The Architectural CAD Technology Certificate is designed to prepare students for employment in the architectural field.Students may seek employment as a CAD drafter, CAD technician, 3D BIM modeler or renderer in the fields of architecture, engineering, construction and interior design. This certificate requires a total of 26-31 units.
Overall employment of Architecture drafters is projected to grow 7 percent from 2016 to 2026. Employment growth will vary by specialty.
Growth in the engineering services and construction industries is expected to account for most new jobs for drafters. However, computer-aided design (CAD) and building information modeling (BIM)technologies allow engineers and architects to perform many tasks that used to be done by drafters, which is expected to temper demand for all drafters.
• Overall competition for jobs is expected to be strong.
• Specifically, architectural and civil drafters may experience more competition for jobs than mechanical or electrical drafters because of the relatively high number of students graduating in those drafting specialties. Typically, the number of graduates in architectural and civil programs greatly exceeds the number of available positions.
• Demand for particular drafting specialties varies across the country because jobs depend on the needs of local industries. Job prospects for mechanical drafters should be best in large manufacturing hubs.
• Because many drafting jobs are in construction and manufacturing, job opportunities for drafters will be sensitive to fluctuations n the overall economy.
Candidates proficient in CAD and BIM are likely to have better job opportunities.
(Y1 or S1)
|Courses||Course Number||Course Title||Units|
|Required Courses (20-22 units)||ARCH 111 F||Introduction to Architecture||3|
|ARCH 124 F||Architectural CAD I||3|
|ARCH 924 F||Architectural CAD II||3|
|ARCH 934 F||Architectural CAD III||3|
|ARCH 114 F||Architectural Materials and Methods||3|
|ARCH 227 F||Internship in Architecture||2 - 4|
|BUS 180 F||Small Business Management||3|
|Restricted Electives (6-9 units)||COMM 135 F||Essentials of Argumentation||3|
|CSTR 031 F||International Building Code||3|
|CSTR 041 F||International Residential Code||3|
|Total Units||26 - 31|