Help building concepts become reality.

Prepare the foundation for success.

Architectural/construction technologists assist architects by applying their knowledge and understanding of building techniques and materials to create architectural drawings that range from structural details to complete building plans. Using computer-aided design and drafting (CADD) software and other software systems, they convert the designs into technical drawings and plans that specify dimensions, materials, and procedures.

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  • How can I send a copy of my official transcripts to another organization?

    To access your transcripts, log into the SOLAR System, select the Star System and select the Academic Office. Once there, click on the transcripts link.

  • Is Baker accredited?

    Yes. Baker College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org.

    Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Additional Accreditations

    Baker has also earned specialized accreditations for programs and degrees in: 

    • Business Administration
    • Early Childhood Learning
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • School of Nursing

    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages. 

  • Does Baker provide any help in my job search?


    As a graduate of Baker College, you are eligible for our Lifetime Employment Services, which include:

    • Job searching techniques
    • Resume and cover letter assistance
    • Job interview questions
    • Job postings
    • Relocation tips

     

  • Is Baker College Online accredited?

    Baker Online is part of Baker College, a private, non-profit, accredited, degree granting, higher educational institution with locations throughout Michigan.

    As an accredited college, Baker College has been granted legal authority by the state of Michigan to operate as a nonprofit educational corporation and is empowered to grant certificates, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. It is approved for veterans’ benefits. Baker College is recognized as an institution of higher education by the U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education.

    All Baker Online undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org

    Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:

  • How do online classes work?


    After you enroll, and are accepted to your online program, you sign-up, or "register" for your first courses. Like all Baker Online students, you will begin your online experience with a three-week online class designed to orient you to the Baker Online classroom, and review the expectations and requirements of Baker Online students. When you have completed this course successfully, you can move on to additional online courses.

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Program availability varies by campus. Please contact the Admissions Department on your campus to learn more.

General Requirements

A general education core is required for all Associate and Bachelor degrees. All graduates must meet the general education requirements established by each academic program.

College Success Strategies (COL111A) or College Success Online (COL112) is required for all first-time freshmen and all online students enrolled in a certificate or degree program. This course will inform students of campus services, policies and procedures, and address learning styles and study strategies.

Many of the courses and programs at Baker College are offered in an online delivery format. See Online Programs. Contact your campus Academic / Administrative Office for details about online courses.

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[Baker] really helps to develop the critical thinking that's necessary in this field.

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Architectural / Construction Technology Associate Degree from Baker College

Architectural/Construction TechnologyAssociate of Applied Science

Help building concepts become reality.

Prepare the foundation for success.

Architectural/construction technologists assist architects by applying their knowledge and understanding of building techniques and materials to create architectural drawings that range from structural details to complete building plans. Using computer-aided design and drafting (CADD) software and other software systems, they convert the designs into technical drawings and plans that specify dimensions, materials, and procedures.

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Career Facts

$49,630

Median salary for Drafters

1%

Estimated employment increase by 2022 for Drafters

$82,790

Median salary for Construction Managers

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Overview

Baker’s Architectural/Construction Technology program is designed to provide you with a working knowledge of building concepts, construction methods, mechanical and electrical components, and building materials for residential and commercial buildings.

Your program faculty are working professionals, whose experience brings depth to your studies. Class sizes are small to ensure you have opportunities for one-on-one interaction as you learn how to read blueprints, study construction methods, draft architectural and construction drawings, do cost estimates, and more. You also apply what you learn through actual work experience.

As a program graduate, you’ll have the skills and confidence to start your career in any one of several areas—architectural drawing, cost estimating, building inspection, construction supervision, or a related profession.

Course Information
Architectural / Construction Major70 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
ACT 101
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces the basic concepts of architectural residential drafting and design in addition to basic freehand sketching, perspectives, rendering, lettering, linework and dimensioning. Students will be exposed to preliminary design considerations and construction techniques related to residential architecture. The focus of the drawings will be on conceptual layouts, floor plans, foundation plans, roof-framing plans, and site plans.

Prerequisite(s):
ACT 099 or IND 121 or 1 year high school drafting.
Architectural Drafting I4
ACT 102
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces the students to the residential mechanical (HVAC, plumbing, and electrical) roofing, and siding systems, as well as additional refinement in the lettering, linework, and dimensioning techniques. The drawings created will be the continuation of the residential plans started in ACT101. The focus of the drawings will be on door and window schedules, exterior elevations, plumbing plans, electrical plans, climate control plans and site plans.

Prerequisite(s):
ACT 101 or IND 221.
Architectural Drafting II4
ACT 103
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to the use of the computer to draw plans for a single-family residence. A series of drawings will be required.

Prerequisite(s):
ACT 101 or ACT 192A or IND 221.
Computer Aided Architectural Drawing I4
ACT 104
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4 Quarter Hours

Acquaints students with building materials as well as construction methods utilized in residential construction.

Building Materials and Construction4
ACT 105A
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2 Quarter Hours

Emphasizes the basic concepts in surveying by measuring distances and angles of objects on or near the surface of the earth. Students will use traditional methods and new technology to execute applications of surveying including land property, building stakeout, topographic, and traverse and circular curve surveys.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 124
Surveying2
ACT 201
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4 Quarter Hours

Studies the structural properties of basic framing material (wood, steel, and concrete). Bending, deflection, shear, and moment diagrams will be developed by students as a method of study.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in MTH 124.
Structural Analysis4
ACT 202
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4 Quarter Hours

Studies the basics of mechanical (HVAC, plumbing, fire protection), electrical (power, lighting, telephone, fire alarm, security, sound, etc.), and building operation (transportation, processing, automation) systems as they are related to the overall planning of a building. Emphasis will be on heating, cooling, ventilation, plumbing, fire protection, electrical, and operation requirements for space planning for various building types.

Mechanical Systems4
ACT 203
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4 Quarter Hours

Focuses on the preparation of bid proposals, quantity take-offs, crew sites, daily outputs, and bid packages for general and subcontracted work.

Prerequisite(s):
INF 113
ACT 104, ACT 192A or ACT 206.
Construction Cost/Estimating4
ACT 204B
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3 Quarter Hours

Focuses on the study of the two parts of the residential builder examination and the laws pertaining to it. This course concludes coverage of the State of Michigan pre-licensure education requirements for the Residential Builder Applicants such that at the completion of the Architectural/Construction Technology Associates Degree Program, the student is eligible to take the Residential Builders Examination.

Prerequisite(s):
ACT 102 or ACT 191A.
Builder License/Laws3
ACT 205
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4 Quarter Hours

Explores wood frame structures as they relate to multi-family, low-rise, office, or small commercial structures. Drawing projects will focus on completion of a set of working drawings.

Prerequisite(s):
Architectural majors: ACT 103. Interior Design majors: IND 215.
Computer Aided Architectural Drawing II4
ACT 206
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4 Quarter Hours

Explores low-rise frame commercial structures - featuring steel, masonry and concrete construction. Drawings will focus on one of the following: small office building, small retail store, restaurant, or school-institutional building. Students will complete a set of working drawings and material take-offs.

Prerequisite(s):
Architectural majors: ACT 103. Interior Design majors: IND 215.
Corequisite(s):
ACT 205
Commercial Architectural Drawing I4
ACT 207
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4 Quarter Hours

Continues exploring low-rise reinforced concrete structures - featuring steel, masonry, and concrete construction. Drawings will focus on one of the following: small office building, small retail store, restaurant, or school-institutional building. Students will complete a set of working drawings, material take-offs, and specifications.

Prerequisite(s):
ACT 206
Commercial Architectural Drawing II4
ACT 211A
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4 Quarter Hours

Presents an opportunity to create a residential/commercial capstone building design project emphasizing the design process, project phasing, building technologies, and documentation, culminating in a formal presentation for program assessment. Students will amass, critically review, enhance, and organize representations of previous program course work into digital format, working toward creating physical hardcopy, digital and Web-based portfolios for professional jury presentation and assessment.

Prerequisite(s):
ACT 207
Architectural Design, Presentation and Portfolio4
IND 301
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4 Quarter Hours

Studies residential and commercial construction techniques and their applicable codes for accessibility, fire protection, and life safety.

Prerequisite(s):
ACT 102 or ACT 192A or IND 112A.
Building Codes and Construction4
MTH 112
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4 Quarter Hours

Examines more advanced elements of algebra including rational functions, quadratic equations, radical expressions, complex numbers, exponential functions, and logarithmic functions.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in MTH 111.
Intermediate Algebra4
MTH 124
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4 Quarter Hours

Analyzes trigonometric functions, their properties, solution of right and oblique triangles, radian measure, graphs, trigonometric equations, and applications.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in MTH 112.
Trigonometry4
SCI 215
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces the principles of physics. Concepts explored include mechanical, fluid, electromagnetic, and thermal systems.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 124
Integrated Physics4
WRK 291B
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1 Quarter Hours

Covers all phases of securing employment in a required seminar. Major topics include resume preparation, interview strategy, job application, job search action planning, personal appearance, and coordination of the graduate's employment search activity with the College Career Services Office. Students in degree programs may complete the seminar requirement any time during their final two quarters. Certificate students should attend in their last quarter.

Prerequisite(s):
Sophomore status.
Professional Career Strategies1
WRKTC 201
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides a 120-hour minimum learning experience in an appropriate work environment structured to allow students to develop skills and gain training in their major field.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 102 (Associate Degrees), ENG 101 (Certificates), minimum GPA 2.00.
Work Experience4
General Education Requirements32 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
ENG 101
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4 Quarter Hours

Emphasizes academic writing by reading and thinking critically to strengthen essential communication skills through the use of the writing process. Various assignments focus on summary and response, analysis, and informative writing. Research practices and research writing in APA style are essential to the course.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 091 or satisfies developmental writing or placement exam, ENG 098B or satisfies developmental reading or placement exam.
Composition I4
ENG 102
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4 Quarter Hours

Continues developing students' critical thinking and writing skills through reading and argumentative writing. Emphasizes academic writing to articulate the relationships among language, knowledge, and power. Various assignments focus on position, argument analysis, and argumentative proposal. Research practices and research writing in APA style are essential to the course.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in ENG 101 or placement exam and approved writing sample.
Composition II4
INF 112
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2 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to word processing software and applications. This will include demonstrating the ability to perform basic Windows operations commands and word processing commands, which include creating, saving, printing, formatting, editing, and retrieving documents.

Prerequisite(s):
WPG 098 or high school typing/proficiency.
Word Processing2
INF 113
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2 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to beginning electronic spreadsheet terminology, concepts, and applications. Students will gain the ability to enter/edit, save/retrieve files, format, and print spreadsheets and reports. Students are also introduced to basic formula development.

Prerequisite(s):
WPG 098 or high school typing/proficiency.
Electronic Spreadsheets2
INF 141A
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2 Quarter Hours

Provides students with hands-on experience in the use of Microsoft PowerPoint to develop computer-based presentations. Topics include creating slides, handouts, speaker's notes, and outlines as well as the use of PowerPoint Wizards and Templates.

Microsoft PowerPoint2
INF 161
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2 Quarter Hours

Explores timely social, legal, philosophical, ethical, political, constitutional, and economic implications of computing and technology. Coverage of the issues related to a technological society including social networking, privacy topics such as cameras in cell phones, access to our search queries and all sorts of data we put on the Web, social networking, location tracking, high-tech surveillance systems, intellectual property, professional ethics and responsibilities, and crime.

Technology and Society2
MTH 111
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces elements of algebra including real numbers, linear graphing, variable expressions, linear equations, polynomial operations and factoring, systems of equations, quadratic equations, and rational functions.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 099E or satisfies developmental pre-algebra or placement exam.
Introductory Algebra4
PSY 101
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides a foundation for understanding human relations with applications to both personal and professional growth. Focus is on examining the basic dynamics of human relations, how social influences shape thought and behavior, effective ways to develop skills of human relations, and the importance of multicultural competency within human relations.

Human Relations4
SPK 201
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4 Quarter Hours

Develops confidence and skill in many facets of oral communication. Students explore diverse topics and formats, using both organization and research to support themselves during oral presentations.

Oral Communication4
WRI 115
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4 Quarter Hours

Addresses professional standards of communication with a focus on 21st century technology. Continues  developing students' critical thinking and writing skills to prepare them to be effective communicators in the workplace. Students evaluate the audience before choosing and applying the appropriate communication medium and style. Required elements include an employment portfolio, a group project/presentation, and an exploration of communication in the student's individual career field.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 102
Workplace Communication4

Quarter Hours Required for Graduation: 102

Program Description

This program teaches computer-aided drafting (CAD), architectural drafting, cost estimating, and building construction methods and materials. Included are residential and commercial building concepts with mechanical and electrical components. Externships provide students with practical experience in areas such as construction cost estimating, material sales, construction drawings, and construction projects. Students will gain the hands-on ability to create architectural drawings and obtain knowledge of the building construction industry. Graduates may find positions in architectural drawing, materials estimating and sales, building inspection, construction supervision, and other building industry fields.

Accreditation

Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org

Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

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  • How can I send a copy of my official transcripts to another organization?

    To access your transcripts, log into the SOLAR System, select the Star System and select the Academic Office. Once there, click on the transcripts link.

  • Is Baker accredited?

    Yes. Baker College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org.

    Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Additional Accreditations

    Baker has also earned specialized accreditations for programs and degrees in: 

    • Business Administration
    • Early Childhood Learning
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • School of Nursing

    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages. 

  • Does Baker provide any help in my job search?


    As a graduate of Baker College, you are eligible for our Lifetime Employment Services, which include:

    • Job searching techniques
    • Resume and cover letter assistance
    • Job interview questions
    • Job postings
    • Relocation tips

     

  • Is Baker College Online accredited?

    Baker Online is part of Baker College, a private, non-profit, accredited, degree granting, higher educational institution with locations throughout Michigan.

    As an accredited college, Baker College has been granted legal authority by the state of Michigan to operate as a nonprofit educational corporation and is empowered to grant certificates, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. It is approved for veterans’ benefits. Baker College is recognized as an institution of higher education by the U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education.

    All Baker Online undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org

    Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:

  • How do online classes work?


    After you enroll, and are accepted to your online program, you sign-up, or "register" for your first courses. Like all Baker Online students, you will begin your online experience with a three-week online class designed to orient you to the Baker Online classroom, and review the expectations and requirements of Baker Online students. When you have completed this course successfully, you can move on to additional online courses.

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