Architectural & Engineering Design


General:  Beginning with the basics of design this program will prepare students for entry-level positions within the industry and the tools for postsecondary education.  Design skills are developed through applied drawings created by state-of-the-art equipment.  Individualization of instruction allows students to qualify for beginning positions while providing an excellent foundation for those planning a career in Architecture, Interior Design, Engineering and related fields.  Architectural & Engineering Design is divided into two half-day sessions with the possibility of combining the two for a full-day option.

Architectural Design:  This course (available both sessions) provides a study of light frame construction techniques and the production of residential construction drawings for learning design principles and methods using Chief Architect design (http://www.chiefarchitect.com/) software.  The introduction of basic design in this course is intended to stimulate the student’s insights and understandings concerning the architectural design of buildings and the relationship of design to presentation drawings. The student will develop the necessary technical skills to communicate architectural ideas in an understandable, efficient, and accurate manner.  The course covers common residential construction materials, components, and systems as related to wood frame structures.   This class will also design and draw plans for a residence to be constructed by the Building Construction class.

Engineering Design:  This course (available both sessions) provides a study of engineering techniques and the production of mechanical drawings for learning design principles and methods using SolidWorks (http://www.solidworks.com/),  and MasterCam (http://www.mastercam.com/) softwares, a computer numerically controlled (CNC) Lathe & Mill, plus introduction and use of 3D printing technology.  The introduction of basic design in this course is intended to stimulate the student’s insights and understandings concerning engineering design and the relationship of design to technical drawings plus developing advanced skills such as animation and stress analysis. The student will develop the necessary technical skills to communicate ideas in an understandable, efficient, and accurate manner.  The course covers common mechanical terms, components, and systems as related to mechanical engineering.

3D Printer:  For innovative designers, engineers, architects and manufacturers prototyping is a critical step of the design process.  As the use of CAD and 3D printing increases, understanding this technology is essential for design students.  3D printing is a one-step process to creating models in durable ABS plastic — the same material used by the industry. 3D printing enables students to build functional models and see their ideas firsthand.   (http://www.dimensionprinting.com/)

Required Prerequisite Courses:   None

Technology Applications:   Students will have e-mail, internet access, remote server access, high-end computers, large format plotters, 3D printer, CNC Lathe and Mill, and specialized architectural and mechanical softwares at there disposal.

Post Secondary Connections:     UMO, UMA, USM, NMCC, EMCC, CMCC, KVCC, SMCC, Wentworth Institute of Technology, University of Vermont, University of Connecticut, Hesser College in N.H. Keen State College in N.H., NEIT in R.I., etc.  

Articulation Agreements:   SMCC

Careers Available:   Computer Aided Drafting, Computer Aided Designer,Mechanical Engineer, Industrial Engineer, Civil Engineer, Land Surveyor, Interior Design, Architect, Landscape Architect, etc.

Student Expectations:   This course is taught in a lecture/lab format focusing on the performance objectives and organized around the major units outlined in the syllabus. Each unit will be discussed and defined in lectures, PowerPoint presentations, handouts, group discussions and training videos. The instructor will demonstrate the information presented and the student will demonstrate their understanding of the material thru hands on applications. The student will be responsible for attendance and participating in class discussions and activities.

09-10 KVCAP House Overview using Chief Architect, designed by CADD students and to be built by the Building Construction students

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09-10 KVCAP House Floor Plan

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3D Design of the new CATC Logo in MasterCam

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Engineering Software

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Picture of our 3D Printer

You can contact Mr. Richards at : mrichards@augustaschools.org