Technical Standards

Architectural Technology Program Technical Standards

A student looking to enroll in the Architectural Technology program (degree, certificate, and / or diploma) at Pitt Community College must meet the following technical standards:

The student must:

  1. Be able to clearly and effectively communicate with others.
  2. Be able to understand directives, instructions and descriptions and similar.
  3. Be able to read and comprehend technical manuals, manufacturer’s specifications and instructions, warning labels, and similar in English.
  4. Have good peripheral vision and depth perception.
  5. Have sufficient visual capacity to read blueprints, sketches, schematic diagrams and other printed documents including but not limited to tape measures, architect scales, and engineer scales.
  6. Be able to effectively use a computer with a manual keyboard, mouse, and viewing a monitor / screen.
  7. Be able to perform simple mathematical calculations including adding and subtracting whole numbers, fractions and decimals. Understand that more advanced mathematics will be practiced.
  8. Understand that due to the nature of the work being done in this curriculum, to be successful in this curriculum the student must take notes, read all required books and materials and study. Attendance is mandatory in this program.
  9. Be able to conceptualize in 2D and 3D object and space
  10. Be able to work individually and in group environments in close proximity to others during lectures, labs and studios.
  11. Be able to self-direct and manage time.
  12. Be able to clearly distinguish colors, shades and textures of various materials.
  13. Be able to work at a computer or a drafting table for up to 4 hours at a time.
  14. Be able to lift a minimum of 20 lbs without assistance.
  15. Be able to safely move around the drafting labs, print labs and classrooms.
  16. Be able to work with sharp instruments on a small scale with dexterity.

Professions within this industry are comprised of a variety of positions which can include both office positions and field/on-site positions.  Careers may include aspects of both.  Field/on-site positions provide the greatest exposure to many inherent risks and safety factors, which may affect the student and others.  The ability to communicate, make reasonably good decisions, be self-motivated, self-directed, and work well in teams should be important considerations for individuals desiring to enter this program and profession.

Revised 2/2020