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 or who want to continue their studies in architecture at a university. Our graduates work as drafters for architects, landscape architects, engineers (civil, structural, mechanical, electrical) contractors, manufacturing companies, product suppliers and other design-related companies. Graduates 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
  • 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. This program prepares the drafter to translate ideas, rough sketches, specifications, calculations and existing drawings into drawings used during 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-T & AAS Degree and Certificate

Build your bridge to Washington State University! The two-year AAS-T degree transfers to the WSU Architecture Program allowing students to finish their bachelor’s degree in two additional years (2+2). Students who satisfactorily complete the coursework for all six quarters earn an AAS degree in Architectural Technology. Students who satisfactorily complete the coursework for the first three quarters earn a one-year certificate in Architectural Technology.

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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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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Course Title Credits
CET 101Introduction to the Profession and Technology 3.0
CET 109Introduction to Computer Aided Drafting 3.0
CET 111Technical Math 5.0
CET 112Civil Plan Reading 4.0
CET 113Drafting 4.0
CET 114Engineering Graphics I 3.0
CET 121Applied Technical Math 5.0
CET 122Surveying Theory 4.0
CET 123Introduction to Civil Computer Aided Design 6.0
CET 124Introduction to Civil 3D 5.0
CET 133Field Surveying 8.0
CET 136Statics 6.0
CET 161Land Surveying 5.0
CET 230Contracts and Specifications 3.0
CET 232Project Management 2.0
CET 242Advanced Route Survey 6.0
CET 243Advanced Civil 3D/Route Survey 6.0
CET 252Hydraulics I 6.0
CET 253Strength of Materials 5.0
CET 254Structures 3.0
CET 256Hydrology 3.0
CET 257Construction Materials I 6.0
CET 258Construction Materials II 3.0
CET 261Concrete 3.0
CET 264Survey Capstone 3.0
CET 265Special Problems 1.0-10.0
CET 288Cooperative Education Work Experience (No Seminar) 1.0-18.0
Faculty/Staff Phone Office Email
McGuire, Jeff; Faculty (509) 533-7125 1-126B Jeff.McGuire@scc.spokane.edu
Myers, Nancy; Faculty (509) 533-7126/8317 1-107A/228A Nancy.Myers@scc.spokane.edu
Peck, Jesse; Faculty (509) 533-7125 1-101 Peck.Jesse@scc.spokane.edu
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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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