Architecture, Engineering, and Construction Technology - Associate in Applied Science


Program Description

The Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) Technology Associate in Applied Science Program, which is from here on referred to as the AEC Program, is designed to prepare students for entry-level employment in various sectors of the AEC Industry.  

Career Opportunities

Program graduates will use industry standard software tools to translate conceptual ideas into 2D plans and 3D models.  Experienced workers may advance to project managers, virtual design and construction (VDC) coordinators, plan checkers, detailers and/or BIM technicians. A typical work week will consist of 40 hours, but overtime may be required to meet deadlines. Graduates can work for engineering and architectural firms, contractors, government agencies, and a wide variety of related industries.  See Information Technology » Computer Aided Drafting Technology for more career and employment information.

Program Outcomes

At the completion for the AEC Technology Program, the successful student will be able to:

  • Use industry standard software to:

a)       Communicate how a building is constructed
b)       Identify conflicts between and among building systems
c)       Design large public works infrastructures
d)       Create virtual building models

  • Communicate orally and in writing to diverse team members, colleagues, supervisors, and customers
  • Present completed professional resume and portfolio that demonstrates skills, employment history, interests, and accomplishments
  • Think critically, ethically, and creatively to solve work-related problems, and initiate professional growth and learning
  • Apply general principles of project management to classroom work

The SPSCC college-wide abilities are embedded into each program:

  • Communicate effectively
  • Think logically and critically
  • Evaluate and process quantitative and symbolic data
  • Understand themselves in relation to others in a multicultural world
  • Understand ethical responsibilities and consequences

Program Information

  • Students should expect early exposure to a wide range of software applications
  • Textbooks and required tools are estimated to range from $300.00 - $500.00 for the 2-Year program  
  • An Autodesk certified personal computer is highly recommended. Estimated cost $1000 - $1500
  • Program experiences will include E-Learning and innovative use of technology 

AAS Degree Requirements

The Associates in Applied Science (AAS) Degree represents the attainment of skills generally required for immediate application in an occupational field.  To qualify for the degree, a student must successfully earn at least 90 credits in courses numbered 100 or above. The minimum 90 credits must include at least five (5) credits in each of reading/writing, computation and human relations for a minimum of fifteen (15) distribution credits.  A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 is required for graduation.

Admission: The AEC Technology Program has a limited enrollment policy with program curriculum pathways starting in Fall and Spring quarters only. 

Additional Program Information

Gainful Employment Desclosure


Educational Plan

AEC Technology

Associate in Applied Science Degree
90 credits

Quarter 1

No course description for: AEC101
MATH101 Technical Mathematics I 5 Credits Search Schedule
Theory and applications of mathematics used in technical fields with emphasis on problem solving strategies, measurement, algebra, geometry, unit conversions and the metric system. Prerequisite: MATH 094 with a minimum grade of "C" or MATH 097 (formerly MATH 098) with a minimum grade of "C" or appropriate placement test score.
HDEV101 Enhancing Student Success 3 Credits Search Schedule
Cultivates the mind-set and skills necessary for students to become confident, reflective, self-directing, and successful learners. Prerequisite: Eligible for ENGL 090 or higher.
OR Eligible elective from list below*
Quarter 2
No course description for: AEC102
AEC103 Introduction to 3-D Modeling 5 Credits Search Schedule
Explores 3-D modeling fundamentals and how they apply to simple geometric forms and building modeling. Hands-on use of Revit and other industry-standard 3-D modeling applications. This course was formerly known as BIM 201. Prerequisite: AEC 102 (formerly CAD 150) or instructor's permission.
ENGL&101 English Composition I 5 Credits Search Schedule
Develops writing skills by focusing on strategies and techniques writers use to convey ideas, evaluate information, make a point, and participate in multiple discourse communities. Emphasizes both the process and the product of writing. This course was formerly known as WRIT 101, College Writing I. Prerequisite: Appropriate placement test scores OR appropriate completion of ENGL 095, ENGL 095X, or ENGL 098 OR concurrent enrollment in ENGL 110 with instructor's permission.

Quarter 3
AEC120 Construction Methods and Materials 5 Credits Search Schedule
Develops a fundamental understanding of construction materials, sizes, detailing, volume estimates, and applications related to the building industry. This course was formerly known as CAD 120. Prerequisite: AEC 102 (formerly CAD 150).
AEC160 Introduction to Civil Engineering and Survey 5 Credits Search Schedule
Develops fundamental concepts and skills for civil engineering and survey. Applies general survey principles in team survey activities. This course was formerly known as CAD 160. Prerequisite: AEC 101 (formerly CAD 101), AEC 102 (formerly CAD 150) or instructor's permission.

Human Relations
Choose one from General Education Requirements

Note: See Diversity Requirements for Degree Seeking Students
Quarter 4
No course description for: AEC121
No course description for: AEC161
No course description for: AEC171

Quarter 5
No course description for: AEC122
No course description for: AEC162
No course description for: AEC172

Quarter 6
No course description for: AEC263
No course description for: AEC264
No course description for: AEC273
No course description for: AEC274

OFTEC108 Introduction to Microsoft Office 3 Credits Search Schedule
Introduction of major software application packages as tools in business. The following operating and applications software will be covered: Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint. OFTEC 101 (formerly CIS 101) recommended or ability to type by touch at least 20 words a minute. This course was formerly known as CIS 108. Prerequisite: None.
CIS123 Introduction to Windows 3 Credits Search Schedule
Concepts of the operating system such as the desktop, anatomy of a window, menus, and customizing your system will be introduced. The benefits of the Common User Interface will be demonstrated by using Windows accessories. Prerequisite: None.
OFTEC141 Excel 5 Credits Search Schedule
An introduction to Excel for worksheet applications. Creating simple worksheets using numbers, dates, text, formulas, desktop features, formatting, charting, printing, and file handling. Techniques include copying, moving, relative, and absolutes cell references, using functions in formulas, file linking, multiple windows, and range naming. More advanced topics such as database and macros will also be introduced. This course was formerly known as CIS 141. Prerequisite: OFTEC 108 (formerly CIS 108) or OFTEC 100 (formerly CIS 100) and MATH 094.

Additional Electives 
No course description for: AEC182
No course description for: AEC190
No course description for: AEC290

CAD 190/290 Cooperative Work Experience/Internship 3 to 5 credits



Effective Catalog Year 2018-2019, Revised November 21, 2017