Architectural Engineering Technology

Architectural Engineering Technology

Architectural Engineering Technology provides students with a broad education and preparation for a career or advancement in the architectural or building design 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 is a concentration in the Architectural, Civil and Construction Engineering Technology AAS degree program.

Prior Learning Assessment

In order to complete the degree requirements in the shortest amount of time. Credit from life experience can be granted through Prior Learning Assessment. In addition transfer credit from other schools and dual credit from high school course work can be granted.


Architectural Engineering Technology courses cover topics including:

  • History of architecture and the relationship to building, culture and technology;
  • Design drawing techniques and design methodology;
  • Critical thinking used by architects and designers to solve problems;
  • Relationships between clients, architects, designers, engineers and contractors;
  • Preparation of residential and commercial design and construction documentation;
  • Fundamentals of building utilities, structural systems, cost estimating and materials;
  • Fundamentals of the Architectural design and building delivery process; and
  • Architectural computer aided drawing techniques including 3-D rendering and Building Information Modeling.


Building Information Modeling (BIM)

Training in BIM provides a doorway into the most up-to-date technology in the field and the best job prospects. Designing buildings using information management is economical, and Building Information Modeling improves productivity, so architectural and construction firms are eager to make use of this new technology and seek workers who have mastered it.

This program is responsive to the dynamic nature of the field and trains you for both current and future employment possibilities. Updated computer labs provide training on the newest software.

Comments from our Students

"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

Architecture Club

ACESA Student OrganizationACESA 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.

Program Faculty

Jack Wallace RA, Associate Professor, 615-353-3445
Jack WallaceJack 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 DonaldsonRob 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

Advisory Committee

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.

Accreditation - Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE)

The Architectural, Civil and Construction Engineering Technology program is accredited by the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied EngineeringThe Architectural, Civil and Construction Engineering Technology program is accredited by the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE).

Program Performance

Contact Information

Program Office: 615-353-3475

Jack Wallace RA, Associate Professor
Phone: 615-353-3445

Rob Donaldson, Assistant Professor
Phone: 615-353-3447

Campus Directory

Advising Sheets

Please see Advising Sheet Archives on the left for previous year advising sheets.

A.A.S. Degree Concentrations
Architectural Engineering Technology
Civil and Construction Engineering Technology Concentration

Technical Certificate
Offered on the Cookeville Campus only:
Drafting and Construction

A.S. Degree Tennessee Transfer Pathway
Civil Engineering AS Degree

Catalog and Class Schedule

See NSCC Catalog for program requirements, recommended schedules, course descriptions and syllabi.

See Class Schedule for course availability.

NSCC Career Services

The college has a very active Career Services Office that assists students, graduates and alumni with their career and employment needs.

G.K. Architectural Engineering Technology

With the help of my CAD classes and coop program getting me connected with my current job at a large Nashville architectural firm, I am achieving my goals.

G.K. Architectural Engineering Technology

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