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Architectural Drafting

The PTC program in Architectural Drafting is designed to help you prepare for a career as a versatile architectural designer.

You will learn the key standards of the architectural design industry and use the state–of–the–industry architectural design software reinforced by our internship program.

Key Benefits

  • Our curriculum is a balance between hands-on education and theory providing you with the skills employers demand.
  • PTC teaches you not only the CAD software skills, but the knowledge of what you are drafting or designing
  • At PTC's CAD program you will learn many important software applications that employers are looking for. You will learn drafting software such as AutoCAD and MicroStation as well as the leading design software most used in industry.
  • We teach Architectural design software such as Revit Architecture, Revit MEP, Revit Structure and Civil 3D.
  • PTC students who elect architectural drafting prepare for a career creating detailed drawings of structures, buildings, plants and schools for many different kinds of companies.

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PTC is proud to have a 100% employed in field rate for our 2013 graduates with a Computer Aided Drafting Degree with a concentration in Architectural Drafting.

PTC Architectural Drafting graduates are prepared for entry-level positions at:

  • Architectural firms
  • Civil engineering firms
  • Construction companies
  • Environmental engineering firms
  • Government contractors
  • Oil and Gas Companies
  • Property developers
  • Tool designers

In the PTC Computer Aided Drafting Program you will learn key skills such as:

  • How to visualize objects in 2D and 3D
  • Building drawing representation including plans, elevations, sections, details and schedules
  • The proper layout for parts and sheets
  • Material and product knowledge for construction
  • Knowledge of codes and how they affect design
  • LEED and Sustainability Knowledge

ARCHITECTURAL DRAFTING CONCENTRATION

Drafting 1
This course is an overview of the practices and techniques utilized within the drafting industry. Topics include: oblique, perspective, isometric and orthographic sketching, sectioning, dimensioning practices and basic print reading.
MicroStation
This course is an introduction to the unique language, command methods and application of the MicroStation software. Topics included: display methods, view manipulation, drawing techniques, construction methods, manipulation methods, editing methods, dimensioning practices, and plotting techniques specific to this software. A 70% grade must be attained at this level to continue into CAD related courses.
AutoCAD
This course is an introduction to the unique language, command methods and application of the AutoCAD software. Topics included: display methods, view manipulation, drawing techniques, construction methods, manipulation methods, editing methods, dimensioning practices, and plotting techniques specific to this software. A 70% grade must be attained at this level to continue into CAD related courses.
Architectural Drafting 1
This course is an introduction to the principles of architectural drafting and building materials as they apply to residential structures. Students will apply proper drafting standards and construction material knowledge to create architectural floor plans, elevations, building sections, wall sections, details, and schedules. A 70% grade must be attained at this level if continuing into Architectural Concentration. Prerequisites: CAD106 and CAD111.
Mechanical Drafting 1
This course is an overview of the mechanical industry. Topics include terminology, print reading, geometric construction methods, drawing layouts, precision measurement, basic threads, basic assemblies, dimensioning techniques as they apply to the mechanical industries. A 70% grade must be attained at this level if continuing into the Mechanical Concentration. Prerequisites: CAD106 and CAD111.
Architectural Drafting 2
This course is an introduction to the principles of architectural drafting and building materials as they apply to commercial structures. Students will apply proper drafting standards and construction material knowledge to create architectural floor plans, elevations, building sections, wall sections, details and schedules. Prerequisites: CAD132.
Commercial Wiring Systems
This course will introduce to drafting practices and techniques needed to create commercial wiring systems drawings. Topics include electrical lighting and power plans, data control systems, communication systems, block diagrams, and construction documentation. Prerequisites: CAD106 and CAD111.
Industrial Pipe Drafting
This course is an introduction to the principals of pipe drafting as applied to commercial and industrial structures. Topics include material and connection types, creation of commonly used pipe drawings, selection of drafting symbols and pipe and instrumentation diagrams, methods, and techniques. Prerequisites: CAD106 and CAD111.
Building Systems
This course is an introduction to the principles of the mechanical systems used within a building. Students will learn symbology and standard drafting practices as applied to HVAC and fire protection drawings as they apply to commercial building projects. Prerequisites: CAD106 and CAD111.
Industrial Pipe Application Software
This course is an introduction to the principles of Piping Drafting as applied to Autodesk software. Topics to include, material types, preparation of commonly used piping drawings, placing and building of equipment, piping and instrumentation diagrams, generation of isometric, and orthographic drawings.
Civil/Topographical Drafting
This course is an introduction to the principals and practices specific to the civil and topographical drafting industries. Students will learn proper drawing methods as they relate to residential and commercial structures. Topics include: site planning and preparation, surveying methods, legal descriptions, contouring and the basics of landscaping. Prerequisites: CAD106 and CAD111.
Civil Application Software
This course introduces the student to the software Civil 3D. Students learn how this database driven software manipulates data specific to the creation of civil related drawings and construction documents. Prerequisites: CAD106.
Structural Drafting
This course is an introduction to principles and practices specific to the structural drafting industries. Students will learn proper drawing methods as they relate to commercial structures. Topics include steel frame construction, beam and column connection detailing and fabrication drawings. Prerequisites: CAD106 and CAD111.
Architectural Application Software 1
This course introduces students to the software Revit Architecture. Students will learn to navigate the building information software's project browser and create 3-dimensional commercial buildings and the corresponding construction documents as they apply to commercial drafting industry. A 70% grade must be attained at this level to continue into CAD236. Prerequisite: CAD111.
Architectural Application Software 2
This course is a continuation of CAD221 Architectural Application Software 1. Students will be introduced to Revit MEP and continue to refine the standards and practices learned in CAD221. The focus of this course will be placed on the HVAC, Plumbing, Electrical, and Fire Protection features that the student will apply to the commercial drafting industry. A 70% grade must be attained at this level to continue into CAD236. Prerequisite: CAD221.
Architectural Capstone
Participation in this course requires the completion of a capstone project that integrates the student's knowledge and skills acquired during the completion of architectural concentration curriculum. Students will learn current design practices to incorporate sustainability and energy efficiency into their final project. A 70% grade must be attained for completion of this final class. Prerequisites: CAD134 and CAD234.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

Statics & Strengths of Materials
This course is an introduction to principles of mechanics of structures as they relate to the engineering industries. Topics include the calculation of: stress and strain of material, static equilibrium, support reactions, bean analysis, design properties and the effect of materials on a structure. Prerequisites GEM200.
Steps to Career Success 1
The purpose of this course is to acclimate students to the available resources to maintain their focus on achieving career goals. The course is scheduled for all students in the 1st quarter, one hour per week.
Steps to Career Success 2
This course introduces students to the employment opportunities in their chosen degree and the professionalism needed for employment. The course utilizes graduates and employers to discuss employment, professionalism and the skillsets needed to be a successful employee. The students will see examples of what the industries have to offer and will learn 1st hand the skills needed to be successful and what it takes to maintain a career.
Career Development
The focus of this course is on preparing students for the upcoming job search process. They will produce a series of critical job search documents, including a resume, reference page, cover letter and thank you letter. These documents are applied to job search activities that give students the opportunity to hone their interview skills, research potential employers, complete an online job application, and experience a mock interview scenario.
Internship*
The internship is a cooperative effort between the Institute and the professional community. It is designed to provide the students with an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills learned in their major in a related working environment. This internship requires 360 hours work experience.

GENERAL STUDIES

English Composition 1
This writing course focuses on the writing of descriptive narrative, cause and effect, and process essays from the initial stage of prewriting to final revisions and editing. Topics included are purpose, audience, development, focus and organization, as well as word usage and sentence structure. Elements of grammar, spelling, and punctuation are reviewed. Assigned readings are part of class discussion and writing assignments. Prerequisite: Satisfactory performance on the writing proficiency exam; otherwise, students must have concurrent success with GEE099 and GEE100 before proceeding on to GEE150.
English Composition 2
This writing course is a continuation of the fundamentals introduced in GEE100 English Composition 1. Library and electronic research techniques and guidelines are thoroughly covered. Advanced persuasive writing and research-based persuasion are emphasized using citations and works cited according to MLA guidelines. Analytical and critical thinking skills are developed through students' evaluation of their own writing and assigned readings. Prerequisite: Satisfactory performance on the writing proficiency exam or GEE100.
Effective Speech
This course focuses on the various dimensions of effective speaking with emphasis on audience analysis, reasoning, organization, evidence, and delivery. Throughout the course, the student is acquainted with the various types of speeches and their effectiveness through critical and analytical reading, individualized and group exercises and projects, and class discussions. Students deliver a variety of speeches, including informative and persuasive speeches.
Principles of Mathematics
This general studies course involves a review of the principles of mathematics. Topics to be discussed include whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percentages, ratios, measurement (both English and Metric systems), and an introduction to Algebra. For programs that require additional mathematics classes, students must earn a 'C' or better grade in this course to advance to the next required math course.
Algebra
This general studies course involves various algebraic operations including signed numbers, evaluating expressions, simplifying and solving algebraic equations, factoring, functions and their graphs, and word problems relative to the respective fields. Prerequisite: Satisfactory performance on the mathematics proficiency examination or GEM100.
Physical Science**
This General Education course surveys the foundational concepts behind classical physics, exploring basic principles of mechanics, thermodynamics, waves, and optics. This course is intended for programs that require little or no science background. Prerequisite: Satisfactory performance on the mathematics proficiency examination or GEM100.
Trigonometry
This general studies course involves the use of applied trigonometric functions. Topics include concepts of geometry, Pythagorean Theorem, trigonometric identities relative to right triangles, the law of sine and cosine, logarithmic functions, and an introduction to vectors. Prerequisite: GEM150.
Critical Thinking
In today's information age, critical thinking skills are vital for success. This course utilizes case studies to teach reasoning, analysis, and evaluation skills in everyday situations. Students learn the importance and benefits of critical and creative thinking, work through steps to understand, analyze, and evaluate specifics of argument and persuasion, and practice solving problems using critical thinking skills.

* Students may have options to choose from: GSI192 or GSI208 in combination with an additional General Education Elective.

**This course can be replaced by another approved General Education course.

Architectural students will be exposed to

  • Microstation
  • AutoCAD
  • Revit Architecture
  • Revit MEP
  • Revit Structure
  • Civil 3D

PTC offers a comprehensive Career Services Department with a dedicated staff who will assist you in your career search. Companies that have previously hired PTC graduates include:

  • American Bridge Company
  • Bucyrus International, Inc.
  • CH2M Hill
  • CJL Engineering
  • Chester Engineers
  • Custom Industrial Control
  • Fedex Ground
  • Gateway Engineers
  • Hatch Associates Consultants Inc.
  • Intrepid Design
  • L. Robert Kimball and Associates
  • Marc Anthony Construction
  • Michael Baker Corp.
  • Quantapoint
  • WG Tomko, Inc.
  • Some employers may require a background check and drug screening prior to employment.

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