new students are required to attend an AEC orientation session.

Program Prerequisites

  • Placement in ENG 100
  • Recommended Prep: "C" or higher in a high school CAD drafting course or equivalent CAD training/experience.

Degrees That Can Be Earned

  • Associate in Science (AS)
  • Certificate of Achievement (CA)

Cost of Textbooks/Supplies

The total cost of books for all classes over the two-year program is approximately $500.

Gainful Employment Information

View additional information related to cost, financing, and gainful employment.

Upon successful completion of the AEC program, students will be able to:

  • Draw objects of various orientations as may be prescribed, draw sections and elevations of objects, and interpret drawings identify the relationships of objects or object features to demonstrate visualization and graphic representation proficiency and knowledge.
  • Identify or describe the typical characteristics and uses of common construction materials, products, and systems, assess their sustainability, document them in drawings, and make appropriate selections based on design project requirements.
  • Demonstrate either proficiency in designing and creating the construction documents and a materials estimate for a residential or commercial building, or essential skills necessary for responsibly planning, scheduling, and managing a construction project.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the use of the latest 3D computer modeling software, applicable codes, and industry best practices to create, modify, reconcile, or parse architectural or engineering design and construction documents.
  • Model habits and attitudes for success in professional employment, prepare and present a professional resume and portfolio, and demonstrate developed interviewing skills in preparation for employment.
  • Demonstrate computation, communication, critical thinking, research, and problem-solving skills as well as a sensitivity and appreciation of diversity and community to perform effectively as a team member in a professional, competitive, and diverse work environment and as a responsible member of the community.
 

Our program technical standards have been developed to help students understand the minimum essential mental, physical, and behavioral skills necessary for participation in and completion of all core aspects of our curriculum.

Thinking Skills

General

Use technical, mathematical, and visualization skills to create computer-assisted drawings.

Specific

  • Read textbooks, handouts, blackboard instructions, online text, technical manuals, and blueprints.
  • Do basic math functions, solve simple equations, and complete ratios.
  • Select appropriate math operations to solve problems.
  • Distinguish important from unimportant information in problem solving.
  • Recognize patterns or similarities in how things work.
  • Create alternatives for accomplishing same tasks.
  • Replicate teacher-demonstrated procedures.
  • Visualize 2D and 3D geometric shapes and their rotations.

Sensory/Observation Skills

General

Use sensory cues to do precise and accurate drawings.

Specific

  • Transfer ideas from rough sketches into detailed computer drawings.
  • Create and assess architectural and engineering designs on the computer.
  • Judge distance and space relationships of objects.
  • Distinguish basic colors.
  • Observe and replicate teacher-demonstrated procedures.

Motor Skills

General

Possess sufficient mobility and dexterity to do design work.

Specific

  • Produce lines, shapes, and figures on paper.
  • Execute computer commands and operations to draw, edit, render and animate designs.

Communication Skills

General

Communicate effectively to gather and convey information.

Specific

  • Obtain necessary information from oral and written sources.
  • Express information accurately and coherently.
  • Use correct spelling and grammar in drawing work and report writing.

Behavioral Skills

General

Behave appropriately in both self-directed and shared learning environments.

Specific

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  • Work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Work cooperatively with partners and groups.
  • Follow through with responsibilities in a timely manner.
  • Work diligently and put in necessary time to complete tasks.
  • Persist on difficult tasks.
  • Exercise good judgment.

Environmental Tolerance

General

Function safely in a computer-assisted drafting lab.

Specific

  • Work for prolonged periods amidst: Artificial lighting, Air conditioning, Electrical equipment