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CADD - Architectural


The technical curriculum of this program will take place at Triangle Tech in Pittsburgh, Erie, Greensburg, DuBois, Sunbury, or Bethlehem, Pa. The technical curriculum will account for 28 to a maximum of 30 credits. In addition to the technical curriculum, students will complete 35 credits of core curriculum courses to complete the requirements of the Associate of Applied Science degree from Clarion University.

Architectural Computer-Aided Drafting & Design

This technical concentration provides students with the skills to take an architect's concept and turn it into the kind of precise drawings that builders use for constructions, using advanced computer-aided drafting and design systems.

Employment Opportunities

Graduates are trained to be proficient entry-level drafters, CADD operators, estimators, specification writers, model builders, technical salespersons and other technician positions related to drafting.

Job Outlook

The following job prospect information is provided by the Bureau of Labor & Statistics. This information reflects national projections made for 2006-2016.

Drafters held about 253,000 jobs in 2006. Architectural and civil drafters held 46 percent of all jobs for drafters, mechanical drafters held about 31 percent and electrical and electronics drafters held about 14 percent.

Employment of drafters is expected to grow by 6 percent between 2006 and 2016. Industrial growth and increasingly complex design problems associated with new products and manufacturing processes will increase the demand for drafting services. Furthermore, drafters are beginning to break out of the traditional drafting role and do work traditionally performed by engineers and architects, also increasing demand. Opportunities should be best for individuals with at least two years of post-secondary training in drafting and considerable skill and experience using computer-aided design and drafting systems.

Curriculum Highlights

  • Drafting Fundamentals and Projection Drawings

  • Residential Architectural Design

  • Architectural Drafting

  • Residential Engineering

  • Commercial Building Design

  • AutoCAD

  • Microstation

  • Advanced CADD Application

  • Computer Applications Mechanical and

  • Electrical Systems Topography

  • Piping Drawings

  • Structural Steel Design

  • Specification Writing

  • Cost Estimating

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