AEC COURSES
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AEC 80, Basic Drafting

Pre-program course for incoming students who have not had high school or similar drafting training. Basic exploratory mechanical drawing. Orthographic projection, lettering, dimensioning, sections, etc. Brief introduction to AutoCAD®. An internet course. AEC 81 may be substituted.

AEC 81, Basic CAD Drafting

A pre-program course like AEC 80, but where AutoCAD® is used in place of manual drafting tools. Students use AutoCAD scripts to simplify use of the software and learn only enough about the software to complete assigned drawings. Orthographic projection, sections, dimensions, etc.

AEC 110, Basic AutoCAD®

Foundation AutoCAD® course. Basic drawing and editing commands, text, dimensions, tables, blocks, layouts, and more. Designed to prepare students for Atodesk (AutoCAD®)certification.

AEC 114, Architecural Graphics

SketchUp® (a 3D modeling software program, freehand drawing, visualization, and some AutoCAD®. Modeling and rendering. Frequent off-campus drawing.

AEC 118, Construction Materials

Survey of buildig materials, products, and systems. Concrete, masonry, wood, metals, conveying systems, plumbing systems, etc. Topics based on the CSI (Construction Specifications Institute) format. An internet course.

AEC 120, Introduction to Construction Drawings

A core course in basic building construction and drawing. Foundations, sills, floor plans, framing, doors and windows, cornices, roofs, elevations, etc. All drawing in AutoCAD®.

AEC 123, Residential Planning and Design

A basic achitectural design course. Precedes the project-based working drawings courses that involve design development. Principles of design, design development process, environmental influences, functional space design, and board presentation. Two or three projects.

AEC 124, Building Information Management Software

Introduction to Revit® (a drawing and 3D modeling software program). A project-based elaboration of AEC 120 and 123 -- foundation and floor plans, elevations, sections, pictorials, and presentations.

AEC 127, Civil Engineering Drawing

Introduction to civil engineering drawing with AutoCAD® and AutoCAD Civil 3D®. Site plans, surveys, contours, profiles, subdivisions, basic excavations, surface constructions, etc.

AEC 130, Residential Working Drawings

Advanced study and application of materials and methods of construction specifically related to multi-story dwellings. Development of details and a complete set of working drawings.

AEC 131, Construction Codes

Study of various codes, restrictions, and standards. Course material is typically related to drawing projects in the co-requisite working drawings AEC 130 course.

AEC 135, Introduction to the Built Environment

A wide-ranging course designed for those planning or thinking about a career in architecture or a related field. Symbolism, history, aesthetics, the arcitecural profession, materials use, regional influences on design and construction, etc. Not a drawing course. Open to all majors.

AEC 136, Structural Drawing

Structural drawing for building construction -- load analyses, concrete and steel plans and details, wood frame design and drawing, and more.

AEC 138, Estimating and Bidding

Introduction to construction contracts, types of estimates, construction costs, cost accounting, print reading, the bidding process, etc. A computer spreadsheet course.

AEC 139, Field Shadow Experience

Students individally "shadow" an architect or engineer two hours a week seven times. Start-up, mid-term, and follow-upmeetings with all instructors and other students. Powerpoint presentations. Course instructor arranges shadow assignments. Restrictions apply.

AEC 140, Commercial Working Drawings

Extension of Residential Working Drawings to commercial buildings and steel and concrete construction. Independent research is emphasized.

AEC 141, Building Services

Preliminary and detailed planning of service and mechanical equipment in multi-family, commercial, industrial, and municipal buildings. Energy, thermal control, acoustics, fire protection equipment, vertical transportation, and more. This course is typically coordinated with the Commercial Working Drawings course.

AEC 146, Advanced Modeling and Presentation

Introduction to Autodesk 3d Max® (a high-end 3D modeling and animation software program) or similar program. Modeling concepts, object and scene creation, materials rendering, lighting, rapid prototyping, etc.

AEC 149V, Preparation for Employment in AEC

A team-taught course. Half is devoted to employment applications, resumes, cover letters, interviews, and job search strategies. Other half isdevoted to creating a professional portfolio. Presentation at a portfolio review in May is required.

AEC 193V, Cooperative Education

On-the-job paid work experience in the AEC industry. Not a required course, but may be taken to meet degree credit requiement when courses taken elsewhere are substituted for required AEC courses.

AEC 199, Special Studies

Offered occasionally to accommodate unusual schedule or other individual student needs.