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Certificate of Achievement
Architectural Drafting

This certificate of achievement provides a focused course of study for students in preparation for careers as drafters in support of architectural projects. Emphasis is placed on visualization of three-dimensional objects and the methods and techniques to express buildings and similar objects on two-dimensional media.  Drafting basics are addressed, including linework, dimensioning, and symbology in the context of appropriate industry standards.  The coursework includes the preparation of architectural building plans as required for project approval and construction.  The use of computer-aided drafting (CAD) software and state-of-the-art building modeling software is an integral component to the certificate.

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Sample Education Plan

This sample education plan for the 2021-2022 catalog year represents one possible pathway through the program. Each university (UC, CSU, private, and others) has their own transfer requirements; please see a counselor to create an education plan that is customized to meet your needs. Additional course descriptions may be found in the College Catalog (in pdf or flipbook format).
CourseUnitsTypically Offered
1st Semester
ENGT 101 - Introduction to Technical Drawing & GraphicsM3.0
ENGT 101 - Introduction to Technical Drawing & Graphics (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This basic course in technical drawing and graphics is for students with no previous drafting skills or training. The course is designed for students who wish to pursue training in fields and careers related to architecture, civil design, and engineering design drafting. Practical application is provided with the tools, techniques, standards, and practices used in the industries that need technical drawings and graphics.

Total Semester Units:3.0 
2nd Semester
Select one: ENGT 105 / ARCH 290 / ARCH 299 M1.0†
Notes:
1-4 units

ENGT 105 - Introduction to Technical Freehand Sketching (2.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course is designed to develop skills in freehand drawing as it is used by design professionals in architectural and technical applications. Using pen, pencil, and marker and deploying basic principles of proportion, composition, and freehand techniques, students prepare technical isometric, oblique, perspective, and orthographic sketches to industry standards. Design considerations for various projects involving preliminary design sketches are also introduced. This course is open to all students who want to develop freehand drawing skills. It is required for all students working towards a degree or certificate in the Architecture and Engineering Design Drafting program.

ARCH 290 - Cooperative Work Experience/Internship for Architecture Related Fields (1.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course supports and reinforces on-the-job training in business and industrial establishments under supervision of a college instructor, and is facilitated by the use of learning objectives. Students work in a skilled or professional-level assignment in their area of vocational interest and will meet performance objectives related to instruction that are above and beyond the conditions of regular employment. The course is intended for students whose job is in architectural design- or drafting-related fields and who have completed or enrolled in the appropriate courses. Instructor approval is necessary to enroll in this course. Contact the CWE office regarding re-enrollment procedures.

Student Unpaid Internship:
1 Unit/60 hours; 2 Units/120 hours;
3 Units/180 hours; 4 Units/240 hours
Student Paid Internship:
1 Unit/75 hours; 2 Units/150 hours;
3 Units/225 hours; 4 Units/300 hours.

ARCH 299 - Directed Study in Architecture Design (1.0 units)

Prerequisite: 2.5 overall grade point average, and a 3.0 grade point average in the discipline of study being requested, or receive an exception from the instructor
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course provides an opportunity for students to expand their studies in Architectural Design and Drawing beyond the classroom by completing projects and/or assignments arranged by agreement between students and an instructor. Students are required to contract with the instructor to determine the scope of the assignments and the unit value assigned for successful completion of the course. Students may take a maximum of 3 units of directed study within a discipline and 9 units college-wide.

Select one: ENGT 150 / ENGT 170 M4.0
ENGT 150 - AutoCAD for Basic CADD Applications (4.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; ENGT 101 or two years of high school drafting
Transfers to: CSU

This course is for students preparing for high-technology careers who need the skills necessary to function as an entry-level computer-aided design and drafting (CADD) operator, or to apply CADD to the specific disciplines of mechanical and architectural design, manufacturing, illustration, and engineering-related documents. An overview of computer graphics and CADD utilizing the latest release of AutoCAD software is provided. Students produce 2D orthographic, isometric, and basic 3D model solutions of mechanical and architectural applications.

ENGT 170 - MicroStation for Basic CADD Applications (4.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; ENGT 101 or two years of high school drafting
Transfers to: CSU

This course is for students preparing for high technology careers who need the skills necessary to function as an entry level CADD operator or to apply CADD to specific disciplines of mechanical and architectural design, manufacturing, illustration and engineering related documents. An overview of computer graphics and CADD (Computer Assisted Design and Drawing) utilizing the latest release of MicroStation software will be provided. Students will produce 2D orthographic and basic 3D model solutions of mechanical and architectural applications.

Total Semester Units:5.0† 
3rd Semester
ARCH 115 - Introduction to Residential Architecture: Drawing and DesignM4.0
ARCH 115 - Introduction to Residential Architecture: Drawing and Design (4.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; ENGT 101 or two years of high school drafting
Transfers to: CSU

This introductory course is for students interested in the field of architectural drawing and design. The course includes the study of architectural graphic standards related to creating construction drawings for residential projects (e.g., site plans, floor plans, roof plans, and elevations). Electrical, foundation and framing, and other drawings for a single-family residential structure are discussed. Emphasis is placed on symbology, conventions, and techniques to develop technical skills an entry-level architectural drafter needs. Construction methods, building codes, design factors, planning, and the use of reference materials are discussed and applied. All construction documents are developed using traditional board drafting methods and standards.

Total Semester Units:4.0 
4th Semester
Select one: ARCH 260 / ARCH 280 M4.0
ARCH 260 - Residential Architecture Using Revit and 3D Software (4.0 units)

Prerequisite: ARCH 115; ENGT 150
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement;
Transfers to: CSU

This course is for students pursuing an Associate of Science Degree in Architecture or Architectural Design and Drawing with the intent of transferring and continuing their study of architecture. It presents an intensive study of building information modeling (BIM) applications as they relate to architecture. Utilizing the latest releases of Revit BIM software and technical and architectural drafting conventions learned in previous courses, students will produce two- and three-dimensional (2D and 3D) BIM-generated residential architectural drawings and 3D virtual models. High technology skills necessary to function as a designer or computer-aided design and drafting (CADD) drafter are emphasized.

ARCH 280 - Advanced MicroStation for CADD & BIM Applications (Same as ENGT 280) (4.0 units)

Prerequisite: ENGT 170 or appropriate CADD work experience
Advisory: ENGT 101 or two years of high school drafting
Transfers to: CSU

This course is for students pursuing advanced study in MicroStation 3D parametric CADD (Computer Assisted Design and Drafting) and the BIM (Building Information Modeling) approach to building design using Bentley Architecture digital modeling applications. Students apply previously learned drafting conventions to produce 2D and 3D CADD- and BIM-generated mechanical and architectural drawings and virtual design models. This course benefits all students studying architecture, civil engineering of all types, drafting, design, and computer graphics. Emphasis is placed on the high technology skills necessary to function as a designer or CADD drafter.

Total Semester Units:4.0 
Total Units for Architectural Drafting COA program 16.0† 
Notes:
AP exams and courses taken outside of Rio Hondo College may fulfill general education and/or major requirements. Please check with a counselor.
Program 16-19 Units
Legend:
Some classes may have higher units
M Major course; course may also meet a general education requirement
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