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Architectural Engineering Design

Why Choose the Architectural Engineering Design Program?

Creating designs and seeing them take shape, jumping from two-dimensional images to three-dimensional layouts? The Architectural Engineering Design program focuses on Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software used in the design/construction industry, which is enhanced by hand drafting, engineering, design standards, building codes, cost estimating, team planning and much, much more.

Employment opportunities utilizing these skills are vast and varied. If you love drawing, visualizing and laying out designs and concepts for buildings, this program and career path might be the perfect fit.


Our Architectural Engineering Design program prepares students for careers in residential design or technical fields like computer-aided drafting.
How Long It Takes:

Architectural Engineering Design Degree (AAT or AAS-T)

Architectural CAD Drafting Certificate

All program lengths are estimates and are not guarantees.

Potential Careers

Drafter/AutoCad Technician

Median annual pay in Washington:

$57,470 per year

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Architectural & Civil Drafter

Median annual pay in Washington:

$54,490 per year

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Career Pathway


This is not a guarantee of employment or a certain wage. Full career data available at

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Meet Your Instructors

Poppy Bushnell

Poppy Bushnell

Poppy Bushnell earned a BA in Economics from University of Puget Sound in 1978 and pursued her passion for architecture by earning her AAT in Architectural Engineering Design from Clover Park Technical College in 2001. She was a specification writer and project administrator with KMB Architects and is an active member of the Board of the Construction Specification Institute's Mount Rainier Chapter.

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Architectural Engineering Design Program Information Sessions occur at 3 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month. For more information and a complete schedule of session dates, view our Program Info Session Schedule.




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