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Architecture & Construction

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Architecture & Construction Career Cluster

Program of Study: Architectural Design

8030V Architectural Design II (two credits) Grades: 11-12

Prerequisite: Architectural Design I 

The hands-on, project-based course provides an understanding of the architectural process starting with project research/programming, then to conceptual and schematic design for both the site and the building, client presentations, design development and material selections, and ending with construction documents. Throughout the process, lessons interject the fundamentals of design history, techniques and tools related to production drawings, renderings and scaled models. Students will become familiar with Autodesk, an industry level software for designing and documenting solutions for course projects. 

8001V Practicum in Architectural Design (two credits) Grade: 12

Prerequisite: Architectural Design II AND Algebra II or concurrent enrollment in Algebra II.

This project-based course builds upon architectural design fundamentals while incorporating project work and project management principles. Working mostly in teams, students will learn the business aspects of project work and of the profession itself includes its methodologies for organizing, managing, analyzing and executing the entire project process. The design process will be applied to projects as students create architectural design solutions using software, illustrations, and modeling techniques. Students may have the opportunity to gain experience through field trips, guest speakers and job shadowing. 

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Why take Architectural Design II and Practicum in Architectural Design and what type of experience will students gain?

MCTC provides students with a true experience and understanding of the profession.  The course content focuses on real-life applications of architecture, both in lesson content and project work.  We provide a fun but realistic familiarity to students on the requirements, time commitment, and dedication it takes to pursue a career in architecture. Once these courses are completed students should be able to make a sound and educated decision in their future careers in this industry.

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What types of jobs can you do in the Architecture industry?

Design Careers

  • Full-Building Designer
  • Interior Designer
  • Space Planner
  • Project Management
  • Urban Designer
  • Code Analysts
  • Ergonomics Designer
  • Furniture Designer
  • Specification Writer
  • Quality Control Specialists
  • Programming Specialists

  • Engineering


    • Architectural
    • Electrical 
    • Mechanical
    • Civil
    • Structural
    • Life Safety
    • Acoustical
    • Building Automation
    • Lighting
    • Wind Analysis
    • Security   
    • Plumbing & Hydraulics


Construction Careers

  • General Contracting 
  • Project Management
  • Construction Management
  • Site Surveyors
  • Quantity Surveyors/Estimators
  • Excavation Experts
  • Materials Experts
  • Schedulers
  • Staging and Logistics
  • Contracts
  • Builder's Insurance & Bonding   
  • Construction Inspectors
  • Building Systems


    • Architectural
    • Electrical 
    • Mechanical
    • Building Automation
    • Structural
    • Life Safety
    • Acoustical
    • Lightning Protection
    • Lighting
    • Foundations
    • Roofing   
    • Plumbing & Hydraulics


Public Service Careers

  • Building Code Writers                
  • Permit Reviewers
  • Material Testing & Analysts
  • Green Building Specialists
  • Municipal Building Inspectors
  • Utility Interface Specialists
  • Historical Preservation             
  • Architectural Historians
  • Real Estate Brokerage
  • Property Title Specialists
  • Financial Analysts    
  • Public & Government Affairs Specialists
  • Legal                       
  
    • Contracts
    • Real Estate Law
    • Construction Law
  • Environmental Analysts            
  
    • Green Buildings
    • Off-Gassing Specialists              
    • Recycling & Reuse Specialists
  • Education
         
    • High School             
    • College
    • Accreditation Board
    • Continual Education


 

Can you earn a certification while taking advanced Architectural Design courses at MCTC?

Yes. After the completion of Practicum in Architectural Design you will be prepared to take the certification exam for either AutoCAD, Revit or Inventor, all 3 of which are design/drafting software programs used in the industry. 

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