From welding to philosophy, FRCC has a program for you.

Is a bachelor's degree your goal? Our two-year associate degrees (A.A., A.S.) are guaranteed to transfer to four-year public schools in Colorado.

Need skills? Our technical degrees (A.A.S.) and certificates launch you into a career. Some certificates can be completed in just one semester.

Select a campus to see what programs are offered there.  Click on a program name for required classes, contacts, starting salaries, and more.

Architectural Engineering & Construction

Architectural & Building Science Degree

A.A.S. in Architectural & Building Science

60-61 credits
(4 semesters)

This degree prepares you for employment as an architectural CAD drafting technician for architectural design and construction firms, governmental entities, large corporations, and manufacturers/suppliers or building products. It is a comprehensive two-year study in architectural drafting, elementary design and building science. The program emphasizes green/sustainable architectural practices and essential technical concepts used in architectural CAD and building information modeling (BIM).

Offered at Larimer Campus only.

Architectural & Building Science degree: See required courses by semester.

See list of degree requirements.

See architectural engineering & construction course descriptions.

Transfer Options

Transfer to CSU to earn an architectural engineering degree

Our faculty has worked closely with Colorado State University (construction management) so several classes will transfer. Of course, there also are plenty of general-education classes guaranteed to transfer. As always, work closely with your advisor. See more about transferring.

Architectural Drafting Certificate

Architectural Drafting

26 credits
(2 semesters)

This certificate program provides students with entry-level drafting and CAD skills and emphasizes foundation concepts in building information modeling (BIM).

Offered at Larimer and Westminster Campuses.

Architectural Drafting certificate: See required courses by semester.

See list of certificate requirements.

See gainful employment information.

What You Will Learn

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Interpret construction drawings.
  2. Read, write, listen, and speak effectively.
  3. Gather, record, and apply relevant information in architectural coursework.
  4. Understand the drafter’s responsibility as determined by building codes and regulations, professional service contracts, zoning and ordinances.
  5. Understand the basic principles, appropriate application and performance of construction materials.
  6. Assess, select, and conceptually integrate structural systems, building envelope systems, environmental systems, life-safety systems, and building service systems into building design.
  7. Utilize knowledge, techniques and skills to create accurate architectural documents and presentations with appropriate computer software to meet professional standards.
  8. Use mathematics, architectural/engineering technology theory and critical thinking skills to design and document functional solutions to meet established criteria and standards when given a design problem.
  9. Analyze an architectural plan drawing for proper compliance with local building and zoning codes.

Architectural Engineering Jobs & Salaries

Jobs Entry Average Experienced
Architectural and Civil Drafters $38,740
$57,790
$67,314
Electrical and Electronic Drafters $41,673
$64,205
$75,471
Mechanical Drafters $44,195
$62,145
$71,119

Colorado Department of Labor and Employment
Occupational Employment Statistics Survey (2017)


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