Architectural Technology

Begin Your Career in Architecture

From accessory dwelling units to skyscrapers, every building project relies on skilled, detail-oriented architectural professionals to plan, implement, and oversee the building process. Earning an Architectural Technology degree at Pitt Community College will help you prepare for a rewarding career in the field of architecture or one of the many associated professions.

You’ll enjoy intensive architecture classes taught by professionals in the field who are committed to passing on their years of experience to every student. Through a combination of hands-on learning and internships, you’ll build the confidence necessary to stand out on the job market.

What can you do with an architectural technology degree?

You may be wondering, “What can you do with an architect degree?” Well, architectural technology covers a vast range of topics, such as building codes, environmental sustainability, computer applications, and building methods — among many other topics. Your architecture classes will prepare you for careers throughout the architecture and building world, in addition to graduate programs to continue your education.

Whether you want to become a computer-aided design (CAD) technician to use cutting-edge software to plan projects or a construction estimator to draw up budgets and material requirements, PCC’s rigorous architecture classes can help you achieve your career goals in as little as two years.

Why Choose Pitt Community College for Your Architectural Technology Degree?

For over 25 years, the Architectural Technology program at PCC has helped students build a solid foundation in architectural methods and building strategies to prepare for fast-growing careers as CAD technicians, architects, and construction estimators.

We offer small architecture classes to give you more chances to collaborate with peers and build professional networks that can help you as you grow in your career. You can also work one-on-one with our astounding faculty mentors, who prioritize the success of their students both academically and professionally.

We’re dedicated to making our Architectural Technology program as accessible as possible. That’s why — in addition to PCC’s affordable tuition — we offer several scholarships to help you pay for your education and start your career sooner without taking on the extra burden of debt.

Career Opportunities for Program Graduates

One of the most important questions we seek to answer for each of our students is: “What can you do with an architect degree?” Because the field of architecture offers many unique career pathways, our architecture classes span the field from project design to green building concepts and even the history of architecture. You’ll also have an opportunity to intern at a local company to shadow professionals and expand your network.

When you graduate from the Architectural Technology program, you’ll be a well-rounded professional ready to enter the many specialties within architecture.

We’re proud of our students’ many accomplishments — both before and after graduation. In fact, 90 percent of our graduates are either employed or begin a bachelor’s degree soon after graduating. Some of our graduates work for local residential or commercial design companies; others join undergraduate programs in construction management and architecture to increase their career potential.

The expertise you’ll gain in your architecture classes will qualify you for the following positions:

• CAD technician
• Construction estimator
• Architectural drafter
• Surveyor assistant
• Assistant construction supervisor

Because of the many careers you can pursue after graduation, your job outlook and salary will depend on your career path. For example, CAD technicians (also known as drafters) earn an average salary of $60,000 with an associate degree, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Architects with a bachelor’s degree earn about $83,000 a year.

“During my time in the Architectural Technology program at PCC I received a valuable a hands-on learning experience. This has successfully prepared me as I continue my education and enter into the design field knowing that I have the skillset and knowledge necessary to succeed. Participating in internships and face-to-face client interactions gave me the opportunity to explore what I wanted to do after graduation and helped me make connections with local design professionals. I am so grateful for all of the wonderful instructors that I had and for the knowledge and skills that they have passed on to me.”

Rachel Woolard

Class of 2022

Get Started on Your Architectural Technology Degree!

CAD Technician
Construction Estimator
Architectural Drafter
Surveyor Assistant
Assistant Construction Supervisor

Introduction to Architectural Technology
Construction Materials and Methods
Residential Architectural Technology
Architectural CAD
Building Codes
Light Construction Technology
Architectural BIM
Design Project
Introduction to Landscape Architecture
Environmental Systems
Digital Architecture
Work Based Learning
Planning/Estimating I

How building systems function and interact
How buildings are assembled
How to apply principles of effective design
How to use CAD software to create plans and details
How to use a variety of graphics software
How to use modeling software to generate 3-D models
How to develop construction documents
How to create quantity take-offs and estimates
How to prepare design proposals

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