Architectural Technology (AT) / A.A.S.

This two-year program is a comprehensive computer-aided drafting (CAD) program for people interested in the building design industry. Our graduates have gone to work as drafters for architects, landscape architects, engineers (civil, structural, mechanical, electrical), security and fire alarm companies, contractors, manufacturing companies, product suppliers, city and county building departments, and other design-related companies. Graduates of our program have (and still can) become licensed architects or engineering designers without further college education.

  • Learn to use Revit, AutoCAD, AutoCAD Architecture, and SketchUp in addition to MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Learn from industry professionals using up-to-date software and hardware
  • Develop your understanding of building codes, construction materials and methods, cost estimating, and green building
  • Master the development of construction documents
  • Learn to produce architectural presentation drawings
  • Learn about the different buildings systems (structural, mechanical, electrical)
  • Learn with a cohort of students while being taught by industry professionals

Program Features

Students focus on gaining proficiency with Computer Aided Drafting (CAD), 3-D modeling and Building Information Modeling (BIM) applications utilizing principles of design, the design process, building codes and building materials as they relate to building projects. This program prepares the drafter to translate ideas, rough sketches, specifications, calculations and existing drawings into drawings used within each phase of the design and construction process.

Students enter the program in the fall quarter. Program classes are typically held 7:30 AM - 2:30 or 3:30 PM, Monday through Thursday. Students are expected to do a significant amount of reading and should be able to work at a computer for seven hours per day.

The program also offers courses in technical writing, math for the building design industry, and employment preparation.

AAS Degree and Certificate

Students who satisfactorly complete the coursework for all six quarters earn an AAS degree in Architectural Technology.

Students who satisfactorly complete the coursework for the first three quarters earn a one-year certificate in Architectural Technology. Students have earned this certificate to learn how to design and draft their own homes or homes they build for others.

Contact Us Now Regarding Enrollment

Financial assistance is available for those who qualify.

Contact Dave Braun at 533-7127 or David.Braun@scc.spokane.edu, or David Edwards at 533-7128 or David.Edwards@scc.spokane.edu for information.

Students whose SCC entrance test scores in COMPASS and Aleks do not meet program requirements should contact us for assistance.


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Course Title Credits

CAD Design & Drafting / A.A.S., Certificate
Mechanical Design Technology (MDT) / A.A.S., Certificate

Computer assisted drafting is essential in nearly all engineering and architectural fields as well as in the areas of electronics, fluid power and structural design. We teach most of this program in an application lab environment using high-quality drafting station computers. You will learn correct drafting and computer techniques and apply their knowledge to develop CAD skills in several areas: including mechanical, architectural, structural, electronics, and fluid power drafting.

Students can choose the CAD Design program or add the upper level math courses to take the Mechanical Design Technology program at SCC. The average length of these programs will be six quarters to receive the Associate of Applied Sciences degrees or four quarters to receive a CAD Drafter Certificate. The introductory courses of this program will also allow the student to readily transfer into most of the other programs offered in this department.

Students who take the Mechanical Design Technology degree will also study advanced design courses in statics, strength of materials, electrical theory, etc. on top of the CAD Design and Drafting courses.


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Course Title Credits
CAD 101Introduction to the Professions and Technology 3.0
CAD 102Introduction to Computers for Technology 2.0
CAD 103Introduction to Computers for Technology 2.0-5.0
CAD 105Basic Blueprint Reading 2.0-3.0
CAD 109Introduction to Computer Aided Drafting 2.0-5.0
CAD 111Applied Technical Math 1 3.0
CAD 113Computer Fundamentals for Engineering 5.0
CAD 114Engineering Graphics/CAD 1 5.0
CAD 120Basic Blueprint Reading 2.0-3.0
CAD 121Applied Technical Math 2 3.0
CAD 122Applied Computer Aided Drafting 2.0-5.0
CAD 124Engineering Graphics/CAD 2 5.0
CAD 125Introduction to Computer Aided Design 3.0-5.0
CAD 129Computer Aided Drafting 2.0-5.0
CAD 130Introductory Applied Physics 3.0
CAD 131Applied Tolerances and GD&T 3.0
CAD 132Introduction to Design 5.0
CAD 133Introduction to Design 5.0
CAD 134Applied Precision Measuring 1.0-3.0
CAD 135Schematics 3.0
CAD 136Statics 5.0
CAD 137Applied Technical Math 3 3.0
CAD 138Manufacturing Processes and Precision Measuring 2.0-3.0
CAD 139Hydraulics/Pneumatics 3.0
CAD 241CAD Solid Modeling/Graphics 1 3.0-5.0
CAD 242Mechanical Design Fundamentals 4.0-5.0
CAD 243Architectural CAD Applications 3.0
CAD 244Structural CAD Applications 3.0-4.0
CAD 245Applied Physics 5.0
CAD 247Shop Practices 2.0
CAD 248Mechanical CAD Applications 4.0
CAD 252CAD Solid Modeling/Graphics 2 4.0-5.0
CAD 253Strength of Materials/Materials Science 5.0
CAD 255Technical Applications I 3.0-5.0
CAD 256Mechanical CAD Applications 3.0-4.0
CAD 258Schematic CAD Applications 4.0
CAD 259Architectural CAD Applications 3.0
CAD 260Fabrication and Piping CAD Applications 3.0
CAD 261Project Design and Management 3.0-5.0
CAD 262Electrical Theory for Engineering 5.0
CAD 263Machine Controls 2.0
CAD 264Technical Applications II 2.0-5.0
CAD 265Manufacturing and Measuring Systems 2.0-3.0
CAD 268Structural CAD Applications 4.0
CAD 269Civil CAD Applications 3.0-4.0
CAD 288Cooperative Education Work Experience (No Seminar) 1.0
Faculty/Staff Phone Office Email
Jingling, Ron; Faculty (509) 533-7129 1-111D Ron.Jingling@scc.spokane.edu
Murray, Jerry; Instructor, CAD & Mechanical Design (509) 533-7130 1-1127A Jerry.Murray@scc.spokane.edu
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Civil Engineering Technology (CET) / A.A.S., Certificate

Civil engineering technicians are both doers and thinkers. CET graduates inspect construction projects, test materials, develop CAD drawings, and use electronic surveying equipment or global positioning systems to collect data or lay out projects. They also are thinkers who can work independently to analyze problems and solve them. Our six-quarter A.A.S. degree program teaches you to solve real-world engineering problems by using civil engineering computer software and actual surveying equipment. Look forward to a wide variety of jobs - locally, state-wide and across the nation.

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Mechanical Design Technology (MDT)/A.A.S., Certificate

Graduates of our program qualify for a variety of technician positions in manufacturing. Employers hire you for your ability to develop complex engineering drawings and make design decisions for strength, application and manufacturing processes. The MDT program at SCC teaches critical thinking and computer drafting skills needed to develop manufacturing drawings for everything from a car to a complex robotic work-cell. Our six-quarter A.A.S. degree qualifies graduates for technician positions in drafting, design, sales and consulting for small and large companies throughout the Northwest and across the country. We also offer a four-quarter certificate within the MDT program for CAD drafters (see CAD program details).

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