Building Technology and Design
Growth in the construction industry is tied to the health of the economy and trends in population. Jobs for architects are expected to grow by 16% by 2018 while jobs for construction managers, by 17% and construction laborers, by 20%. With job growth comes competition. In order to become a competitive candidate, it’s necessary to get the skills to get ahead.
In fact, by 2018, 34% of jobs in this career cluster will require post secondary education and training. Architecture jobs will require 97% of their workers to have postsecondary education and training.
The Building Technology & Design program offers an associate in science degree that provides an introduction to building technology and architectural concepts and skills pertaining to the design and construction of facilities, preparing students for careers in architecture, construction, building technologies and facilities management.
This program enables its graduates to:
Draw plans, elevations, sections and isometric views of 3-dimensional objects
Produce a set of construction documents for buildings, residences, and other structures using AutoCAD and Revit (BIM) computer programs
Create and view 3-dimensional drawings and render 3-dimensional structures in a scene
Calculate heating and cooling loads in buildings, evaluate site drainage calculate water demand and electrical loads
Employment opportunities include entry-level CAD/BIM drafter/designer and technician level work in architecture, engineering, construction, facilities departments, manufacturing, and fabrication. The program also prepares students for further academic study in architecture, facilities management and construction management.
Many graduates decide to pursue Bachelor degrees at other colleges or universities. Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology has an articulation agreement with the Boston Architectural College (BAC). Under this agreement, students receive credit for courses passed at BFIT with a grade of C or better towards a Bachelor’s degree at BAC. BFIT also has an articulation agreement with Wentworth Institute of Technology. Under this agreement BFIT graduates can enter Wentworth's Facility Management Program upon successful graduation from BFIT.