Architectural Engineering Technology

Architectural Engineering Technology (AET) graduates are

  • Prepared to assist design professionals
  • Ready to pursue life-long learning in the architectural engineering profession or related fields
  • Skilled in using the latest tools within an industrial setting
  • Valued as well educated by professionals in the architectural/construction industry
  • Qualified to work with construction industry vendors, sub-contractors and design build contractors, and architectural and engineering firms
  • Knowledgeable in the building of residential and commercial facilities and equipped to create basic construction documents
  • Prepared for CAD drafting and limited code analysis in an office environment 

A career you can count on

Students from the AET program can find opportunities in architectural and engineering firms, construction companies, and retail and wholesale suppliers of building materials.

A diverse skill set prepares graduates for job opportunities including

  • Architectural CAD technician
  • Assistant to an architect
  • CAD draftsperson
  • Contractor (design/build)
  • Technical sales
  • Fieldwork inspector

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What you’ll learn in the program

  • Architectural computer graphics
  • Basic building codes
  • Building systems
  • Construction documents
  • Construction materials
  • Statics and strength of materials

The curriculum emphasizes fundamental problem-solving, practical applications, and oral, written and computer skills. Students will be exposed to working in teams, professional practice issues, and cultural diversity.

Is AET right for you?

If you have always wanted to design structures or work with architects, this is the program for you. Learn the skills needed to become an architectural CAD draftsperson responsible for drawing architectural and structural features of buildings and other facilities.


The associate degree offered through the Architectural Engineering Technology program at Greenville Technical College is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, This accreditation gives associate degree programs quality certification and recognition on a national basis. In order to achieve accreditation, the programs must have established a continuous quality improvement process that is documented and must be working to make the programs better for each of the stakeholders involved. For the Engineering Technology programs, the stakeholders are prospective students, current students, faculty, graduates, employers, and college administration. Each one of these parties has a keen interest in promoting the improved quality and outcomes of the program.

Greenville Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate degrees, diplomas and certificates. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call (404) 679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Greenville Technical College.

Program details and courses

Architectural Engineering Technology
Associate in Applied Science

This program trains students to convert preliminary designs from architects and engineers into working drawings and specifications, as well as plan, supervise, and estimate preliminary costs of construction projects.

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Architecture Engineering Technology Transfer Track
to Clemson University School of Architecture

This program is designed to prepare students for continuing their education at Clemson University or another institution offering a Bachelor of Engineering Technology program.

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Further education

Graduates may continue their training for two or more years at four-year institutions offering Bachelor of Engineering Technology programs, such as the Bachelor of Science in Engineering Management at USC Upstate.

Mission / Objectives / Outcomes


Graduates of the Architectural Engineering Technology associate degree will be prepared with the technical skills necessary to enter careers with construction industry vendors, sub-contractors, and design build contractors, and architectural and engineering firms.

Graduates will have gained knowledge in the building of residential and commercial facilities and will be equipped with the ability to create basic construction documents. Students will be prepared for CAD drafting and limited code analysis in an office environment.


The AET Program will satisfy the needs of the local service area employers for trained technicians


    a. an ability to apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of the discipline to narrowly defined engineering technology activities;

    b. an ability to apply a knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to engineering technology problems that require limited application of principles but extensive practical knowledge;

    c. an ability to conduct standard tests and measurements, and to conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments;

    d. an ability to function effectively as a member of a technical team;

    e. an ability to identify, analyze, and solve narrowly defined engineering technology problems;

    f. an ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in both technical and non-technical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature;

    g. an understanding of the need for and an ability to engage in self-directed continuing professional development;

    h. an understanding of and a commitment to address professional and ethical responsibilities, including a respect for diversity; and

    i. a commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.


    a. employ concepts of architectural theory and design in a design environment;

    b. utilize instruments, methods, software, and techniques that are appropriate to produce A/E documents and presentations;

    c. utilize measuring methods that are appropriate for field, office, or laboratory;

    d. apply fundamental computational methods and elementary analytical techniques in sub-disciplines related to architectural engineering;