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A & E Degree Program: Architectural & Engineering Design
Associate in Applied Science

Meet the Faculty

Department Chair:
Tom McGinn
Phone:  207.216.4366

Tom began teaching at YCCC as an adjunct in 1996, and was hired full time in 2000. He has served as the Chair of the Design Technologies Department since 2004. More...

Department Chair Introduction

How Long?

Estimated Degree
Completion Time

Full-Time Semesters 
61Credit Hours

Please note, these estimates are based on a student taking an average of 15 credits per semester and do not include college preparatory or developmental courses.


The sequencing of courses in this program begins in the fall semester. Students entering in the spring or summer will likely take longer than two years to complete the program.
The Architectural and Engineering Design degree curriculum provides a broad-based education for employment in a variety of design disciplines. Students learn Computer Aided Design (CAD) and 3D printing, engineering standards and design concepts, fabrication and construction processes, structural mechanics and material properties, and measurements and mathematics as they relate to the design process. Courses are designed to develop problem solving, critical thinking, communication and technical skills. The program prepares students for advanced CAD applications emerging in the fields of architecture, engineering, graphics, and design.

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for a list of course descriptions.

The Architectural & Engineering Design Degree prepares students for positions as a CAD designer or drafter in a variety of design professions with architectural, engineering, and manufacturing firms. The program utilizes the latest Autodesk and SolidWorks CAD/CAM software, allowing students to graduate with leading edge skills.
Graduates develop skills that can be applied in building and construction, manufacturing as well as fabrication, woodworking, and mechanical design industries.

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Students who successfully complete the Associates in Applied Science degree in Architectural & Engineering Design will be able to:

  1. Interpret and illustrate abstract concepts in the predevelopment stages of the design process.
  2. Create and manipulate architectural models and plans using CAD software.
  3. Describe and explain the relationship between spatial design, culture and technology.
  4. Create and present technical drawings that comply with industry standards and building codes.
  5. Translate vision and ideas through the use of quantitative data and visual aids such as drawings and 2D and 3D models.
  6. Investigate contemporary societal and environmental issues involved in the design process in an ethical manner.
  7. Recognize the value of diversity in opinions, values, abilities and cultures in the business environment.
  8. Operate both independently and as a team member in collaborative projects. High school or post-secondary coursework in algebra and geometry is recommended.

Architectural & Engineering Design
Program Sheet

Getting Started

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