QUICK HISTORY OF THE AEC PROGRAM
Background, awards, major curriculum modifications, etc.
- 2014: New course format
- All courses changed from lecture/lab to simply lecture. All software used in the program is available free to students,
and e-mail and cell phones make it easy for students to collaborate on projects. Students complete most projects
outside of scheduled class times -- at home or in AEC open labs. New format makes scheduling of gen. ed. classes
easier and works better for students with outside employment or other obligations that make very long hours at the
- 2007: Students win national design competition
- A group of 11 AEC students competed in a moon habitat student design competition sponsored by the Pacific International Space
Center for Exploration Systems (PISCES). Other teams were from Purdue University, University of Colorado, University
of Southern California, University of Maryland, Colorado School of Mines, and other schools. HCC's team was the only
one from a community college. HCC won in final judging at the annual PISCES conference where the team presented its
design for a semi-sustainable habitat composed of four 26-foot spheres, each with a unique function designed for survival
and exploration in the lunar environment. The win garnered front page news in the Hilo newspaper and individual
commendations from Governor Linda Lingle.
- 2006: Students win HCC Futures Display Competition
- First-year AEC students designed and built a futuristic model of the campus in 2050.
- 2005: Program-related school and community service requirement added
- 2001: Program reorganized. Name changed to Architectural, Engineering and CAD Technologies (AEC)
- Manual drafting had gradually given way to computer drafting. Reorganization completed the transformation
and eliminated the word "drafting" in the program name. Program acronym AEC emulates that of the
Architectural, Engineering, and Construction industry and was nominated by the winner of a rename-the-program
competition at Hawai'i Community College. Program courses were upgraded, and the degree was upgraded from
Associate in Applied Science to Associate in Science. Labs and offices were renovated.
- 1996: Program name changed back to Drafting Technology (DT) as engineering option added
- Former name was Architectural Drafting Technology (DRAFT). Two program options: Architectural and Engineering. Engineering
Technology program phased out. The two-option DT program would be short-lived, though.
- The program is 50 years old in 1996.
- 1995: Field Shadow Experience course introduced (DRAFT 70)
- 1990: Program name changed to Architectural Drafting Technology (ADT)
- Former name was Drafting Technology (DRAFT)
- 1989: Three 100-level courses introduced
- ARCH 100, Introduction to Man's Built Environment (now AEC 135, Introduction to the Built Environment), ARCH 121,
Design Drawing, and ARCH 122, Freehand Drawing, were unofficially articulated with the UH School of Architecture.
The courses were changed at UH before formal articulation was accomplished.
- 1987: First computer drawing course introduced (DRAFT 61)
- AutoCAD® Release 9
- 1984: Drafting students win Honolulu Community College Raft Race
- Annual raft race on the Kapalama Canal next to the school was discontinued the next year after health issues about water in the canal.
- Members of the team were the "Draft Rats."
- 1966: School renamed Honolulu Community College
- 1965: School becomes part of the University of Hawaii system
- 1955: School renamed Honolulu Technical School
- 1946: Drafting program (along with the Refrigeration program) established at the school
- Instruction would be exclusively in manual drafting (T-squares, triangles, etc.) for the next 41 years.
- 1927: School becomes Honolulu Vocational School
- 1920: School established as Territorial Trade School in Palama
- Automotive and Carpentry were among the first programs.