Graduates of the Architectural Technology program can get to work as lead mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) consultants, computer aided drafters, engineering technicians, mechanical drafters and architectural drafters. Many also transfer to a four-year college or university and pursue bachelor’s or other advanced degrees.
The Architectural Technology program at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology is one of the first two-year technical programs in the country to support the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS). Through this professional organization, students work in the community on such projects as Habitat for Humanity and host open house activities that provide networking opportunities for students and professionals.
"With a Stevens degree as your foundation, the sky’s the limit."
“I was 27 when I came to Stevens as an architecture student. It was amazing, but initially it was a little overwhelming. Being a nontraditional student, not knowing anything about architecture — I had a respect for architecture and the graphic arts, but wasn’t sure what to do with it—and then having all the younger kids around, it was overwhelming. But my professors made me feel comfortable and at ease. I wouldn’t have enjoyed 18 successful years in this industry if not for Stevens.
“During my career, I just fell in love with being in front of people, teaching people and helping people understand the field of architecture. Three words I live or die by, and my class needs to live or die by is: “Figure it out.” Don’t keep coming to my desk asking for answers. You’ve got to figure it out. Between Google and YouTube, there’s nothing you can’t figure out these days.
“We have fun, but my students know there’s time when they have to buckle down. This industry is task-based. It’s not a 40-hour-a-week job. You’ve got a project, you’ve got a deadline, so do whatever it takes to meet that deadline.
“At Stevens, you’ve got to commit yourself to two years of working hard. You get out of this college what you put into it. With a Stevens degree as your foundation, the sky’s the limit.”
"You feel valued here at this school."
“It’s funny how I got into architecture. It started through a video game. It always fascinated me, the entire process of how a building is designed to the actual construction. I like seeing it go from paper and actually being designed to physical form. We use a software program called Revit where we can draw anything two dimensionally and hit a button and it becomes three-dimensional.
“My high school teacher highly recommended Thaddeus Stevens. I love the community and the small classroom sizes and that I don’t feel like just another number. You feel valued here at this school. You definitely have to be prepared to work. Put in 110 percent, and you’ll be fine.
“I am planning on getting a job and helping out financially at home and then returning to school in 18 months. I want to gain experience in the workplace and decide what I most like about architecture and focus on those aspects in continuing my education.”