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The Architectural/Construction Fundamentals Certificate Program emphasizes the basic skills needed to begin a career in architecture and building construction. Designed for high school graduates or those entering the design and construction field for the first time, the program covers six important areas. These areas include engineering technology techniques, architectural drawings, surveying, computer aided drawing, the materials and methods of building construction, and the use of modern computer software including word processing, spreadsheets, and databases.
Candidates cannot already hold a degree in the Architectural Design and Civil/Construction concentrations of Architectural Engineering Technology. Candidates must also meet the requirements of a first-time college student or transfer student (see Admissions section of the Southwest catalog). Candidates must take at least 16 of the 19 hours at Southwest. Each student should assure that he or she has met the prerequisites before attempting to register for a course.
Students who complete this certificate program will be qualified to enter the Cooperative Education (Co-op) Program and/or entry-level positions in the design and civil/construction fields. The purpose of the Co-op Program is to train students in these fields, combining classroom with actual work experience. Many employers participating in Co-op provide tuition for those who wish to continue their education. Certificate holders can work as technicians with architects, engineers, building component manufacturers, real estate developers, facility managers, commercial and service industries, residential and commercial contractors, and government agencies. All courses except ENTC 1124 will transfer to the Architectural Engineering Technology program in the Design or Civil/Construction concentrations.