A required, 1-credit program course.

Students individually shadow an architect, engineer, or other industry professional for two hours per week (seven times) at times arranged. Three group meetings with all instructors for orientation and to share experiences. Placement tailored to student needs and interests. Students may enroll two times for credit.

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to...
  1. Research a particular architectural, engineering, or construction firm to learn its structure, history, emphases, community involvement, and representative current and completed projects.
  2. Give at least two Powerpoint presentations based on research and firsthand observations that evidence seriousness, depth of involvement, organization, verbal clarity, good grammar (both written and spoken), personal appearance and poise, attention to the audience, and graphical and technical skill.
  3. Demonstrate listening, processing, and speaking skills in responding appropriately to audi-ence questions and comments.
  4. Evidence in a final written report of prescribed length and form, the following based on her or his shadow experience:
    • the history, structure, and operation of the firm, some of its prominent projects, and the relationships and individual responsibilities of people within the firm,
    • the relationships and forms or levels of communication between employees, employees and consultants, and employees and clients,
    • the apparent organization and preparation involved in presentations by others at office and client meetings,
    • the oral and technical skills of employees to the areas of their expertise within the firm, and
    • the relationship of those firsthand observations to one’s own interests, goals, and prior knowledge of the industry.


Observation of Architect's or Engineer's Work
Attendance at Office Meetings
Job Site Visits
Attendance at Meetings with Contractors/Clients
Observation of Office Supervision
Observation of Production Work
Attendance at Office Training Sessions

  1. Prerequisite: "C" or higher in AEVC 120; "C" or higher in ENG 250-257(A-Z)
  2. The course is open to AEC majors only.
  3. Roughly two hours of field shadow per week for seven weeks, plus two Powerpoint presentations to instructors and other students in the class
  4. The course is typically offered only in the fall term.
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