Architectural Technology

Architectural Technology

You are skilled in math, observant, and organized. Put those skills to use by earning an Associate of Applied Science in architectural technology at Central Piedmont. You can also earn certificates with specializations in residential architectural technology, sustainability, or Computer Assisted Design/Building Information Modeling.

What You Will Learn

In our Architectural Technology program, you will practice architectural drawing techniques with computed-aided drafting (CAD) and building information modeling (BIM) to develop design plans for various structures. You will develop industry terminology and become familiar with construction materials and construction and deconstruction processes. You will study environmental and legal regulations and analyze sustainable design practices in building. In training, you will conduct research methods to locate building codes and bidding information for residential and commercial settings. You will participate in project and contract management, construction oversight, and contract negotiating. As an architect’s right-hand-person, you will communicate well with the architect, surveyors, construction teams, and clients. Upon completion of the program, you will:

  • have acquired the knowledge and skill to produce a set of architectural construction drawings which are up to basic industry standards and conventions; this outcome addresses the communication Core Competency as students will have learned to communicate design intent through drawing
  • demonstrate an understanding of how construction drawings are organized, laid out, and coordinated
  • have learned to craft construction drawings through both manual drafting techniques and computer technology using computer aided drafting/design (CAD) and Building Information Modeling (BIM) software, commonly used by regional professionals

Completing an architectural technology degree at Central Piedmont will prepare you for career opportunities in architectural, engineering, construction, residential design, and trade professions. You can also work in housing associations, facility management, commercial companies, and government as an architectural technologist/technician.

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Why Choose Central Piedmont

The architectural technology program at Central Piedmont is a member of the Coalition of Community College Architecture Programs (CCCAP). We also encourage students to join our school chapter of the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS), a student-led club that recruits local design professionals to discuss the profession and offer networking opportunities. The chapter is affiliated with the Charlotte Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

Real World Education

At Central Piedmont, your education goes beyond what you learn in class. We offer numerous opportunities for you to enhance your learning — and to make friends, network, and pursue your passions — through clubs and organizations, sports, events and activities, leadership opportunities, job experience, volunteer experiences, visual and performing arts, and even international experiences.

Architectural Technology Careers and Average Salaries

Completing an architectural technology degree at Central Piedmont will prepare you for careers in architectural, engineering, construction, residential design, and trade professions, such as a drafting/CAD technician/designer. A drafting/CAD technician (also often referred to as a designer), works under the supervision of an architect or engineer to produce drawings and documents from which buildings are constructed. A successful technician will have a working knowledge of construction materials and techniques as well as both hand and computer drawing abilities. You can also work in housing associations, facility management, commercial companies, and government as an architectural technologist/technician. Visit Career Coach for detailed architectural technology career opportunities, salary information, and job openings.

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Architectural Technology Degree Course Sequence

The associate in applied science degree can be completed in as few as five semesters by full-time students following the recommended course sequence. However, the program may be completed on a part-time basis as your schedule allows.

Suggested course sequence (PDF)

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