Architectural Computer Aided Design

Career
Catalog year 2015/2016

Provides students with a broad range of knowledge and skills required for success in a career as an architectural CAD drafter, designer, operator, or technician.

 

Contact

Michael Leonard
Program Manager
Phone: 240-629-7927

Doree Lynn Miles
Academic Office Manager
301.846.2505
C-212

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  • Students must complete their credit English and Mathematics within the first 24 credits.
  • One general education course must meet the cultural competence graduation requirement. 
  • CORE: The General Education CORE is that foundation of the higher education curriculum providing a coherent intellectual experience for all students. Students should check with an advisor or the transfer institution (ARTSYS) before selecting General Education CORE requirements. http://www.acaff.usmh.usmd.edu/artweb/index.html
Course Credits

English


 
EN 101–English Composition 3

Mathematics


 
Mathematics Elective (GenEd course list) (MA 130 or MA 111 recommended) 3/4

Social & Behavioral Sciences


 
Social & Behavioral Sciences Elective  (GenEd Course List) 3

Arts & Humanities


 
Arts & Humanities Elective (GenEd Course List) 3

Biological & Physical Sciences


 
Biological & Physical Sciences Elective (GenEd course list) (PC 103, PY 101, or PC 109 recommended) 3/4
General Education Elective (Select from GenEd course list) 6

PE/Health Requirement

1

Departmental Requirements


 
CAD 101–Introduction to AutoCAD I 3
CAD 102–Introduction to AutoCAD II 3
CAD 200–Introduction to Architectural Drawing and Design 3
CAD 201–Residential Architecture I 4
CAD 205–Civil Drafting I with CAD 3
CON 132–Methods and Materials of Construction I 3
CON 133–Methods and Materials of Construction II 3
Electives  Choose 16 credits from any of the following areas below 16

Architecture/Construction Area


 
CAD 121–Introduction to Microstation (3)
 
CAD 130–Introduction to Revit (3)
 
CAD 202–Residential Architecture II (4)
 
CAD 204–Introduction to Inventor (3)
 
CON 101–Introduction to Construction Management (3)
 
CON 171–Green Building – Introduction to LEED & Other Rating Systems (3)
 
CON 202–Mechanical and Electrical Systems (3)
 
CON 204–Construction Project Cost Estimating (3)
 
CON 210–BIM and Construction Management (3)
 
Civil Area
 
CAD 207–Civil Drafting II with CAD (3)
 
CON 200–Construction Surveying (3)
 
General Area
 
INTR 103–Internship (3)
 
EG 100–Introduction to Engineering Science (3)
 
Electrical Area (permission of program manager required for Electrical courses)
 
BLD 141–Electrical Theory & Fundamentals (4)
 
BLD 142–Electrical Code & Application (4)
 
BLD 145–Commercial Electrical Application (4)
 
BLD 146–Specialized Systems (4)
 
Total 60
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Provides students with the knowledge and sills required for success in a career as an architectural CAD drafter, designer, operator, or technician.
 
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Course Credits

Departmental Requirements 


 
CAD 101–Introduction to AutoCAD I 3
CAD 102–Introduction to AutoCAD II 3
CAD 200–Introduction to Architectural Drawing and Design 3
CAD 201–Residential Architecture I 4
CAD 205–Civil Drafting I with CAD 3
CON 132–Materials & Methods of Construction I 3
CON 133–Materials & Methods of Construction II 3
Technical Elective Courses – choose 8/9 credits from any of the four areas below: 8/9

Architecture/Construction Area


 
CAD 121–Introduction to Microstation (3)
 
CAD 130–Introduction to Revit (3)
 
CAD 202–Residential Architecture II (4)
 
CAD 204–Introduction to Inventor (3)
 
CON 101–Introduction to Construction Management (3)
 
CON 171–Green Building–Introduction to LEED & Other Rating Systems (3)
 
CON 202–Mechanical and Electrical Systems (3)
 
CON 204–Construction Project Cost Estimating (3)
 
CON 210–BIM and Construction Management (3)
 

Civil Area


 
CAD 207–Civil Drafting II with CAD (3)
 
CON 200–Construction Surveying (3)
 

General Area


 
INTR 103–Internship (3)
 
EG 100–Introduction to Engineering Science (3)
 

Electrical Area (permission of program manager required for Electrical courses)


 
BLD 141–Electrical Theory & Fundamentals (4)
 
BLD 142–Basic Electrical Theory & Application (4)
 
BLD 145–Advanced Electrical Application (4)
 
BLD 146–Low Voltage & Specialized Systems (4)
 
Total 30/31
Provides students with the basic knowledge and skills required to succeed in an entry-level position as an architectural CAD drafter, operator, or technician.
 
Gainful Employment Information
 
 
Course Credits

Departmental Requirements 


 
CAD 101–Introduction to AutoCAD I 3
CAD 102–Introduction to AutoCAD II 3
CAD 200–Introduction to Architectural Drawing and Design 3
CAD 201–Residential Architecture I 4
CAD 205–Civil Drafting I with CAD 3
CON 132–Methods and Materials of Construction I 3
CON 133–Methods and Materials of Construction II 3
Technical Elective Courses–choose three courses from any of the areas below 10/11

Architecture/Construction Area


 
CAD 121–Introduction to Microstation (3)
 
CAD 202–Residential Architecture II (4)
 
CON 101–Introduction to Construction Management (3)
 

Civil Area


 
CAD 207–Civil Drafting II with CAD (3)
 

Electrical Area (permission of program manager required for Electrical courses)


 
BLD 141–Electrical Theory & Fundamentals (4)
 
Total 32/33
FCC and the Frederick County Public Schools have an articulation agreement that awards college credit for selected Frederick County Public Schools coursework. To receive credit for these courses, students must have earned a specific grade as designated in the various agreements. Students should consult with their high school guidance office to plan their coursework.  Upon successful completion of the coursework, the student should submit an official high school transcript directly to the Assistant Registrar for Transfer Evaluation in the Welcome Center. College credit will be posted on the student’s transcript if the credits are applicable to their degree program. If needed, these credits can also be used as free electives.

Note: Students must be admitted to FCC for credit to be awarded. 

For more information, see the Give Yourself Credit brochure.
Students will be able to:
  1. Create two-dimensional production and architectural drawings using basic AutoCAD commands. Print/plot to scale using model and layout space. Use layers to organize and separate information.
  2. Create pictorial views and three dimensional drawings. Create multiview drawings from three dimensional models.
  3. Describe and recognize the basic features and uses of additional CAD software systems, including AutoDesk Architecture, Revit, Civil 3D, and Micro station.
  4. Create architectural sketches, drawings, and models.
  5. Prepare house plans in AutoCAD and plot drawings in paper space.
  6. Describe the basic properties and uses of materials used in the construction process and evaluate appropriate methods of installation of construction materials. Illustrate the testing methods used to evaluate the performance and installation of construction materials.
  7. Create and revise civil drawings.
  8. Demonstrate proficiency in selected elective areas of CAD and construction.
  9. Demonstrate awareness of general education concepts - writing, math, science, social science, communications, and PE/health.
The Associate in Applied Science degree in Architectural Computer-Aided Design is for students who want to work as architectural CAD designers/drafters. It is not a transfer program for students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in architecture or engineering. Students interested in transfer options for a bachelor’s degree in architecture or engineering should contact an FCC counselor about transfer options in these areas.

For students who complete the A.A.S. degree in Architectural Computer-Aided Design, FCC has an articulation (transfer) agreement with:
  • University of Maryland University College – B.S. Management Studies.

For more information, visit the Career & Transfer Center, Enrollment Services Building, J-201, 301.846.2594.
Frederick Community College’s Architectural Computer-Aided Design (CAD) program provides students the necessary education to pursue employment as an architectural drafter/designer. Employers prefer applicants who have completed training after high school at a technical institute, community college, or four-year college or university.

Architectural CAD designers/drafters:
  • Operate computer-aided drafting equipment to produce designs, working drawings, charts, forms and records;
  • Draw rough and detailed scale plans for foundations, buildings, and structures based on preliminary concepts, sketches, engineering calculations, specification sheets and other data;
  • Lay out and plan interior room arrangements for buildings using computer-assisted drafting (CAD) software; and
  • Obtain and assemble data to complete architectural designs and visit job sites to compile measurements as necessary.