The Architectural, Civil and Construction Engineering Technology AAS degree program trains students to be skilled in understanding various architectural and construction techniques, situations and repairs, and how to formulate effective design solutions. Graduates have a proficient knowledge of building materials and methods, using current computer software for spreadsheet reports, presentations, and computer-aided drawing. Students gain skills in verbal communication and working together in a team, demonstrating leadership and passion for the work.
Students choose between the Architectural Engineering Technology concentration which focuses on commercial and residential buildings, or the Civil and Construction Engineering Technology concentration which focuses on public works projects.
Need to enter the job market quickly?
The Drafting and Construction Technical Certificate program on the Cookeville Campus offers excellent preparation for students wanting to begin a career in the construction industry.
Planning to earn a Bachelor's degree?
Civil Engineering A.S. Degree Tennessee Transfer Pathway
Tennessee Transfer Pathways (TTPs) help you transfer to a Tennessee public university to complete your baccalaureate degree. Completing all the courses listed on a particular Tennessee Transfer Pathway will earn an AA, AFA or AS degree at NSCC and all courses are guaranteed to count toward that university major. The prescribed curriculum for each Transfer Pathway must be followed exactly to ensure all hours transfer. Talk to an advisor, see the NSCC Catalog, and visit www.tntransferpathway.org for more TTP information. View TTP video
Architectural Engineering Technology
The Architectural Engineering Technology Concentration of the Architectural, Civil and Construction Engineering Technology degree provides students with a broad education and preparation for a career as a technician the architectural profession. The program is designed for students that have just graduated from high school, individuals in related fields and those who are seeking to change careers.
Architectural Engineering Technology courses cover topics including:
Civil and Construction Engineering Technology
The Civil and Construction Engineering Technology concentration of the Architectural, Civil and Construction Engineering Technology A.A.S. degree focuses on public works projects. Students are prepared for a challenging and rewarding career in civil engineering technology or construction project management. In addition to a foundation of general education classes, the program offers hands-on training and experience in surveying and materials testing, computer-aided drafting, and estimating. Students range from recent high school graduates to those who are seeking to change careers. Graduates work for a variety of employers including the State of Tennessee, construction companies, and construction-related services industries.
"In 2005, I became the newest addition to the team at Interior Design Associates Inc, a great staff of people to work with and a wonderful company to be a part of. Salary is above par and the benefits are top shelf. None of this would be possible without the education I received from Nashville State Community College. The combined efforts of all instructors make the learning experience not only beneficial to the career of the students, but an enjoyable one as well. The program’s broad span of curriculum prepares the student for just about any job in the architectural and/or engineering field. To top it off; instructors work feverishly to challenge the students at each crossroad within the program, insuring the capacity for abstract and diligent thought once in the working world. I owe a lot to the folks at Nashville State and will always remember my time there as one of growth, prosperity and happiness." - Chris Lips, CAD Designer
"After working in another field for more than 12 years and many layoffs, I decided a new career path was in order. After much research, I finally determined a new career field in the Architectural Engineering Technology. I decided on the program at Nashville State Community College. The program was as challenging as it was rewarding. I have never regretted the choice of program or school. The education and training I received at Nashville State has aided in the advancement of my career. I entered Nashville State's Co-op program, and accepted a position with the State of Tennessee upon graduation. Over ten years later, I have received four promotions. I am doing exactly what I have been trained and educated to do, and am loving every minute of it. Thank you Nashville State and the Architectural Engineering Technology program for helping me to achieve my goals and reach new career heights." - Penny Stafford, Design and Construction Manager, Division of Real Property Administration, State of Tennessee
"What can I say about the Architectural Engineering Technology program at Nashville State Community College? The program has prepared me for a career and helped me build a solid foundation for further studies in architecture. Getting hands-on experience with the CAD software and being exposed to the Sweets Catalog, building codes, and different methods of construction has made the transition from the school to the work environment very easy. Not only is the program very informative, but it is challenging. To all those who are interested in a career in architecture, the Architectural Engineering Technology program at NSCC is a good place to start. I can’t say enough about the program—it has helped me in many ways. Nashville Sate Community College has a great Architectural Engineering Technology program." - K.P. Panyavong
ACESA is the student organization for Architectural, Civil and Construction Engineering Technology program students. Its mission is to provide opportunities for educational advancement, career enhancement, public outreach and community service. The club sponsors guest lectures, field trips and social events throughout the school year. See Student Life for more information.
Jack Wallace RA, Program Coordinator, 615-353-3445
Jack has been a licensed architect for over 12 years with experience in residential, commercial and institutional architectural design. He was a recipient of an AIA merit award for the Maxwell Centre an historic preservation project in Wheeling, West Virginia. He has been employed in a variety of settings ranging from being an intern at a 90-person firm to being a sole practitioner. He has practiced in Ohio, West Virginia and Montana. In addition to his work experience he taught at Fairmont State University in Fairmont West Virginia. Since joining the Faculty at Nashville State in 2006, his teaching responsibilities include: Architectural Design Process, Residential Drafting and Construction, and Commercial Drafting and Codes.
Master of Architecture, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, 1984
Master of Fine Art, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois, 1978
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, 1974
Rob Donaldson, Assistant Professor, 615-353-3447
Rob has over 10 years experience in the engineering field. He has worked in both the areas of electrical and civil engineering. His experience includes employment with the City of Tampa Sewer Department, and with the Tampa Electric Company. His most recent experience was in structural design, building inspection and civil engineering. His teaching responsibilities include: Building Utilities, Specifications and Estimating, Materials and Methods of Construction, and Hydrology and Site Design.
Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida, 1980
Master of Civil Engineering, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida, 1999
Alex Smiley PE, Instructor, 615-353-3579
Alex has over 18 years of experience as a professional engineer, including employment with General Electric. He owned and operated his own engineering company, specializing in design and fabrication of custom material handling equipment. Teaching responsibilities: Computer-Aided Drafting, 3D Design, and Technical Graphics.
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, University of Kentucky, Bowling Green, Kentucky, 1974
Master of Engineering and Engineering Management, University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky, 1983
Wallace Wilson PE, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus
Wallace has over 40 years experience as a professional engineer, business owner and educator. He has been a faculty member at Nashville State since 1972. His teaching responsibilities include: Statics, Structural Mechanics, and Structural Design.
Bachelor of Civil Engineering, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, 1957
Master of Science Civil Engineering, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, 1958
Ph.D. Civil Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, 1967
The Architectural, Civil and Construction Engineering Technology program has an advisory committee of over thirty members from the architectural, civil engineering and construction industry. They form a partnership with the program to provide advice and insight for curriculum development, employment trends and the state of the industry.
The Architectural, Civil and Construction Engineering Technology program participates with the Nashville State Community College Innovation in Teaching and Learning project. Funded by the National Science Foundation and partnered with WGBH public television, the project has received an Academic Excellence Award from the Tennessee Board of Regents.
The Architectural, Civil and Construction Engineering Technology program is accredited by the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE).
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