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Automotive/Advanced Manufacturing: Architecture & Engineering Design

Architecture & Engineering Design

Every new structure or machine starts out as the idea of a designer or an engineer. It is only through the knowledge and ability of highly skilled and trained drafters/designers that these ideas are put on paper and actually come to life.

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Architectural & Engineering Design is an engineering discipline that deals with the application of engineering principles and technology to building design and construction. Architectural & Engineering Drafters use software to convert the designs of architects and engineers into technical drawings. Most workers specialize in architectural, civil, electrical, or mechanical drafting and use technical drawings to help design everything from microchips to skyscrapers.

Drafters typically do the following:

  • Design plans using computer-aided design (CAD) software.
  • Work from rough sketches and specifications created by engineers and architects.
  • Design products with engineering and manufacturing techniques.
  • Add details to architectural plans from their knowledge of building techniques.
  • Specify dimensions, materials, and procedures for new products.
  • Work under the supervision of engineers or architects.

Many drafters are referred to as CAD operators. Using CAD systems, drafters create and store technical drawings digitally, These drawings contain information on how to build a structure or machine, the dimensions of the project, and what materials are needed to complete the project.

The mission of the Architecture and Engineering Design program at Trenholm State is to attract, train, and graduate qualified individuals into the profession of Architecture and Engineering Design under the standards and guidelines of the American institute of Standards.

The program philosophy is based on the belief that the Drafter/Detailer is an integral part of the design team and provides information vital to the development and research needed in the architecture and mechanical industries for the development of consumer products.

The success of our students in learning CAD skills is dependent on a continuous process of hands-on training coupled with structured, comprehensive instruction. The program, therefore, is committed to supporting the professional and personal development of each individual seeking this career.

Trenholm State Community College uses the world's most popular Computer Aided Design (CAD) software; AutoDesk's AutoCAD, to teach basic architectural and engineering design graphic principles, standards, and conventions.

The courses are comprised of theory classes with associated practical laboratory assignments incorporating "on the job" drafting techniques and training in Automated Manufacturing; such as 3-D printing. In addition, the student will be trained in Technical Sketching, 3-D modeling (BIM) software programs such as Inventor, Revit Architecture, SolidWorks, Google Pro Sketch-Up and Catia.

Awards Available

Associate Degree

  • Associate of Applied Science - Automotive/Advanced Manufacturing - Architecture & Engineering Design (67 semester Hours)


  • Automotive/Advanced Manufacturing - Architecture & Engineering Design (54 Semester Hours)

Short-Term Certificate

  • Automotive/Advanced Manufaturing - Architecture & Engineering Design - Engineering Design Concentration (25 Semester Hours)
  • Automotive/Advanced Manufacturing - Architecture Design Concentration (22 Semester Hours)


Potential Salary Range

The median annual wage for drafters was $55,550 in May 2018. The lowest 10% earned less than $35,170, and the highest 10% earned more than $85,140.Source: Bureau of Labor and Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, May 2018


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Program Contact

Richard Herring
Program Coordinator/Instructor


Trenholm Campus
1225 Air Base Blvd,
Montgomery, AL 36108
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History of

For half a century, thousands of students have charted their path to success at Trenholm State Community College. From the 1960s to today, we have been part of the fabric of Montgomery and the River Region, growing to include diverse programs of study, multiple campuses, and online learning. Now, we celebrate the present and move forward with a renewed dedication to our community and the success of our students. We invite you to join us.

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1225 Air Base Blvd
Montgomery, Alabama 36108
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