A required, 2-credit program course.

A team-taught course in preparation for employment in the architectural, engineering, and construction industry. Half of the course is devoted to the AEC job market, job search strategies, resume writing, interviewing, and succeeding on the job. The other half is devoted to designing and creating a professional portfolio. All students are required to present their portfolios at an end-of-program portfolio review event in May.

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to...
  1. Correctly and completely fill out an employment aplication.
  2. Create a professional resume and well-written cover lettter.
  3. Inumerate some of the common questions that are asked at job interviews, and give a pre-planned response to each.
  4. Create a professional impression of oneself at a job interview and effectively respond to common, uncommon, and even illegal interview questions.
  5. Create, maintain, and present a professional portfolio.
  6. Model and describe attitudes, work habits, and other factors that relate to success on the job after employment is obtained.
  7. Select appropriate materials for inclusion in a portfolio.
  8. Create a layout that accentuates presented work in a portfolio.
  9. Compose and print images of work for inclusion in a portfolio.
  10. Explain the proper use of text in relation to images when presenting a portfolio.


Employment Applications
Cover Letters
The Job Market
Portfolio Design and Creation
Portfolio Presentation

  1. Prerequisite or corequisite: AEC 130 or instructor approval
  2. Recommended preparation: Upper level standing if not an AEC major.
  3. The course is open to all major.
  4. Non-AEC majors can take the course for either one or two credits depending upon the part of the course they want (hence the "V" for variable credit designation). AEC majors, however, must take the course for two credits.
  5. Roughly two hours of lecture/demonstration and two hours of lab per week.
  6. The course is typically offered only in the spring term.
  7. Students need to purchase a portfolio binder and various graphics materials to create a portfolio and present it at an end-of program portfolio review event.
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