A required, 3-credit program course.

Introduction to structural drawing for building construction -- to load analyses, concrete and steel plan and detail drawing, and wood frame design and drawing with AutoCAD®. Emphases are on roof framing, lintels andbeams, and posts and columns. The goal is to develop in students a "sense" and basic understanding of structure in building design and construction.

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to...
  1. Prepare floor framing plans for buildings with steel, concrete and wood structural systems.
  2. Prepare details and sections of buildings with steel, concrete and wood structural systems.
  3. Demonstrate the use of basic welding symbols.
  4. Demonstrate the preparation of detail drawings sheets using different scaled drawings.
  5. Use the Steel Manual to select the proper sectional characteristics for a given structural steel building component.
  6. Demonstrate oral and written communication, computation and problem-solving skills appropriate to the level of the coursework.
  7. Report to a workplace regularly and punctually, engage effectively and congenially with peers and supervisors, work from written as well as oral instructions, use assigned time efficiently for productive work and meet production deadlines.


  1. Prerequisite: AEC 120 and MATH 53 or placement in MATH 55/58/135
  2. The course is open to AEC majors only.
  3. Roughly one hour of lecture/demonstration and six hours of lab per week.
  4. The course is typically offered only in the fall term.
  5. Besides textbooks, students need to purchase materials for board presentations.
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