When you’re ready to take the next step and start applying to a program at SCTCC, experience in the field isn’t necessary. Jed Johnson, SCTCC Architectural Construction Technology instructor, says that a lot of his students come in with experience, but many also come straight from high school.
Experience may be a bonus, but no experience is not going to keep you from learning what you need to know to be an architect.
Johnson makes sure that his classes go on field trips throughout the semesters, visiting residential architecture firms the first year and commercial firms the second year. Students gain a lot of insight into the industry from these visits.
When students finish up the Architectural program, they are ready to take on an entry level position in both residential or commercial markets. The program imparts basic industry knowledge in both of those areas.
And while an internship isn’t required for graduating from the program, it’s a great way to get first-hand experience in the field and gives students experience for their resume.
“I did choose to do an internship, and I think it was one of the best experiences I had. When you get out in the field, it’s a whole different world. I would recommend doing an internship,” says student Kayla.
According to Johnson, there are currently excellent opportunities for students and there will always be a need for construction.